What to do with garlic scapes?

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Tis the farmers market season for garlic scapes! If you have visited the Whistler Farmers Market once or twice, I'm sure you have seen one of our dedicated farmers showcasing these at their booth (check out this article to learn about our farmers and what produce they bring each week).

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What are garlic scapes?

Garlic scapes are the flower bud of the garlic plant. The farmer tends to remove the bud in late June to encourage the bulbs to thicken up. Scapes taste just like garlic, and guess what? They can be used exactly the same way as garlic in your favourite recipe! Ring the alarm, break out Grandma's cookbook and get in the kitchen!

Garlic buds are actually really good eaten raw. Next time try chopping them up and adding them to a salad.  If you're a true garlic lover, we recommend grilling them on the BBQ and using them as a side dish to your favourite meal.

Check out some of these recipes that feature the ever elusive garlic scape!

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Garlic Scape Pesto Sauce

This recipe is from Serious Eats:

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped garlic scapes*
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • A few generous grinds of black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • *Or use half scapes and half herbs such as basil, dill and chervil

Directions

  1. In a small, dry pan set over very low heat, lightly toast the pine nuts, stirring or tossing occasionally until just beginning to brown, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes.
  2. Combine the scapes, pine nuts, lemon juice and zest, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse about 20 times, until well combined. Pour in the olive oil slowly through the feed tube while the motor is running. When the oil is incorporated, transfer the pesto to a bowl and stir in the grated cheese. If you plan to freeze the pesto, wait to add the cheese until after you've defrosted it.

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Risotto

This recipe is from Seasons & Suppers:

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion diced
  • 5 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil DIVIDED
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 12 oz orzo
  • 6 oz shiitake mushrooms
  • 3 garlic scapes cut end trimmed and flower bulb and end removed, then shaved into ribbons with a vegetable peeler
  • 4 Tbsp butter DIVIDED
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus shavings for garnish
  • 3 oz baby arugula 3-4 handfuls

Instructions

  1. Pour stock into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to keep hot.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, cook the onion in 3 Tbsp. of olive oil until translucent and tender. Season with salt and pepper. Add the orzo and mix thoroughly. Gradually add the stock to the pasta, one ladle full at a time, stirring each continuously, until the stock is absorbed and then adding another ladle full. Continue this process until the orzo is cooked to al dente.

  3. While the orzo is cooking, in a separate saute pan, heat 2 Tbsp. of olive oil and sear the mushrooms and garlic scapes until golden brown. Add 2 Tbsp. of the butter and a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper. Let the butter become golden brown, then remove from heat and reserve.

  4. Once the orzo is cooked, stir in the remaining 2 Tbsp. of butter, Parmesan cheese and heavy cream. Stir to combine and then stir in the baby arugula and cook just until the arugula is wilted. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, if necessary. Return the mushrooms to a hot burner briefly to re-warm.

  5. To serve, spoon orzo into a shallow bowl and place a spoonful of the mushrooms and scapes over the top. Using a vegetable peeler, shave some additional Parmesan cheese on to the top for garnish.

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Blue Cheese Dressing

This recipe is from Food52.com

Makes: 1 1/2 cups 
Prep time: 10 min

  • 4ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • 2/3cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4cup sour cream or thick yogurt
  • 1/4cup buttermilk, shaken well
  • 1tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1teaspoon runny honey
  • 1tablespoon minced fresh chives, scallions, or garlic scapes
  • 1pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1dash Caynne-based hot sauce, dried red pepper flakes, or chili oil, to serve (optional)
  1. If you like a smooth dressing, grab a medium bowl and mash the blue cheese into the mayonnaise with the back of a fork. If a chunky dressing is preferred, keep the blue cheese aside and proceed to step 2.
  2. Mix the mayonnaise with the sour cream, most of the buttermilk, and all of the vinegar and honey.
  3. Add the chives to the bowl, along with the blue cheese, if making the chunkier style. Fold to combine, and season with pepper. Taste for seasoning, adding more buttermilk, vinegar, honey and pepper, as necessary.
  4. You can use the dressing right away but I think it's even nicer after a day in the fridge, which gives the flavours a chance to round out. The dressing will thicken as it sits, but can be thinned with a few drops of water. Serve with a dash of hot sauce. Keep any leftover dressing in an airtight container in the fridge, and use up in a few days.

