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.

Posted by: locaphile | July 4, 2014

Farm gate sales 2014

Last year I went in search of Farm Gate Sales in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.  This year there seem to be even more eggs, blueberry stands and berry U-picks all the way up and down Old Dewdney Trunk Road in Pitt Meadows.  Our agricultural adventure today took us past a number of local farm gate sales.  We found delicious blueberries and raspberries at Hansra Farms, BC new potatoes and Swiss Farmer sausage at Hopcott Premium Meats, fresh peas from the Little Fruit Stand, a cauliflower at Meadows Fruit Market, and fabulous cherries at Red Barn Plants and Produce.  We were delighted to find a couple of potted herbs as well at Red Barn, long sought -after Winter Savory and a Lemon Verbena.

Hansra Farms – 18266 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, 604.459.9393 – vegetables and berries open seven days a week all day.

Hopcott Premium Meats – 18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Rd, 604.465.7799 – butchery, vegetables, berries and fruit open all year Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Blue Heron Fruit Winery
 – 18539 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows 604.465.5563 – fruit winery open 10 a.m to 6 p.m. in the summer.

Never Say Die Nursery – 19449 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows –  vegetables, berries and eggs open Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and regularly at the Haney and Port Coquitlam Farmers Markets.

The Little Fruit Stand – 19730 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows – regional berries fruit and vegetables in season, open daily 10am to 7pm mid-June through late August

Meadows Fruit Market – 19950 Old Dewdney Trunk Road – local berries and Okanagan fruits, preserves, vegetables.

Golden Ears Cheesecrafters –  22270 128 Avenue, Maple Ridge,  
604.467.0004  artisanal cheese and farmgate shop plus café, open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all year and at the Port Coquitlam Farmers Market.

Red Barn Plants and Produce  13139  224 Street,  Maple Ridge and Kurtz Rd., Cawston, BC – mixed vegetables, fruit having farm gate sales at Maple Ridge location on Thursdays and Fridays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the growing season and regularly at the Haney and Port Coquitlam Farmers Markets.

Bruce’s Country Market – 23963 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge, 604.463.9817 –  fish mongers, deli and general grocery, open Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Posted by: locaphile | July 3, 2014

Art at Haney Farmers Market, 5 July 2014

Haney Farmers Market

Saturday, July 5/ 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:

Remember your membership card – It’s Member Appreciation, too, always the first Saturday of the month.  Lots of specials.  Not a Member? Visit the information booth and sign up!  We will thank you for your support of the Haney Farmers Market and give you $10 worth of shopping coupons, a new market bag, and a membership card which entitles you to specials on the first Saturday of each month.

We are delighted that Hopcott Meats is joining us, but only for two Saturdays!  Visit their beautiful new truck and ask them to come for the rest of the season.  No more long drives to their shop on Old Dewdney, fresh deli meat every Saturday, a great choice of beef for your freezer.  They also have yellow raspberries and tayberries that you can order in advance for a market day delivery!

Breaking News!  Nancy of East Kelowna Fruit Market will be joining us with wonderful fruit from the Okanagan!  Make her welcome.

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