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Recipe: Strawberry Jam

The Registered Holistic Nutritionists from Canadian School of Natural Nutrition are back this week at West End Market from 9am-2pm. Stop by their tent for a complimentary 20 minute nutritional consult, and in the meantime check out their recent post on the health benefits of strawberries…

StrawberryIt’s no coincidence that strawberries are heart-shaped. Everything about these beautiful berries is good for you. Strawberries are packed with vitamins, fibre, have high levels of antioxidants, and the same amount of vitamin C in a serving as an orange.

Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Patty Javier Gomez, picked up some gorgeous strawberries at last week’s market to make this week’s recipe: Strawberry Refrigerator Jam.

Although containing fruit, most conventional store bought jams also contain a large amount of sugar! This recipe contains only a Tbsp. of honey and relies on the flavour-packed fruit to provide the majority of sweetness. The addition of chia seeds gives you extra fibre and essential fatty acids. It is also super easy to make and requires no canning.

Strawberry Refrigerator Jam

By: Patty Javier Gomez, R.H.N.

Jam

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh strawberries, washed and stem taken out

1/2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp. chia seeds

1 banana

1 tbsp. honey

Directions:

  1. In food processor or blender, blend strawberries and banana
  2. Pour strawberry mixture into a saucepan over medium heat
  3. Add vinegar, Chia Seeds and honey, stir
  4. Turn up heat and bring to a boil
  1. Bring heat back to medium/low and stir for 5 min
  2. Turn off heat and pour mixture into a mason jar and refrigerate for a few hours, mine was a

    good consistency after about 12 hours.

  3. Can be used as a jam on toast, or a pastry filling, or just over a nice coconut ice cream.

 


What's Fresh at Trout Lake - June 25th

The Produce

basil, beets, beans, bell peppers, blackberries, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cherries, cherry tomatoes,  Chinese lettuce, chives, cucumbers, edible flowers, eggplant, fennel, garlic scapes, green onions, peas, potatoes, radicchio, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad mix, strawberries, sunflowers, turnips, wheatgrass, zucchini

The Vendors

We’ve got some Trout Lake vendors that we’re seeing for the first time this season!

First Week:

Bean Boy Creations, Chouchou Crepes, Pete’s Pies and Jacqueline Robins Ceramics

Manager’s Picks

It looks like it will be great Saturday for a summer picnic! Great snacking options at Trout include popsicles from Nice Pops, baked goods from Blackberry Hill, cheese from Golden Ears Cheesecrafters or Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, hummus from Bean Boy Creations, or a selection of fruit from one of the many farmers. Cherries, blackberries, apricots, blueberries, strawberries AND raspberries are all in season – incredible.

Don’t Miss:

This week we’ll be celebrating the mural painted last summer on the Trout Lake Market container by artist Cole Bazin and community volunteers. Join us at 1pm for cake and snacks to celebrate!

Blue Comet Seafoods will have fresh Barkley Sound sockeye (fillets and whole fish).

Salt Spring Coffee will be there with cold brew coffee samples – find them at the West entrance to the market.

 

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 Mt Pleasant Market-June 26th

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The Produce:

onions, blueberries, zucchini, cherries, snap peas, chard, chives, eggplant,fennel,potatoes, garlic scapes, head lettuce, peppers, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad mix, strawberries, tomatoes, beets, carrots,mushrooms

The Vendors:

New this week: Aussie Pie Guy, Bob Ali Hummus,Forbidden Fruit Winery, Nancy Esworthy Designs, Tempea Natural Foods and Warmerdam Flowers

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Did you know that VFM now has a coffee booth exclusively at this market? Be sure to stop by Hello Coffee for a jar of Salt Spring Island Coffee , Applebarn Cider or treat from Livia Sweets! And don’t forget tell them if you are a Market Member! #hellocoffee

Don’t Miss:

Blue Comet Seafood will have fresh Barkley Sound sockeye-fillets and whole fish-available this weekend. Get them before they run out!

Stop by The Rainway booth and seeing their vision for the Mt Pleasant Community!

Help us spread the word about your market… ask for a poster for your building or business or leaflets to hand out. Sign out a Mt Pleasant Market lawn sign and tell you neighbours about this great market!

Share your market finds @vanmarkets  #mountpleasantFM and follow Mt Pleasant Market on facebook!

See you Sunday!!


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Hastings Park Shopper Survey

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We want to hear from you!

