Posted by: locaphile | April 23, 2014

Making a Bathroom Mushroom House (the good kind)

locaphile:

Really enjoyed this Australian post about cultivating mushrooms in the bathroom (on purpose). So many possibilities…

Originally posted on Milkwood: homesteading skills for city & country:

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If you haven’t given the joy of home-grown organic mushroom cultivation a go yet due to lack of space that is relatively stable in temperature and high humidity, it might be time you had a little rethink.

What if we told you that everyone had an ideal spot in their home for growing mushrooms. You’re in an apartment? Yep, you have one. Live in a dry environment? You still have a great spot. 

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Posted by: locaphile | April 23, 2014

Edible Vancouver explores Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

IMG_1726The ever so lovely Edible Vancouver magazine has a delightful article about exploring the “almost shockingly beautiful” communities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows in its Spring 2014 issue.  Claire Livia Lassam travels out to see us from East Vancouver in her article, “A Pitt Lake Paddle.”  Her adventures remind me what a fabulous place we live in and how lucky we are to enjoy this little corner of paradise where it is difficult to chose between day trips to Pitt lake, the dykes, or Golden Ears Provincial Park (and that’s just for starters), all surrounded by white-capped mountains and fresh air.  Some of her foodie highlights include our own fabulous Big Feast Bistro (11920 – 227th Street), Golden Ears Cheesecrafters (22270 – 128th Avenue) and Hopcott’s Premium Meats (18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road).  I would have included the Haney Farmers Market (Saturdays from May to November in the Memorial Peace Park) and Bruce’s Country Market (23963 Lougheed Highway) but I suppose you can’t fit everything into one day trip!  Lucky us to live here.

Haney Farmers Market

Saturday, April 26 9 AM to 2 PM

Memorial Peace Park on 224th Street

in downtown Maple Ridge,

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


From the Haney Farmers Market:

Expect great things this Saturday!  This is the beginning of the Haney Farmers Market Tenth Anniversary Year!  Watch for popup events throughout the market season.From Haney Farmers Market:

Bring a vegetable and your own bowl or mug to the Bandstand and participate in making Stone Soup!  Come and enjoy!

Earth Day Exhibitors are open from 10 a.m.  Opening Ceremonies at the ACT are at 11 with speeches, poetry contest winners, and a dance by the 1st Haney Beavers, then at 11: 30 judging will begin for the Iron Chef’s Chili Cookof in South Park.  Don’t miss the Stone Soup making in the Bandstand, have a taste at 12:30. Bring your own bowl and spoon.

The Haney Farmers Market farmers have early greens and hothouse peppers.  There are delicious treats at Seasonal 56 Restaurant, our newest food vendor.  Happy Days Goat Cheese is back with their wonderful drinkable yogurt – so good for you!  Smokey Dogs are in the Market, caramel popcorn, candy floss, coffee and more.

Flash Mobs are everywhere, roving musicians and surprise mascots roam the park.  Remember Freecycle exchange is in the Greg Moore Youth Lounge.  Storytime in the Big Fish.  Electric vehicles and tools, facepainting, potato stamping  – lots to do and see!

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Posted by: locaphile | November 30, 2013

Cheery and bright at Haney Winter Farmers Market 2013

It was warm and lovely inside the Golden Ears Church Hall for the Haney Winter Farmers Market 2013.  The younger set enjoyed the dazzling cupcakes from  Courtney’s Cakes while the rest of us scooped eggs from Riverside Farms, Brazilian cheese puffs from Otimo, and a mass of colorful Gerbera Daisies from Never Say Die Nursery.  We also picked up the winter edition of Edible Vancouver for our reading pleasure.  I regret not buying up some lovely leeks but we can stop by Never Say Die Nursery on Dewdney Trunk Road in Pitt Meadows sometime later this week. The folks who make the Market run have done a brilliant job these year and have earned a bit of rest.  That said, we will miss not having a market in Maple Ridge for the next several months.

Posted by: locaphile | November 29, 2013

Last Haney Farmers Market of 2013

Haney Winter Farmers Market

Saturday, November 30 / 10 AM to 2 PM

at Golden Ears United Church,

22165 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 3H7

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Posted by: locaphile | November 7, 2013

Putting Up: Update on Ball’s BPA-Free Lids

More much appreciated insight from Diary of a Tomato on BPA-free canning lids.

