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What's Fresh at Hastings Park - April 2

Hastings Park Winter Market runs every Sunday, 10am-2pm until April 30

Farm

Ossome Acres: Certified Organic pea sprouts, sunflower sprouts, eggs, walnuts, beets, carrots, dandelion greens, kalettes

Paul’s Produce: onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes, beets, leeks,  frozen berries, cucumbers

VFM Direct*: eggplant, parsnips, potatoes, microgreens, dried wild mushrooms, white onions, apple juice

Meat/Seafood

Blue Comet Seafoods: flash frozen at sea black cod, halibut, salmon, tuna, canned sockeye salmon, canned smoked pink salmon, canned albacore tuna, canned smoked albacore tuna, cold smoked sockeye lox-sliced, cold smoked white spring chunks, hot smoked spring-peppered and natural, springs salmon maple nuggets, salmon candy 

Greendale Meats: beef, pork, turkey

Rockweld Farm: chicken, eggs

Specialty Farm Products

Bryan & Agnes Warmerdam: specialty daffodils

Golden Ears Cheesecrafters: grassfed butter, velvet brie cheese, jersey blue cheese, gouda cheese, havarti cheese, cheese curds

Valley Gold Bee: clover honey, blueberry honey, raspberry honey

The Promised Land Farm: Wild Harvest nettles, dried chantrelle mushrooms, dried pine mushrooms, dried lobster mushrooms, sorrel, spouts, sun chokes, dried kombu seaweed

View a complete list of weekly vendors here

Veggie of the Week: Dandelion Greens

Far from your average garden weed, dandelion greens are packed full of nutrients including calcium and iron. These greens are delicious additions to spring salads, they blend well in smoothies and are tasty sauteed. Pickup a bunch this Sunday from Ossome Acres! Need dandelion inspiration? Try this Dandelion Green and Leek Omelette recipe from The Feed Feed.

 

Don’t Miss

Membership Appreciation Day!

Whole Foods Giving Day

On Tuesday, April 5th, Whole Foods Market will donate 5$ of sales to Vancouver Farmers Markets to expand the Fresh to Families project – a healthy eating initiative for low-income families and seniors in BC that supports small farms and producers across the province.

VFM Direct

VFM Direct connects local farmers and producers with chefs and food service buyers through an online marketplace and delivery services.  Keeping the farmer in the equation means sales to wholesale customers are more financially viable.  VFM Direct works with buyers from restaurants, food service companies and retail across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley and was started in 2015. This weekend, is pooling crops from local farms that can’t make a stall financially feasible with a limited amount of produce so they’re aggregating their product for Hastings Park! Check their stall out this weekend and learn more about the program and the farmers VFM Direct supports.

Help Spread the Word!

Help Hastings Park Winter Market GROW! Tell your friends, share our Facebook page & tag your photos @vanmarkets #HastingsParkWFM.

See you at the market!


Get a complete list of this week’s Hastings Park vendors here.

Find more information on the Hastings Park location here


What's Fresh at Hastings Park - March 26

Farm

Cropthorne Farm: Certified Organic cabbage, celeriac, kohlrabi, leeks, specialty potatoes, golden beets, red beets, chioggia beets, heirloom carrots, rutabaga, parsnips

Fruit Guy Farms: gala apples, macintosh apples, pears, apple juices, pear juice, pear ginger juice, dried apple chips, cider vinegar

Ossome Acres: Certified Organic pea sprouts, sunflower sprouts, eggs, walnuts

Paul’s Produce: onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes, beets, leeks,  frozen berries

Meat/Seafood

Blue Comet Seafoods: flash frozen at sea black cod, halibut, salmon, tuna, canned sockeye salmon, canned smoked pink salmon, canned albacore tuna, canned smoked albacore tuna, cold smoked sockeye lox-sliced, cold smoked white spring chunks, hot smoked spring-peppered and natural, springs salmon maple nuggets, salmon candy 

Greendale Meats: beef, pork, turkey

Rockweld Farm: chicken, eggs

Specialty Farm Products

Bryan & Agnes Warmerdam: specialty daffodils

Golden Ears Cheesecrafters: grassfed butter, velvet brie cheese, jersey blue cheese, gouda cheese, havarti cheese, cheese curds

Honey Bee Zen Apiaries: clover honey, blueberry honey, raspberry honey

The Promised Land Farm: Wild Harvest nettles, dried chantrelle mushrooms, dried pine mushrooms, dried lobster mushrooms, sorrel, spouts, sun chokes, dried kombu seaweed

Veggie of the Week: Nettles

Stinging nettles are found wild in the forests of BC. Be careful when handling these nutritious leaves – they’ll sting you! Don’t let the stinging throw you off though, once cooked, nettles loose their stinging effects and offer a subtle spinach flavour. Perfect for steeping for tea, blending up in a quick pesto or puréeing in a soup. Ask Alain at The Promised Land Farm this Sunday for nettle tips!