The business incubator of Whistler

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The only real way I can give this article the context it deserves is to write it from the first person...... Hi! My name is Kara and I help out with the marketing of the Whistler Farmers Market. I once too was a Whistler Farmers Market vendor. My small business, Caveman Grocer was a faithful vendor that attended both Wednesday and Sunday markets. I even served on the Whistler Farmers Market board for almost 4 years. I've seen first-hand the massive impact the market has had on our local business community. 

Businesses here are given a stage that they might not otherwise have. It's an opportunity to get a product to market, test it and find out first hand whether people are interested in buying your product. Instead of just bragging about our little market that could, I figured it best to showcase the businesses that have started at the Whistler Farmers Market and have hit it out of the park.

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Purebread

The lineups out the door will give you the first clue that this is the spot to grab a sweet treat in Whistler. Their founding story is a simple one we love to tell!

Nonna Pia's (more on them down below) needed fresh bread so their customers could taste their balsamic reductions.  Their friends, Mark and Paula, were known to bake a serious loaf of bread. Nonna Pia's had so many people wanting the bread, mark and Paula were encouraged to get a booth at the Whistler Farmers Market. 

The growing business now boasts 2 locations in Whistler and one in Gastown, Vancouver. 

Do yourself a favour when you stop by Purebread and don't limit yourself to just one treat. Whether it's savoury or sweet, they have you covered.

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Nonna Pias

 

Does it get any better than being featured on Dragon's Den and getting the cash?

Norm and Natasha, the couple behind the successful biz knew they had a winning product when their family recipe was a big hit within their inner circle. After much encouragement, they threw their hat in the ring and made a go of it by showcasing their balsamic reductions at the Whistler Farmers Market. 

Their product is now featured in over 1600 stores across North America, and it's all produced right here in Whistler, BC! What an incredible journey these two have been on. Get their full story here.

Laughing Crow Organics

Andrew and Kerri, the super passionate duo behind the all organic farm in Pemberton, BC started off a little while ago with just a few Wednesday markets, selling leafy greens to now, a show-stopping booth with all the veggies!

They come fully packed each week and also run a very successful CSA program that sold out for 2018! You can find out more about these passionate farmers here.

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Golden Crust

Patricia started selling her pies at the Whistler Farmers Market back in 2002! She started off in a commercial kitchen in Squamish. Her booth at the Whistler Farmers Market became so successful that they opened up their own bakery in Squamish and turned it into a full-time family business! 

Their pocket pies are a true staple of the Whistler Farmers Market. Check them out for their famous pocket pies or take home a pie for the whole family. You can get the full story and list of products here.

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Schnitzel Shack

Mihaela and Bruce started with just a small trailer that featured cabbage rolls and tasty meatballs on a stick.  Their European style food was a crowd pleaser and they showcased their skills each week at the market. 

They have been slowly building their empire over the last few years which now includes a food truck, a European bistro called Lil Chef Bistro, and are killing it in the catering game all over the Sea to Sky and North Shore. We're really excited to see what Mihaela and Bruce come up with next!

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Caveman Grocer

The entire idea of this piece became quite clear that it was something I had to write about. A massive part of what got our business off the ground was having a platform like the Whistler Farmers Market. 

A huge statement, isn't it? Well, it's true. We had started our business back in June of 2012 and attended our very first farmers market on a balmy hot Wednesday, selling raw paleo chocolate. It was a complete and utter disaster! I'm pretty sure the only people who bought our chocolates were friends and people who felt bad for us (the distress on my face was quite clear). 

