Community Carnival: May 31st

event_carnival_14Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House is hosting a community carnival on Saturday, May 31st from 10am-4pm. It is the 22nd annual event of this kind at the Neighbourhood House.

Among the festivities are carnival games, a dunk tank, garage sale, silent auction, raffle, cake walk, face painting, and delicious lunch!

Our next Seedy Saturday event, Caring for your Garden, is also that morning, so be sure to get your ticket to that, then head over to the Neighbourhood House following our workshop!

Market Day at the Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House – May 24th

We  have an abundance of veggies available this week including:

  • Avocados
  • Bananas (Organic)
  • Strawberries
  • Hami Melon
  • Mangoes
  • Peaches (California)
  • Broccoli (California)
  • Tomatoes (BC)
  • Zucchini (California)
  • Parsnips (BC)
  • Red Potatoes (BC)
  • Red Cabbage (BC)
  • Red Onions (Washington)

From 10:00am-12:00pm, we’ll be at the Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House at Victoria and 24th. See you at the market!

Market Day – May 17th

This beautiful warm weather certainly gave all my veggies a much needed boost! Our farmers have an abundance of veggies this week available at our market locations including:

  • Apricots (grown in California)
  • Avocados
  • Bananas (Organic)
  • Strawberries
  • Honeydews(grown in California)
  • Mangoes
  • Nectarines (grown in California)
  • Broccoli (grown in California)
  • Red Cabbage (grown in BC)
  • Red Onions (grown in Washington)
  • Parsnip (grown in BC)
  • Red Potatoes (grown in BC)
  • Salad Zen Blend  (Organic)
  • Heirloom Tomatoes (grown in BC)

From 10:30am-12:30pm, we’ll be at Brant Villa (2290 E 25th ave.) and from 2-4pm, we’ll be at Culloden Court (1375 E 47th). Don’t forget to sample some of the delicious recipes at Culloden Court’s tasting kitchen. See you at the market!

Seedy Saturday: Caring for your garden – May 31st

SeedySat0531Our next Seedy Saturday event with the Vancouver Public Library is coming up soon! On May 31st, participants can learn more about garden maintenance, swap seeds, and meet their neighbours. The workshop will go over caring for your newly transplanted seedlings, attracting beneficial insects (and keeping the pests away), choosing soils, and when to harvest.

Of course, the Kensington-Cedar Cottage Seed Sharing Library will once again be making an appearance. Grab some last minute seeds to sow right into the earth, or donate what you’ve saved.

Register online at kccgardencare.eventbrite.ca or in person at the Kensington branch of the VPL. Tickets went fast for our workshop in April so snag yours today!

What’s cooking in the Tasting Kitchen

These week, our lovely volunteer cooks will be working away at the Orchard Park (45th ave and Nanaimo) Tasting Kitchen to make one of our favourite recipes. Be sure to swing by between 2 and 4 pm to sample this and many other tasty treats and learn some new cooking tips.

Sunchoke (Jerusalem Artichoke) Soup!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs sunchokes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 quart chicken or veggie stock
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat butter in a medium soup pot over medium heat. Add onions and celery and cook until soft, about 5 min (Do not brown them!).
  2. Add garlic and saute for 1 min.
  3. Sprinkle with salt.
  4. Add the sunchokes and stock to the pot and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until sunchokes begin to soften, 45 min to 1 hour.
  5. Using an immersion or upright blender puree the soup. If using an upright blender, fill only to 1/3 full and hold lid down while blending.
  6. Add Salt to taste. Sprinkle with fresh ground black pepper.

Market Day – May 10th

It is our second year partnering with Fresh Roots Urban Farm and this market will be our first of the season with these amazing locally grown (right around the corner!) and organic veggies including:

  • Baby Kale
  • Pea Shoots

On top of our Fresh Roots produce we will also have an abundance of healthy veggies so make sure to head down to this Saturday’s mobile market locations to stock up on some of the delicious, fresh fruit and veggies including:

  • Avocados
  • Bananas (Organic)
  • Strawberries
  • Honeydews
  • Mangoes
  • Anjou Pears (grown in Washington)
  • Broccoli (grown in California)
  • Carrots (organic)
  • Kale (Organic)
  • Red onion (grown in Washington)
  • Sunchokes (grown in BC and Organic)
  • Parsnip (grown in BC)
  • Red potatoes (grown in BC)
  • Zucchini

From 10:00am-12:00pm, we’ll be at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House (Victoria Dr. and 24th ave.) and from 2-4pm, we’ll be at Orchard Park (Nanaimo St. and 45th ave.). Don’t forget to sample some of the delicious recipes at Orchard Park’s tasting kitchen. See you at the market!