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What's Fresh at Trout Lake - Oct 1st

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Tempeh with Eggplant & Tomatoes Recipe

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 shallots, roughly chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1″ piece ginger, peeled & sliced
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp sambal oelek
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp ground tumeric
  • 1 lime leaf
  • zest & juice of 1 lime
  • 200 g block tempeh, 1″ piece
  • 1/2 lb Japanese eggplant – halved lenthwise & cut into 1″ wide pieces
  • 1 1/2 lbs tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp coarse salt % 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup toasted cashews
  • finely chopped scallions

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large pan over medium-high head. Add shallots, garlic, ginger and lemongrass and cook – stirring occasionally – until browned and slightly charred in places, about 3 mins. Pour mixture into a blender.

To the blender, add brown sugar, sambal oelek, tamarind paste, fish sauce, ground tumeric, lime leaf and lime zest and juice. Blend until pureed. Set aside.

Add the pan back to medium-high heat and add another tbsp of oil. Cook the tempeh for about 2 mins per side, until browned and charred in places. Remove tempeh to a plate lined with paper towel.

Add the final tbsp of oil to the pan. Cook the eggplant in a manner similar to the tempeh, until browned and charred in bits – about 2 mins.

Add tomatoes to the pan and add the tempeh back. Reduce head to medium. Add salt and pepper. Stir together and cook – sirring occxasionally – until sace has thicked, 10 – 12 mins. The mixture should resemble a chunky tomato sauce. Stir cashews into the pan, sprinkle with scallions. Serve over rice.

For more Local Food Global Flavour recipes, look out for our recipe cards throughout the market! #localfoodglobalflavours

The Produce

acorn squash, apples, basil, bell peppers, butternut squash, broccoli, brussel sprouts, bok choy, cantaloupe, carrots, celery, chard, cherries, cauliflower, cucumbers, cucamelons, corn, dahlias, delicata squash, eggplant, fennel, fresh herbs, garlic, green onions, grapes, heirloom tomatoes, kale, leeks, nectarines, new potatoes, mushrooms, patty pan squash, pears, plums, pumpkins, radishes, raspberries, salad mix, sunflowers, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, zinnias, zucchini, zucchini flowers

The Vendors

We’ve got a vendor we’re seeing for the first time this week: Cranberry Meadows. They offer fresh plump cranberries grown in Maple Ridge by the Susan and Jamie Senger family.

Don’t Miss

Electro Recycle will be at the market accepting your small appliances. Visit them at the West entrance to the market to learn more about recycling and be entered in a draw when you recycle an appliance! More details on the hundreds of items they accept is available on their website.

Celebrate the harvest with Vancouver Farmers Markets at RIPE 2016! Tickets are on sale now for our annual dinner fundraiser, which takes place Sunday, October 16 at The Roundhouse. RIPE features a knock-out roster of farm-to-table chefs paired with VFM producers to present 8 mount-watering small plate tasting stations, seasonal cocktails, and local craft beverage. More info on participating chefs and vendors, and to buy tickets, at the RIPE event page.

Ready, set, SCAVENGE! Pickup your Salt Spring Coffee’s Edible Scavenger Hunt card and complete 5 activities to be entered to win Salt Spring Island swag, $100 market money or tickets to our annual Ripe harvest dinner.

Find us in the north parking lot of John Hendry Park / Trout Lake.

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

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


What's Fresh at Trout Lake - Sept 24th

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Gai Lan Fried Rice

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • ½ lb gai lan
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp hot sauce (or more to taste)
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 oz shitake mushrooms, stems trimmed and sliced 1/4” thick
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice*
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 green onions, minced

*Rice should be cooked a bit drier than normal and chilled so its not mushy when fried.  To cook 4 cups of rice this way, use 1 1/3 cups dry rice + 2 2/3 cups water

Method:

  1. Cut the gai lan leaves from the stems.  Cut the stems crosswise into ¼” thick pieces.  Cut leaves crosswise into 1” wide pieces.  Set aside in separate bowls.