 
 

Fast forward to now, we're a 7 figure e-commerce brand that delivers ready-made meals all over the Sea to Sky and Lower Mainland of BC.  Last year we even won the rising star of Whistler, awarded by the Whistler Chamber of Commerce. What a crazy road it's been! I know without a doubt that without the push to get involved from the market manager, Chris Quinlan, and the success of the Farmers Market, we wouldn't be where we are today.

The market gives an opportunity to entrepreneurs in the Sea to Sky to see what sells, how it sells, what price point to sell it at and how the general public receives the product. You can do it all with minimal capital investment and pivot as you need until you find the winning path.

So thank you Whistler Farmers Market! Excited to see what businesses come over the next while!

Get to know your Sea to Sky Farmers

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The Sea to Sky Corridor has some amazing farmers that produce some of the tastiest fruits, vegetables and meats! We're incredibly lucky that we don't have to drive far to truly stay local. 

Each week, our dedicated farmers show up to the market to showcase their labour of love. Read on to find out about each farm and what they grow.

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Spray Creek Ranch

organic pastured meats and eggs

Tristan & Aubyn Banwell, the duo behind Spray Creek, bring organic, pasture raised chicken, pork, turkey and beef each week (and we feel so lucky to have them).  Spray Creek Ranch is a 260 acre (100 hectare) farm in the rain shadow of British Columbia’s Coast Mountains in the Northern St’at’imc Territory, 15 km south of Lillooet. Using diversified, regeneration farming techniques, they produce wholesome, delicious pastured meats. Get the full story on their farm at https://spraycreek.ca/

Plenty Wild Farms

Certified Organic Produce

This hardworking couple grows over 40 different types of produce and it's all grown organically, right in Pemberton. Their booth is always fully stocked with a rainbow that is sure to inspire some tasty meals for the week to come. 

Their labour of love for the land produces the needed staples like potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes each week. Some weeks you can find unusual offerings like celeriac and kohlrabi. If you want to check out the latest from Plenty Wild, check out their website here.

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Goldstrike Honeybee Company

Lillooet Honey

Liquid gold, straight out of Lillooet! If you have the time, and Steve isn't too busy with customers, we suggest you ask him why he started this business in the first place! It's a really interesting story, one we don't want to spoil for you, however we will tell you that it will make you think twice before spraying with pesticides at home. Watch the video below on why he moved his entire colony to Lillooet:

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Hare's Farm

Pemberton Organic Blueberries

There is nothing sweeter than berry season, especially when it's BC blueberries. JD Hare brings the sweetest and freshest berries when in season. You can buy them by the pint or purchase in bulk and freeze for the winter months. Be sure to visit them now because in a few more weeks, blueberry season is over (such a sad thought isn't it).

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Laughing Crow Organics

Certified Organic Farm

Talk about two people who absolutely love what they do! Kerri & Andrew, the extremely hard working pair behind Laughing Crow bring fresh produce, gorgeous bouquets and honey, each and every week. This farm has produced some of the tastiest and sweetest carrots I've ever had!

“The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer.” – Will Rogers
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Rainshadow Growers

Farm Produce, Value added farm products

You will find more than just fresh vegetables at the Rainshadow Growers collective booth. We love their approach to reducing waste and their offerings of kimchi, pickles and even dried chilis! Straight out of Lillooet, you can find them at the market each and every Sunday.

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Fresh Fruit

Missing the sweet tastes of Osoyoos? Don't miss AIG produce whom each week bring what's in season from the Okanagan Valley. Apples, cherries, peaches, plums and fresh berries. Fill up your bags and taste some of the sweetest fruits this province has to offer.

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Fresh Berries

What farmers market trip is complete without loading up on fresh berries? Sometimes the pint doesn't even make it home without my family devouring it first. What's best is the staff who work at the booth always seem to have such a great time. If you make it your last stop, you may have a better chance of not eating all the fruit before you get home, however we can't guarantee they won't be sold out!

