Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Fresh Sheet: August 7th Market

Smokey Valley Goat Cheese
Smokey Valley Goat Cheese is a new vendor at our market this week bringing their wonderful farmstead cheeses... goat cheeses (think chèvre, feta, brie, valency and St. Maure) and artisanal cow cheeses (think raclette, Cardiff with sun dried tomato, havarti, gruyere). Everything is done on the farm, from raising and milking the herd through to pasturizing the milk and making the cheese.

Just a reminder that we have an entirely 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!

Raisin Brioche: a new recipe from Raspberry & Cocoa
This week there will be a new recipe from Raspberry & Cocoa: Raisins Brioche w/ Coconut Palm Sugar Crumble. OJ describes them as "Sweet & Buttery Soft and full of coconut goodness".

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 potato people. It's sure to be lots of fun!  

Breezesta will be back be at the market this week (yay! we sure have missed them!) with their colourful chairs & tables, livening up the look for our market. Be sure to stop by their representative at the west end of the market (by T.R. Greenhouses & Pink Kernel... the snow cone place)  if you have any questions, would like to find out prices, or place an order for their funky, durable recycled plastic furniture.

Riverbend Gardens will have Romanesco cauliflower this week... it has a wonderful, vibrant lime green colour and a whimsical shape that has always made me think of a demented Dr. Seuss landscape... with its twisted spirals and bizarre peaks.

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:
  • Apples (Galas, Macs, Pink Ladies)
  • Dehydrated apples, sparkling cider, 100% pure apple juice 
  • Apricots
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries (dark cherries & yellow Rainers)
  • Currants, red & black 
  • Gooseberries
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears (green & red)
  • Plums (yellow & purple & Dragon's egg)
  • Raspberries
  • Saskatoons along with saskatoon pies & jams!
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
As for veggies... they are now officially pouring in from the fields! Expect to see:
  • Basil (fresh cut & plants)
  • Broccoli (First of the Season!!)
  • Beans... yellow & green & purple, field & hothouse long (incredibly, the purple beans 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!)
  • Beets (red, purple & golden)
  • Butternut squashes
  • Cabbages (green & purple)
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower (white and the wonderfully whimsical Romanesco)
  • Cucumbers, field & hothouse, small pickling, small snacking, long English, and large field cukes
  • Dill, long stalks & flowers (perfect for new potatoes & making dill pickles)
  • Eggplants (long purple & yellow and small green oriental)
  • Fennel 
  • Garlic
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Herb plants (thyme, basil, oregano, parsley, mint, sage, rosemary, dill, sorrel)
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi (purple & green)
  • Lettuces (romaine, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, butter lettuce)
  • Onions (large field onions, red onions, small spring onions, chives)
  • Pattypan Squashes (mini yellow or green squashes, great for sautéing) 
  • Peas
  • Peppers (small & large orange, yellow, red & green bell peppers, sweet thin-walled long red cubanelle peppers, red spicy chiles, mildly spicy green jalepeños, hot banana peppers, extremely hot wee little orange habeñeros)
  • Potatoes (golden, white, purple, red)... don't forget to pick up fresh dill to go with them.
  • Romaine
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes, field & hothouse (large, small & on the vine red, the wonderfully flavourful & meaty green & red striped mini zebras, heirloom varieties, Romas, Big Uglies, etc.) 
  • Scapes (garlic tops) & fresh garlic
  • Swiss chard (it comes in three colours: rhubarb red, peppermint stick pink and golden yellow)
  • Summer Squashes (Zucchini and yellow summer squashes)
    •  Fruit Wines & Honey Mead (Birds & Bees Winery)
    • Goat & Cow's cheeses (Smokey Valley Cheese)
    • 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 raisins & coconut palm sugar crumble
    • A wide assortment of flavours of banana bread
    • Fresh & frozen meats (beef, bison, pork, chicken, fish & seafood, lamb) 
    • Farm-fresh eggs
    • Jarred pickles (cucumber pickles, dill pickles, pickled eggs, pickled beets)
    • 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

    • Jewellery this week (necklaces, earrings, bracelets from Jewels By Amy, Gypsy Bird and Jenny's Gems) 
    • Specialty soap (Farmstead Bath & Body is back)
    • Bath & body items (lip balms, bath bombs, body creams)
    • Great seating, picnic tables, patio & deck furniture from BREEZESTA Patio Chairs
    • Morrie's Handcrafts is returning with his spectacular turned bowls and his inspiring carved words
    • Shilo's Glass will be returning with her whimsical flattened wine bottle cheese boards
    • the ATM will be in the centre of the market, beside Yellowbird Food Truck, should you need access to a banking machine 

      • Barring high winds (forecasted at over 25km/hr and wild weather, the inflatable slide will be BACK on site 
      • The balloon busker will be at the market, creating lively, fun designs out of his rainbow of coloured balloons. 
      • The Dolphin Lady facepainter will be at the market, creating incredible works of art on wee little faces
      • momstown will be at the SWEFM Info tent doing crafts with the kids that they're sure to enjoy, free of charge. 
      • And as always, 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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