Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Fresh Sheet for the July 31 Market

Our website has been redesigned! We are very excited to unveil the new look for our website. It is crisp, clean and contemporary and filled with animated slide shows and photos of all of the gorgeous things that are available at our market for you to purchase, enjoy and experience. Check out this link: SWEFM Website!

Shilo's Glass is an artisan vendor, new to our market this week, who has been around for 14 years. You may have seen Betty's work at the St. Albert market. She makes cheese boards, perfect for entertaining, made out of flattened wine bottles and they come with a good quality cheese knife.

Greenstein Lamb has been one of our regular, biweekly vendors. Greenstein will now becoming EVERY week! Lisa brings top quality lamb to our market. Starting this week, she will be adding something new! She will be selling top quality home made dog food! Check out her booth... the one with the cute lamb on the banner, and see what this is all about.

Peter's Lakeview Farms will be here... finally! A saskatoon berry farm, they will be bringing more than just fruit. Starting this week they will be bringing pies, saskatoon berries and jam.

It's Pickling Season... and this week we'll be adding a dill pickle recipe to our market blog. Knowing that, you can shop for the cukes and dill that you will need to make them at our veggie vendor booths... Riverbend Gardens, Holden Colony, T.R.Greenhouses and Dargatz Family Farm. For the recipe we'll be posting Friday, you'll need about 8 pounds of dill pickle sized cucumbers, and 2 bunches of dill (preferably with the flowers as well).

momstown will be back at the info tent doing a craft with the young children who come to our market. This week, they'll be making paper corn on the cob, gluing on real popped corn. It's sure to be lots of fun!  

Breezesta won't be at the market this week with their colourful chairs (yup, even our kind partners and sponsors need to take a vacation now & then!). The big inflatable slide will also be away this week.

Last week, someone tweeted that they'd missed finding raspberry & cocoa... they had wanted to try the new brioches that they made for last week's market. Remember, if you see something on the lists below that you especially want to seek out, stop by the info tent. There we have a large map of the site that shows where vendors are located and we have volunteers who can direct you to help you find those treasured items.

