Posted by: locaphile | July 28, 2014

First tomatoes and good-looking water spinach, 2014

The tomatoes are starting to ripen finally.  Red Robin (dwarf cherry) was the earliest variety, followed by a lone Paul Robeson, and a couple of Early Annies.  The vines now completely cover the kitchen windows making lovely cool shade on a hot, sunny day.  On the down side, the kitchen is downright dark if the sky is overcast.  I am not sure how the overall crop is shaping up as we have had some rapid cycles of hot/dry to cool/wet.  Hoping for the best as always.

The Vietnamese Water Spinach experiment continues apace with a pool full of the new-to-us green.  I thought that it was growing well and that we had quite a lot of it coming along but internet sources tell me that it cooks down to 25% of its picked volume.  Perhaps our little pond of greens will not go as far as I thought.  I am finding lots of recipes for using it in stir drys but I think we will hold out for something more inspired.  Apparently the leaves soften when cooked while the stems maintain a nice crunch if done correctly.  So much pressure.

The cauliflower effort was a good one but they take up too much space and bolt too quickly in our little vegetable plot.  The rapidly expanding heads made for a delicious Cauliflower Risotto thanks to and a Jamie Oliver recipe.  The rest will need to be eaten up quite soon.  The empty garlic and cauliflower beds have made room for planting more salad greens and chois.  It is a lovely time of year in the garden.

Posted by: locaphile | July 24, 2014

Zucchini Race at Haney Farmers Market, 26 July 2014

Haney Farmers Market

Saturday, July 26/ 9 AM to 2 PM

Memorial Peace Park on 224th Street

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

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From the Market:

Fresh zucchini makes a great car.  Attach little wheels, decorate and bring along to the market to race on our special track. Adults invited to play also!

Don’t forget to check out Rebel Pops with their fabulous fruit flavours, bet you can’t just eat one!

Wild Fresh Enterprises has some delectable halibut – you don’t need much, 1/3 lb will feed a hungry person (with fresh sliced yellow beets, slivered sweet Walla Walla onions, tiny young zucchini all roasted on the grill – toss in a few sliced cherry tomatoes for a zing of colour right at the end).

Sweet fruit pies are ready for dessert at Sweet Thea, or lemon cake at Delizie Bakery… !

Browse the market, have lunch at Seasonal 56 and then enjoy the afternoon matinee of Bard on the Bandstand’s production of Much Ado About Nothing beginning at 2 p.m!

 

 

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Locaphile Tattler Reusable Canning Lids 2014I probably need to get out more because this is really exciting news: BPA-free Tattler Reusable Canning Lids and rings are available at Canadian Tire here in Maple Ridge and online.  The lids and rings fit both wide mouth and regular canning jars and have been one of the few reasonably-priced BPA-free alternatives.  Up until now I have ordered my Tattler’s from the USA (with very high shipping charges for some reason) or sought them out in hardware stores in the Bellingham, WA area.  I was in our local Canadian Tire shop checking to see if the Bernardin lids have declared themselves BPA free yet (they haven’t) when much to my surprise and delight I found the Tattler lids and rings on the shelf above.  The prices seem reasonable: $12.99 for 12 wide mouth lids and rings, $9.99 for 12 regular mouth lids and rings, and $3.99 for 12 wide mouth rings.  I have used Tattler for several years now and have never had to throw away a lid though I have replaced some of the rings.  I am very happy to have these items available to us just down the road.  Great work Canadian Tire!

locaphile:

Our local independent school is enjoying the success of its first class to graduate in the esteemed International Baccalaureate programme. Congratulations to all the students, families, teachers and staff at Meadowridge.

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I wanted to inform everyone as to how our students did on our first ever IB Diploma and Course results. These were our first IB exams – scored externally and internationally, worth up to 80% of the student grades, and analyzed internationally. As well, IB students internationally were the reference group for these exams, and they are considered the best students in the world, the best comparatives for our school. We were apprehensive about these results, since we had no prior experience, our students were not pre-selected, and our predicted scores –given in January – would be tested by the exams, with real consequences for our students if we were too low or too high. Our students had come through the MYP and the DP, and we thought that they would be well prepared, but such high-stakes exams really put our programme to the test. This is how we did…

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Haney Farmers Market

Saturday, July 19/ 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:

Joan is back with the wonderfully sweet, non GMO corn from Sparkes Corn Barn in Chilliwack!  She always sells out, so come early.

