Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Fresh Sheet: September 4th Market

Heather de Kok Flower Design is an Edmonton-based florist who works with farmers in Canada to source local flowers. We grow a ton of flowers in Western Canada, so it only makes sense that one should seek out locally-cut bouquets. Heather will be at the market in September selling beautiful bouquets of cut flowers from farms in Alberta and BC. This week she is bringing Gladiolus, Sunflowers, Veronicas and Chinese Lanterns.

Theo's Greek Kouzina is certainly known for this authentic greek dips: like hummous, tzatziki & melitzano salata, a tangy, lemony roasted egg plant salad that is terrific with pita bread (featured in 'The Avenue's 25 best things to eat 2013 addition) - all of which are very good. Recently we saw Louie bringing something special to market - Saganaki. This is
Louie's favourite... a lightly breaded & baked cheese that is delicious served warm from the oven, and eaten with a knife and for for dinner. His come ready to pop straight in the oven at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes. Sagnaki is made with sheep and cow's milk, and unlike halloumi cheese, it is not salty. Come early, the Saganaki sells quickly, and be sure to ask for a sample of his famous melizano salata.  
Dargatz Family Farms ...With fall just around the corner some of us begin to rejoice for Winter Squashes. Don't get me wrong, I certainly love the summertime vegetables, but this time of year I begin to look forward to hearty and savoury dishes made with the versatile winter squash. Keith and Colin Dargatz have the first Butternut Squash of the season. Butternut squash have a sweet, nutty taste and their flesh is a gorgeous tangerine colour. Perfect in soups, roasted with herbs or added to a casserole. Yum!
Jenny's Gems makes beautiful necklaces, earrings and bracelets with stones, gems and silver. Jenny told me the last market that she's working on her craft and is taking more silver smith classes, so she can create more and more pieces. Even more exciting is the news that she recently inherited many new stones and gems from a family member. So much to look forward to as Jenny shows off her new creations.

momstown will be back at the info tent doing a craft with the young children who come to our market, so be sure to stop by and make a craft - this week, POPSICLE BARNS!

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
As for veggies... they are now officially pouring in from the fields! Expect to see
  • 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)
  • 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 & flowers (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.
  • 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.) 
  • Simply Supper is not at the market in September. Visit her store on Rabbit Hill Road.
  • Delectable gourmet chocolate bars, chocolate dipped marshmallows, cocoa covered almonds and pecan clusters from Violet Chocolates. 
  • The Mallow Fellow cannot attend this week, check back next week!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Smoked meats (sausages, pepperonis, sandwich meats, jerkies)
  • Perogies, including gluten-free varieties.
  • 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
  • Gourmet chocolate bars and truffles in fabulously inventive flavours
  • Kettle Popcorn


  • Jewellery this week (necklaces, earrings, bracelets from Jewels By Amy, Gypsy Bird & Jenny's Gems).
  • Dazzling polished stones, minerals and crystals (It's in the Stones)
  • One-of a kind word art, corian bowls and beautiful wood racks (Morrie's Hand Crafts).
  • Bath & body items (lip balms, bath bombs, body creams)
  • Beautiful, one of a kind cheese platters made out of wine bottles (Shilo's Glass)
  • Specialty soap (Ada's Soap is back)
  • 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 

  • 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 Melisa Zapisocky

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