Fresh vegetables & fruits in season, and available now at this week's market:
The BC fruit trucks are bringing a wealth of gorgeous fruit. This week expect to see:
  • Watermelon! Yup! It's finally the season for fresh, local watermelon!
  • Saskatoons along with saskatoon pies & jams!
  • Peaches
  • Blueberries
  • Apricots
  • Blackberries 
  • Cherries (dark cherries & yellow Rainers)
  • Raspberries
  • Apples (think galas & macs & other delicious BC apples)
  • Pears (green & red)
  • Dehydrated apples, sparkling cider, 100% pure apple juice and a few other goodies
  • Strawberries (not a sure thing... the season is winding down for strawberries)
As for veggies... they are now officially pouring in from the fields! Expect to see:
  • Summer Squashes! (Zucchini and yellow summer squashes)
  • Broccoli (First of the Season!!)
  • Butternut squashes
  • Cauliflower
  • Fresh beans from the field... yellow & green & purple (incredibly, these change colour when you steam them or plop them in boiling water, going from purple to green... the second they're green, they're done!)
  • Pickling cucumbers!!! from the field & long stalks & flowers of dill ready for canning
  • Peas
  • Kohlrabi
  • Fennel
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Swiss chard (it comes in three colours: rhubarb red, peppermint stick pink and golden yellow)
  • Romaine, Leaf Lettuce, Kale and more greens (Dargatz has enormous heads of romaine!)
  • Scapes (garlic tops) & fresh garlic
  • Fresh carrots
  • Field potatoes (golden, white, purple, red)... don't forget to pick up fresh dill to go with them.
  • Fresh red, purple and golden beets
  • Fresh green/spring onions, large field onions
  • Green & purple cabbages
  • Eggplants (long purple & yellow and small green oriental)
  • Long green hothouse beans
  • Hothouse cucumbers (long English and mini varieties that are perfect for packing in lunches)
  • Field-grown spinach (not a sure thing)
  • Fresh cut basil & chives & dill & other herbs
  • Fresh herb plants (thyme, basil, oregano, parsley, mint, sage, rosemary, dill, sorrel)
  • Hothouse & field grown lettuces (green leaf lettuce and butter lettuce),
  • Hothouse tomatoes (large, small & on the vine red, the wonderfully flavourful & meaty green & red striped mini zebras) 
  • Hothouse peppers (small & large orange bell, yellow, red, green, & red & green spicy chiles, hot banana peppers)
    •  Fruit Wines & Honey Mead (Birds & Bees Winery)
    • A variety of artisan breads, cinnamon buns, cinnamon breads, sweet loaves, gluten-free loaves & baking, cupcakes, bagels, homemade cookies, cakes & other finger-licking good baked treats throughout the market
    • Unbelievably authentic & delicious French style croissants (with chocolate inside, or with real raspberries)
    • Brioche with orange peel and a hint of anise
    • A wide assortment of flavours of banana bread
    • Fresh & frozen meats (beef, bison, pork, chicken, fish & seafood, lamb) 
    • Farm-fresh eggs
    • Jarred pickles
    • Dehydrated garlic powder
    • Fresh raw honey & bee pollen (Want to know more about bee pollen? Click here.)
    • Specialty gelatos (great in this blistering summer heat!) They're packed on dry ice at the market, so they easily make the trip home without melting.
    • Greek dips (humus, tzatziki, spicy feta & red pepper) and specialty Greek food items
    • Turkish Foods (from savoury pastries and dinner items to sweet dessert treats)
    • Korean Foods (green onion cakes, kimchi, bulgogi as ready to go meals )
    • Indian Foods (naan & butter chicken as ready to go meals, Samosas, Indian cookies & salty snacks)
    • Thai Foods (frozen & ready for your weekday meals)
    • Ready-made meals and spice mixes and other items perfect for the BBQ season
    • Packages of spices ready for appetizer dips or wine slushes
    • Smoked meats (sausages, pepperonis, sandwich meats, jerkies)
    • Perogies
    • Jams & jellies & condiments to compliment everything from your toast through to your meats and fish
    • Sweet treats like fudge, mini cupcakes, snow cones & soft ice-cream to eat on the spot
    • Gourmet marshmallows in 20 flavours
    • Gourmet chocolate bars and truffles in fabulously inventive flavours
    • Gourmet Doughnuts
    • Kettle Popcorn
    What else???
    • Jewellery this week (necklaces, earrings, bracelets from Jewels By Amy, Gypsy Bird and Capiluv) 
    • Specialty soap (Ada's Soap Shop is back)
    • Bath & body items (lip balms, bath bombs, body creams)

      • There is NO SLIDE this week (sorry to all the kids who have looked forward to it this week and last)
      • The balloon busker will be at the market, creating lively, fun designs out of his rainbow of coloured balloons. 
      • momstown will be at the SWEFM Info tent doing crafts with the kids that they're sure to enjoy, free of charge. This week they'll be making paper corn on the cob using real popped corn!
      • There are plenty of curbs and rocks to balance on along the avenue of trees that goes down the centre of our market!
      Come on out to the market for dinner. The food trucks will be on site, and you can grab a spot of shade under a tree (and perhaps even a spot at one of the highly coveted picnic tables, if you're lucky!) and then devour a scrumptious dinner. Choose from :
      • Sailin' On (vegan), 
      • Bully (gourmet comfort food) 
      • Yellow Bird (Japanese fusion) 
      • Fat Franks (gourmet hotdogs, sausages & smokies)
      • Butcher's Bus (sausage on a bun, pierogies & soft ice cream cones)
      • Pink Kernel (snow cones, mini donuts, popped carnival corn, cotton candy)

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      Contributed by Sheri Hendsbee

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