  2. Mix the soy sauce, brown sugar and hot sauce in a small bowl until the sugar dissolves.  Set aside.

  3. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium-high heat.  Add the mushrooms, sprinkle with ½ tsp of salt and cook, stirring rarely, until browned around the edges (3 minutes). Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl.

  4. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp of oil in the same pan over medium heat.  Add the reserved gai lan stems, onion, garlic and remaining ½ tsp of salt and cook until the onions have softened (5 minutes).

  5. Add the reserved gai lan leaves, rice and mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally until the leaves just start to wilt and the mixture is heated through (4 minutes).  Add the reserved soy sauce mixture and stir to combine.

  6. Push the rice mixture to one side of the pan, add the eggs, and cook, stirring occasionally with a spatula, until almost set (about 2 minutes).  Remove pan from heat, sprinkle with scallions, and toss to combine.  Serve immediately.

    Credit: The Stop Community Food Centre

For more Local Food Global Flavour recipes, look out for our recipe cards throughout the market! #localfoodglobalflavours

The Produce

acorn squash, apples, basil, bell peppers, butternut squash, broccoli, brussel sprouts, bok choy, cantaloupe, carrots, celery, chard, cherries, cauliflower, cucumbers, cucamelons, corn, dahlias, delicata squash, eggplant, fennel, fresh herbs, garlic, green onions, grapes, heirloom tomatoes, kale, leeks, nectarines, new potatoes, mushrooms, patty pan squash, pears, plums, pumpkins, radishes, raspberries, salad mix, sunflowers, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, zinnias, zucchini, zucchini flowers

The Vendors

We’ve got a vendor we’re seeing for the last time this week: Rondriso Farms and Sapo Bravo Organic Farm.

Rondriso Farms outside Surrey will be concentrating on their annual fall pumpkin patch. Starting October 1st you’ll be able to visit and take a hayride to the pumpkin fields to pick your very own pumpkin (or two!).

Sapo Bravo Organic Farm Northwest of Lytton, BC is finishing their first season with a new farmer. If you haven’t said met farmer Ashala yet, consider stopping by their stall to say hello.

Don’t Miss

Celebrate the harvest with Vancouver Farmers Markets at RIPE 2016! Tickets are on sale now for our annual dinner fundraiser, which takes place Sunday, October 16 at The Roundhouse. RIPE features a knock-out roster of farm-to-table chefs paired with VFM producers to present 8 mount-watering small plate tasting stations, seasonal cocktails, and local craft beverage. More info on participating chefs and vendors, and to buy tickets, at the RIPE event page.

This week is our last for Survey September! Spend a minute letting us know about you so the markets can better serve all in our community.

Ready, set, SCAVENGE! Pickup your Salt Spring Coffee’s Edible Scavenger Hunt card and complete 5 activities to be entered to win Salt Spring Island swag, $100 market money or tickets to our annual Ripe harvest dinner.

Find us in the north parking lot of John Hendry Park / Trout Lake.

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

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


What's Fresh at Trout Lake - Sept 17

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The Produce

acorn squash, apples, basil, bell peppers, butternut squash, broccoli, brussel sprouts, bok choy, cantaloupe, carrots, celery, chard, cherries, cauliflower, cucumbers, cucamelons, corn, dahlias, delicata squash, eggplant, fennel, fresh herbs, garlic, green onions, grapes, heirloom tomatoes, kale, leeks, nectarines, new potatoes, mushrooms, patty pan squash, pears, plums, pumpkins, radishes, raspberries, salad mix, sunflowers, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, zinnias, zucchini, zucchini flowers

The Vendors

We’ve got a vendor we’re seeing for the first time this week: Apple Lane Orchards. Rod and Vlasta run a certified organic apple orchard on Denman Island, and have been at the East Vancouver Market since it began! With 20 varieties of heritage, specialty and cider apples, as well as pears, quince, apple chips and apple juice, their stall is a staple Trout Lake stop during the fall.

