Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Fresh Sheet: May 29th

Garden Festival
Another market day is just around the corner and it's a special one! It's our Annual Garden Festival! You will find lots of fun filled, informative and delicious things to do at this week's market. Here are the highlights:

This is our annual kick off for Plant A Row, Grow A Row, our partnership with Edmonton's Food Bank that is designed to collect fresh fruits and veggies and deliver them to the food bank in the fall. It is our opportunity to make a difference in a really important way, contributing "real food" to the Food Bank's storage vaults: food that is fresh, nutrient dense and ever-so-healthy! To find out more about this important initiative, read these old blog posts:

The Edmonton Food Bank and its volunteers will be onsite collecting donations of:
  • Sealed Bags of Rice
  • Empty Egg Cartons
  • Boxed, Canned & Bagged non-perishable Food Donations
  • Any used shopping bags

Help us Grow A Stack of egg cartons at the SWEFM Info Tent for Edmonton's Food Bank... how tall can we make it??? The food bank is always in need of empty egg cartons.

Help us Fill our Wheelbarrow to overflowing with sealed bags of rice for the food bank. Rice is something simple, nourishing & easy to store that many food bank clients would love to see in their hampers regularly. A familiar staple the world over, our food bank doesn't see enough to meet its demand. Please consider bringing a bag of rice to our Garden Festival event... after all, a grain of rice is a "seed!" There are many ways to GROW a donation!

Servus Credit Union will be holding a penny drive, collecting old pennies that we can no longer use here in Canada, converting them into "real" cash and donating the proceeds to Edmonton's Food Bank. They have actually been collecting them for the food bank for the past 2 weeks at their local Rabbit Hill Rd. & 23rd Ave. branch! WIN BIG! Swap your old pennies for a draw ballot: you could win market bucks to use at your next visit to the market!

Our veggie growers will have plants ready for your gardens and hanging baskets all set to beautify your front porches, balconies and backyard decks. Most importantly, there will be little vegetable plants ready to put in your gardens and patio pots for Plant A Row, Grow A Row.

A number of organizations will be on site to answer any questions you might have and to help you take your gardening to the next level. 

Master Gardeners will be on site in our Community Tent... ask them any questions you have about gardening! They will have the answers! At the same time, they have a children's craft for your kids to do to help them participate in Plant A Row, Grow A Row. Stop by and have them make a newspaper pot and plant a seed or a seed potato for the food bank. Then take it home, plop it directly into a pot or your garden and.. voilĂ !... your kids are growing a donation!

Master Composter will also be at our market this year, teaching us all how to compost our kitchen and yard waste easily, efficiently and effectively. Stop by their booth to see for yourself how easy it can be to turn your garbage into valuable, nutrient-dense goodness for your garden!

Sustainable Food Edmonton focuses on ways to make our local food resources support our community, lessening our dependence on food trucked and shipped in from afar. Eating local food decreases the environmental cost of our food system, and increases the nutrient density of our food... find out more by stopping at their booth.

Here's what else you can expect to find at your community market this week.

For The Kids
Baring 25km/h winds (or greater... keep your fingers crossed!), kids can come and have a blast on the giant inflatable slideIt's 16 feet wide, 30 feet long and 22 feet high!! Just think how much energy your kids will expend racing up and down this slide... and how well they'll sleep at night! Rides will be $1 each, or $5 for unlimited slides. Remember that the slide will only be set up if, by noon Wednesday, the winds are & are forecasted to be 25km/hour or less.

Once again, wee ones can be transformed into butterflies and tigers when they get their faces painted with wonderfully creative and vivid designs by The Dolphin Lady that will be sure to spark their imaginations and instil a little wonderment into their lives... her hair has been blue, her hair has been pink... who knows what crazy colour it'll be this week! Pretzel will be there as well, creating amazing balloon figures in fabulous designs and colours as only he can, sure to amaze the inner child in all of us!

