Posted by: locaphile | October 23, 2014

Halloween ready at Haney Farmers Market, 25 October 2014

Haney Farmers Market

~ Autumn Markets ~

Saturday, October 18/ 10 AM to 3 PM

Grow and Gather Nursery,

24565 Dewdney Trunk Road,

Maple Ridge, BC

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From the Market:

Our favourite food truck will be at this Market; Cravings Kettle Corn will be here also.  Jasbir will be making her wonderful pakoras.  Take home a frozen ready to heat dinner from Russian Spoon Bakery.  Start shopping for your Christmas list.  Every Saturday there are different artisans.  Julie Cutting and Caden Knudsen entertain in the Cafe Corner.

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

Haney Farmers Market

~ Autumn Markets ~

Saturday, October 18/ 10 AM to 3 PM

Grow and Gather Nursery,

24565 Dewdney Trunk Road,

Maple Ridge, BC

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From the Market:

We move indoors just as the weather changes!  Note that we are open from 10 am to 3 pm.  We love our location in the greenhouses of Grow & Gather.

Our farmers have lots of produce and several expect to be with us right through to November 15.  We feature squash this week with several varieties at Red Barn.  Look for winter Asian vegetables at Nature and Living and Natural Valley Farm.  Never Say Die has a colourful crop of peppers to offer.

New vendors Artist Arlene Hale is featuring hand painted bicycle bells, a wonderful gift; Russian Spoon Bakery has unusual and tasty treats you must try.

Hunger Management is in the parking lot with great sandwiches, Cravings Kettle Corn has caramel corn, Jasbir will be cooking pakoras.  You won’t go hungry.  Buy a bite to eat and then sit down in the Cafe Corner and enjoy the music of local entertainer, Sons of Ascension (Paul Surridge).

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To learn more about Haney Farmers Market Societyvisit haneyfarmersmarket.org or phone (604) 467-7433.
Posted by: locaphile | September 27, 2014

Tomato Roundup 2014

Wow.  What a great tomato season we have had here in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.  It has been warm and dry and then dryer and a bit warmer until just recently when we hauled all the last tomatoes in and pulled down the vines.  The garden looks a bit naked without them but we have had quite a good crop with plenty to process into salsa, sauce and paste as well as enjoy in many salads and sandwiches.  I must have been so busy with the tomatoes that I haven’t been writing so much.

Locaphile partial tomato harvest 2014Starting out with seeding on March 22, the tomatoes germinated and grew well in their 36 containers carefully placed around our little garden and greenhouse.

All the returning favorites were fabulous once more: Azoychka, Black Cherry, Black Ethiopian, Boxcar Willie, Costoluto Genovese, Cream Sausage, Hillbilly, Indigo Rose, Paul Robeson, Purple Russian, and San Marzano Redorta.  Black Cherry, Black Ethiopian, and Paul Robeson were standouts for flavour while Indigo Rose with its black skin and red flesh has remarkable stamina, producing well into the autumn.  Azoychka is a gorgeous yellow tomato with flashes of red inside.

The new varieties that we tried out this year were pretty good, some more than others: Banana Legs, Dinner Plate, Early Annie, Gil’s All Purpose, Long Keeper, Red Robin and Sprite.  Banana Legs was a delightfully elongated bright yellow addition to salads and salsa.  Dinner Plate may be cause for a new definition of beefsteak tomato and productive as well.  Early Annie was just that and appreciated for it.  Gil’s All Purpose was also true to its name and a personal favorite as it reminded me of my grandfather of the same name (not the all purpose part but worth thinking about).  Long Keeper is really interesting as a tomato that does not seem to need to ripen as quickly and throughly as the average.  It may keep us awhile yet as the fruits are happily sitting in a cool room awaiting our culinary pleasures.

If I have to strike some off the list for next year it will be Red Robin and Sprite.  Red Robin was cute as a button as a bushy 12 inches tall but the fruit was flavourless.  Sprite was our first effort with a grape tomato but it wasn’t productive enough in either a prime position on a south-facing wall or in the greenhouse.  Also, I may have over done the plantings of Costoluto Genovese and San Marzano Redorta.  They are great sauce and paste varieties that have filled our canning cellar to the brim but there were (and are still) an awful lot of them to process, 20 to 30 pounds at a time.  Yummy but sweaty.

Haney Farmers Market

Saturday, September 27/ 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:

Lots of good things at all our vendors tables for your Thanksgiving dinner.  It’s just around the corner!    Share with the Friends in Need Food Bank.

Today, the Gourmet Grannies are making apple pancakes in the bandstand from 9:30 to noon.  Pakoras will be available and Hunger Management has lots of choices.

A reminder that we will be moving indoors the Saturday following Thanksgiving.

 

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

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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From the Market:

It’s Maple Ridge’s 140th birthday and we are celebrating with great posters of our past, tastings of foods that have continuously been grown here since before 1900.  Recipes and handouts. Learn the winner of the 140 Character Poetry Contest.

Exciting new taste treats in the marketplace.  Welcoming Hunger Management Food Truck back after a long absence.  Welcoming our newest vendors: Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery, Chris Welland Farm, Jasbir’s Pakoras.

Lots of great music by Julie Cutting while you enjoy your snacks in the Cafe Corner.

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

 

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