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Downtown Market Fresh Box - July 6

This week’s Fresh Box contained:

Basil – Nature Village Farm, Richmond

Mixed Kale Bunch – Abundant Acre Farm, Abbotsford

Mini Romaine Lettuce – One Love Farm, Lillooet

Broccolini – One Love Farm – cook like broccoli or like most greens,  sauté with garlic and olive oil

Mini Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Patty Pan Squash – Abundant Acre Farm

Cherries – Rai Farms, Osoyoos

Tomatoes – Campari, red cherry or mini Romas – Taves Family Farm, Abbotsford

Strawberry Jam – Jordan’s Jam, Burnaby

It’s too hot to cook!  Make some tomato, basil and mozzarella skewers or a fresh salad with the romaine lettuce and perhaps a strawberry vinaigrette.

Headed on a road trip around BC this summer?  We included a brochure listing farmers across the province – a great piece to keep in the glove compartment.



Downtown Market Fresh Box - June 22

This week’s Fresh Box was full of colour and flavour.  The market is bursting with greens and cherries and berries have hit the scene!

 In this week’s Fresh Box:
Salad Mix
– SoleFood Farms
Kohlrabi – Abundant Acres
Apple Cider – Taves Family Farm
Garlic Scapes – BC Garlic
Cherries – Rai Produce
Cherry Tomatoes – Taves Family Farm
Baby Bok Choy – One Love Farm
Carrots – Nature Village Farm

Never Tried Garlic Scapes?
Garlic scapes are the curly tendrils of the garlic bulb plant – cutting them off helps the plan to focus growing energy on the bulb. They’ve gained a bit of a cult following and local garlic fans look forward to their appearance at the market each spring/summer.
As Abdul from BC Garlic says, “Garlic scapes are the most versatile vegetable – anything you can do with any other vegetable, you can do with garlic scapes”.  We agree – try them pickled, chopped up in fried rice, stir-fried with other favourite veggies, sauté them, make pesto or use them to season dishes as you would garlic (with a milder flavour).

Check your Fresh Box for a bunch of garlic scapes and a delicious recipe from BC Garlic that uses cherry tomatoes too!

Thanks for picking up a Fresh Box and don’t forget to order one for next week!

Fresh Box June 15

June 15th Fresh Box

Today’s Fresh Box includes:

English Cucumber – Nature Village Farm, Richmond

French Breakfast Radishes – SOLE Food Farms, Vancouver

Snap Peas – SOLE Food Farms, Vancouver

Orange Bell Pepper – Taves Family Farm, Abbotsford

Beefsteak Tomato – Taves Family Farm, Abbotsford

Mini Head of Romaine Lettuce – Abundant Acres Farm, Abbotsford

Spring Garlic – One Love Farm, Lillooet

Never used Spring Garlic? Use it like regular garlic except that the bulb AND stem can be used. The Kitchn has everything you need to know about how to use it and store it.

Stay in the Know!
Do you receive the Downtown Farmers Market weekly bulletin?  Subscribe here (scroll down) and you’ll get a sneak peak at who’ll be at the market.

Order future Fresh Boxes HERE.  Tell a friend and you’ll both get $5 off your next box.  Enter FRESHFRIEND at checkout and tell your friend to mention your name in the order notes.

Tell us how you liked your Fresh Box.  We’d love to see what you made with your goodies too!  Tweet or Instagram us at @vanmarkets and tag your photos #DFMFreshBox


The Downtown Farmers Market Fresh Box is a weekly box of 5-7 fruits and vegetables picked and packed and ready for you.  Order online and pickup at the market or we can deliver!  For more information, visit the Fresh Box page.