For Your Kitchen
Fresh veggies are finally trickling in... expect to see rhubarb for sure, and possibly spinach, this week! Dargatz Family Farms, The Holden Colony and Riverbend Gardens will have their over-wintered potatoes, carrots and squashes on hand. And you'll find herb plants, ready for your kitchen garden. There will be farm-fresh eggs as well. And of course, Good Morning Honey will have their bee-made products on hand. 

There are other staples available as well, such as... fresh bread at Prairie Mill Bakery or gluten free bread at Celebrate, Gluten Free. There are wonderfully buttery croissants & crunchy arlettes at Raspberry Cocoa for your breakfast or for your afternoon/after dinner tea. And decadent cupcakes at Sweet Stuff. There are intriguing homemade icecreasm at Back To Basics. And there are prepared jams, jellies and savoury sauces at Fruits of Sherbrooke.

Do you have a hankering for something Mediterranean (think Italy, Greece & Turkey)? There are pre-made items like dips at Theo's Greek Kuzina and Turkish food at Melodi's Kitchen. There are pastas... both regular and gluten-free at Back To Basics.

How about something Indian or Thai? Mini Kitchen will be here each week from now on selling frozen Indian and Thai food, prepared for your home table with favourites like butter chicken, coconut chicken and naan bread for dipping.

There's plenty of fresh produce available from our local greenhouses! TR Greenhouses and The Holden Colony will have cucumbers (large, long English and small sized, great for snacking & packing in lunches for the kids), tomatoes (including small, sweet tomatoes on the vine and my personal favourite... the incredibly chewy, meaty & unbelievably flavour filled zebra tomatoes) and peppers (sweet & hot).

Plenty of options are available for meat for your weekday meals, from whole chickens, lamb, cuts of beef and bison through to prepared sausages, deli meats and jerkies. Be sure to check out what is available this week... and remember, vendors like Greenstein Farm (lamb), Red Tractor Meats and Sunworks Family Farm all accept pre-orders which make your market shopping very simple.
Just go to our website (http://www.swefm.ca/meat-vendors.html), find their profile (in alphabetical order on our list) and click on their links to connect to their websites to place your order. Then, show up on wednesday and make your last stop at their booths, pick up and pay for your order, and head straight home to your fridges and freezers. There are also frozen fish items and bottled sauces to enhance your fishy meals at Food Direct.

For Your Wednesday Night "Dinner at the Market"

The food trucks are back again! Once again, expect to find delicious comfort food from the food trucks, those gourmet kitchens on wheels. Bully will be back, serving great, inventive foods that feature meat, bread, fruit  & veggie vendors at our market. Sailin' On will be back this week, and we'll have a new food truck with Big City Sandwich on site, introducing us to one more take on the whole food truck scene. Little Village will be on hiatus one more market, returning next week.  Fat Franks will be on hand serving hot dogs and cooked smokies & sausages. Desserts can always be found at Pink Kernel (ice cream, mini donuts, cotton candy), Sweet Stuff (cupcakes), Phil's Fudge, and soft icecream cones at The Butchers' Bus.

This Week's Line-Up
For information on these vendors, and the ones listed below, be sure to go to our website Browse Vendors By Category. There you will find excellent descriptions & eye catching photos of the vendors that come to our market & the products that they bring. Browse by category to find out more about the personalities behind the creations, the produce & the food items, and to find out what each vendor will be bringing to market. Please note that not all vendors you see here will be at EVERY market as some come part time (like when their items are in season, or once or twice a month, etc.).

You will be amazed when you see the wealth of creativity, the level of inspiration and the amazing quality of goods that will be at the Southwest Edmonton Farmers' Market... your neighbourhood market where communities, artisans and farmers all come together .... this season.