We're extremley lucky here in Whistler to have access to so many amazing and hardworking farmers who bring us the goods every week. Be sure to come to the market and support your farmers, support local.

Remember spending your dollars here helps keep the money in the pockets of the small businesses who keep this community going.

Kids favourites at the Whistler Farmers Market

Taking the whole family to the Whistler Farmers Market is a Sunday tradition for not only the locals but those visiting for the weekend too. It's clear that all kids have their favourite vendor where they get to purchase their special treat. Here's the ultimate list (and one to break out when you're trying to convince your toddler to get out the door).

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Sargent Poppers

Freshly Popped Kettle Corn

A long time vendor, Sargent Poppers brings freshly popped kettle corn, each and every week! You can find them at the market on both Wednesdays & Sundays, every week. Grab a snack bag, or grab a family bag (if you wish to share that family bag, that's up to you!). Grab a freshly squeezed lemonade while you're there.

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Snowcones & Cordials

I don't know about you, but this is the one way I can easily convince my three year old to get out the door.  It's also the number one bribery I use to keep him in his stroller while I shop around the market (he's also the happy guy sitting in the photo). As a parent, I take joy knowing he's eating a treat that isn't filled with artificial flavours or colouring.

The duo behind frostibites make these syrups from real fruit. Be sure to grab a cordial and use one of their Instagram cocktail recipes for a special treat that is well deserved for those braving the market with their toddler!

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Maples Sugar Shack

Maple Syrup

What Canadian farmers market would be complete without real maple syrup? The best part about the Maples Sugar Shack is the snow candy they serve up each and every week. Its delicious, it's simple, and it's oh-so-Canadian! Whether your a tourist tasting the Canadian cuisine, or doing your weekly shop, this is a simple treat the kids will love!

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Lucia Gelato

Gelato

No hot day is complete without a sweet cold treat to finish (or start) the day. A locals favourite, Lucia Gelato is the real thing, authentic, Italian Gelato. Flavours can change from week to week. Be sure to try a couple of flavours and don't be afraid to ask for two different flavours in your bowl when you order.

 Parents should be sure to check out these vendors who have some unique designs to keep your little one in the latest Whistler fashion.

Parents should be sure to check out these vendors who have some unique designs to keep your little one in the latest Whistler fashion.

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Milkshaxs and Fruit Shaxs

Sweets and Treats, Clothing and Accessories

Not only do they sell the cutest onsies, but they also feature organic berry slushies that are sure to fix any hot day! Check out their one of a kind designs that truly capture the summer scene in Whistler. 

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Mally Designs

leather baby bibs, & moccasins

Just look at those precious leather moccasins! Whether a keepsake or the perfect accessory for those newborn photos, Mally Designs can make the perfect gift and take-home piece from your Whistler trip. Don't miss their leather made bibs that capture our Canadian flag beautifully!

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Hau'oli Apparel

Hau'oli Apparel is handmade children's clothing

Ready to have your little one make his/her own fashion statement? One that is met with water-based pigment inks and dyes and organic cotton? Sizes range from 3 months to 24 months and every piece is handmade! 

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Einai Designs

Clothing and Accessories

Need to encourage your kids in the kitchen? Pick up a handmade apron designed specially for kids! Moms and dads can also check out reusable lunch bags, diaper bags and changing pads.  If you're looking for a little Canadian flare, don't miss the maple leaf patterns!

Be sure to check out the market map, each week to see which vendors will be at the Whistler Farmers Market, here.

Food Trucks at the Whistler Farmers Market

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There's no question that our farmers market showcases some of the best of the Sea to Sky Region, and our food trucks do a stellar job at shining through!

From hand-rolled pasta, freshly squeezed juices to traditional European food, our food trucks hit it out of the park each and every week! Don't forget to check out the Market Maps to see who is at the market each and every Wednesday and Sunday. 

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Amo La Vita

Gourmet Pasta

Fresh, hand-rolled pasta is featured on the menu each and every week. You can find their yellow bus at the market every Sunday.  Using only what is in season, and purchasing directly from farmers, they do a fantastic job of showcasing what the Sea to Sky produces each season. 

