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What's Fresh at Kitsilano - July 23

What’s Fresh

Peaches from Klippers Organic Acres

Cherries | Lettuce | Beets | Peas | Eggs | Chicken | Raspberries | Mushrooms | Apricots | Herbs | Kale | Cucumbers | Seafood | Collard Greens | Zucchini | Carrots | Cheese | Blackberries

Check out our In Season at the Markets  blog to read about stone fruit and summer abundance!

CLICK HERE FOR THIS WEEK’S FULL KITSILANO VENDOR LIST


Don’t Miss

Evo 

Evo Car Share will be at the market this week! Come and get 30 minutes and free membership, spin a prize wheel with swag and free minutes, and a draw box for more free minutes and swag!


Peach Kuchen Recipe

Despite having no German heritage, this recipe was a part of my childhood. It is incredibly easy and lets the peaches really take the stage.

You’ll need:

  • 1⅓ c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • ½ c. sugar
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ⅓ c. cold stick margarine
  • 1 can peach halves (substitute for fresh peaches!)
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 c. plain lowfat yogurt
  • 1 large egg

This specific recipe and all of the directions are from Woman’s Day, check them out!


  Summer Market Schedules

  • Trout Lake – Saturdays 9am-2pm – North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park
  • West End – Saturdays 9am-2pm – 1100 Block of Comox St.
  • Mt Pleasant – Sundays 10am-2pm – Dude Chilling Park, 8th & Guelph
  • Main St Station – Wednesdays 2pm-6pm – Near Main St. Skytrain
  • Downtown – Thursdays 11am-3pm – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
  • Riley Park – Saturdays June 24, 10am-2pm – 50 East 30th Ave.

Get a complete list of this week’s Kitsilano Market vendors here.

Discover our six other summer market locations on our Markets Page.


In Season: berries, berries, berries

Photo credit: Maan Farms

It’s high season for berries at the markets right now, and we know you’re all hard at work jamming, baking, and preserving them at their peak.

Our vendors are busy too – not only the farmers, but our artisanal food producers who are using seasonal berries in a number of amazing food items in celebration of our 7th Annual Berry Festival this week.

Look out for micro batched Verrry Berrry Shrub from Mixers & Elixirs, limited edition Blueberry & Lavender Corn Bread Cakes from Nidhi’s Cuisine, traditional Blueberry Pieorgies from Old Country Pierogi, and Blueberry Pakoras from Mandair Farms.

Photo credit: Mixers & Elixirs

Our friends at Odd Society Spirits are also joining in the berry game with a number of seasonally inspired cocktails like their gin-based BC Bramble and High Stakes Lemonade, featuring BC blueberries.

Our Berry Festival kicks off Wednesday, July 12 at Main St. Station Market and culminates with our annual Berry Pie Bake Off on July 16 at Mount Pleasant Market. Don’t miss farm-fresh berry tastings, kids activities, pie sampling, and special edition recipes like the yummy Blueberry Lemon Pudding Pie below from the BC Blueberry Council.


Blueberry Lemon Pudding Pie

 

Photo credit: BC Blueberry Council

Ingredients

Filling

  • 2 large (100 g) eggs
  • ¼ cup (35 g) cornstarch
  • ½ cup (80 g) granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup (175 ml) 35% whipping cream
  • ½ cup (120 ml) whole milk
  • ½ cup (115 g) salted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) lemon juice
  • 4 cups (600 g) B.C. blueberries, fresh or frozen – divided

Crust

  • 1¾ cups (240 g) graham cookies crumbs
  • ¼ tsp (pinch) cinnamon
  • ⅔ cup (150 g) salted butter, melted

Directions

  1. For the filling, whisk the eggs in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the cornstarch, sugar, whipping cream and milk. Cook mixture on medium heat, whisking constantly until heated and thickened for 6-7 minutes. Do not boil.
  3. Whisk half the hot mixture into the eggs. Return to the sauce pan with the remaining mixture, then whisk in the butter and lemon juice.
  4. Reheat mixture on low heat for another 3 minutes, again whisking constantly, do not boil.
  5. Transfer to a clean bowl, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour until cooled.
  6. For the crust, mix the cookie crumbs and cinnamon in a bowl; add the melted butter and mix. Transfer to a 9” pie dish, and press mixture evenly to the bottom and sides. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  7. Fold 2 cups of the blueberries into the chilled pudding, then pour into the pie shell and top with remaining blueberries.
  8. Refrigerate for 1 – 2 hours. Serve chilled with a dollop of whipped cream.

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.


