Posted by: locaphile | August 29, 2014

Teddy Bear Picnic at Haney Farmers Market, 30 August 2014

Haney Farmers Market

Saturday, August 30/ 9 AM to 2 PM

Memorial Peace Park on 224th Street

in downtown Maple Ridge,

11925 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 6B2

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To learn more about Haney Farmers Market Societyvisit haneyfarmersmarket.org or phone (604) 467-7433.

Haney Farmers Market

Saturday, August 23/ 9 AM to 2 PM

Memorial Peace Park on 224th Street

in downtown Maple Ridge,

11925 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 6B2

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To learn more about Haney Farmers Market Society

visit haneyfarmersmarket.org or phone (604) 467-7433.

Haney Farmers Market

Saturday, August 16/ 9 AM to 2 PM

Memorial Peace Park on 224th Street

in downtown Maple Ridge,

11925 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 6B2

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To learn more about Haney Farmers Market Societyvisit haneyfarmersmarket.org or phone (604) 467-7433.
Posted by: locaphile | August 12, 2014

So many tomatoes, not enough time

Peeled tomatoes ready for the salsa pot

Peeled tomatoes ready for the salsa pot

The tomatoes are ripening quickly now.  The family’s rate of consumption cannot keep up so we found ourselves with a 10 pound surplus quite early in the season.  I cannot complain though as our lovely mini-glut of heirloom tomatoes means that it is now, officially, salsa making time.  Our first batch for this year was a fairly basic affair (tomatoes, green and red sweet peppers, spanish onions, a lot of homegrown garlic, last season’s tomato paste, jalapeños, white vinegar, sugar and salt) pepped up with a whack of smoked paprika and some experimental ground chipotle pepper.  After its 20 minutes in the canning bath (with BPA-free Tattler lids), the salsa will have some time to mellow before we get into it but is was tasting awfully good when fresh.  More tomatoes are coming along, including many yellow ones destined for a yellow salsa with corn and yellow peppers.  In the end there can never be too many tomatoes or enough time.

Posted by: locaphile | August 7, 2014

Haney Farmers Market goes to Brookfield Farm, 9 August 2014

Haney Farmers Market

Saturday, August 9/ 9 AM to 2 PM

Brookfield Farm,

20981 – 123 Avenue, next to Laityview Elementary School, Maple Ridge, BC

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From the Market:

Our annual trek to Brookfield Farm is happening on August 9th.  We will have CORN!  Non GMO, sweet corn from Sparkes Corn Barn in Chilliwack.  Come early, they often sell out.

The Golden Ears Community 4-H Club will be celebrating 100 Years of 4-H with displays of their work and they will happily show you their animals.

Gusto Garlic has seed garlic for sale.  Al will be happy to answer your planting questions.

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To learn more about Haney Farmers Market Societyvisit haneyfarmersmarket.org or phone (604) 467-7433.

 

Posted by: locaphile | August 6, 2014

Reblog: What the farmers market taught me

I love the sentiment and the graphic in a blog by Alina at New Society Publishers as they celebrate National Farmers Market Week 2014 .  I just had to share:

What the farmers market taught me

Moving to a rural place (Gabriola Island) has meant more access to farmers markets. And what was once an unknown is now a weekly must. Not only a weekly must, but a constant raving to others about just how great they are. Farmers markets have taught me what a community is. 

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 What have they taught you?

Posted by: locaphile | August 6, 2014

Cool beans!

 

Locaphile Cool Beans - Purple King

Your first questions should be “are they genetically modified?” or “where do I get seeds for those beans?”  That would be fun.  Really though it is just playing with the fact that purple beans do turn green when cooked and only half are cooked.  The variety, Purple King, is prolific in our garden this year and, though it is a shame that their lovely purple colour disappears, they are cool beans.

I was forwarded an e-mail about the New Society Publishers’ intention to celebrate National Farmers Week 2014.  I felt guilty having kind of missed the fact that it is National Farmers Week 2014 – OK so it is a celebration in the United States from August 3rd through 9th 2014 – but then I realized how our own Haney Farmers Market not only celebrates our Farmers every Saturday (from 9 to 2 in central Maple Ridge) but that next weekend the Market moves to Brookfield Farm for yet another level of celebration.  There can never too many celebrations of farmers apparently.  The New Society Publishers blog looks like it will be fun to follow so take a gander:

How are you celebrating National Farmers Market Week 2014?

by: Alina on 07/31/2014

Posted in: Collapse , Environment & Economy , Events , Food , Gardening , HealthNew Books , Sustainable Living

It goes without saying that we are always celebrating our local farmers and our local farmers markets. But with everything that farmers markets give us, they definitely deserve at least a week of national recognition and celebration.

