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What's Fresh Mt Pleasant Market-July23rd

 

In Season: beans, beets, blackberriesblueberries, broccolini, bok choi, cabbage, carrotscauliflower, chard, cherrieschives, collards, currents, eggplant, garlic, heirloom tomatoes, greenhouse cucumbers, greenhouse peppers, kale,  leeks, lettuce, mini cukesmini peppers, mushrooms, onions, peachespeas, potatoes, radishes, raspberriessalad mixspinach, strawberries, turnips, wild mushrooms, zucchini

Peaches, apricots and cherries are popping up at the market Hurray! This week Rai Produce has a varieties of cherries, peaches and apricots. Yum!

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


Have you checked out Lakehouse Foods yet? They specialize in naturally-leavened breads with an emphasis on sprouted and freshly milled whole grains to create the most digestible and delicious treats!

Be sure to stop by on Sunday and say high to Garrett and Tamiae! Get there early before their bread disappears:)


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.

 

 


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What's Fresh at Mt Pleasant Market-July 16th? Berry Fest!

Berries, Berries, Berries!

Join us at Berry Festival and celebrate the berry best season!  Now is the perfect time to stock up by the flat-load!  Find berry recipes, limited edition berry treats and taste berries from our local farmers including:

Sull Farms: raspberries and blueberries

Fresh Quality Produce: raspberries,blueberries,strawberries

Mandair Farms: raspberries,blueberries and strawberries

Applebarn Farms: gooseberries and currants

#berryfestival 🙂


And bring your fork, there is Mmmmm PIE!!

Our BC Berry Pie Competition is on this Sunday! Pie entries are now FULL but you can taste the winning pies by donation throughout the competition!

Plus you can pick up a whole pie from Her Majesty’s Pie Company this Sunday too! Which one is your favourite?

Mixers and Elixirs created a Verrry Berrry Shrub using Maan Farm Berries and is selling it by the glass this Sunday. It’s delicious! Grab yours before they are gone!


July Fresh Guide

Blueberries  | Garlic Scapes | Raspberries | Lettuce | Turnips | Radishes | Eggs | Chicken  | Patty Pan Squash | Herbs | Kholrabi | Cucumbers | Seafood | Collard Greens | Cherries | Cheese | Grass Fed Butter | Strawberries

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

 

 

 

 


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.

 

 


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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.