Memorial Peace Park, 11925 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 6B2
Saturday, November 9, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
39 vendors will be there!

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Haney Farmer’s Market will NOT be at our regular location this week-end. We are partnering with Grow & Gather (Trice Farms) in their large greenhouses at  24565 Dewdney Trunk Road. See notice below.

The following vendors will be present:
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A Bread Affair
Hand crafted organic artisan breads
Alouette Field Naturalists
Nature study
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Baking with Attitude
Banana bread, short bread, dbl choc cookies, butter tartlette
Brenda’s Bangles & Baubles
Glass, crystal and stones jewellery
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Candace’s Coffee
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, scones, loafslice
Cravings Kettle Korn
Fresh kettle korn
Culinary Blossom
Seasonal fruit & flower jams, chutney & savory sauces created with organic edible flowers & herbs, local fruits & berries. Loose leaf teas, fresh & dried edible flowers.
Create Shop
Ceramic painting with children
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Dana’s Designs
Knitted and crotched accessories
de la Bouche Specialty Foods
Jams, preserves, hotsauces
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Field To Fork Herb Company
We grow and sell culinary herbs, and also make good things from herbs including herb-flavoured breadsticks, herb-flavoured kale chips, herb-infused wine vinegars and herb-scented soaps.
Fiona’s Sugar and Spice
Meringue kisses, roasted almonds, finishing salts, fudge, squares, lemon curd
Fresh Ideas/Rick’s Real Foods
Rick’s Rubs for meat and seafood
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Gemstone Artwork
Gem and stone jewellery
Giopye Baking Company
Whoppie pies, nut brittle, fudge
Golden Ears Cheesecrafters
Cheddar, Havarti, Neufchatel, Brie, Quark, Feta, Emmental, Cambozola, Stilton, fresh butter
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Hanna and Heidi Knits
Hand knits
Haylyx Made
Gluten free breads/baking
Hunger Management
Sandwich Truck
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JJ Sister’s Thai Sauces
Pad thai sauce, thai chili paste, thai sweet and sour sauce
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Lorraine and Kathy
Crotcheted items, doll clothes
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M2 Farm and Craft
Soaps, pottery, garlic
Mother’s Brew Tea
Teas, lattes, smoothies, iced tea, chai tea, frappaccinos
Mrs. Chip
Taro Treats and Yum; vegetable root chips which are the tastiest temptation to test Vancouver taste buds this summer. Hand-picked taro and yams are hand-sliced and applied with Mrs. Chip’s secret seasoning!
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Nahui Granola and Tortillas
Corn and flour Tortillas
Nature and Living
Peonies, hostas, daylilies, field vegetables, oriental vegetables,, eggs, chicken
Novy’s Garden
Vegetables, cards
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Odette’s Pinatas
Pinatas, glitter and henna tattoos
Otimo Brazilian Cheese Puffs
Gluten-free pastry with a cheesy centre using 100% natural ingredients
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Riplees
Special dog foods
Riversong Agriharmonics
Soaps, shampoos, tinctures made with my own wildcraft herbs
RM ER Nursing Group
Blood pressure, health info
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Sacre Sac
Hand bags
Savon Patrice
Soaps, spray mist
Sweet Thea
Pies, tarts, cookies, granola bars
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The Bannock Lady
Freshly made Bannock
The Wright Place
Jams, firestarters, mirrors
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Wildflower Designs
Cabochon/fabric earrings & rings, hair bows
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Zigante Design
Native influenced jewellery, purses, bags, poetry cards
Posted by: locaphile | November 5, 2013

Flicker eviction, November 2013

Locaphile Northern Flicker, November 2013

It started with spooky sounds in the house, knocking some where like there was a ghost… It was Halloween after all and someone could have been teasing us.  But no, it was the sound of a male Red-shafted Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus cafer) gouging out a hole in the side of our house so that it could have a nice cozy roost for the winter.  Our older house seems to be very attractive to Flickers, this being the second hole that they have bored in it.  The Flicker is a very loud bird and we were very appreciative to have them around the garden this summer as they ate up a lot of ants.  A hole in the house is too much though so we waited for the Flicker to fly out and then we sealed it up, trying not to trample the garden with the big extension ladder.  Despite our having evicted him, I hope that the Flicker will not go too far away.

