Hop On Farms

19th September 2010, in Burnaby, FIND IT, Fruit, Vegetables (5 Comments)

It amazes me what we have in our city. It’s October and they’re still harvesting greens at Hop On Farms in south Burnaby – lettuces, parsley, Chinese greens, and the fall crops, brussels sprouts and cabbages. Which you can buy on site at their farm market – at least for another few weeks. They close for the season at the end of October. Then you can dream about next April’s opening day.

The Chan’s and Hong’s have owned Hop On for almost 40 years. It’s on the old Marine Drive, one of the few remaining commercial market gardens on the Burnaby flats, an area known as Big Bend. Many of the bunched vegetables you see in produce stores during our growing season come from Hop On and their commercial farm neighbours. When I serve their scrubbed carrots, cukes, lettuce (that actually spoils) – people want to know who grew it, not where I bought it.

They also carry top quality, in-season BC fruit and produce. It’s one of the few places I know in town where I can get the 3 or 4 varieties of Okanagan melons. Plus, they sell canning quantities. I line up with women 60+ and their husbands for the chance to learn a new something about pickling.

The City of Burnaby has approximately 620 acres of land in the Agricultural Land Reserve, 160 of them are in agricultural production. Little by little, or maybe, a lot by a lot, light industrial development and big box stores have moved in. Yes, we’re crazy, we build on rich farm delta then import produce from California. You gotta wonder what this looks like to people on the other side of the world.

Hop On Farms
5624 Marine Dr. (east of Mandeville Gardens)
Open April to October

Hop On Farms


March 31, 2011 4:10 pm


looking for bay leaf plants maybe 12 can u get and how muc

ty john

March 31 2011 16:40 pm


Hi John,

Sorry to say, Food Words is not a source but a resource. But we can point you in the right direction. Here's 3 suggestions for bay leaf plants:

Figaro's Garden on Victoria Dr. in Vancouver - 604-253-1696. Folia, the Internet seed and plant exchange - http://myfolia.com/groups/63-herbs/

Or the annual Van Dusen plant sale on May 1 this year. But get there early - http://www.vandusengarden.org/



April 17, 2012 3:59 pm


last year I bought a margareta plant – three plants in pot – about 3 ft high -fully in bloom – white flowers. In the fall I seperated the plant into three plants. It does not appear as if any of the three plants are showing any life. Is it possible, that this was an annual?

I would appreciate your comment.

September 1, 2012 1:08 pm

Richard Rooney

I think your posts are always so informative and always add that personal touch. I look forward to going to Hop On with you soon !!! :)

September 01 2012 14:45 pm


Thanks, Richard. Let's buy lotsa beets and cucumbers and greens and little potatoes and some flowers, too!

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