Spring Nettle Pesto with Roasted Yams

 PHOTO CREDIT: SHIRA MCDERMOTT
SPRING NETTLE PESTO:
  • (1) packed cup cooked fresh stinging nettles (about 3 cups uncooked)*
  • (1/2) cup fresh parsley
  • (20) toasted whole hazelnuts
  • (1/2) shallot, raw
  • (2) tbsp olive oil
  • (1) tsp salt
  • (1/4) cup fresh lemon juice
  • (1/4) cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

*Feel free to sub in an equal amount of lightly steamed kale or a mix of spinach and kale for the nettles – the result will be similar just watch the water content on the spinach. If you like, use this idea with Broccoli Pesto as well.

Start by rinsing the nettles under some fresh water – being careful not to handle them with bare hands! I received them in a wrapped plastic bag and dropped them into the veggie steamer. Steam them for 4-5 minutes until wilting them – at this point they are safe to touch with your hands. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a clean jar or container and refrigerate until ready for use.

ROASTED YAMS:
  • (1) large orange yam, washed
  • (2-3) tbsp olive oil

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash and slice the yam into half inch rounds and oil a flat baking tray with the olive oil, spreading it around well. Place the yam slices on the oiled tray and rub each side with olive oil (use your hands) before placing in the oven to bake. Cook for 15 minutes on one side until nicely browned. Turn over and cook on the other side for 5 more minutes or so until perfectly cooked and brown on both sides. remove from the oven and allow to cool. This is also a great time toast the hazelnuts for the pesto while the oven is on. It’s great to make the pesto while the yams cook and while the nuts are still warm (this facilitates good blending). About 8-10 minutes will be perfect.

To serve, arrange the cooled (or still just warm) yam slices on a plate and top with a spoonful or two of the fresh green pesto. As I mentioned before, this was delicious topped with a cube of fresh goat feta, however for vegans I can easily picture a beautiful selection of roasted cherry tomatoes or roasted & spiced chickpeas to top this lovely little side or appetizer. Sprinkled with handful or two of fresh micro-greens or sprouts and you are set.

Recipe Source: In Pursuit of More

Don’t Miss

ElectroRecycle_web_lrgElectroRecycle is ready to accept over 300 small appliances while you shop the best in local flavours at Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market. Have recycling questions? Ask their friendly staff onsite located near the information booth! For what they can accept please visit their website at electrorecycle.ca/

Hastings Park Shoppers Card

Are you a regular Hastings Park shopper? Pickup your Hastings Shopper Card at our Information Booth and enjoy some great perks including:

  • Free Market Money transactions ($2 value)
  • Free “bunch” item after 5th visit*
  • Free “basket” or “bag” item after 10th visit*
  • Free “jar” item after 15th visit*

It’s free to join, just sign up for our weekly newsletter!

*all free items valued at a maximum of $3. Shopper card is available at Hastings Park only.

Help Spread the Word!

Love the market? Tell your friends and family about Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market to help this new market grow. Share our Facebook page & tag your photos @vanmarkets #HastingsParkWFM.

Be a Market Champion! Get a Hastings Park lawn sign and let your neighbours know where to find the freshest in local produce, all within a few minutes of their home. Pickup your lawn sign at the Info Booth this week!

See you at the market!


Get a complete list of this week’s Hastings Park vendors here.

Find more information on the Hastings Park location here


What's at Hastings Park - March 19

What’s Fresh

Farm

Coast Mushrooms: Certified Organic Oyster, King Oyster, Portabella, Shiitake Mushrooms

Cropthorne Farm: Certified Organic cabbage, celeriac, kohlrabi, leeks, specialty potatoes, golden beets, red beets, chioggia beets, heirloom carrots, rutabaga, spaghetti squash, parsnips

Ossome Acres: Certified Organic sprouts, eggs, walnuts

Paul’s Produce: onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes, beets, leeks,  frozen berries

Meat/Seafood

Blue Comet Seafoods: flash frozen at sea black cod, halibut, salmon, tuna, canned sockeye salmon, canned smoked pink salmon, canned albacore tuna, canned smoked albacore tuna, cold smoked sockeye lox-sliced, cold smoked white spring chunks, hot smoked spring-peppered and natural, springs salmon maple nuggets, salmon candy

Greendale Meats: beef, pork, turkey

Rockweld Farm: chicken, eggs

Specialty Farm Products

Bryan & Agnes Warmerdam: specialty daffodils

Cedar Isle Farm: Certified Organic barley,  flour, oats, specialty potatoes, garlic, eggs

