Market Produce – August 23

Photo by Lou Stejskal

We’re making pitas at this week’s community kitchen, so be sure to come on over to Biltmore Housing from 4:00pm to 6:00pm for some delicious stuffed pitas!

This week another order of veggies from Fresh Roots Urban Farm!  Every week throughout the summer we will be getting hyper local, organic veggies grown on school sites throughout Vancouver.

Here’s what to expect at the market:

  • Bananas (Guat / Ecu / Mex & Organic)
  • Apples Royal Gala (BC)
  • Orange Navel (Aust)
  • Avocados Hass (Mex)
  • Peaches (BC)
  • Broccoli Crowns (BC)
  • Celery Root (Calif)
  • Carrots Snaptop (BC)
  • Cucumbers  (BC)

So make sure to head down to this Thursday’s mobile market locations to stock up. We’ll be at Helping Spirits Lodge at 1:00pm to 2:00pm and Biltmore Housing at 4:00pm to 6:00pm with a Community Kitchen. Take a look at our mobile market locations for more info on how to find us

See you this Thursday!

*As always, produce lists are subject to change. Thank you for your understanding.

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Mobile Market Summer Food Swap

The summer season means a lot of us are planting and growing our own fruits and veggies. It also makes it the perfect opportunity to swap produce with fellow mobile market go-ers!

Come and join us at the mobile markets on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month and exchange your homegrown produce with your neighbours or even us. This event will only run from now until September, so make sure to spread the word and bring a friend!

 

Market Produce – May 5th

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Red cabbage at the market this month. Red cabbage makes a great sweet slaw paired with fruit.

Here is what to expect at the market this Saturday:

  • Apples Gala (Wash)
  • Avocados (Mex)
  • Bananas (Guat / Ecu & Organic)
  • Broccoli  (Calif)
  • Carrots snaptop (Calif / Wash)
  • Cucumber (BC)
  • Sweet Potato (Calif)
  • Yellow Onion (Wash)
  • Oranges Navel (Calif)
  • Potato Red Nugget (BC)
  • Red Cabbage (Cdn)

So make sure to head down to this Saturday’s mobile market locations to stock up. We will be at Cedar Cottage  at 10:00am to 11:00am, Kensington Community Centre from 1:00pm to 2:00pm and Brant Villa at 3:00pm to 4:00pm. Take a look at our mobile market locations for more info on how to find us.

See you this weekend!

*As always, produce lists are subject to change. Thank you for your understanding.

Seedy Saturday: Engaging Kids with Gardening

file-page1Hi folks! Just a reminder that our upcoming Seedy Saturday: Engaging Kids with Gardening is just a little over a week away! We still have spots available for this free workshop! You can register online or in person at the Vancouver Public Library — Kensington Branch. Hope to see you there!

Market Veggies – May 14th

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Tree fruit is starting! This week we will have the first new tree fruit of the season: Apricots!

 

Here is what to expect at the market this week:
  • Bananas (South America and Organic)
  • Carrots (California and Organic)
  • Broccoli (California)
  • Green Leaf Lettuce (California and Organic)
  • Avocados (Mexico)
  • Royal Gala Apples (BC)
  • Apricots (California)
  • Cantaloupes (California)
  • Green Kale (BC)
  • Yellow Onions (Washington)
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes (BC)
  • Spinach (BC)

So make sure to head down to this Saturday’s mobile market locations to stock up. We will be at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House from 10:00am to 12:0pm and Orchard Park from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Take a look at our mobile market locations for more info on how to find us.

See you this weekend!

*As always, produce lists are subject to change. Thank you for your understanding. 

Seedy Saturday: Starting seeds indoors – March 5

SeedySaturday03.16It’s back! Our Seedy Saturday workshop series in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library – Kensington branch is returning for the 2016 season and kicking off on March 5th.

Our first session will cover starting seeds indoors, an important skill for beginner and advanced gardeners alike. Instructor Tamiae Squibb will show participants how and when to start which seeds indoors (and which to sow directly), go over caring for the seeds, and discuss transplanting those little seedlings.

As always, our Seed Sharing Library will be open and full of seeds for participants to take home to experiment with in their gardens. We also accept donations of seeds – if you save seeds yourself and have extras, please bring some to share with everyone.

This workshop is free but seating is limited so please pre-register online or in person at the Kensington branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Light refreshments will be served.

See you there!

South Vancouver Harvest Festival – October 3

unnamedIn case you didn’t get enough harvest celebrations after our Festival and Food Swap at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House this past Saturday, there is another event in South Vancouver this weekend!

Join our community partners Fresh Roots Urban Farm and South Vancouver Neighbourhood House (SVNH) for their own version of a Harvest Festival. The event will take place Saturday, October 3rd from 12-3pm at David Thompson Secondary School, where Fresh Roots grows their veggies. This year’s festival will feature:

  • apple pressing: bring a reusable bottle to fill with juice
  • a community salad: bring a veggie to contribute
  • delicious soup prepared by SVNH volunteers
  • BBQ lunch for $4/person or $10/family
  • youth-led games and activities

RSVP on Facebook!

Seedy Saturday: Garden care and seed saving – May 2

SeedySat050215Registration for the second workshop in the 2015 Seedy Saturday series is now open!

On May 2nd, 2015, the CCFN and Vancouver Public Library – Kensington are presenting a workshop on garden care and seed saving. During this workshop, participants will learn about the essentials of garden maintenance throughout the season including watering, harvesting, pest control, soil testing, and more! The instructor will also cover how and when to save seeds for next season (and to donate back to the seed library!).

Seeds will once again be available through the seed library and our donation box will be around if you have some you’d like to share with others in the community. Bring a notebook, your questions, and your appetite to learn. Although the event is free, registration is required. You can do so online at kccseedsave.eventbrite.ca or in-person at the Kensington branch of the library.

See you there!

 

Kensington-Cedar Cottage Food Asset Map

KCC Food Network Map_Page_1For the past few months, the Cedar Cottage Food Network has been working with a designer to create a food asset map for the Kensington-Cedar Cottage neighbourhood. A food asset map highlights food infrastructure in the area (gardens, food retailers, food programs, etc) while showing which pockets of the neighbourhood may need improvement. For example, one would notice the high concentration of community gardens at the north end of the neighbourhood, near Commercial-Broadway station and Trout Lake. There are fewer in other parts of the neighbourhood. There are a multitude of reason why this might be and the point of a food asset map is to start conversations around why these assets exist in some places but not others.

Now, we need your input. Is the map comprehensive? Do you see anything we’ve missed on the map? Have any ideas to address gaps you see? Send any comments to cedarcottagefoodnetwork[at]gmail[dot]com. Thank you for your thoughts!

New Mobile Market Location

SVNHPosterJan2015The Cedar Cottage Food Network is proud to announce our newest mobile produce market location: South Vancouver Neighbourhood House!

South Vancouver Neighbourhood House (SVNH), located at 49th and Victoria, has been a longtime partner of the CCFN and has supported us with our transportation needs for the markets. To supplement our market at Orchard Park (45th and Nanaimo), we have added this new market in the neighbourhood so that our customers now have two markets to visit every month. Three cheers for increasing affordable food access!

The opening date is January 24th, 2015 from 2-4pm. Join us for the premiere Tasting Kitchen event at this location, where everyone is welcome to sample full servings of recipes made with ingredients for sale at the markets.

As always, we try to keep our produce as affordable as possible and most items continue to be only $1 at all locations. Hope to see you out at SVNH in a couple weeks.