This Week at the Market

Here's what's happening this week at NSFM


Market Highlights

At Flour Power the rhubarb is still going strong and we will have rhubarb scones, rhubarb pecan muffins and a rhubarb chocolate loaf!. To go with the Rhubarb, weather permitting there will be Vanilla Bean Meringues… perfect airy puffs to top with some lovely rhubarb… have you tried roasting rhubarb, it is absolutely delicious and comes out looking and tasting beautifully.

Symphony Vineyard is returning to the Market with their new releases of the 2016 vintages… Sylvia will be happy to guide your through some wonderful food and wine pairings.

We have so many wonderful farmers at our Market this year including:

  • At  Stonefield Farm, Kristine will be bringing salad greens, sprouts, some lovely plant starts, perhaps some dog biscuits.
  • Constance from I Love This Farm will have eggs from her pastured chickens, red and green head lettuce, kale and chard bunches, arugula, herbs, as well as pepper, eggplant and tomato starts.
  • Heather from Honey Beet is returning and will have lots of lovely veggies for you.
  • Anneth Farm are in their second year at the Market and I am looking forward to seeing what they will be bringing this year.
  • Garden guru Tina at Corner Farm will have her beautiful preserves and I hope she will also have some of her tomato plant starts!
  • Celia and Ben from Forest for Dinner have been busy foraging for wild food and will be bringing  pickled fiddleheads and spruce tips, four different kind of wild syrups, some dried morels and hopefully some fresh wild watercress and fiddleheads.  They will be able to give you all sorts of tips on how to incorporate these delights into your culinary repertoire… I am thinking that some of the wild syrups might make an excellent addition to a cocktail!
  • Lorea of Country Wools wonderful lamb products will be available including sausages, chops and roasts…as well as some beautiful wool products.
  • There will be lots of plants for all your spring planting. Nova Garside will be bringing all sorts of wonderful plants for you perennial beds including peonies, hellebores, disporum… I picked up a beautiful Tree peony from her a few years ago and it is blooming right now and looks amazing. New to the market this year Alexander Marr is bringing mostly native plants;  ferns, hardy Fuscias, tree seedlings and rock plants…
  • Lloyd Garden Cedar will have lots of planter boxes and trellises for you to put all those wonderful plants you picked up  in… he also does beautiful custom work.
  • The Crafter line-up includes Glenda from Rock Paper Scissors with some wonderful hand made cards and wine tags… I loved the winetags I purchased from her this spring…
  • Don’t forget to stop by the community table to say hello to our wonderful volunteers and see what great things our community farmers have brought in.

This will be the last of the Spring Markets and starting June 3 the full season begins with  a market every Saturday until Thanksgiving.

As you may know the North Saanich Farm Market is a volunteer-run organization and we are looking for new volunteers to help.  Even if you have just one or two Saturdays between June and Thanksgiving your help would be most appreciated. There are a variety of jobs to do at the Market, stop by the community table and talk to the volunteers about signing up! It is a great organization and wonderful way to meet others in the community.

See you at the Market!


  • Anneth Farm

    Stan and Chris are bringing eggs, blueberries, rhubarb, maybe 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, dried herbs, fresh oregano and chives, baked pies, a few potted herbs and a few bedding plants.
  • Ardmore Gardens

    Al will be bringing great greens and plants.
  • Corner Farm & Deep Cove Canning

    Tina and Ashley of CORNER FARM & DEEP COVE CANNING (preserves in every variety to tempt you, from savoury (zucchini relish) to sweet (kiwi jam), as well as seeds and starts).
  • Good Hemp Seed

    Blake from GOOD SEED HEMP (Locally grown hemp products: hearts, protein, oil).
  • Honey Beet Farm

    Heather of HONEY BEET FARM (won’t be at the March 12th market, but planting for future markets now!).
  • Island Bounty

    Chris McGrath with cherries, cabbage zucchini kale potatoes and if it heats up raspberries and blueberries.
  • North Meadow Farm

    Phillipa of NORTH MEADOW FARM (seedlings, leeks, maybe some salad greens).
  • Something Greene

    Bernadette will be bringing raspberries, strawberries, cut flowers, tomato plants and other veg. starters, some perennials, basils, garlic scapes, etc.
  • Stonefields Farm

    Kristine Letsen of STONEFIELDS FARM (March market we hope to have some micro greens, beets (over wintered), chard, maybe some carrots… that’s a huge maybe… nettles and miner’s lettuce (wild things) and dog biscuits (vegan) along with aprons, cards…).
  • Two Willows Farm

    Stephen Carroll will be bringing garlic, scapes, greens and vegetables.
  • Wray Creek Farm

    Paul and Pam of WRAY CREEK FARM (won’t be at the Mar. 12th market, but plan to make the April and May markets).


  • Flour Power

    Strawberry season is in full swing at Flour Power...with a Strawberry Muffin and a rustic French Strawberry Galette. Rhubarb is still looking good so the Rhubarb muffins and scones are still available. There are some raspberries available so you may see a Raspberry tart as well If you are looking for an easy dessert recipe pick up some strawberries or raspberries and then head over to Flour Power to pick up a lemon loaf or an orange ricotta loaf to slice up and serve with the berries and a bit of whipped cream or greek yogurt. With the wonderful selection of cheese from Moonstruck available at the community table you could serve any of them with the Cranberry crisps or the Seedy Crackers...this combination would also make a great hostess gift.
  • The Baker's Acre

    John Markham of THE BAKER’S ACRE (with loaves of bread made from hand-milled organic spelt flour, sprouted Red Fife, and Khorasan).
  • The St. John's United Church Coffee Table

    Organic Level Ground Coffee, tea, tasty little take-away treats.


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  • Dragonfly Hill Vineyard

    Merlot Cabernet, Bumbleberry, Roasted Pumpkin, Merlot Labelle.
  • Hoyne Brewing

    Dark Matter, Pillsner, Pale Ale.... check their website for their full list of great beers.
  • Symphony Vineyard

    In December Symphony Vineyard released its 2014 Pinot Noir and Foch. After a year in oak barrels these red wines are ready for pairing with some great locally produced meats and cheeses.


  • Little Acre Soap

    Elisa of LITTLE ACRE SOAP (natural, handmade soaps, deodorant, etc.)

Community Table

A unique feature of our market is the Community Table, where local growers can drop off produce for the market volunteers to sell on their behalf for a 15% commission. Anyone with an excess of eggs or figs or flowers, or a bumper crop of something interesting from their gardens can drop it off before 9:00, and come back at 12:30 to pick up their proceeds and any unsold items. Contact us for details and a Growers Sales Sheet.