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Building relationships, connecting with local, sustainable food and supporting our community.

Food connects us all. Our relationship with food can transform us.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | 2:30–6pm

Camosun College, Lansdowne campus

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Live cooking demonstrations will take place at 3pm, 4pm 38 5pm.

Hosted on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ people, the Camosun Farmers' Market will inspire and engage people by increasing access to local food, enhancing the student experience, and inviting the community to take part in a fun and engaging event. Local farmers and producers will have the opportunity to sell their goods as well as showcase how they are contributing to a more sustainable future.

Who's going to be there?

Featured vendors

Topsoil Innovative Urban Agriculture

“A Movable Urban Farm: Sustainable and Profitable Small-Scale City Farming”

Find out more about how Chris Hildreth, one of our feature vendors, started Topsoil Innovative Urban Agriculture with the idea of creating a “socially responsible, environmentally sustainable and profitable urban farm.”

Babe’s Honey

". . . Of the 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of the world’s food, over 70 are pollinated by bees." ~Achim Steiner, UN UnderSecretary-General and UNEP Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme.

Bees have a direct role in the future health and existence of the world’s plant and food systems. One local vendor who has a long relationship with these important creatures is Babe’s Honey. Founded in 1945, Babes was reopened in 2012 by a former employee, who with hard work and "no task is too large" attitude propelled it along the path to bringing the brand and products back in a big way.

Besides raw and unpasteurized honey, Babe’s began to produce honey kombucha, which has been the focus of production and has attracted consumers seeking healthier drinks, offering eight varieties on tap sold in refillable containers. Working with a distributor but also selling directly to stores and consumers, the company takes care to reduce waste by offering refills on honey and honey kombucha.

Babe’s Honey has hundreds colonies of bees who, aside from helping the company produce an array of products, also contribute to pollinating countless local plants. Babe's Honey supports local food and the community, believing that “the creativity that comes out of trying to differentiate local products from their globally available competition is one of those rare heartwarming human pursuits.” Among owners and staff, there are former students of Camosun College, electricians, accounting students, electronics program graduates, and a figure skater. They define themselves as “one of the most dynamic workforces in BC.” You can find their products on sale in the Galey Farms market and also in many local grocery stores and coffee shops.

Oughtred Coffee & Tea

Starting as a coffee company in 1973, Oughtred Coffee & Tea has grown and developed over the last 45 years. It now has a full-time staff of more than 30 people across BC, with a new focus on roasting and a special attention to sustainability from harvest to cup.

Oughtred is committed to sustainability, and its numerous environmental awards and certifications are a testament to this. The company focuses on sustainability efforts to minimize its carbon footprint, including improvements in its roasting process, reusing up to 80% of the heat and energy used in the machines either back into the next roast or into the buildings heating system. Moreover, Oughtred uses a multi-stream recycling system, able to divert 95% of the waste from the landfill, and has a fleet of hybrid vehicles to minimize its gas usage.

Primarily selling directly to its customers, Oughtred also uses distributors across BC and provide bulk coffee service in select grocery stores. Self-defined as a company that “loves local, buys local, eats local, and – whenever possible – sources local,” Oughtred regularly takes part in community events working and serving beside friends and customers.

Through Camosun Farmers’ Market, Oughtred hopes to garner more interest in the upcoming generation of students going to Camosun, not just in its products, but also in considering where their products come from, who produces them, and what sort of work goes into sourcing quality products like coffee & tea.

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How can you get involved?

  • Are you involved in sustainable food systems?
  • Do you want to help promote this great event?
  • Do you or someone you know sell produce or goods and want to become a vendor?

Contact to find out more!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | 2:30–6pm

Camosun College, Lansdowne campus

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Live cooking demonstrations will take place at 3pm, 4pm 38 5pm.

Become a vendor

Camosun is the largest public college in BC with a diverse population of 18,650 students and over 1,100 employees. Come take advantage of this unique opportunity to showcase & sell your products at Camosun while making connections with students and our broader community!