We’ve paired up with Slow Food USA and Meatless Monday to bring you an amazing amount of information and an amazing amount of love to our farmers markets now and this coming week!

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On our blog in the upcoming week, you will find:

  • A delicious National Farmers Market Week /Meatless Monday recipe
  • Reasons why farmers markets are important (from people who know their stuff)
  • Our own top 3 reasons that farmers markets are so awesome
  • Professor Gary Kleppel’s insights on writing the upcoming book The Emergent Agriculture: Farming, Sustainability and the Return of the Local Economy
  • What farmers markets have taught us
  • And why we love our own local farmers market on Gabriola Island.

And that’s only on our blog! Our partners in this celebration, Slow Food USA, are also covering this exciting week. In their last newsletter, Richard McCarthy, Slow Food’s Executive Director advised readers to:

  • Talk with the farmers: Thank your farmers. Take this week to thank them for their commitment to the land, for their labor, and for coming to market.
  • Have a Meatless Monday: “With countless tasty recipes and an interactive community, our friends at Meatless Monday make it easier than ever to give up meat one day a week, saving us money and cutting back on water and fossil fuels. Less meat on Mondays means you can have “better meat” (PDF) on other days.
  • Eat “ugly” fruits and vegetables:Imperfect fruits and veggies should not go to waste. When you see them at markets, purchase them for canning, roasting etc. If you don’t see them at market, inquire. Your farmer might not realize there is a demand for what chefs call “seconds.” Encourage “ugly” at your market.

And check out Slow Food USA’s new blog post by Gary Kleppel, in support of National Farmers Market Week: Farming, Sustainability and the Return of the local economy! 

“It is 77 degrees in the pasture where my sheep and their lambs are grazing contentedly on the…” (read more)

Special Offer One Week Only!

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To celebrate National Farmers Market Week, New Society Publishers is offering a discount on The Emergent Agriculture: Farming Sustainability and the Return of the Local Economy, a conversation about the future of food. Written from the vantage point of farmer-ecologist Gary Kleppel, this collection of essays describes how industrial agriculture is being replaced by an emerging system of local production. The new paradigm celebrates craftsmanship and resiliency, and honors the growers who feed the soil and nourish the bonds between farmers and consumers. To access this special offer, click here and select Buy Now for either print or ebook.  At checkout, press the redeem button and enter coupon code FARMERSROCK to receive 20% off.

Read a full excerpt from the book.

Enjoy our journey through National Farmers Market Week and have your own celebration as well!

Haney Farmers Market

Saturday, August 2/ 9 AM to 2 PM

Memorial Peace Park on 224th Street

in downtown Maple Ridge,

11925 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 6B2

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From the Market:

It’s Food Day Canada and we are celebrating with delicious blueberry pancakes with sweet maple syrup for breakfast prepared by the Gourmet Grannies and served in the Bandstand, 9:30 to noon – only $5.

We are excited to welcome our first distillery – Dragon Mist Vodka.  Come by for a sample of this excellent vodka.

It’s Member Appreciation Day.  Show your membership card and receive a discount at participating vendors.  Not a member?  Visit the Information Booth.

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To learn more about Haney Farmers Market Societyvisit haneyfarmersmarket.org or phone (604) 467-7433.
Posted by: locaphile | July 30, 2014

Potato Harvest 2014

Locaphile Potato Harvest 2014We had a special occasion yesterday, well, a couple.  My cousin came for a visit from his home of 30 years in Guatemala.  We had a lot to catch up on and did so with a three-generation family feast on the porch.  We sourced our first Fraser sockeye salmon of the season and Bruce’s Country Market and decided it was time to harvest one of the three grow-bags of Bintje potatoes that we planted way back in the Spring.  The grow bags are a complete success with an excellent yield of small, medium and large potatoes.  We also roasted some of the garden’s beans with onions, honey and balsamic vinegar and enjoyed our cucumber crop in a lovely cucumber-yogurt-dill sauce.  The meal finished up with a course of cheese – Lady Jane and La Pyramide – from Farmhouse Natural Cheeses in Agassiz, rounding out our delicious (though unplanned) mostly 100-mile meal.

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