Welcome to Fresh Wild Enterprises our new seafood vendor.  Fresh and wild, the first time we have ever had fresh fish at the market.

Rebel Pops has several new popsicle flavours, Mom and Me has fruit pies, Red Barn has tender red cabbage, sweet onions; Never Say Die has every colour of bell peppers; Nature and Living has mushrooms, eggs, asian greens… there is so much to choose from.

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Posted by: locaphile | July 13, 2014

Garlic harvest 2014

Seeing the beautiful new garlic in the Duende Farms tent at the Haney Farmers Market yesterday inspired us to harvest our home grown garlic today.  Before it got too hot we pulled up, cleaned, derooted, and hung our mysterious but beloved variety that had been growing in raised beds on the driveway.  Although they were grown too close together and came down with a bad case of rust, the bulbs look fantastic.  This batch of garlic was planted back in October with lots of woodash mixed into the organic fertilizer and compost.  A test planting of a garlic variety called Yugoslav was also a great success although there are many fewer of them.

Our second planting of garlic didn’t happen until after Christmas and it was a mistake to wait so long to plant.  We looked at the bulbs today and they are much, much smaller than their October-planted cousins.  They are not yet ready to be harvested which may extend our garlic saving season but they are so much smaller that it may not be worth it.

Last year’s harvest was huge but it kept us eating home grown garlic all year.  Hopefully this year’s much smaller harvest will be enough to see us through another year.

Posted by: locaphile | July 13, 2014

Haney Farmers Market an inspiration

The Haney Farmers Market got “shifted” by the Caribbean Festival from its regular spot this weekend to the vast parking lot that is Haney Plaza on Dewdney Trunk Road.  Haney Plaza has never looked so good with all the vendors and people out enjoying the market.  Market Managers Eileen and Paul made a silk purse out of a sow’s ear in this location and many actually commented that they enjoyed the easy access that the site offered.

The Market was inspirational for us.  The fresh berries and fruit from Hansra Farm sent us home to make fruit popsicles – chopped cherries and strawberries, mixed with blueberries and watermelon puree, frozen in popsicle moulds.  They are a perfect treat in our little heat wave.  The second inspiration came from seeing the absolutely perfect, newly harvested garlic bulbs at the Duende Farm tent.

Posted by: locaphile | July 11, 2014

Invitation to bike the Katzie Slough

Back in May we had a guest blog about Keeping an eye on Katzie Slough.   On July 19th you are invited to join a bike tour of Katzie Slough complete with neighbours and a picnic in Osprey Village:

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Haney Farmers Market

Saturday, July 12/ 9 AM to 2 PM

ONE DAY ONLY AT

Haney Plaza in downtown Maple Ridge

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From the Market:

You will find us in Haney Plaza on July 12 (next to General Paints) on Dewdney and 223rd Street, ONE DAY ONLY.  Join in the fun with your children.  Come in costume and receive a ribbon.  Make your own pirate ship.  Unscramble the words and find the treasure.   Dress up and have your picture taken at the Bard in the Bandstand photo booth.

Welcome to East Kelowna Fruit Market with fresh cherries and first of the season apricots!

Seasonal 56 has Pulled Pork Sandwiches.

Hopcotts Meats has deli sausage and beef.

Delizie Italiane Bakery has fresh hot Italian Doughnuts and Pizza at noon.

Country Village Farms will have Pakoras.

Lupita Mexican Foods will have Hot Tamales.

Music by Tiger Mountain Peasants.

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Posted by: locaphile | July 5, 2014

Haney Farmers Market, 5 July 2014

It was another lovely if cloudy day at the Haney Farmers Market.  The fruits are starting to come in while the berries still fill many vendors’ tables.

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