Golden Ears Cheesecrafters: grassfed butter, velvet brie cheese, jersey blue cheese, gouda cheese, havarti cheese, cheese curds

Valley Gold Bee Company: clover honey, blueberry honey, raspberry honey

The Promised Land Farm: Wild Harvest nettles, dried chantrelle mushrooms, dried pine mushrooms, dried lobster mushrooms, spouts, dried kombu seaweed

Veggie of the Week: Rutabaga

Photo Credit: Shira McDermott

 

CLEANSING WINTER VEGETABLE MISO SOUP
2 tbsp cooking oil
2 medium yellow onions, chopped from Paul’s Produce
4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped from Cropthorne Farm
4 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped from Cropthorne Farm
1 large rutabega, peeled and chopped from Cropthorne Farm
1 small-medium head of green cabbage, roughly chopped into pieces from Cropthorne Farm
1/2-1 cup Passata
8 cups water or bone broth from Georels
3/4 cup medium or light miso
3 tbsp honey from Valley Gold Bee Company

The magic of this recipe is how easy and very simple it is. The vegetables included here are all readily available (and inexpensive) this time of year, and the key to soup success is cutting the veggies in consistent sized pieces. The cabbage makes the soup. You could use 2-3 tbsp of tomato paste instead of the Passata here.

Start by preparing all of the vegetables. Heat the oil in a large soup pot on medium high and add the onions, cooking for 6-8 minutes until browning and soft, being sure to stir as you go. Add the carrots, potatoes, and rutabega and cook on medium-high heat for another 5-6 minutes, stirring intermittently. Add the water and Passata, and bring the soup to a light boil with the lid just slightly ajar. Cook at a rolling simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Add the cabbage and cook a further 10-15 minutes, until all of the veggies are tender and the cabbage is soft and wilted. At the end, stir in the Miso and honey, and stir well to break up the Miso clumps. It will help to let the soup sit a few minutes off the heat, 10 minutes or so with the lid on, to let the miso settle in and fully permeate the entire pot of soup. Stir well, and re-heat as needed. To serve, enjoy piping hot in a bowl or a favourite mug garnished with chopped fresh herbs, olive oil, or simply as is.

Recipe Source: In Pursuit of More

We’re Hiring!

Care about your community? Interested in supporting Vancouver’s local food system? Have strong customer service skills? Willing to work in the rain or🌧 sun ☀️? Join our market crew team this summer! Find out more on our website (eatlocal.org/employment) – deadline to apply is March 21st at midnight.

 Don’t Miss

Evo Car Share will have a booth set up at Hastings Park this weekend. Take advantage of their great sign up promo for market shoppers – free membership + 30 mins driving!

Hastings Park Shoppers Card

Are you a regular Hastings Park shopper? Pickup your Hastings Shopper Card at our Information Booth and enjoy some great perks including:

  • Free Market Money transactions ($2 value)
  • Free “bunch” item after 5th visit*
  • Free “basket” or “bag” item after 10th visit*
  • Free “jar” item after 15th visit*

It’s free to join, just sign up for our weekly newsletter!

*all free items valued at a maximum of $3. Shopper card is available at Hastings Park only.

Help Spread the Word!

Love the market? Tell your friends and family about Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market to help this new market grow. Share our Facebook page & tag your photos @vanmarkets #HastingsParkWFM.

Be a Market Champion! Get a Hastings Park lawn sign and let your neighbours know where to find the freshest in local produce, all within a few minutes of their home. Pickup your lawn sign at the Info Booth this week!

See you at the market!


Get a complete list of this week’s Hastings Park vendors here.

Find more information on the Hastings Park location here


What's Fresh at Hastings Park - March 12

What’s in Season

acorn squash, beets, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cabbage, carrots, celeriac, crimini mushrooms, delicata squash, endive, fennel, garlic, hazelnuts, kabocha squash, kohlrabi, leeks, napa cabbage, nettles, onions, oyster mushrooms, parsnips, potatoes, portabella mushrooms, radishes , savoy cabbage, shallots, shiitake mushrooms, spaghetti squash, sunchokes, turnips, walnuts

Veggie of the Week: Celeriac

Often overlooked, celeriac, or celery root, is a delicious root vegetable perfect for roasting, mashing or pureeing – think a cross between a potato, celery and parsley. Pick one up this weekend and try our cream of celeriac soup recipe, you’ll be hooked!