Farmers feed us! We <3 Farmers!

This week we’re celebrating our local food growers with Farmers Appreciation Week! Join us as we celebrate the importance local food and farmers make to our everyday lives. Take an extra moment to tell the farmers how much you appreciate what they do and how important farmers markets are to you!

Don’t Miss

This week for Survey September we’re asking you why you love your local farmers for Farmers Appreciation Week. Tell us why you love them and answer our other survey questions – it will only take a few minutes.

Ready, set, SCAVENGE! Pickup your Salt Spring Coffee’s Edible Scavenger Hunt card and complete 5 activities to be entered to win Salt Spring Island swag, $100 market money or tickets to our annual Ripe harvest dinner.

 

Find us in the north parking lot of John Hendry Park / Trout Lake.

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

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


What's Fresh at Trout Lake - Sept 10th

This is what a $40 spend looks like at Main Street Station!

The Produce

Walla walla onions, Green beans, Bell peppers, Fingerling potatoes, Garlic, Eggplant, Cabbage, Kabocha Squash, Yellow watermelons

The Vendors

We’ve got a vendor we’re seeing for the first time this week: Poplar Grove Hazelnuts. Peter and Elizabeth Andres in Agassiz have been selling organic hazelnuts at the market since 1997. They are coming out of retirement after a battle with blight that decimated their hazelnut trees and others across the Lower Mainland in recent years. Welcome back!

This week is the last for Applebarn Pumpkin Farm. Love their produce? Find them at the Mount Pleasant and Downtown markets until October 2nd, when the Mount Pleasant Market turns into a fall wonderland complete with hay bales, or consider visiting their farm for u-pick apples, a corn maze, and lots of fun for the whole family.

Don’t Miss

Survey September is underway at the Trout Lake Market – help us develop our markets by telling us about yourself! Each week we’ll have different questions so be sure to stop by and complete our dot survey.

Pickup your Salt Spring Coffee’s Edible Scavenger Hunt card and complete 5 activities to be entered to win Salt Spring Island swag, $100 market money or tickets to our annual RIPE harvest dinner.

CSNN (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) will be bringing their wealth of nutritional knowledge to the market. Find them at the West entrance for activities and advice!

Buskers from the Accordion Noir Festival will be serenading market visitors in the afternoon. Get a taste of the festival with Duo Finelli (Seattle) and the guitar player, accordionist and percussionist from Magic in the Woods (Pemberton).

 

Find us in the north parking lot of John Hendry Park / Trout Lake.

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

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


What's Fresh at Trout Lake - Sept 3rd

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The Produce

Artichokes, Cucamelons, Grapes, Apples, Heirloom Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Kohlrabi, Pattypan Squash, Pears, Purple Beans, Sweet Peppers, Sungold Tomatoes, Watermelon, Eggplant

Don’t Miss

It’s Member Appreciation Day this Saturday at the Trout Lake Farmers Market! Look out for the “Member Special” signs in vendors’ stall and show your card to save.

This month’s specials include:

  • Nidhi’s Cuisine: 3 baked samosas for $12.  Chutneys are 3 for $25.
  • Golden Ears Cheesecrafters:  buy any 2 products and get $1 off.
  • Applebarn Pumpkin Farm: $2 off a box of Cucamelons. $1 off their large pepper challenge bag

Look out for more this weekend at the market!  Not a Market Member yet? Sign up at the Info Tent, or find out more info on our Membership page.


