This Week at the MarketHere's what's happening this week at NSFM
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!
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.