Cream of Celeriac Soup

4 tblsp Golden Ears Grassfed Butter
1 onion from Klippers Organic Acres, chopped
3 garlic cloves from Paul’s Produce, finely chopped
1 leek from Cropthorne Farm, finely chopped
1 celeriac root from Cropthorne Farm, chopped
4 cups of Georels Chicken Bone Broth or vegetable stock
3/4 cups of cream
salt & pepper to taste

  1. Heat a large frying pan or saucepan until medium hot, add 2 tblsp of the butter and the onion and fry for a couple of minutes to just soften. Add the garlic and leek, and fry for another minute; then add the chopped celeriac. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the celeriac is just tender.

  2. Blend the soup to a fine purée using a stick blender or a blender. Return to the heat in a pan. Add the cream and whisk in the remaining 2 tblsp of butter, season with salt and pepper.

(recipe adapted from BBC)

Featured Vendors

Dogwood Brewing: Don’t forget your growler 😉

Klippers Organic Acres: They’re back, bringing organic apples, veggies, dried fruit and canned veggies.

Yellow Basket Baking: Tasty treats baked without dairy, eggs or nuts!

We’re Hiring!

Care about your community? Interested in supporting Vancouver’s local food system? Have strong customer service skills? Willing to work in the rain or🌧 sun ☀️? Join our market crew team this summer! Find out more on our website (eatlocal.org/employment) – deadline to apply is March 21st at midnight.

Hastings Park Shoppers Card

Are you a regular Hastings Park shopper? Pickup your Hastings Shopper Card at our Information Booth and enjoy some great perks including:

  • Free Market Money transactions ($2 value)
  • Free “bunch” item after 5th visit*
  • Free “basket” or “bag” item after 10th visit*
  • Free “jar” item after 15th visit*

It’s free to join, just sign up for our weekly newsletter!

*all free items valued at a maximum of $3. Shopper card is available at Hastings Park only.

Help Spread the Word!

Love the market? Tell your friends and family about Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market to help this new market grow. Share our Facebook page & tag your photos @vanmarkets #HastingsParkWFM.

Be a Market Champion! Get a Hastings Park lawn sign and let your neighbours know where to find the freshest in local produce, all within a few minutes of their home. Pickup your lawn sign at the Info Booth this week!

See you at the market!


Get a complete list of this week’s Hastings Park vendors here.

Find more information on the Hastings Park location here


What's Fresh at Hastings Park - March 5

What’s in Season

acorn squash, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cabbage, carrots, celeriac, crimini mushrooms, delicata squash, endive, fennel, garlic, hazelnuts, kabocha squash, kohlrabi, leeks, napa cabbage, onions, parsnips, potatoes, portabella mushrooms, radishes, red kuri squash , savoy cabbage, shallots, shiitake mushrooms, spaghetti squash, sunchokes, turnips, walnuts

Membership Appreciation Day!

We’re saying thanks to our VFM members with some awesome Membership Appreciation Day perks! Members save $2 on Market Money transaction fees and enjoy exclusive member specials:

  • Aussie Pie Guy: $3 off a box of frozen pies, or one hot pie
  • A Bread Affair: $1 organic baguettes
  • Blue Comet Seafoods: 20% off Sockeye Salmon Patties and White Spring Salmon Kebobs
  • Cedar Isle Farm: $1 off cold-rolled or steal-crimped organic oats
  • NEW VENDOR! Cowichan Pasta Co: buy 3 boxes of pasta, get one free!
  • Golden Ears Cheesecrafters: $1 off cumin gouda
  • Ildiko Jewelry: $10 off any necklace and earring set
  • Paul’s Produce: receive 3 free berry juices ($30 value) with purchase of $60 gift card or 3 juices and 3 large bags of frozen berries with purchase of $100 gift card

Not a VFM member? Learn how to join and support our non-profit organization HERE!

*please note the Hastings Park Shopper Card is not a VFM membership.

Hastings Park Shoppers Card

Are you a regular Hastings Park shopper? Pickup your Hastings Shopper Card at our Information Booth and enjoy some great perks including:

  • Free Market Money transactions ($2 value)
  • Free “bunch” item after 5th visit*
  • Free “basket” or “bag” item after 10th visit*
  • Free “jar” item after 15th visit*

It’s free to join, just sign up for our weekly newsletter!

*all free items valued at a maximum of $3. Shopper card is available at Hastings Park only.

Help Spread the Word!

Love the market? Tell your friends and family about Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market to help this new market grow. Share our Facebook page & tag your photos @vanmarkets #HastingsParkWFM.

Be a Market Champion! Get a Hastings Park lawn sign and let your neighbours know where to find the freshest in local produce, all within a few minutes of their home. Pickup your lawn sign at the Info Booth this week!

See you at the market!


Get a complete list of this week’s Hastings Park vendors here.

Find more information on the Hastings Park location here