Farmer Appreciation Week!
September 12th-19th, is the 6TH annual Farmers Appreciation Week where we celebrate BC farmers, agriculture and local food!
Markets around the province will be holding special events to honour farmers. We’re showing our appreciation for those who grow and harvest the food we eat by providing our hard working farmers with refreshments all day. To show your support, we’ll have a donation bin to help buy a farmer a coffee and some treats. Feel free to thank a farmer directly and tell them you appreciate them!
And are you a poet and you didn’t know it? Show your love for farmers with BC Farmers’ Markets’ Ode To A Farmer poetry contest! Win $150 to spend at your favourite BCAFM farmers’ market. Deadline is September 13. Enter here: http://bit.ly/1K9nDyk#BCFarmersWeek
We want to know what you think! Stop by the Information tent this Sunday (and every Sunday in September) and tell us why you shop at farmers markets.
Do you have your tickets to RIPE yet?
Our annual RIPE Dinner is a true celebration of the harvest – a showcase of local ingredients from our farms and producers paired with some of Vancouver’s top chefs and restaurants. RIPE will feature 11 unique culinary creation stations, craft beverages and dessert tastings artfully prepared from fresh, seasonal and sustainably harvest food.
Find tickets here!
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LOCATION DETAILS: MT PLEASANT FARMERS MARKET
SEE YOU SUNDAY!
Tomato Festival Is Here!
Summer came early this year and brought us a wonderful bounty of juicy tomatoes. To celebrate the delightful fruits, we’ll have recipes, a tomato display, tomato samples and kids activities. Spread the word by sharing our Facebook event page and #tomatofest on Twitter and Instagram. If you can’t make it this Saturday at Trout Lake, Kitsilano will also be celebrating on Sunday from 10am-2pm. Check out their Facebook event page HERE.
Don’t miss these vendors:
We’ve been tomatoes EVERYWHERE at the market – make sure to check out the varieties at these vendors:
- Albert’s Herbs & Nursery
- Applebarn Pumpkin Farm
- Forrest Nelson Certified Organic Produce
- Harvey’s Orchards
- Hill Top Farm
- Klippers Organic Acres
- Langley Organic Growers
- Organic Farm Connection
- Paul’s Produce
- S & G Fresh Produce Limited
- Sapo Bravo Organics
- Shalefield Organic Gardens
- Soban Organic Farm at Yarrow Ecovillage
- Sole Food Street Farms
- Stein Mountain Farm
- Stoney Paradise
Food Scraps Drop Spot is Wrapping Up August 30th
With the recent Metro Vancouver Organics Ban, the Drop Spots are seeing fewer drops – which is a good thing! More buildings have implemented food scraps collections, allowing residents to dispose of their food waste at home. If your building doesn’t have organics collections just yet, contact our program partner Recycling Alternative (604-874-7283) or the City of Vancouver (3-1-1) for recycling collection options. The last day for the Drop Spot at Trout Lake is on Saturday, August 29th. In the meantime, our West End Market will be accepting drop offs until further notice.
See you at the market!
Click here for this week’s schedule and market map
For location information, check out the Trout Lake market page
Tomato Festival Is Here!
Summer came early this year and brought us a wonderful bounty of juicy tomatoes. To celebrate the delightful fruits, we’ll have recipes, a tomato display, tomato samples and kids activities. Come celebrate one of our favourite fruits – it’s in our logo after all! Spread the word by sharing our Facebook event page and #tomatofest on Twitter and Instagram. If you can’t make it this Sunday at Kits, Trout Lake will also be celebrating from 9am-2pm. Check out their Facebook event page HERE.
Who’s selling Tomatoes?
