This week at the market we celebrate the season with wool, from knitting and looming to hand-dyed natural wool for sale. Even the kids can get in on the act at the Children's Knitting Circle. Bring Knit Clothing to donate to Street Knit to keep our friends in need warm this winter. Some wonderful door prizes will be at the market info booth - stop by for a free chance to win.
So gear up in your warm knits and head out to the market this week. With only 2 weeks remaining we look forward to your support!
Farmers' Markets are the perfect places to celebrate seasonal cooking for seasonal meals such as soup. A walk through the market becomes immediate inspiration for what will go into the pot - no recipe required. Just a basic soup base, some seasoning and a featured seasonal vegetable such as squash (of all forms), beets, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, onions, peppers, sweet potatoes, the list goes on. In goes the stock, maybe some grains or protein and a sprinkle of cheese. Add some warm, crusty bread and butter - viola a feast!
Foodland Ontario provides a chart of seasonal fruit and vegetables. That can help you plan your trip to the market.
A couple weeks ago, a large bushel of peppers was purchased at the market. The goal, to fire-roast and freeze for the winter. The inspiration, annual pepper roasting parties hosted by my friend in her backyard. I learned so much at these parties. Her Italian family taught us how to fire roast, steam, peel, separate and package the peppers for winter freezing. It is a full-blown sensory experience from the smell of the fire (or the BBQ), the smell of the peppers steaming in brown bags and then the slippery yet crispy experience of peeling the burned skin of the peppers. This is a perfect activity for kids - they think peeling the skin off is so gross and love it!
The steps to success are very easy:
1) Heat BBQ to 500. Or heat up the broiler in your oven.
2) Cook peppers until the skin is black.
3) Remove and place in a brown paper bag to steam (save your LCBO bags they are perfect).
4) Once cool, begin peeling. Keep a bowl of warm water to rinse your hands as the peels will stick. Some people prefer to rinse the peppers - not me - I don't want to lose any flavour. Discard skin.
5) Tear peppers into slices, and bag in snack bags for freezing.
6) When reading to eat, thaw, add olive oil and little garlic.
Sylvia Stoddart will join us at the market to sell her hand-dyed, natural wool products. The wool comes from their stock of Romney Sheep that are raised organically. The wool is processed at environmentally friendly local mills in Ontario. All natural. Read more about Stoddart Wool. Sylvia and her daughter will all be demonstrating spinning on 2 wheels that they are brining along.
Not only is Stoddart Family Farm famous for their wool, they are also highly regarded in the sustainable agricultural community. Harry Stoddart has published a book, Real Dirt that will be available at the market.
Drop by Stoddart's booth to learn about their farm, their natural wool, buy some wool, learn to spin and more :)
The Street Knit Project
Street Knit is a local charity that supports the homeless by providing hand-knit warm clothing. Not only does knitting build a community in our homes and neighbourhoods, it can help those in need in the cold winter months.
Stop by to chat with Sadie about her project of love. Bring some hand-knit mitts, hats, scarves, blankets or sweaters to donate. Pull up a chair and join Sadie in some knitting - that makes a difference.
Deborah Livingston-Lowe from Upper Canada Weaving is coming to demonstrate and teach some weaving skills on her looms. Deborah is an avid market supporter and lives in our hood!
Learn more about her work here.
Joanne Hunter-Smith local knitter extrodanaire is going to get those kiddie's knitting at the market. Bring some yarn and needles if you have, but there will be some for all to try.
Abbey Scholzberg and Rick Bauer will set the mood at the market with their jazzy vibes.
So many great door prizes this week!
Abokichi Crunchy Chili Oil Package
Market Music CD Collection
Knitting for Dummies Book