GreenHere and PLAYbynature's 'Pop Up Adventure Playground' is coming to Fairmount Park Farmer’s Market this Wednesday, August 20th from noon to 6 pm!!!
Children, ages 4 – 15, have the opportunity to engage in self-directed play with a variety of open-ended creative 'stuff', think: tires, cardboard, duct tape, rope, noodles, fabric, dress-ups… and all manner of interesting scrap will be available for children to invent their own play, free of charge[!!!!!]...while YOU relax at the market!
GreenHere and PLAYbynature co-project is about improving conditions in our city greenspaces to make them more attractive and interesting for self-directed play, free of cost, thus, accesible to everyone!
For pictures of their previous Pop Up Playgrounds and more information visit their Facebook page: "PLAYbynature" or check out their website www.PLAYbynature.org
Vendors this Week
Apricots, Nectarine, Peaches...Oh My! Choosing Antioxidant Rich Stone Fruit at the Farmers' MarketBy Katie Hortobagyi, Registered Dietitian at Upper Beach Health and Wellness
August is a wonderful month to enjoy fresh stone fruits from your local farmers' market. Apricots, nectarines and peaches all contain good amounts of vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin C, potassium and fibre. Beta-carotene is a carotenoid that turns into vitamin A in the body, and may reduce the risk of eye disease, some cancers, some types of chronic disease, and heart disease by acting as an antioxidant. Eating 7-10 servings of brightly coloured vegetables and fruit each day, including at least one orange vegetable or fruit will give your body plenty of carotenoids. Vitamin A is important for eye and skin health.
Make the most of your farmers' market trip and choose orange coloured stone fruits that are firm, brightly coloured, free from blemishes, relatively heavy, and have a fruity scent. Ripe stone fruit should be eaten soon, as a snack, blended into a smoothie, grilled on the BBQ, baked into a dessert, or preserved into a jam, chutney, or sauce. Store ripe fruit in a single layer in the fridge; to ripen, simply keep fruit out at room temperature but away from direct light or heat.
Eat at least one orange vegetable or fruit each day for good health!
It’s easy. Try these suggestions:
Visit http://www.ontario.ca/foodland-ontario for information on fresh Ontario foods and seasonal recipes
- * Top cereal, yogurt, or pancakes with sliced apricots, nectarines or peaches
- * Add chopped stone fruit to a dinner salad
- * Top pizza with chicken, brie, spinach, red onion and chopped nectarines
- * Add peaches to fruit crisp, muffins, cobbler, or cake
- * Pair apricots with lamb, bulgur, or rice pilaf
- * Make a glaze using stone fruit to flavour ham or chicken
- * Add nectarines to a BBQ chicken sandwich or cold rice salad
- * Use stone fruit as a chutney to pair with grilled meats
- * Muddle nectarines into homemade iced tea
- * Chop and add peaches to sangria or poach in champagne
- * Cut stone fruit into slices and freeze for later use
Taste-Buddies Kids Cooking
Upper Beaches Violin Studio
Beckie Lane and her gang from the violin studio will be gracing our market music stage this week. A perfect backdrop for a lovely market day.