If you’ve been around the market recently, you’ll see tomatoes at almost every stand. Here’s a list of tomato vendors you should expect at Kits this Sunday:
Klippers Organic Acres, Frostbauer Family Natural Food Farm, Harvey’s Orchards, Organic Farm Connection, Paul’s Produce, Shalefield Organic Gardens, Langley Organic Growers, Ice Cap Organics, Cropthorne Farm, Forrest Nelson Certified Organic Produce, Garden Back to Eden Chilliwack Heirloom Organic Farm, Applebarn Pumpkin Farm, Stein Mountain Farm and Crisp Organics
Food Scraps Drop Spots is Wrapping Up August 30th
With the recent Metro Vancouver Organics Ban, the Drop Spots are seeing fewer drops – which is a good thing! More buildings have implemented food scraps collections, allowing residents to dispose of their food waste at home. If your building doesn’t have organics collections just yet, contact our program partner Recycling Alternative (604-874-7283) or the City of Vancouver (3-1-1) for recycling collection options. The last day for the Drop Spot at Kits is on Sunday, August 30th. In the meantime, our West End Market will be accepting drop offs until further notice.
See you at the market!
For a complete weekly vendor schedule, check out our Weekly Market Map.
BC Berry Pie Bake-Off Winner, Lauren van Oosten’s “Out of the Clear Blue Pie” blew our judges’ taste buds away at last week’s Mt Pleasant Berry Festival. It took first place against such contenders as “Creme Brulee Berry Pie”, “Goes well with owl ice cream” pie, “Raspberry Mango Pie” and “Poke-a-Dot Pie” with cookie crumble topping and blackberries.
It’s visually stunning because of the fresh blueberries scattered on top after baking and the judges couldn’t help gushing over the caramelized cinnamon crumble crust. You’re all in luck because Lauren has shared her recipe and blueberries are still in season. (Find out who sells blueberries and where using our Product Search Feature)
Out of the Clear Blue Pie
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp white sugar
- 1/2 cup butter (at room temperature*)
- 1 Tbsp white vinegar
- 3 cups blueberries (frozen or fresh)
- 2 Tbsp plain flour
- 2/3 cup sugar (1/2 cup if using fresh berries instead of frozen)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups fresh blueberries (do not use frozen for this part)
Mix dry ingredients for the crust then cut in butter. Sprinkle with vinegar and then press into large pie plate. (It’s very crumbly and doesn’t look like it’s going to work but it does, you just have to do the best you can to press it in). Add 3 cups blueberries. Mix dry ingredients of filling and sprinkle over blueberries. Bake at @ 400 F for 50-60 min. A little less if in a glass pie plate. Remove from oven and immediately add remaining fresh blueberries evenly over the top. Let cool a little.
Best served warm with vanilla ice cream or pouring cream.
*I find it handy to freeze the butter and then use a cheese grater to grate it into the flour.
Tina Lau came in second place with her “BC Blueberry Pie” and Vancouver Farmers Markets vendor, David Introligator of French Made Baking won third for his “Zesty Basque Cake with Strawberry”. Check out photos from Berry Festival on Facebook and see some of the other amazing pies submitted to the BC Berry Pie Bake-Off. Check back in Summer 2016 to enter your favourite recipe or taste some of the best berry pie in the city!
IT’S BERRY FEST!
Don’t miss these vendors:
*Fresh Quality Produce,Beckman Berry Farm and Sull Farms will all be bringing an assortment of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries!
*Ask Odd Society Spirits for their “Not you Mama’s Sangria” recipe, grab some berry, basil and mint pesto from BobAli Hummus, try a berry popsicle from Nice Pops or berry pastry from Soldoko Ukranian. We are also selling limited edition jam from A Meadows Pantry at the info booth!
Fun with Food:
Learn about berries and have fun! We’ll have fun educational berry themed games and activities for kids. Market Bingo anyone? We’ll also have special edition berry buttons, free recipes, berry displays!
BC Berry Pie Competition! From Noon until 1pm we have four judges given the difficult task of crowning the top 3 Berry Pies. Winner will be announced at 1:30pm. You can sample the pies for a $2 donation, so stick around after the judging and have a taste of the best pies in town!
July is #MeetMyMarket month in BC
Introduce a friend to your favourite BC Farmers’ Market in July and enter to win 1 of 2 amazing getaways for two (+ wine touring) to Sparkling Hill Resort in the Okanagan! On social media there will also be weekly prize draws throughout July for $50 to spend at the farmers’ market of your choice. (Read more)
Connect with our events on Facebook, and share your photos and recipes on Instagram and Twitter using @vanmarkets #berryfestival
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