Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Fresh Sheet- July 24 Market

For the past two weeks you have probably noticed all the lively furniture on site. Breezesta has partnered with the Southwest Edmonton Farmers' Market to act as a living showroom for their high quality & vividly coloured outdoor furniture. They will be back once again! The tables, chairs and rockers that you see all over the market come in a wide colour selection and a terrific array of sizes & styles and are incredibly durable. Grab dinner at a food truck and have a seat... and browse a brochure (if it isn't windy, they will be laid out on their tables if you are interested in them for your own porch, deck or patio). If you want to find out more information, talk to Kayla, the Breezesta representative on site at the west end of the market, between Pink Kernel (the snow cone, mini donut vendor) and T.R. Greenhouses (the hothouse veggie place).

Fresh beans are now in season and there is nothing like the sweetness and the crunch of a bean, freshly picked at the height of its ripeness and delectability. Steam them ever-so-briefly, just until their vivid green colour intensifies, or pop them into a pot of boiling water for no more than 30 seconds and eat them tossed in a smidgeon of butter and an ever-so-slight dash of sea salt. Mmmm....

My personal favourites are the deep purple beans that magically transform before your eyes when briefly dumped in a pot of boiling water, or quickly steamed in a basket. The addition of heat makes the purple disappear... like magic! The second they turn colour, they're done! Pick some up at the market today for the novice cook in your life... There's nothing like Bean Magic to teach an easy & fun life lesson!

Greenstein Farm is back this week with their highly prized lamb. Talk to Lisa about how best to prepare it for the BBQ season.

Moonshine Doughnuts are back with their boxes of assorted gourmet doughnuts.

Morrie's unique Corian designs
Lynn Link, the travelling author, will be here this week, selling her books. She only comes once a month (and missed our market on tornado day... so she hasn't been here for quite some time), so be sure to check her out this week.

Also this week, Morrie will be here making his Southwest Edmonton Farmers Market debut with his turned bowls, his beautiful carved words and his unique wooden coat hanging racks. His stall will be full of wonderful home accents.

Remember, too, that the a.t.m. will be back in the centre of the market beside the Yellow Bird food truck, should you need extra cash. This is a relatively new service that we are providing to our market shoppers. Stop by the SWEFM Info tent and tell us what you think of it!

What else is new? Robert, from Inked Cakes (the banana bread guy) will be trialling something new at his stall: New York styled plain or poppyseed bagels.

And OJ & Kevin at Raspberry & Cocoa will have Brioche with orange peel and a hint of anise along with their ever popular raspberry and chocolate flavours of croissants and arlette cookies. Mmmmm!

Fresh vegetables & fruits in season, and available now at this week's market:
The fruit trucks are bringing a wealth of beautiful fruit in from BC. This week expect to see:
  • '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:
  • Cauliflower... NEW THIS WEEK!
  • Fresh beans from the field... yellow & green
  • Pickling cucumbers!!! from the field & long stalks & flowers of dill ready for canning
  • Peas
  • Kohlrabi
  • Fennel
  • Heirloom tomatoes... they're starting to come in from the field!
  • Swiss chard (it comes in three colours: rhubarb red, peppermint stick pink and golden yellow)
  • Spinach (it is winding down for the season, so not a sure thing)
  • Romaine, Leaf Lettuce, Kale and more greens
  • Scapes (garlic tops) & fresh garlic
  • Fresh baby 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
  • Over-wintered potatoes (purple, pink, & white fleshed varieties)
  • Squashes
  • 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 rhubarb (not a sure thing)
  • 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)
    •  A variety of artisan breads, cinnamon buns, cinnamon breads, sweet loaves, gluten-free loaves & baking, cupcakes, bagels, homemade cookies, other finger-licking good baked treats
    • 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, 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!)
    • 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
    • Smoked meats (sausages, pepperonis, sandwich meats, jerkies)
    • 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 Doughnuts
    • Kettle Popcorn
    What else???
    • Jewellery this week (necklaces, earrings, bracelets) 
    • Specialty soap (Ada's Soap is back)
    • Great seating, picnic tables, patio & deck furniture from BREEZESTA Patio Chairs
      • Barring high winds and wild weather, the inflatable slide will be on site 
      • 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 cow paper plates!
      • Austin the guitar player will also be back. 
      • And failing that, 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 up 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, or Breezesta chairs 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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