13 Jul 2013

welcome to the burnaby farmer's market


This morning after I worked out and made juice, my mom and I drove off to the Burnaby Farmer's Market at City Hall. I'll admit that I hadn't been there in a looong time but I was very happy to be back. Everything about farmer's markets is so beautiful. The people are real, the food is locally grown with organic love (and farming practices if we're getting technical), and there's usually live music, dogs and sunshine! This Saturday was fortunately no different.


The parking lot was full and so were all the vendor spots. This makes me happy because it means that our city is doing it's part to support our local and organic farmers and artists. Visiting the farmer's market certainly brings about a deep sense of community, and that's what it's all about! It's a fulfilling feeling knowing that the people selling fruits and veggies GREW those plants, the people selling soap, yarn and bread MADE all those things, and that the money you give them supports their livelihoods, sustainable farming methods, and the health of the earth.


Mom and I bought raspberries and strawberries, raw hazelnuts, heirloom tomatoes and raw organic raspberry honey. We also got some free mini soaps! I chose vanilla, she got lavender. Oh - and she bought a cinnamon bun for my dad, the man has got to have his treats. Mom chatted with cheery vendors while I wandered around taking photos, listening to a sweet old man play his fiddle (he is there every week), petting dogs, and checking out the give-or-take book table (nothing good this week though). A small child also ran into my leg... twice.


We often spend the most time at the Greendale Herb & Vine tent, talking with Doug, who sells tea mixes, hazelnuts, almonds, honey, tomatoes, garlic, and other home grown wonders. He and his wife Katy are wonderful people who always have endless useful information to provide about gardening, cooking, and life.


The berries we bought from Neufeld Farms and I immediately ate most of them, but not before I used a few in my recipe for berry tarts with whipped coconut cream. It will be in my cookbook! We didn't buy blueberries because we have a BUTTLOAD growing on our bushes right now. Blueberry season is the BEST season. No question. Now that they are getting ripe, you can find me huddled in the berry bushes at all hours gobbling down handfuls while keeping an eye out for those who might want to take some... it's not gonna happen.


We will be using the heirloom tomatoes on our pizza tonight, along with a pesto sauce made from all our basil. Yum! My mouth is watering just typing that. Anyway - back to the farmer's market. I'd like to possibly be a vendor next summer, unless, as my mom warned, I'm "busy writing my next book". Uh oh. Foreshadowing? Let's leave that alone for now.



All-in-all (or is it all-and-all?) it was a lovely trip and I look forward to visiting next week, when I plan to buy some cherries for a raw black forest cake. Maybe there will be some better books... it's a hit-and-miss situation. Do you enjoy going to your city's farmer's market? Do you think organic, local food is important for the community and planet? I wanna know!

19 comments:

  1. Farmers markets are such a happy place. I totally agree about the importance of supporting the little guys. Oh and the produce is only like a bazillion times fresher and more delicious than the supermarket (In Australia anyway) :)

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  2. I love the Saturday market. We have several markets throughout the week where I live, but between the market and our garden, we only need to go once a week! I love catching up with farmers/friends--families, the harvest, etc. I also get to learn about what is best for pickling, etc. It's lovely.

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  3. Our local market is just outside my back door in the library parking lot. It's small, but effective. Between that and the "garden exchange" I do with three family members, I am able to completely avoid supermarket produce! Your local market looks like a great place. Can't wait to get your cookbook!

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  4. Going to the farmers market is my favorite time of the week. This one looks adorable!
    By the way, that would be awesome if you had the time to open a stand yourself

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  5. I looooove farmers' markets. I have a bunch of photos from a recent pick-your-own farm that I am editing at the moment for my blog. So many strawberries right now! I'm not actually a big fan (I'm a blueberries kind of girl myself) but they're excellent in yogurts and smoothies and sweet treats.

    It is "all-in-all", btw ;)

    Can't wait for your cookbook! What a dream, I'd love to have that chance myself someday. Well done, you!

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    1. Haha thank you! I'm clueless. Yes blueberries are my fave too, no doubt.

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  6. Love farmers markets too, so nice to be able to meet the people behind our produce :) Your local looks beautiful! I really need to get to my own more often...

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  7. AnonymousJuly 14, 2013

    Wonderful! I suddently feel strongly like we need a farmer's market in my town as well. ;) :)

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  8. AnonymousJuly 14, 2013

    hi em! i have a curious question: i'm a newbie vegan (6 months) and i was wondering, why do some vegans eat raw honey, even though it comes from animals (bees)? why do you eat honey? i am not judging, i am just a bit confused how vegans would eat honey coming from bees? is it because the bees didn't suffer??? please help.
    thanks ! :)

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    1. Can you email me? It's a pretty lengthy topic to discuss ><

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    2. AnonymousJuly 15, 2013

      i was going to, but i thought it'd be nice if i posted a comment as it can help the community and others if they have this same question! :)

      Laura

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    3. Okay well in short: honey is not vegan because it comes from bees. My family uses it a lot which is why we bought it, but there are other sweetener options available so you don't need it in your diet.

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  9. AnonymousJuly 15, 2013

    Hey Em!

    I've been thinking about switching to a high-raw diet for a while now and your blog gave me that kick I needed to get started - Seriously you're doing an awesome job :) Anyway, I have two totally unrelated questions for you :

    At the moment I only have enough cash for a blender OR juicer, any reccomendations for something cheaper than a vitamix ? I'm thinking mainly smoothies and raw soups, and have read that you don't want a blender that will heat the ingredients.

    Also, do you ever use cooked grains like quinoa?

    Cheers!

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    1. Thanks so much!

      KitchenAid is always a solid choice if you're looking for a cheaper blender. But a Vitamix is really worth the extra money, if you can be patient and save. :) They last forever too! I think since you can only afford one, go with the blender. You can do more with a blender than a juicer.

      Yes I do! I eat a high raw diet, usually with one whole food vegan cooked meal per day. This often is steamed veggies, whole grains and a protein like tofu, beans, or tempeh. :)

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  10. LOVE farmer's markets for exactly the reasons you do. Use to live in Whistler for over a decade (and loved the Whistler Farmer's Market) but moved to Atlanta a few years ago, here are so many markets to explore here- it's pretty neat...the nice thing is no matter where you are, Farmer's Markets always have so much down to earth goodness to offer. The produce is leaps and bounds better than any grocery store and the whole morning routine experience is inspiring and one the whole family looks forward to. Absolutely LOVE your creations- they are in a class by themselves! Can't wait for your cookbook, a veritable feast for the eyes and palate I am certain.

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  12. Going to my local Green Market is one of my favorite things to do! Because I live in NYC they have them near my every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (but I'm usually only able to go on Saturdays). I do most of my grocery shopping there and I also bring my compost with me to drop off! I also belong to a local CSA so I'm definitely a fan of fresh, local produce!

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