Thank you to the wave of customers who declined their credits or sent money to help with storm cleanup. We feel a deep gratitude for this community.
The difficult truth is that farmers are subject to huge risks more than ever now. When you are not eating Aldergrove’s salad mix or Kooners’ broccoli this week, consider what we need to tell our politicians about the urgent need for climate action.
I didn’t realize how many people would respond to last week’s description of the seasonal urge to put food by, for winter, and as another way to support our farmers.
Above is a photograph of a painting by my wonderful friend, Japneet Kaur Saini. Her works tell many tales of food and community, and the ways they are woven together.
When Japneet was growing up in the Punjab, she and her sister loved their grandmother’s Tomato Jam. She says the memory of it transforms her back into a small child standing on the stout walls of their cistern with her sister, looking far into the shimmering distance of a hot,hot day, and eating slices of white bread spread thickly with Biji’s delicious jam.
As coincidence would have it, Chef and Food Activist Joshna Maharaj came by the market recently to pick up a gorgeous crate of heirloom tomatoes from Marvellous Edibles. Her plan: Tomato Jam.
I asked Joshna for her recipe, and she replied, “your mention of that tomato jam from your friend Japneet reminded me so much of something that my mom would make with more sugar, and mustard seeds. This one is beautifully sweet and savoury and would be perfect on toast, on a cheese/charcuterie board, or with fresh parathas and yogurt!” Below are the instructions to make it.
Joshna’s first book, Take Back the Tray is available now at Type Books and Indigo.ca, and you can see more of Japneet’s work on instagram @storyofaseed