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What's Fresh at Riley Park - July 15


We have lots of great vendors coming to the plaza at Riley Park again this Saturday, bringing fresh food & more to the neighbourhood! Join us for some tasty eats, great music, and sunny times! We look forward to seeing you there.


What’s in Season:

arugula, baby bok choi, basil, beans, beets, bell peppers, blueberries, carrots, cabbage, chard, cherries, collards, cucumber, dill, eggplant, garlic, green peas, kale, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsnips, pickling cucumber, potatoes, radish, raspberries, rhubarb, salad greens, shallots, spinach, strawberries, turnips, winter squash, zucchini

CHECK OUT OUR IN SEASON BLOG FOR RECIPES AND COOKING TIPS FEATURING PRODUCE THAT’S IN SEASON NOW!


Make Sure to Check out:

Paul’s Produce – berries, berries, berries!

The Farm House Natural Cheeses – farmstead artisan cheeses from Agassiz, BC.

River and Sea Flowers – Gorgeously vibrant certified organic flower arrangements from Westham Island.

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S RILEY PARK VENDORS HERE


Vendor Feature:

Jasbir cooking up her famous veggie pakoras onsite at the market

Jasbir Mandair has been coming to VFM markets since early 2016, and currently sells her berries, mixed vegetables, and hot pakoras at our markets. She has been growing commercially in British Columbia since 1983, but her farming roots go much deeper to a childhood spent on her family’s farm in the Punjab. VFM staffers recently had the opportunity to talk with her and tour the farm she runs with her son Sajan in Abbotsford.

FOR THE FULL Q & A WITH JASBIR CLICK HERE!

Mandair Farms is at the Riley Park Farmers Market all season!


Summer Markets Are Here!

Trout Lake – Saturdays 9am-2pm –North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park

Kitsilano – Sundays 10am-2pm – 10th Ave. & Larch St.
West End – Saturdays 9am-2pm – 1100 Block of Comox St.
Mt Pleasant – Sundays 10am-2pm – Dude Chilling Park, 8th & Guelph
Downtown – Thursdays 11am-3pm – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
Riley Park – *NEW* opens June 24, Saturdays 10am-2pm – 50 East 30th Ave.


VISIT US AT THE RILEY PARK PLAZA (50 E 30TH AVE), EVERY SATURDAY, 10AM-2PM, UNTIL OCTOBER 7TH

FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE RILEY PARK LOCATION HERE

DISCOVER OUR SIX OTHER SUMMER MARKET LOCATIONS ON OUR MARKETS PAGE.


In Season: Fresh Pea Hummus

© Vanessa Vorbach

Fresh Pea Hummus

by: Vanessa Vorbach

Ingredients

2 cups fresh shelled peas

3 Tbsp olive oil

4 Tbsp lemon juice

¼ cup of your favourite fresh herb. Dill, parsley, cilantro, basil or mint work great!

1-2 gloves of garlic

salt, pepper to taste

Optional: Dijon mustard

Directions

1.    Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add peas. Cook for about 2 minutes, drain and rinse them with cold water.

2.    Add all ingredients in a food processor and pulse for about 30 minutes. Add a bit of water or oil if you like the consistency on the creamier side.

3.    Adjust seasoning to your liking. Add more garlic, salt, or lemon to taste and some pepper

 

Serving options:

–        as a dip with sliced cucumbers, carrots, celery, apple

–        for sandwiches or lettuce wraps on a flatbread with grilled vegetables

–        as a pesto with zucchini noodles, olives and capers

–        on a sweet potato toast with sliced avocado


Q & A with Jasbir of Mandair Farms

Jasbir cooking up her famous veggie pakoras onsite at the market

Jasbir Mandair has been coming to VFM markets since early 2016, and currently sells her berries, mixed vegetables, and hot pakoras at Riley Park, Trout Lake, Kitsilano, Mount Pleasant, and Main St. Station Markets.

She has been growing commercially in British Columbia since 1983, but her farming roots go much deeper to a childhood spent on her family’s farm in the Punjab. VFM staffers recently had the opportunity to talk with her and tour the farm she runs with her son Sajan in Abbotsford.

