Market Produce – May 5th

photo from filiericortacremona.it

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.

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Market Day – August 16th

This little burst of rain has done wonders for our local urban farm partner, Fresh Roots, who will be providing us with their amazing, delicious, fresh veggies.

What is an Heirloom Tomato? An heirloom is generally considered to be a variety that has been passed down, through several generations of a family because of it's valued characteristics.

What is an Heirloom Tomato? An heirloom is generally considered to be a variety that has been passed down, through several generations of a family because of it’s valued characteristics.

On top of that we will also be selling:

  • Avocados
  • Bananas (Organic)
  • Blueberries (Grown in BC)
  • Cherries (Grown in BC)
  • Honeydew Melons (Grown in BC)
  • Strawberries (Organic)
  • Mangoes
  • Peaches (Grown in BC)
  • Broccoli (Grown in BC)
  • Corn (Grown in BC)
  • Red Onion (Grown in Washington)
  • Purple Potatoes (Grown in BC and Organic!)
  • Zucchini (Grown in BC and Organic)
  • Heirloom Tomatoes (Grown in BC)
  • Mini Cucumber (Grown in BC)

We will be at Brant Villa (2290 E. 25th Ave near Nanaimo Skytrain station) from 10:30am-12:30pm and at our newest market site: Kensington Community Centre (5175 Dumfries Street near Knight) from 2pm-4pm.

Hope to see you there!

Jam with us at our canning workshop – Aug. 19

harvestcanningNext up in our summer workshop series at Trout Lake Community Centre: Harvest Canning!

Learn to preserve seasonal foods so that you may enjoy them all year long. Participants will walk away with their new knowledge and a jar of what the group made that night.

Register online (under Education > Cooking and baking) or in person at Trout Lake. The workshop is only $15. See you there!

Market Day – July 19

Growing season is in full swing and oh what a harvest our local urban farm partner, Fresh Roots, has for us this week! They will be providing us with the following:

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Collards
  • Fresh Garlic!
  • Assorted Lettuce
  • Assorted Herbs
  • Kale
  • Pearl Onions
  • Peas
  • Rapini
  • Chard
  • Turnips

On top of that we will also be selling:

  • Avocados
  • Bananas (organic)
  • Blueberries (Grown in BC)
  • Cherries (Grown in BC)
  • Mangoes
  • Peaches (Grown in BC)
  • Broccoli (Grown in BC)
  • Corn (Grown in Washington)
  • Red Onion (Grown in California)

We will be at Brant Villa (2290 E. 25th Ave near Nanaimo Skytrain station) from 10:30am-12:30pm and at our newest market site: Kensington Community Centre (5175 Dumfries Street near Knight) from 2pm-4pm.

Hope to see you there!

Thinking about winter gardening

We haven’t even officially started summer here in Vancouver but it’s almost time to start thinking about winter gardening! We’re lucky in the Pacific Northwest to have a viable winter gardening season; it’s not far-fetched to be able to grow into October and November.

Here are some seeds to consider sowing in late June so that the crops will be ready for the winter:

From lisarayner.com

From lisarayner.com

Carrot Family (Apiaceae): carrots and fennel

Onion Family (Alliaceae): green onions

Mustard Family (Brassicaceae): Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, rutabaga, turnips

Sunflower Family (Compositae): endive, radicchio

Beet Family (Chenopodiaceae): beets, Swiss chard

Remember that root vegetables such as rutabagas, turnips, carrots, and beets do better starting from seed; they do not take well to transplanting.

Look for more tips like these at Seattle Tilth, who provides a monthly guide to gardening in our climate.

Our mobile market program is expanding!

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Last year, we began a mobile market location at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House. Since then, we’ve seen great success and even doubled the number of markets we have there to two per month!

Now, more exciting news: we have partnered with Kensington Community Centre to add a new site to our list of mobile produce market locations. Beginning in July, we’ll be selling fresh fruits and vegetables at Kensington (5175 Dumfries Street, near Knight and 37th) on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 2-4pm. We’re looking forward to seeing new faces out at the market and helping reach more people who face barriers to accessing healthy food.

We welcome our customers from the Culloden Court market to come to our bi-monthly markets at Kensington – luckily, it’s not too far away (only 10 blocks)!

Be sure to visit our website again a couple days before the first market on July 5th for an update on what produce we’ll have available.

Produce Available – March 15th

Make sure to head down to this Saturday’s mobile market locations to stock up on this week’s featured item: Ambrosia Apples. From 10:30am-12:30pm, we’ll be at Brant Villa (25th Ave and Nanaimo St.) and from 2-4pm, we’ll be at Culloden Court (47th Ave and Knight St). Look for the following vegetables on our tables this Saturday and don’t forget to sample some of the delicious recipes at Culloden Court’s tasting kitchen.

  • Ambrosia apples (grown in BC – did you know that they originated in BC?)
  • Avocados
  • Bosc pears (grown in Wash)
  • Tangelos (grown in California)
  • Mangoes
  • Broccoli (grown in California)
  • Red cabbage (grown in California)
  • Cauliflower (organic)
  • Purple potatoes (grown in Washington)
  • Butternut squash
  • Baby bok choy (grown in California)

See you at the market!

Market produce available – January 18

The fresh fruits and vegetables that will be available at the Brant Villa and Culloden Court mobile markets this Saturday are as follows:

  • Gala apples (BC grown)marketday
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Navel oranges
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower (the new ‘it’ vegetable for 2014, apparently!)
  • Cucumbers (BC grown)
  • Red lettuce
  • Mushrooms (BC grown)
  • Red nugget potatoes (BC grown and organic)
  • Grapefruit

The Tasting Kitchen at Culloden Court will feature some of these veggies and fruit in recipes that are simple enough to make at home. Try it out and maybe you’ll find a whole new appreciation for grapefruit salad or cauliflower pizza crust!

Happy shopping!

Our New Tasting Kitchen Cook

For the past couple markets at Orchard Park, a volunteer named Alex has been cooking delicious meals so shoppers are able to sample recipes which feature the produce we have for sale.

Roasted Pepper and Tomato Soup

Last month, she made a tasty red pepper and tomato soup. It was so good we wanted to feature the recipe on the blog. It can easily be made vegetarian or vegan. Alex also has her own blog, which includes many other recipes that she has made. Here’s how to make this lovely soup in your own home:

Creamy Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

6 tomatoes, chopped (your choice: yellow, roma, on-the-vine, heirloom)
2 bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 medium sweet onion
1 bulb garlic, peeled
1/5 cup olive oil (or so)
1 tbs dried oregano
6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 cup cream or milk (remove for vegan option)
1 tbs red chili flakes
1 large handful fresh basil, sliced or chopped
1 small handful parmesan petals (optional)
1 tbs lemongrass paste (optional)
Sea salt & black pepper (to taste)

Preheat the oven to 375F. Cover a non-stick baking sheet with chopped onions, garlic, tomatoes, and peppers. Drizzle with olive oil, and top with salt, pepper, and oregano. Bake for about 45-60 minutes, or until veggies are soft and aromatic.

In a medium sauce pan, heat up the chicken or vegetable broth over medium heat. Add the veggies and ALL juices from the baking sheet into the pot and stir. Using a handheld mixer, blend the contents of the pot until thick and smooth. Add chopped basil, cream, chili flakes, lemongrass, and parmesan petals. Bring to a light boil, stirring constantly, then remove from heat and allow to cool for two minutes.
Visit us at the next Tasting Kitchen at Culloden Court for more great meal ideas!