Our shopper survey is still underway as we’re looking to make the 2016-17 season the best yet at the Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market. Fill it out HERE, it will only take 5-10 minutes!

Love our Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market? Like our Facebook page and write a review!

We’re excited to return November 6th, 2016 😀


What's Fresh Downtown - June 23

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THE PRODUCE:

beets, basil, beans, bell peppers, blueberries, broccoli, bok choy, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cherries, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, garlic scapes, greens, green onions, hanging potted plants, head lettuce, herbs, mustards, new potatoes, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad mix, snap peas, strawberries, sunflowers, tomatoes, turnip, wheatgrass, zucchini

THE VENDORS:

A Bread Affair | Bomber Brewing | Roasters Hot Sauce

TOP PICKS TO CHECK OUT:

Pick up a jar of BC Peace Clover Honey from Valley Gold Bee, try a sample of Cucumber Gin from Long Table Distillery (they’ve got some great tips to make one tasty martini), and try some Kombucha straight from the tap, handcrafted by Spark Kombucha – bring your own bottle or pick one up at the market!

DONT MISS:

Evo Car Share is offering market shoppers free memberships and 30 minutes of driving time just by stopping by their tent at the market.

Help spread the word! Stop by the information tent and pick up a poster and some leaflets – these go great in lunch rooms, elevators, lobbies and community boards. Help the market grow by spreading the word to your colleagues and neighbours!

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

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


What's Fresh at the West End June 25th

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PRODUCE:

Pickling cucumbers, apricots, onions, garlic, blueberries, zucchini, cherries, snap peas, chard, chives,  garlic scapes, head lettuce, peppers, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad mix, strawberries, tomatoes, beets, carrots,

NEW VENDORS THIS WEEK:

The Magpie’s Nest, Forage & Bloom, Gillespie’s Fine Spirits, Earnest Ice Cream

TOP PICKS TO CHECK OUT:

Pick up some infused honey from Mellifera Bees, Stock up on fresh crunchy carrots from Klippers Organic Acres, Brighten your home with an arrangement from Forage & Bloom and Treat yourself to a gluten-free snack at Marie’s Guilt Free Bakery.

DON’T MISS:

Our Market Sponsor Canadian School of Natural Nutrition will be at the market this Saturday offering complimentary nutritional consultations and info and healthy recipes that focus on the nutritional benefits of local foods in season. Keep an eye out in Market News for their recipes, like the Cherry Creamsicle from and the Zucchini Dragon Bowl!

GET A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S WEST END FARMERS MARKET VENDORS HERE.

DISCOVER OUR FIVE OTHER SUMMER MARKET LOCATIONS ON OUR MARKETS PAGE.


What's Fresh at Kitsilano - June 26

berries

Produce

apricots, basil, bell peppers, blueberries, blackberries, broccoli, bok choy, carrots, chard, cherries, cauliflower, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, fresh herbs, garlic, garlic scapes, green onions, hanging potted plants, leeks, new potatoes, mushrooms, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad mix, strawberries, sunflowers, snap peas, sugar peas, tomatoes, turnips, zucchini, zucchini flowers

What’s New

Howling Dog Art Company & Tien Neo Eamas Jewels and Spells

Top Picks

Fresh Sokeye Salmon from Blue Comet Seafoods, Sage & Shallot Butter by The Local Churn, Lemon Tarts from Sweet Thea Cakes & Ice Cream from Take a Fancy Chocolate and Sweets

Don’t Miss

Evo Car Share is offering market shoppers free memberships and 30 minutes of driving time just by stopping by their tent at the market.

Get your bike tuned while you shop around the market with the UBC Bike Co-Op’s Cycling Resource Centre! This year the Bike Co-Op is collecting bike accessory donations (bike lights, helmets, bells etc) for their Pedals for the People and Bici Libre programs. Find out more about their programs here.

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

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


What's Fresh at Main St Station - Jun 22

Main St Station - June 15

The Produce

basil, blueberries, bok choy, chard, cherries, cauliflower, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, fresh herbsirises, leeks, new potatoes, oyster mushrooms, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad mix, strawberries, snap peas, sugar peas, zucchini, zucchini flowers

The Vendors

We’ve got an exciting line-up of vendors at Main St Station and it’s so hard to only highlight a few, but here goes:

  • Sull Farms:  You know it’s berry season when Sull Farms arrives at Main St Station. This is the time to make jam! and pies! and scones!
  • Mixers and Elixirs: Make sure to sample some of Heidi’s drinking vinegars – she’ll have a regular spot all season and we’re convinced you’ll keep coming back for more!
  • Yellow Basket Baking: These ladies make nut-free, vegan goodies that even omnivores will enjoy!

