Travelogue: Venturing to Vancouver, Part II

Just south of downtown Vancouver is Granville Island, accessible both by car, public transport or water taxi. It is open year-round and is both a tourist destination and local grocery due to its status as culinary mecca in the region. For the truly adventurous, Edible British Columbia offers chef-guided tours of the Public Market.

Granville Island's Public Market

Granville Island's Public Market

The Public Market on Granville Island is open year round and is a well-known destination for tourists as well as locals doing their weekly grocery shopping. It is home to vendors selling both prepared foods as well as fresh produce, meats and seafood.

Bubble teas

Bubble teas

Both are Taro. One fresh, one from powder. Both come with bobas (tapioca pearls), and both were quite delicious.

Gathering outdoors

Gathering outdoors

Outside, where many go to eat and enjoy the views. And, of course, all the pigeons and seagulls gather to eat what you can’t finish.

Fresh produce in the market

Fresh produce in the market

During the warmer months there is also a farmers' market, but we were there in November … a little off-season.

Black Salsify, also known as scorzonera or black oyster plant

Black Salsify, also known as scorzonera or black oyster plant

It apparently has a flavor not unlike white asparagus, artichokes, and delicately of oysters. And, it is god for controlling blood sugar.

Duso’s Italian Foods employee

Duso’s Italian Foods employee

It gets so crowded in the market that a woman who works at Duso’s Italian Foods finds it easier to answer most people’s questions with a simple hand gesture. Or, at the very least, it’s a conversation piece.

Organic dumps

Organic dumps

Composting is a big job at the public market. Next to the trash dumps are the organics dumps.