 

 

Q: Both you and your husband Surinder were born into farming in India. Can you tell us what part of India you’re from, and what kinds of crops your families grew?

A: We farmed in the Punjab. My village was a place called Akara in district Jhalandar, and my husband was from Ghari Baksha. We grew corn, wheat, rice, and sugar cane.

Q: How does farming in India differ from farming in BC?

A: Farming in India was different for two reasons. First, the technology of the time period back in the 60s meant everything was still done by hand and animals such as oxen. Even the watering was done manually – we used to have big wells and the water was drawn by a chain attached to a bucket.

The second difference was the crops themselves – they are completely different from growing and harvesting berries. You cut the wheat at the base and put into bundles; the grain was used for food and the straw remaining was used for feed for the animals. With berries, you pick it and pack it into boxes, but you leave the plant untouched.

Q: What is the most difficult thing about farming in BC?

A: BC is the best place for farming, there is no real difficulty… the weather is good, land is good, water is absolutely the best.

The difficulty is in the work of the farm and finding labor, since the new generation isn’t interested to work on the farm. The other difficulty is selling the product to actually make a living. We can have a really good crop but the price that is paid from the cannery is sometimes not even enough to make ends meet. The profit margin isn’t there – the blueberry can be absolutely amazing but the processor barely pays anything for them.

Q: How many family members are involved in the Mandair operation?

A: There are about 5-30, very dependent on the crop and how much it is producing, and the time of the year. We currently have 5 core “staff members” – my son Sajan, his fiancé Veerpal Kingra and her sister Ramneek, Dildar Virdi, and myself. Now that we have raspberry, we have about 20-25 pickers that come to pick by hand.

Q: What’s your favourite crop to grow?

A: I love all three berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) that we grow but if I had to pick a favourite, I would say strawberries!


Mandair Farms are also known for their great selection of market vegetables, including the popular Punjabi ingredient called Tinde, or apple gourd. Here’s how Jasbir prepares them at home…

Tinde, aka apple gourd
© FoodFellas4You

Mandair Farms-style Tinde

Ingredients

6 apple gourds, cut into 4-6 pieces

1 onion, sliced thin

1 tomato, diced

1 tsp. cooking oil

1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced

2 cloves garlic, cut fine or minced

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. tumeric

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1. Sauté onion, garlic, ginger, and cumin on medium heat for one minute in a teaspoon of cooking oil.
  2. Add the tomato, tumeric, salt and pepper into the sauté mix and cook for 5-6 minutes on medium low heat.
  3. Add in the apple gourd and cook until they are soft. For a more pasty sauce, add 1/4-1/2 cup of water.
  4. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with rice or roti. Also try stuffing it into a tortilla with some sour cream for a delicious, plant-based lunch.

You can find Mandair Farms weekly at Main St. Station, Riley Park, Trout Lake, Kitsilano, and Mount Pleasant Markets. To search for their complete market schedule, click here.


What's Fresh at Riley Park - July 8


We have an awesome lineup this week again at the Riley Park Farmers Market! Come spend your sunny Saturday in beautiful Riley Park and enjoy the sounds of our buskers, the chance to connect with your community and the variety of fresh local food! Looking forward to seeing you on the plaza.


What’s in Season:

arugula, baby bok choi, basil, beans, beets, bell peppers, blueberries, carrots, cabbage, chard, cherries, collards, cucumber, dill, eggplant, garlic, green peas, kale, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsnips, pickling cucumber, potatoes, radish, raspberries, rhubarb, salad greens, shallots, spinach, strawberries, turnips, winter squash, zucchini

CHECK OUT OUR IN SEASON BLOG FOR RECIPES AND COOKING TIPS FEATURING PRODUCE THAT’S IN SEASON NOW!


Make Sure to Check out:

Mandair Farms – They have blueberries! Come early to get them!

Odd Society Spirits for some small-batch craft spirits distilled in the heart of East Van

The Smallflower for some delicious baked goods that are 100% gluten free!

