A New Season Begins
Mar 23, 2017

A New Season Begins

Ignore the thermometer and enjoy the sun! It’s spring! We’ve got a bit of news (all good) and recipes to share this week. In honour of the season, Krista from DeFloured is busy making Buttermilk Pies with Maple Syrup from Spade & Spoon. She also has a new Vegan Carrot Cake that will be available weekly, along with all her other delicious gluten-free goodies. Pine River will be at market with their storage vegetables, plus delicious kale and spinach. You may think of roast turkey as a major production suitable only for major... Read More


Springing Forward?
Mar 16, 2017

Springing Forward?

The evidence that spring is unstoppable is mounting: first robin of the year spotted on Monday, witch hazel in bloom at Havelock & Dewson Streets, sap running in the bush, and giant goose eggs on Marvellous Edibles‘ table! We’re not quite there yet, though, and this stretch has to be the least predictable part of the market year. One Thursday we’re singing in the sunshine and vendors are itching to set up outdoors, the next we’re squeezing everybody in out of the wind and snow. There’s a steady stream of... Read More


Women and Food & Women in Food: International Women’s Day News
Mar 9, 2017

Women and Food & Women in Food: International Women’s Day News

  I grew up being fed by wonderful women, my mother in particular, and my aunts, great aunts, and grandmothers. Many of these women had to put their own ambitions aside to care for others, and became legendary for their pies, their pickles, or their bread instead, known for setting a beautiful table or stretching a dollar. I’m sure there were days when cooking up and washing up were about the last things they felt like doing. Nevertheless, they managed to infuse the food they prepared with love, and they were always ready to add a... Read More


Sweet, Scary and Surprising
Mar 2, 2017

Sweet, Scary and Surprising

  It’s hard to know what to wish for with this weather, isn’t it? I can’t help feeling thrilled to see snowdrops in bloom, but I was worried about the maple syrup season after speaking with Jonathan Forbes last week. Cold nights are very important right now, so the trees don’t go into bud too soon. I took a look at the Farmers’ Almanac to see if I could find any old time wisdom that might address current uncertainties, but I came away with more charm than knowledge. I think I’ll keep these March... Read More


Sweetness and Light
Feb 23, 2017

Sweetness and Light

The light is marvellous these days! The strengthening sun isn’t good for rink conditions, but it sure does lift the heart. In the late afternoon, the rinkhouse and even the garage will be aglow. Time to flee the computer or whatever else has you stuck inside, and head over to the market. It seems quite appropriate that DeFloured will be featuring Bees Universe‘s golden honey in Salted Honey Tarts. When it comes to honey, BEE LOCAL! Did you know that the Canadian market has been flooded with imported honey? It’s filling the... Read More


Roots, Shrooms, and Macaroons!
Feb 16, 2017

Roots, Shrooms, and Macaroons!

I’m happy to report that our Vendor List will be a little longer this week! Bees Universe has a working vehicle again so John really will be back with honey and eggs. Jennifer from All Sorts Acre has been very busy with early lambing, including a lot of multiple births, but she’ll find somebody else to feed the wee ‘bottle lambs’ that are getting extra TLC in her kitchen and head down to market. LATE-BREAKING NEWS: So much for the best-laid plans, more ewes in labour, Jennifer is needed in the barn! The risk of storms... Read More


Lucky in Love
Feb 9, 2017

Lucky in Love

Hey market pals, who loves ya? We do! Come on over and visit your favourite farmers and vendors! They’re bringing plenty of good, clean food, and treats for the sweet, too. Chocosol has packed four of their Love Bars plus a Vanilla Sea Salt and a Cherry D’Amour Bar into their Valentine’s Chests! Who wouldn’t love to open one of these? The Forbes tables will be well-supplied for a walk on the wild side, with packages of dried wild mushrooms, bottles of rose petal syrup, and the ultimate luxury: preserves made from tiny... Read More


Home Cookin’
Feb 2, 2017

Home Cookin’

Another beautiful produce list has arrived from Everdale Organic Farm for this week’s market: spinach, specialty greens, bok choi, green onions, kale, leeks, yellow onions, butternut squash, dry beans, carrots, beets, and other roots! Along with the list there was a note from Kyle saying that Wolf will be coming in his place because he’s off to New Orleans. Am I jealous? Oh no, I am far too busy with my mid-winter ritual, taking inventory of the provisions in my cupboards. Among other buried treasures, I found a can of coconut... Read More


Local…It’s not just for summer anymore
Jan 25, 2017

Local…It’s not just for summer anymore

A number of people I’ve met lately have asked if I take a long winter vacation, because there must be nothing going on with farmers’ markets at this time of year. They’ve been quite surprised to find out that we have a year-round market, and several have asked me why. This has been a useful reminder. Even though local food seems to get plenty of attention on restaurant menus and in the media, a lot of people forget about it for half the year. We’re still heavily dependent on long-distance food and a system that... Read More


Come out from under the covers!
Jan 19, 2017

Come out from under the covers!

Don’t let that white sheet fool you! There are wonderful things in Everdale‘s hoophouses, and they are coming to town! Kyle wrote with this list: “We’ll have spinach, salad mix, specialty greens mix, kale, green onion, leeks, dry beans (black, kenearly and brown), butternut squash, carrots, beets and other roots!” If you didn’t get any of the greens last time Everdale was at market, don’t miss out this week! The flavour of spinach and other greens that have grown at cool temperatures is exceptional,... Read More