Fennel: Clean, dice, put in ice cube trays with water. Once frozen put cubes into freezer bags so that they stay fresh. The ice cubes can be added soups and stocks or let the ice cube melt in a fine mesh strainer to just capture the fennel to use as a seasoning
Zucchini: Most people shred zucchini and freeze it for using in baking. You can also freeze cubed zucchini for user in soups and stews over the winter. The trick according to the kitchen is to blanch quickly and don’t use salt - it will make the zucchini soft. Also cube it up and freeze on a baking sheet then into freezer bags to prevent clumping
Bread! Yes it’s not produce. BUT...we love our sourdough bread from the market. A great tip is to cube up the bread and freeze it to make croutons for salads and winter stews. You can even pre-oil and season the cubes so baking in the oven is the only task.
Herbs: Before talking about freezing, we must say that the fresh herbs found at the market from Rolling Hills Organics and Fiddle Head farm have an incredible shelf life. Our last batch of basil was put into a flower vase with water and lasted 2 weeks on the counter! Another tip is to wrap the base of the herbs in a damp paper towel and place in the fridge.
Some herbs maintain better flavour when frozen rather than dried. We loved these tips from Natural Living Ideas. Painting your herbs with oil prior to freezing helps to maintain the colour. They can easily be slipped whole into a freezer bag or...try making frozen herb rolls! Just slice off a piece as needed. The article also touches on salt and sugar preserving.
Talk to your farmer about impending bumper crops so that you can prepare the freezer and stock up on freezer bags. Everything from tomatoes to broccoli and fresh herbs can be frozen for winter enjoyment!
Let it Rain!
Vendors this Week
Pasta Tucci: lovely homemade pasta
Tiffinday: spicy and tangy curry fries and pakoras
Crown and Anchor Foods: Southern BBQ meats!
Rolling Hills Organics: Certified organic Greens, the spicy blend is most popular and grass-fed beef.
Ignatius Farm: Certified organic produce and strawberries. Spinach, garlic scapes/ramps, strawberries and more!
Cedar Hedge Farm: Flavour bursting sprouts perfect for salads, burgers, risottos and sandwiches. Peas so sweet you can eat the shell! Off the grid grown veggies including amazing fava beans!
Fiddlehead Farm: Sustainably produced produce - we love their spicy radishes and sweet beets!
P&V farms - a wide assortment of fruits and vegetables
Jerry’s Berries - beautiful bright red raspberries!
Albion Hills - Cured meats perfect for charcuterie
Genuine Tea - Berry infused cold and hot teas.
Stanner’s Vineyard - Direct from Prince Edward County and found only at farmers’ markets in Toronto! The County Chardonnay is outstanding!
Blackbird Baking Co: Organic sourdough breads and pastries.
Mighty Fine Brine: Fermented pickles, hot sauces, mustard, krauts and more!
The Pantry Fine Cheese: Featuring award winning local cheeses such as Cross Wind Farms and Gunn’s Hill Farm Artisan Cheese.
Brian Hamlin Honey: Hand-crafted honey and beeswax candles.
And a crowd favourite!:
The Pop Stand: Handmade popsicles featuring local, seasonal ingredients
Music This Week
Syncopated Orchestra from 3-5pm
The Deloraines from 5-7pm
Upper Beach Health and Wellness Running clinic
Join Dr. Sarah King ND withUpper Beach Health & Wellness
at the Fairmount Park Farmer’s Market for a Summer of Running for Beginners!
We are happy to offer two 6-week programs for FREE plus a $30.00 consultation credit with UPHW.
July 27th to August 31st, 2016
For the slightly more experienced or “recreation” runner, runs will be about 4-6km run with longer running intervals than in Running for Beginners I. We will finish at the park with a guided Yoga for Runners routine. NOTE: due the heat this workshop will run at a beginner level! Adjustments will be made as the weather changes.
Held Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm-6:30pm, giving you enough time to shop the market or pick up a post run snack!
How to Register:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org include your name, email address, phone # and session.
In person at Upper Beach Health and Wellness (1937 Gerrard St E) or at Fairmount Park Farmer’s Market information tent (1725 Gerrard St E)
Apiary Tour with Brain Hamlin
Stay tuned for an eventbrite registration for this exclusive tour of the Portlands Energy Centre bee apiary run by Brian Hamlin.
Call for volunteers!
Come join our amazing crew of volunteers! We are looking for people to help with setup and teardown. 1:00-3:00 PM and 6:30-7:30 PM. Many hands make light work –– particularly in this heat! Volunteering is a great way to get to know the vendors, meet new people and if you are a student, earn your community service hours! If you are interested please contact