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Pricing: $40 per space


  • Tent & table (while supplies last)
  • 1 parking space

Booking enquiries

To reserve your space, send the completed Vendor Application PDF

Sustainability tips for vendors

Bulk purchasing
Our encouraged method of sales is by price per pound, using paper bags and pay by weight. This will reduce single use plastic waste or the need to purchase more expensive compostable bags
Ban the bag
Please bring paper or compostable plastic if necessary.
If you have the need for any packaging or containers they should be compostable if possible. We can provide details on where to purchase compostable goods on request.
Food trucks
We encourage food truck vendors to avoid supplying single use packaged goods such as individual condiment packaging. We encourage vegetarian and vegan options.
If you require the use of any powered equipment during the event, please ensure it is turned off whenever it is not in use to reduce energy output.
Please consider carpooling and active transportation to the Camosun Farmers Market. Camosun has an anti-idling policy, so please turn off your vehicle when loading/unloading.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | 2:30–6pm

Camosun College, Lansdowne campus

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Live cooking demonstrations will take place at 3pm, 4pm 38 5pm.

Why shop local?

It's good for you!

  • Shopping at local farm markets is where fresh, whole foods prevail, making it easy to shop healthy.
  • Fresh picked, naturally ripened products are healthier and tastier.
  • You feel more connected to food, the farmers' who grew it or made it, and are more likely to enjoy preparing and eating your meals. 
  • You feel better about eating food and supporting producers who follow ethical and humane practices.

It's good for the environment

Did you know that produce sold at BC farmers' markets usually travels less that 300 km to get to you?
By comparison, the average North American meal travels 2,400 km to get from field to plate and contains ingredients from five countries in addition to our own. All that transportation results in a lot of fossil fuels being burned, which contributes, to air pollution, acid rain and climate change.

  • Reduced transportation emissions
  • Reduced use of pesticides and fertilizers
  • Less garbage and waste from food packaging
  • Greater genetic diversity of food crops and support of heritage types
  • Greater awareness of the environmental aspects of food production.

It's good for your community

  • Interconnectedness. Farmers' markets provide a place for people to connect and feel a sense of belonging. They are a positive venue that celebrates community and our relationship to the land.
  • Purchasing directly from the producers leads to a more intimate understanding of how our food is grown and produced.
  • Farmers get 100% of the retail price when you shop at a local market thereby benefiting the local economy.

For more, see the BC Association of Farmers' Markets.

Resources for eating local

BC Farmers’ Market Trail
This is the definitive guide to 145+ authentic farmers’ markets throughout British Columbia.
Vancouver Island Farms & Food Map
Locate farms and fresh local produce on southern Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island. Search the map for in-season products, locate farm stands, Community Supported Agriculture* (CSA) farm box programs, u-pick berries, farm tours, pumpkin patches, wine tasting, on-farm workshops, and farm stays. This is your farm map to fresh local foods and sustainability!
Island Farm Fresh
Find out what’s in season on Vancouver Island

What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
C.S.A. is a program of mutual commitment between a farm and a community of supporters. It links people directly with their source of food, providing them with the most fresh, sustainably produced food; it gives farmers a source of income at their time of highest expense (early spring). Shareholders purchase a share in the season's harvest and receive a weekly package of food.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | 2:30–6pm

Camosun College, Lansdowne campus

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Live cooking demonstrations will take place at 3pm, 4pm 38 5pm.

Sustainability at The Camosun Farmers Market

Help us make the Camosun Farmers Market sustainable and waste-free!

Reusable bags

Don’t forget your reusable shopping bag to put all your delicious goodies in at the market. The Camosun Farmers’ Market team, with support from the Students’ Society and college Bookstore, has developed gorgeous “Farmers Market” reusable bags that will be available at the market, and for sale at the bookstore (Fisher Building.)

Camosun College Bookstore has joined efforts to build a more sustainable future and is phasing out plastic bags. This is in support of the City of Victoria’s “Bring your Own” Bag reduction bylaw and Camosun’s own Sustainability initiatives.


Please consider active transportation first! Public transit, cycling (we have lots of bike parking!), carpooling or walking reduce emissions, parking/traffic congestion and make you feel good.

Heading to the market from Interurban campus? The Camosun Express leaves Interurban at 1:25, 2:25 & 3:25 and travels directly to Lansdowne campus.

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Sort-It-Out! Camosun Farmers market will have many “ZERO waste stations” available and volunteers who will make it easy to sort your waste.

We love our coffee and tea at Camosun. Remember your reusable mug. If you do get a to-go cup, please sort your waste appropriately!


Remember your refillable water bottle and coffee cups! Thirsty at the market? Visit any Camosun building and use our water re-fill stations.

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Last updated: October 2, 2018 10:57 am

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