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What's Fresh at Trout Lake - Sept 24th

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

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

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

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

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.