In Season: Green Peas & Summer Squash

With the recent stretch of sunny days we’ve been having (yay summer!), all kinds of delicious fruits and veggies are starting to appear in stalls around the markets. One sure sign of warmer weather is the arrival of summer squash, those beefy, green and yellow gems that make a budget-savvy addition to your summer pastas, salads, and BBQ fixings.

Summer squash varieties include (l to r) zephyr, costata romanesco, cousa, patty pan, zucchini, and eight ball. Photo: Abundant Acres Family Farm

Cara Abrahams from Abundant Acres Family Farm in Chilliwack recommends marinating the squash with oil, vinegar, and garlic for 30 mins before cooking it on the barbecue in a grill basket. She and her husband Andy grow several varieties of summer squash, which they sell at their stall on Thursdays at the Downtown Farmers Market.

One of her favourite ways to preserve the abundance of these famously productive plants is by pickling them, mixing the different varieties in a single jar to make for an attractive display in your winter larder.

 

Snap pea harvesting at Sole Food Street Farms, currently North America’s largest urban farm project. Photo: Sole Food Street Farms

Next up on the seasonal roster is green peas – those amazing morsels of summer sweetness that taste best when you pop them straight out of the pod and into your mouth.

“I’m lazy and I like to eat them raw, ” says Andrea Wilkins y Martínez, farm director at Sole Food Street Farms. Among many other crops, Martínez and her team grow sugar snap peas just a couple blocks away from where they sell them each Wednesday at Main St. Station Farmers Market.

Whether you prefer English, snow, or snap varieties, green peas are amazingly versatile and packed with nutrients. North Vancouver-based holistic nutritionist Vanessa Vorbach uses shelled peas she sources from the markets to make a fresh pea hummus that’s a nice change from regular chickpea dips.

“I have a lot of clients who complain that chickpea hummus makes them bloated, so this recipe offers a great alternative,” says Vorbach. “Green peas are also rich in protein and compared to chickpeas, have less carbohydrates, fat and are overall lower in calories. On top of that, you get plenty of Vitamin A, C and minerals, such as Manganese and Magnesium”. She also recommends adding fresh peas to smoothies for a sweet and creamy protein boost – pow!

© 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

For more seasonal, market-inspired recipes, make sure to check out Vanessa’s blog or follow her on Instagram @vanessavorbach!

Looking for you closest neighbourhood farmers market? Visit our homepage for a complete listing of our seven summer location!


What's Fresh at Mt Pleasant Market-Oct 9th

Be sure to come by for the last Mt P Market of the season, it’s a perfect chance to stock up on your Thanksgiving menu needs!

What’s in season:

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apples, artichokes, beets, basil, beans, bell peppers, melon,  bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, corn, cucumber, dill, eggplant, fennel, garlic, gem squash, green onions, head lettuce, herbs, honey dew, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, mint, mushrooms, napa cabbage, onions, potatoes, pears, radishesraspberries, salad mix, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes, winter squash, zucchini

We have all the produce you need to make this delish stew:

SLOW COOKER VEGGIE STEW

INGREDIENTS:

3 large tomatoes, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

1/2 kabocha squash, peeled & seeded and roughly chopped

1 cup chopped bok choy

1 bunch spinach or kale (if using kale chop into bite sized pieces)

1 ear corn

1 small zucchini, chopped

1 cup oyster mushrooms, chopped

1 tbsp garam masala

2 tbsp KICS lemon syrup

1/2 cup AJI

Chicken or vegetable stock

DIRECTIONS:

Place the above ingredients in a slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on low for 4 hours. Check the stew after 4 hours and add either chicken or vegetable stock. The amount depends on how much liquid is in the slow cooker. Start with 1⁄2 a cup and add more if needed. At this point, you can also add 1 drained tin of chickpeas or lentils. Cook another 2-3 hours. Season with salt and pepper.

This can also be made on the stove. The cooking time will be approximately 1 hour.
This recipe is great to have on hand as you can use any combination of vegetables you like. Make a big batch and store it in 8 or 16 oz containers in the freezer. You can turn it into soup simply by adding chicken or vegetable stock. Use it as a filling for wraps. Serve it over rice.

Thanks for the great recipe Karen Curtis (Kics Lemonade) 


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Do you see these helpful signs around the market? Let us know! Try something new for dinner tonight, grab one (or seven) of our Local Food Global Flavour recipes cards found throughout the market! #localfoodglobalflavours


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.


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Grab yours before they are gone! Only $15, and for members $12.75


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CLICK ON MT PLEASANT FARMERS MARKET TO FIND LOCATION DETAILS

See you Sunday!!