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Fall Vendor Update: cheese, mead, & ethnic eats come to Hastings Park

 

We’re not sure if it’s the idyllic, tree-lined location or the exciting roster of new vendors on board this season, but we can’t wait for the 3rd season of our Hastings Park Winter Market to open on November 5th.

Along with weekly appearances from popular farm vendors like Klippers Organics, Stein Mt. Farm, Golden WestCrisp Organics, and Cropthorn Farm, some new growers to Hastings Park this season include Abundant Acre Family Farm, Salt & HarrowIce Cap Organics, and Snowy Mt. Organics.

Popular Agassiz-based organic dairy The Farm House Natural Cheeses will also be adding dates at Hastings Park this year, along with a weekly spot from Golden Ears Cheesecrafters, who produce a range of grass-fed cheeses and butter.

Ex-Bourbon Sherry Wood Single Malt Barreled No.82 Amaretto from Sons of Vancouver (photo credit).

Vancouver’s only meadery, Humblebee Mead are bringing their unique blend of honey-based libations to the market throughout the winter season. They’ll be joined by Sons of Vancouver Distillery, makers of small batch vodka and amaretto, and award-winning Vancouver Island winery Rocky Creek, who produce a selection of reds, whites, and bubblies.

New food carts at Hastings Park this season include ethnic eats from Mandalay Burmese Kitchen, who serve up tasty South Asian/Burmese favourites, and Beiju Foods, Vancouver’s first Brazilian food truck bringing savoury, gluten-free options to the market.

Photo credit: Elephant Garden Creamery

For something on the sweeter side, don’t miss Hella Puffs (Greek-style dessert dumplings), and Elephant Garden Creamery, whose collection of handcrafted ice creams include flavours like Vietnamese coffee, genmaicha matcha, and salted gula melaka (palm sugar).

To fuel your market shop, grab a quality brew from the folks at Kafka’s Coffee on Main St. who will be popping up at the market in their bright blue truck every other week starting January 7th.

 

Other Hastings Park newbies to look out for this season include yummy baked goods vendor Le Bouledogue; gluten free and paleo friendly offerings from Virtue Natural Bakery; handcrafted ferments from lakehouse foods, natural and nutritious baby food options from Tiny Tummies; a selection of microgreens and sprouts from Nutrigreens, and November appearances from The Sharing Farm, BC’s only non-profit farm that grows food for the Food Bank and community meal programs.

Hastings Park Winter Market runs Sundays, 10am-2pm from November 5 – April 29 (closed Dec 24 & 31) at the PNE. There is free parking for market shoppers at Gate 2 off of Renfrew Street. More info on dates/times, location, and vendors schedules on the Hastings Park page.



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.