Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Fresh Sheet: September 25th Market

Sweet Stuff bakes many treats: including her popular mini cupcakes that come in plenty of flavours, an assortment of cookies and recently, pumpkin tarts. To celebrate autumn, for the last 2 markets (September 25th, and October 2nd) Lindsay is baking seasonal  pumpkin pies. What a delicious way to welcome the changing season, than with a fork full of pumpkin pie.


Smoky 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 artisan 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. Check out a video on Smoky Valley Cheese to learn more: http://vimeo.com/15335997


A.I.G Produce (Osoyoos) has many fresh apple varieties being picked from their fields in BC. This week, be on the look out for the near-famous honey crisp apple - known for being very crisp, sweet-tart and juicy. As well, GALA apples are on special, by the case load: $10 for 12 pounds of apples. Ambrosia, is another delicious variety that will be in stock. This home-grown originates from BC. It is a favourite amongst many for it's crispness, creamy colouring (with blush hues) and because it does not turn brown quickly, when sliced.

Andy's Finest Jerky was formed in late 2010 after its founder Andy discovered that his products were becoming ever increasingly popular. Starting from a small smoker in his backyard, Andy had supplied his product to family and friends and soon demand outstripped supply.  Andy's Finest Jerky make and offer for sale beef jerky made from AAA graded Alberta beef. Sliced and seasoned to perfection then naturally smoked to its finest. Flavors include: Original, teriyaki, peppered, hot & spicy, honey garlic. Be sure to stop by and ask for a sample

Riverbend Gardens surprised market goers at last week's market with BRUSSELS SPROUTS. Sure, not the favourite vegetable to everyone, but for those who love em - this time of season is a bounty of deliciousness! And not just any brussels sprouts: Riverbend Gardens sells theirs loaded on the stem. This a great way to learn more about how vegetables grow. Brussels Sprouts are in the brassica family, like kale, arugula and cabbage. Their flavour gets sweet with cool temperatures.

momstown will be back at the info tent doing a craft with young children who come to our market, so be sure to stop by and make a craft. This week is a super fun activity: reading a story called "Monsters DON'T EAT Broccoli" and making monsters!

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
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries (dark cherries & yellow Rainers)
  • Concord grapes (the seedless wine grapes, small & dark & ever so flavour-filled)
  • Currants, red & black 
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears (green & red)
  • Plums (yellow & purple & Dinosaur's egg)
  • Raspberries
  • Saskatoons (fresh saskatoons are no longer available, but frozen ones are)
  • Strawberries
  • Watermellons 
As for veggies... they are now officially pouring in from the fields! Expect to see
  • Acorn Squash
  • Broccoli
  • 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 & striped candy cane)
  • Butternut squashes
  • Cabbages (green & purple, round and conical)
    Pie Pumpkins from Riverbend Gardens.
  • Carrots, classic orange as well as purple.
  • Cauliflower (white, purple, yellow and the wonderfully whimsical Romanesco)
  • Corn - sweet corn 
  • Cucumbers, field & hothouse, small pickling, small snacking, long English, round yellow, and large field cukes
  • Dill, long stalks & 00flowers (perfect for new potatoes & making dill pickles)
  • Eggplants (long purple & yellow and small green oriental)
  • Fava Beans
  • 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)
  • Leeks
  • 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.
  • Pie Pumpkins
  • Fresh garlic
  • Swiss chard (it comes in three colours: rhubarb red, peppermint stick pink and golden yellow)
  • Summer Squashes (Zucchini and yellow summer squashes)
  • Tomatoes, field & hothouse (large, small & on the vine red, the wonderfully flavourful & meaty green & red striped mini zebras, heirloom varieties, Romas, Big Uglies, etc.) 
  • The Mallow Fellow is done for the season.
  • Delectable gourmet chocolate bars, truffles,  chocolate dipped marshmallows, cocoa covered almonds and pecan clusters from Violet Chocolates. 
  • Farmstead Cheeses made at an artisan cheesiry in Alberta (chevr, feta, harvarti and more).
  • A variety of artisan breads, cinnamon buns, cinnamon breads, pies, muffins, 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 or with orange blossom and a hint of anise or Gruyere and rosemary
  • A wide assortment of flavours of banana bread
  • Fresh & frozen meats (beef, bison, pork, chicken, 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.
  • Delightful bottles of Organic Fruit wines and mead.
  • Greek dips (humus, tzatziki, spicy feta & red pepper) and specialty Greek food items, like  Sagnaki (lightly breaded baked cheese, delicious served warm).
  • Turkish Foods (from savoury pastries and dinner items to sweet dessert treats) will not be available.
  • 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)
  • Packages of spices ready for appetizer dips or wine slushes
  • AAA Alberta Beef Jerky
  • Jams & jellies & condiments to compliment everything from your toast through to your meats and fish
  • Sweet treats like cookies, mini cupcakes, snow cones & soft ice-cream to eat on the spot
  • Kettle Popcorn


  • Dazzling polished stones, minerals and crystals (It's in the Stones)   
  • Beautiful, one of a kind cheese platters made out of wine bottles (Shilo's Glass)
  • Specialty soap (Ada's Soap)
  • Jewellery this week (necklaces, earrings, bracelets from Jewels By Amy).
  • Bath & body items (lip balms, bath bombs, body creams)
  • Great seating, picnic tables, patio & deck furniture from BREEZESTA Patio Chairs
  • the ATM will be in the centre of the market, beside Yellowbird Food Truck, should you need access to a banking machine 

    • Due to the onset of chillier weather the slide will not be at the market till summer 2014.
    • 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 Melisa Zapisocky

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