 

ElectroRecycle

Recycle your old small appliances with ElectroRecycle and be entered to win $100 in Market Money. Drop off, FOR FREE, with the friendly ER Recycling Ambassadors at the market and they’ll enter you in the draw. For more information on what they collect, visit electrorecycle.ca


RIPE Tickets On Sale

Celebrate the harvest with Vancouver Farmers Markets at RIPE 2016! Tickets are on sale now for our annual dinner fundraiser, which takes place Sunday, October 16 at The Roundhouse. RIPE features a knock-out roster of farm-to-table chefs paired with VFM producers to present 8 mount-watering small plate tasting stationsseasonal cocktails, and local craft beverage. More info on participating chefs and vendors, and to buy tickets, at the RIPE event page.

Find us in the north parking lot of John Hendry Park / Trout Lake.

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

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


What's Fresh at Trout Lake - August 27th

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The Produce

Artichokes, Cucamelons, Grapes, Apples, Heirloom Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Kohlrabi, Pattypan Squash, Pears, Purple Beans, Sweet Peppers, Sungold Tomatoes, Watermelon, Eggplant

Farm Tour

This past week our market team was lucky enough to visit Shalefield Organic Gardens in the Columbia Valley. We toured the 10-acre farm and got to see first hand where all the delicious berries, greens, tomatoes and cucumbers grow! Stop by their stall this week to see what made it to the market and for a taste of this biodynamic farm.

For photos of the visit to Shalefield Organic Gardens, as well as to Fresh Quality Produce and Warmerdam Flowers, see our Facebook album.

Don’t Miss

The Salt Spring Coffee Edible Scavenger Hunt kicks off this Saturday at Trout Lake, and runs until October 9. This is a super fun and easy way for shoppers to connect with farmers, food, and even market crew, for a chance to win some sweet prizes. Pick up a copy at the red Info Booth mid market and get ready for some market fun!

RIPE Tickets On Sale

Early Bird tickets for RIPE 2016 on sale now! A limited number of discounted tickets (save $15) are still available for Vancouver Farmers Markets’ Annual Dinner Celebration, taking place at the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall on Sunday, October 16th. RIPE 2016 will feature 8 of the city’s top farm-to-table restaurants paired with our farms and producers to present a local food feast to remember.

And the best part? Buy your tickets before August 31st and be entered to win a pair of tickets to Metro Vancouver Feast of FieldsGet tickets today!

Find us in the north parking lot of John Hendry Park / Trout Lake.

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

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


What's Fresh at Trout Lake - Aug 20 - TOMATO FEST!

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The Produce

apricots, artichokes, basil, beets, beans, bell peppers, blackberries, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cherries, cherry tomatoes, chili peppers, chives, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, green onions, kholrabi, melons, pattypan squash, peaches, plums, potatoes, radicchio, radishes, raspberries, salad mix, spinach, strawberries, sunflowers, tomatoes, turnips, wheatgrass, zucchini

Tomato Festival

This Saturday, we’re celebrating tomatoes in all their multicoloured and many-sized glory!

  • Tomato Display: Did you know there are over 150 varieties of tomatoes at the Trout Lake and Kitsilano Farmers Markets? Including but not limited to 150VarietiesofKlippersOrganicTomatoes (click on the link for a PDF with pictures!). Check out our display tabes in the middle of the market to see some of the different varieties as well as suggestions for how to eat them
  • Tomato Tasting: What better way to get to know tomatoes than to taste them? We’ll have a variety of tomatoes available to sample.
  • Recipes: Got a favourite? Share it on our Facebook page! We’ll share some of ours at the markets

Don’t Miss!

Circle Farm Tour will have seedling planting for kids, as well as a gift basket shoppers of any age can enter to win! Visit their booth at the West entrance to the market to learn more about their self-guided agri-tourism tours in the Fraser Valley and enter their contest.

