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This week's recipe: Mint Greens Smoothie

 

Mint Greens Smoothie

by: The Forest & Fig

  • 1 handful kale
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1/2 a medium cucumber, roughly chopped
  • 1 lime (peeled and halved)
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves 
  • 1 apple (cored & sliced)
  • 2 cups water

Blend it up & enjoy!


In Season: Cooling Fruits & Veggies

 

As temperatures rise in the city this week, enlist some foods with a hydrating, cooling quality to help you beat the heat and stay energized. Green foods like mint, cucumber, lettuce, and kale pair well with melons, citrus, and berries to produce light meals that skip a lot of fussy food prep and save you on dishes.

Credit: Style By Beauty

Salads, smoothies, and raw veggies with dip feature heavily in the VFM staff summer rotation, but for true hydration, check out Style By Beauty’s flavoured water recipes, featured recently on their lifestyle blog.

We’ve all stuck some cucumber and mint in our water from time to time, but Style’s Oz and Tarah take it to another level with the addition of berries, citrus, and raw honey. Read their full post about their flavoured waters here.

For something more substantial, try local food blogger Sara Steven’s (a.k.a. The Forest & Fig) Mint Greens Smoothie (recipe below). You can pick up most of the ingredients from Natural Village, Cropthorne Farm, or Sole Food at Main St. Station Farmers Market on Wednesday.

No time to make your own? Pick up a ready-to-blend Crimson Wave smoothie mix from The Good Stuff – they’ll be at Downtown Farmers Market this Thursday with a range of pre-made smoothies that are as healthy as they are convenient.

 

Credit: The Forest & Fig

Mint Greens Smoothie

  • 1 handful kale
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1/2 a medium cucumber, roughly chopped
  • 1 lime (peeled and halved)
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves 
  • 1 apple (cored & sliced)
  • 2 cups water

Blend it up & enjoy!

 



What's Fresh at the West End- July 22

There is no better way to start the weekend then filling your fridge with fresh local food from the West End Market!  This weekend we will have organic cherries from Golden West Farms, kombucha from The Royals Kombucha Brew House, and as always delicious cookies and squares from Cookies by John.


In Season:

Blueberries | Peaches | Cherries | Salad Greens | Summer Squash | Chard | Green Peas | Radishes | Potatoes | Eggs | Cheese| Seafood | Honey | Sunflowers…Check out the full IN SEASON LIST HERE!

Make sure to also read the latest In Season blog post that features stone fruit!  Peaches, cherries, plums, and apricots are all starting to make an appearance at the markets this month.  There’s even a delicious recipe for a peach and mascarpone tart!


Bike to Shop Days

This weekend is Bike to Shop Days and we will be congratulating all cyclists at the West End market!  Make sure to stop by the info tent with your bike helmet and you can enter your name into a draw to win a gift basket of market goodies.  Have a look at all the cycling routes and protected bike lanes from the City of Vancouver to plan you’re route to the market.  We’re just a few blocks up from your bike trip along the seawall!


 Summer Market Schedules

Trout Lake – opened May 6, 9am-2pm – North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park

Kitsilano – opened May 7, 10am-2pm – 10th Ave. & Larch St.

Mt Pleasant – opened May 28, 10am-2pm – Dude Chilling Park, 8th & Guelph

Main St Station – opened May 31, 2pm-6pm – Near Main St. Skytrain

Downtown – opened June 1, 11am-3pm – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

Riley Park – opened June 24, 10am-2pm – 50 East 30th Ave.

Get a complete list of this week’s West End Market vendors HERE.

Discover our six other summer market locations on our MARKETS PAGE.

Looking to get involved? Consider volunteering at the market! It’s a great way to get involved and help develop a more sustainable food system. We invite you to sign up via our ONLINE APPLICATION FORM and start volunteering this season!


What's Fresh at the West End- July 15

Summer is in full swing and every week we seem to have more and more amazing produce popping up at the West End Farmers Market!  Along with all the berries and cherries, will also be having crepes from Chouchou Crepes and handcrafted sterling silver jewelry from Ildiko Jewelry.


In Season:

Blueberries | Garlic Scapes | Cherries | Salad Greens | Summer Squash | Chard | Green Peas | Radishes | Potatoes | Eggs | Cheese| Seafood | Honey | Sunflowers | Mushrooms…Check out the full IN SEASON LIST HERE!

Photo credit: BC Blueberry Council

Make sure to also read the latest In Season blog post that features berries, berries, and more berries!  There’s even a delicious recipe for blueberry lemon pudding pie!


Sunflowers and Peaches

Along with their gorgeous gladiolas, Warmerdam Flowers will also be bringing sunflowers this weekend! Make sure to come early to grab some flowers to brighten up any room!

PEACHES!!! Snowy Mountain Organics will be bringing the first peaches of the season to the West End this weekend and we could not be more excited!


 Summer Market Schedules

Trout Lake – opened May 6, 9am-2pm – North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park

Kitsilano – opened May 7, 10am-2pm – 10th Ave. & Larch St.

Mt Pleasant – opened May 28, 10am-2pm – Dude Chilling Park, 8th & Guelph

Main St Station – opened May 31, 2pm-6pm – Near Main St. Skytrain

Downtown – opened June 1, 11am-3pm – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

Riley Park – opened June 24, 10am-2pm – 50 East 30th Ave.

Get a complete list of this week’s West End Market vendors HERE.

Discover our six other summer market locations on our MARKETS PAGE.

Looking to get involved? Consider volunteering at the market! It’s a great way to get involved and help develop a more sustainable food system. We invite you to sign up via our ONLINE APPLICATION FORM and start volunteering this season!