The arrival of spring marks the beginning of the outdoor farmers’ market season on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Armed with baskets ready to be filled, locals and visitors alike flock to the region’s many outdoor markets in search of organic produce, fresh bread, artisan cheeses and charcuterie, as well as plants, flowers and handmade arts and crafts. Pair your market visit with a winery tour, then tote your goodies to a park or beach for the perfect picnic. Visit our farmers’ market page for our comprehensive list of the region’s many markets.