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S RILEY PARK VENDORS HERE


Don’t Miss:

The UBC Nutrition Research Program will be at the market on Saturday. Do you have a toddler under 18 months old? Stop by the booth to learn more about their study on the nutrition needs of young children! For more info click here!


Summer Markets Are Open!

Trout Lake – Saturdays 9am-2pm –North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park

Kitsilano – Sundays 10am-2pm – 10th Ave. & Larch St.
West End – Saturdays 9am-2pm – 1100 Block of Comox St.
Mt Pleasant – Sundays 10am-2pm – Dude Chilling Park, 8th & Guelph
Downtown – Thursdays 11am-3pm – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
Riley Park – *NEW* opens June 24, Saturdays 10am-2pm – 50 East 30th Ave.


VISIT US AT THE RILEY PARK PLAZA (50 E 30th AVE), EVERY SATURDAY, 10AM-2PM, UNTIL OCTOBER 7TH

FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE RILEY PARK LOCATION HERE

DISCOVER OUR SIX OTHER SUMMER MARKET LOCATIONS ON OUR MARKETS PAGE.


What's Fresh at Riley Park - July 1


Bring your friends and family and come spend Canada’s 150th Birthday at Riley Park! Lay on the grass with a popsicle or a tasty food truck lunch and enjoy some tunes from our buskers. We will also have all of your grocery needs for a Canada Day Dinner – a variety of meats and fish for the BBQ, vegetables and fruits, bread, wine, flowers, spirits and much more! What better way to spend Canada Day than supporting your local (BC) Canadian producers?


What’s in Season:

arugula, asparagus, bell peppers, carrots, cabbage, chard, cherries, collards, cucumber, garlic, garlic scapes, kale, leeks, onions, parsnips, potatoes, radish, rhubarb, raspberries, salad greens, shallots, spinach, spring onions, sprouts, strawberries, turnips

CHECK OUT OUR IN SEASON AT THE MARKETS BLOG FOR A FULL FRESH GUIDE.


Don’t Miss:

  • Rai Produce has sweet, juicy cherries! Come early to claim your bunch!
  • Stop by Forbidden Fruit Winery for Tree Fruit and Grape wines from Similkameen Valley.
  • Visit Greendale Meats truck for a great variety of meats raised in Greendale, Chilliwack.
  • Pick up some Irises from Warmerdam Flowers.

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S RILEY PARK VENDORS HERE


It’s Member Appreciation Day:

At all of our markets, the first market of every month is member appreciation day! VFM members can enjoy member discounts on a number of products on these days. If you don’t already have a membership, make sure to sign up at the information booth! Saturday’s specials at Riley Park include:

 

  • 10% off Keta Salmon Filets at Blue Comet Seafoods
  • $4 Cup of Chocolate at Coconama Chocolate
  • 3 Bone Broths for $40 at Georels
  • Free Garlic Scape Bunch with any purchase at One love Farm
  • Buy 2 boxes of cherries and get $1 off at Rai Produce
  • Buy 1 poppy bunch for $10, get a second for $5 at River and Sea Flowers
  • 10% off Greek Donair Turkey, Broccoli Cheddar Chicken, or Tandoori Chicken/Mango Sausages at Stapleton Sausage Co.

Summer Markets Are Open!

Trout Lake – Saturdays 9am-2pm –North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park

Kitsilano – Sundays 10am-2pm – 10th Ave. & Larch St.
West End – Saturdays 9am-2pm – 1100 Block of Comox St.
Mt Pleasant – Sundays 10am-2pm – Dude Chilling Park, 8th & Guelph
Downtown – Thursdays 11am-3pm – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
Riley Park – *NEW* opens June 24, Saturdays 10am-2pm – 50 East 30th Ave.


VISIT US AT THE RILEY PARK PLAZA (50 E 30th AVE), EVERY SATURDAY, 10AM-2PM, UNTIL OCTOBER 7TH

FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE RILEY PARK LOCATION HERE

DISCOVER OUR SIX OTHER SUMMER MARKET LOCATIONS ON OUR MARKETS PAGE.