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GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

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


What's Fresh at Trout Lake - August 13th

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 The Produce

apricots, artichokes, basil, beets, beans, bell peppers, blackberries, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cherries, cherry tomatoes, chili peppers, chives, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, green onions, kholrabi, melons, pattypan squash, peaches, plums, potatoes, radicchio, radishes, raspberries, salad mix, spinach, strawberries, sunflowers, tomatoes, turnips, wheatgrass, zucchini

Bike To Shop Day

This Saturday, we’re celebrating using cycling for everyday errands as part of the first annual Bike to Shop Day! Cycle to the market and be entered in a prize draw for non-perishable goodies and bike related items made by market vendors. Cyclists will also save the $2 market money fee – just show us your helmet.

Don’t Miss

Contest Alert!  We’re excited to celebrate Tomato Fest at Trout Lake and Kitsilano on August 20th and 21st. Show us your ugliest tomatoes and enter to win $20 Market Money by tagging your ugly tomato photo #inglorioustomato @vanmarkets on Instagram. Winner will be picked on Friday, August 19th. Find your ugly heirloom tomato this week at Trout Lake Market!

Find us in the north parking lot of John Hendry Park, just north of Trout Lake.

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET VENDORSHERE.

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


What's Fresh at Trout Lake - August 6th

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It’s Member Appreciation Day!

This weekend we’re saying thank you to our members! The ongoing support helps the market non-profit run 6 summer markets and 2 winter markets across the city. Snag a member card and ask your favourite vendors if they have any member specials. Here’s a teaser of some of the many specials available this Saturday:

  • Jobst Hof Orchards: box of 25lb+ of semi-freestone RedHaven peaches for $40 (regular price $62.50).
  • Rockweld: buy one package of drumsticks, get one package FREE!
  • Stapleton Sausage: 10% off your choice of any 2 packages
  • Tien Jewels & Spells: he’ll pay the tax for you
  • Nidhi’s Cuisine: 3 for $11 baked samosas, and 3 for $22 chutneys
  • Golden Ears Cheesecrafters: buy any 2 products and get $1 off
  • Culver City Salads:  buy any meal salad, get a sweet cookie free
  • Aussie Pie Guy: $3 off a hot pie

The Produce

apricots, artichokes, basil, beets, beans, bell peppers, blackberries, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cherries, cherry tomatoes, chili peppers, chives, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, green onions, kholrabi, melons, pattypan squash, peaches, plums, potatoes, radicchio, radishes, raspberries, salad mix, spinach, strawberries, sunflowers, tomatoes, turnips, wheatgrass, zucchini

Don’t Miss:

Stoney’s Paradise, aka “the Tomato guy”, is back with his well-coveted tomatoes. Get there early to line up if you want a pint of his delicious sungolds or other heirloom tomato varieties!

Electro Recycle will be accepting your used electronics. Bring your toasters, hair curlers, and more so they can be given new life through the recycling program.

Find us in the north parking lot of John Hendry Park, just north of Trout Lake.

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

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


What's Fresh at Trout Lake - July 30

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The Produce

apricots, basil, beets, beans, bell peppers, blackberries, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cherries, cherry tomatoes, chili peppers, chives, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, green onions, kholrabi, melons, pattypan squash, peaches, peas, plums, potatoes, radicchio, radishes, raspberries, salad mix, spinach, strawberries, sunflowers, tomatoes, turnips, wheatgrass, zucchini

 

Manager’s Picks

With so many beautiful tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers at the market, this week is a great one for a greek salad! Get your veggies from one of our many organic and non-organic farmers, some olives and olive oil from Dundarave Olive Company, feta cheese from Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and you’ve got yourself a delicious summertime meal.

 

Don’t Miss:

Alcohol vendors this week include Bomber Brewing, Artisan SakeMaker, and Wayward Distillation House. Crafters include Jacqueline Robins Ceramics, Royal Herbs organic bodycare products, woodworker The Wooden Forge, and jeweler Nancy Esworthy Designs. Our alcohol-makers and crafters only come to the market a few times a season, so visit them while you have the chance!

Find us in the north parking lot of John Hendry Park, just north of Trout Lake.

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

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