Don’t Miss

Bryan and Agnes Warmerdam are coming in with irises – the loveliest, softest lavender irises that will make your friends feel so special (make sure to pick up a bunch for yourself too). New vendors, Tuwusht Trading are hosting a drum circle in honour of National Aboriginal Day between 2-4pm and the City of Vancouver is collecting public input on the False Creek Flats planning process – ask them about the future of our farmers market!

Manager’s Picks

You really can’t go wrong with fresh basil from Nature Village Farm and some grape tomatoes from S&G. Add a little Golden Ears Cheesecrafters and you’ve got lunch!

Recipe of the Week: Zucchini Dragon Bowl

The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition put together this recipe from a visit to Trout Lake, but it works just as well at Main St Station this week! Pick up green zucchini, yellow zucchini, carrot, beet, radicchio, and track down some fenugreek (we would ask Sole Food Street Farms or Fresh Roots) for this hearty, healthy meal!

See you at the market!


Get a complete list of this week’s Main St Station vendors here.

Find more information on the Main St Station location here

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


Recipe: Zucchini Dragon Bowl

It’s zucchini season!

Zucchini 1The registered holistic nutritionists from Canadian School of Natural Nutrition were onsite at Trout Lake Market last Saturday offering market shoppers tips, recipes, and consultations on eating healthy and in season. While they were there, they picked up some colourful vegetables to make this week’s recipe: Zucchini Dragon Bowl.

Zucchini Spirals 2Chock full of nutrients and dietary fibre, zucchini is particularly high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and minerals like manganese, magnesium, and potassium. When you combine it with power veggies like carrot and beets and protein-rich foods like quinoa, cashew, and peanut, you’ve got a one-bowl meal that has everything you need!

Catch the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition at Kitsilano Market this Sunday, June 19th!

Zucchini Dragon Bowl

By: Patty Javier Gomez, R.H.N.

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Ingredients:

1 Green Zucchini – spiralized or made into long noodle like pieces with a peeler

1 Yellow Zucchini – spiralized or made into long noodle like pieces with a peeler

2 Carrots – grated

1 Beet – grated

1 head of chopped radicchio

A handful of chopped fresh fenugreek

2 Cups of cooked Quinoa

A handful of ground cashews (I use a mortar and pestle)

 

Garlic Peanut Sauce:

1 ½ cup peanut butter

3-4 garlic gloves

Salt & pepper to taste

Juice of one lemon and one lime

1 Tbs. Apple cider vinegar

1-2 Tbs. Olive oil (and more if not smooth/runny enough)

 

Directions:

  1. I like to have all of the ingredients in separate bowls and then compile them in my bowl with the quinoa on the bottom.
  2. Drizzle with garlic peanut sauce to taste

 


What's Fresh at Mt Pleasant Market June 19th

(photo credit: Rachel P.)

The Produce:

cherries, carrots, onions, blueberries, zucchini, cherries, snap peas, chard, chives, potatoes,radishes, raspberries, salad mix, strawberries, tomatoes, bok choy, broccolini, cherry tomatoes, fennel, garlic scapes, peppers,mushrooms

New this week:

Dickies Ginger (bring your bottle for refills), TFN Farm School, Solodko Ukrainian Bakery, Fable Naturals, The Raw Guy (yummy kale chips), Sull Farms, A Bread Affair,Vale Farms, Nice Pops and Sweet Thea Cakes

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Did you know that VFM now has a coffee booth exclusively at this market? Be sure to stop by Hello Coffee for a jar of Salt Spring Island Coffee , Applebarn Cider or treat from Livia Sweets! #hellocoffee

Don’t Miss:

Wayward Distillation House, Chau Veggie Express, 33 Acres Brewing Co, all New to Mt Pleasant Market!

The Poplar Studio and their funky ceramics-only here a few times this season

Help us spread the word about your great market… ask for a poster for your building or business or leaflets to hand out. Sign out a Mt Pleasant Market lawn sign and tell you neighbours about this great market!

Share your market finds @vanmarkets  #mountpleasantFM and follow Mt Pleasant Market on facebook!

See you Sunday!!


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CLICK ON MT PLEASANT FARMERS MARKET TO FIND LOCATION DETAILS