Artisans & Crafts People:
Ada's Soap Shop (natural products that do not irritate eczema: olive oil soap, soap shapes)
Expressions by Lori (custom fit women's clothing)
Hemperial Fidelis (soaps, lotions, natural bug spray (body/bath stuff), soy candles, 1/4" twine, raw hemp, hemp seeds, organic and pressed hemp oil)
Mod Shop Tots (Crocheted children's items, booties, cotton hats, hair accessories)
Orange Avocado (jewellery)
Jewels by Amy (crystal & silver jewellery)
Traveling Author, Lynn Link 
Vicki Sather Design (hats, lampshades, pillowcase covers)

Baked Goods:
Celebrate Gluten Free (gluten free; flax bread, cheese buns & bread, multi grain bread, banana & lemon loaves, cookies, cupcakes, cinnamon buns, brownies)
El Mercado Tortillas (2 types of authentic Mexican corn tortillas)
Inked Cakes (sweet breads & loaves, brownies, bars & squares... formerly Robert's Loaves from Alberta Beach)
Moonshine Doughnuts (gourmet doughnuts in various flavours... formerly Heritage Baked Goods)
Prairie Mill Bread (organic, preservative-free bread)
Raspberry & Cocoa (Tea cakes, puff pastry, croissant, green tea)
Sweet Stuff Cakes (cupcakes)

Meat & Dairy:
Butchers' Bus (Sausage, smokies, pepperoni, pork or turkey jerky) 
Food Direct (fish)
Greenstein Farm(lamb, biweekly)
Red Tractor Family Farm (fresh, frozen meat) 
Sunworks Organic Farm (chicken, beef, prepared sausages)

Food Trucks & Concessions:
Big City Sandwich 
Bully Food Truck (gourmet comfort foods like mac & cheese, poutine, turkey burger, salad, pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich) 
Fat Franks (gourmet hot dogs, smokies & drinks) 
Original Canadian Kettle Popcorn (kettle corn, cotton candy, soft drinks) 
The Pink Kernel (mini donuts, cotton candy, shaved ice, kettle corn, lemonade, water, yo yo balloons)
Sailin' On (Vegan)

Fruits And Vegetables:
*** Note... many of our vegetable producers will be bringing plant starts, stored potatoes and garden plants to the first few market days until their produce is ready. Only greenhouse operators will have fresh vegetables like peppers, tomatoes, long beans and cucumbers at the early season markets. Fruit vendors do not start coming until mid June.
Dargatz Family Farm (produce, bedding plants, eggs, pickles)
Holden Colony (vegetables, pickles, salsa, garlic powder)
Riverbend Gardens (vegetables)
TR Greenhouses (veggies, jellies & salt)

Prepared Foods:
Back to Basics (frozen lasagna using fresh pasta including gluten free and vegetarian versions, homemade soup, homemade ice-cream & icecream sandwiches)
El Mercado Tortillas (2 types of corn tortillas) 
Fruits of Sherbrooke (jams, jellies & condiments)
Good Morning Honey (packaged honey in various sizes, beeswax candles, beeswax, lip balm, night cream)
The Mallow Fellow (gourmet marshmallows in 20 flavours)
Melodi's Kitchen (Turkish food)
Mini Kitchen (frozen, prepared Thai & Indian Food)
Phil's Fudge Factory (Fudge, fudge dipped apples)
Simply Supper (burgers, ribs & ready to go meals)
Theo's Greek Kouzina (prepared Greek food... like amazing tzatziki, humus & red pepper feta dips!!)

A Few Reminders:

  • Don't forget that the market has moved slightly to a new location... no longer hidden to the west of the rec centre, you will find the Southwest Edmonton Farmers' Market in the first parking lot, bordered by 23rd Avenue on its south side. Look for the signs, inflatable slide, flags and tents... you can't miss it.
  • Remember that there is always overflow parking to the west of the Terwillegar Recreation Centre, just follow the signs. Many of the parking lots between the west doors of the rec centre (down the arena hallway) and the Catholic High School (Mother Mary Margaret) are often virtually vacant.
  • Please drive slowly when visiting the Farmers' Market. Leger Road and the parking lots surrounding the Terwillegar Recreation Centre will have lots of people on foot at market time. There are 2 crosswalks that lead to the market location. Please be mindful of our traffic patrol volunteers.
  • Volunteers will be on site doing everything from answering questions, manning the Community & Info Tents, entertaining kids and directing traffic to schlepping things and directing people within the rec centre itself. Please be sure to give them a smile and thank them for helping to make our market such a community driven, friendly & inspired place to be.

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    Contributed by Sheri Hendsbee

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