This week we are hosting a POP UP Adventure Playground (now called #earthplay) facilitated by Earth Day Canada and PlaybyNature. What does this mean, you might ask? Well, a POP UP Adventure Playground doesn’t really have to mean anything - it can be interpreted in many different ways and has a unique effect on each individual who participates. Geared towards kids and always based in a park, a POP UP Adventure Playground comes kitted with basic supplies - normally centred around a theme - and then lets the kids decide what sort of playground they are going to make with the materials provided! The theme for this Wednesday is “MUD” as it will be International Mud Day! The event takes place on the last day of school, so there will certainly be a ton of creative juices flowing fuelled by kids excitement for summer!
This is the perfect opportunity for parents to support our market with a little shop while the kids get into some serious play!
This event is sponsored by Upper Beach Health and Wellness.
Come out to the market to take in a wide assortment of bread of all shades, shapes and sizes that Simon and Blackbird Baking Co. have crafted for you. It is not uncommon to see little children running around the market with hands clasped around a sourdough baguette covered with sizeable bite marks!
Vendors This Week
The Pantry Fine Cheese
Rolling Hills Organics
FIddle Head Farm
Blackbird Baking Co.
Brian Hamlin Honey
Mighty Fine Brine
Life in Homemade
The Pop Stand
Crown and Anchor
Strawberries: It sounds wrong to say that the market strawberries taste like candy apple...but that’s what I get when I eat Ignatius Farm organic strawberries! We have been obsessed with stocking these at home and have enjoyed them on their own, with pancakes, in a salad and drizzled with some sour cream and brown sugar (ala my granny). We have yet to bake or can these little delights; they are just too amazing eaten fresh!
Peas: Once the peas arrive at market, they appear in almost every dish at home! Yes, we love snacking on them raw, adding them to a salad but also love making a creamy pea and pasta dish, pea risotto and my kids favourite sautéed peas with bacon. I think we will give this Linguine with Pea Pesto a try next. And don’t forget, freezing peas is super easy and allows you to enjoy fresh peas all year round! You can find peas from Cedarhedge Farm and P & V Farm.
Grass-Fed Beef: If you are going to eat red meat, grass-fed beef is the way to go! And Rolling Hills Organics sells the best 100% grass-fed beef. This means that it isn’t sent off for fattening on grains before being processed - rather the cattle live and grow only on grass. Not only will your body benefit from grass-fed beef, your palate will celebrate because it’s tastes incredible. Buy by the piece or order a side from Peter at Rolling Hills Organics!
Radishes: These spicy, crunchy, colourful gems are a highlight of the season. They are packed with nutritional value and have so many applications in the kitchen. Make a radish quick pickle for a quick condiment to add to salads and sandwiches or grate them into savoury potato pancakes for a punch. Shred them for tacos or coleslaw and a dinner favourite is pan roasting with seasonal herbs and a touch of maple syrup - a perfect side to a grass-fed beef steak. Radishes can be picked up at the market from Fiddle Head Farm, Cedarhedge and Ignatius farm.
In the Garden...
The Fairmount Park Running Club hosted by Upper Beach Health and Wellness leaves the market at 5:45. The beginners session goes until July 20th. The advanced session starts July 27th. Come join Sarah King for a market run! More details on our home page www.fairmountmarket.ca