 

Posted by: locaphile | November 4, 2013

Port Angeles Farmers Market, November 2013

We had a lovely trip to Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State this past weekend.  It is a long 4-5 drive from here in Maple Ridge and we managed to miss the Coupville Ferry to Port Townsend so it was quite late by the time we arrived on Friday.  A major rain storm was threatening and touched down just as we arrived at the Port Angeles Farmers Market (Saturdays 10-2) at Lincoln and First on Saturday morning.  Happily this all year market is protected by The Gateway structure that shelters the vendors and shoppers from most weather.  The rain was blowing sideways by the time we arrived and the ships and spit across the harbour were invisible.  The Market had a great variety of produce as well as meats, dairy, and baked goods.  It is wonderful to see what a simple outdoor structure can do to extend the Farmers Market’s season to all year around.  Perhaps Maple Ridge will have one some day?

Memorial Peace Park, 11925 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 6B2
Saturday, November 2
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
38 vendors will be there!

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Haney Farmer’s Market will NOT be at our regular location this week-end. We are partnering with Grow & Gather (Trice Farms) in their large greenhouses at  24565 Dewdney Trunk Road. See notice below.

The following vendors will be present:
A
A Bread Affair
Hand crafted organic artisan breads
Alma Valle
Silvery jewellery only, silver chains with pendants
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Baking with Attitude
Banana bread, short bread, dbl choc cookies, butter tartlette
Birds and Blooms
Dish gardens, birdhouses
Blu Stone Massage and Bodyworks
Massage therapy
Blue Moon Organics
Organic vegetable delivery
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Candace’s Coffee
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, scones, loafslice
Coconama Chocolates
Handmade, flavoured chocolate truffles.
Cravings Kettle Korn
Fresh kettle korn
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Dana’s Designs
Knitted and crotched accessories
de la Bouche Specialty Foods
Jams, preserves, hotsauces
F
Field To Fork Herb Company
We grow and sell culinary herbs, and also make good things from herbs including herb-flavoured breadsticks, herb-flavoured kale chips, herb-infused wine vinegars and herb-scented soaps.
Fiona’s Sugar and Spice
Meringue kisses, roasted almonds, finishing salts, fudge, squares, lemon curd
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Gemstone Artwork
Gem and stone jewellery
Giopye Baking Company
Whoppie pies, nut brittle, fudge
Golden Ears Cheesecrafters
Cheddar, Havarti, Neufchatel, Brie, Quark, Feta, Emmental, Cambozola, Stilton, fresh butter
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Hanna and Heidi Knits
Hand knits
Hunger Management
Sandwich Truck
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JJ Sister’s Thai Sauces
Pad thai sauce, thai chili paste, thai sweet and sour sauce
JW’s Crafty Creations
Photo and name blocks
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Maria Pottery
Decorative and functional pottery
MR Choral Society
Music Society looking for members
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Nahui Granola and Tortillas
Corn and flour Tortillas
Nature and Living
Peonies, hostas, daylilies, field vegetables, oriental vegetables,, eggs, chicken
Never Say Die
Several varieties of garlic, field crops, blueberries, and free range eggs
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Otimo Brazilian Cheese Puffs
Gluten-free pastry with a cheesy centre using 100% natural ingredients
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Paper Design Boutique
Handmade cards
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Red Barn Plants and Produce
Mixed vegetables, fruit
Ridge Meadows Community Living
Supports families with developmental disabilities
Riversong Agriharmonics
Soaps, shampoos, tinctures made with my own wildcraft herbs
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Sacre Sac
Hand bags
Savon Patrice
Soaps, spray mist
Sew Many Threads
Embroidery and sewing
Spider Lady
Beaded spiders, 3D birds, assorted jewelry
Sweet Thea
Pies, tarts, cookies, granola bars
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The Bannock Lady
Freshly made Bannock
The Wright Place
Jams, firestarters, mirrors
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Zigante Design
Native influenced jewellery, purses, bags, poetry cards

 

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