Every piece of pasta is handmade and in small batches. Their menu changes daily so you can be sure from week to week you can try something different!

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Mountain Squeeze

mobile cold-pressed juicery

"Fuelled by a love of fresh fruit, vegetables and of course, the mountains." Erin and Amy, the two behind Mountain Squeeze are at the market every Sunday, serving up the rainbow of the Sea to Sky Corridor. You can grab vegan smoothies, wellness shots, vegan salad wraps, gluten friendly vegan granola cookies and cold-pressed juice. We recommend making them your first stop of Sunday morning so you can fill your system with the micro nutrients needed, and start the day off on the right foot!

Rockin' Wok

Asian inspired rice noodle dishes

Delicious and fresh Pad Thai made to order that features organic produce from Laughing Crow Organics in Pemberton.  All of their dishes are gluten and dairy free and feature vegan sauces.  For a meal that is sure to satisfy your South East Asian taste buds, be sure to check out the Rockin' Wok on Sundays (for a full schedule as to when their truck will be at the market, click here).

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Schnitzel Shack

A taste of Europe

Mihaela and Bruce, the passionate duo behind the Schnitzel Shack bring classically made European food each and every week to the market. A freshly made schnitzel wrap topped with fried onions, sauerkraut, lettuce and your choice of sauce is sure to please the comfort food crowd.

Other menu items include Cubano sandwiches and Egg sandwiches made with their homemade English muffins that feature 108 sausage patties. Their food truck is set up at the market each and every Sunday!

Don't forget that we list who is at the market each and every week so you can plan out the perfect day! See the map for both Wednesdays & Sundays here.

 

 

Wines at the Whistler Farmers Market

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If there’s one thing that goes with good fresh food, like that which you’ll find at the Whistler Farmers Market, it’s wine. And we have some outstanding wine vendors selling delicious BC wine.

We will briefly explain the laws in regards to selling wine at the farmers market. Lastly, we will introduce you to a few wine vendors that will be attending our farmers market events.

First, let’s get acquainted with wine in BC.

Wine in BC

Making wine in British Columbia is nothing to yawn at. It’s a major player in the BC economy, bringing nearly $3 billion every year to it.

There are five official wine regions in BC:

1.     Okanagan Valley

2.     Similkameen Valley

3.     Fraser Valley

4.     Vancouver Island

5.     Gulf Islands

Of these five, Okanagan is the premier growing region for grapes. But all five collectively contain the 929 vineyards and wineries that bring in 1 million visitors to BC every year.

Selling Wine at the Farmers Market 

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It was declared on June 21, 2014, that all legal forms of alcohol – beer, wine, cider and spirits – can be sold at BC farmers markets, right alongside fruits and vegetables.

Both the licensees and the markets have legal requirements to meet so that wine can be sold at the farmers markets.

All sampling and sales of any liquor, wine included, must take place within the defined sales area at the market where the wine will be sold.

Fort Berens

Immigrants from Holland, Rolf de Bruin and Heleen Pannekoek founded Fort Berens in 2005 and fully launched the vineyard in 2009, which made it the very first in Lillooet.

Their vision is to make Fort Berens one of the leading wine producers in Canada. Whistler Farmers Market is thrilled to have them as one of our vendors

BC Wine Studio

Winemaker Mark Simpson had a vision for BC Wine Studio: “to create a special place for sharing wine best practices, encouraging creativity and producing high quality, distinctive hand-crafted wines.” (Quoted directly from their website)

When it comes to techniques, it offers the latest ones, along with a vast, trusted network of growers and suppliers – another exciting addition to the Whistler Farmers Market.

Forbidden Fruit Wine

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Forbidden Fruit Wine has the distinction of being an organic vineyard, ever since its inception in 1977. It was officially certified as such in 1984.

The quality is also indicative of where the grapes are planted: A sloping hill that borders the Similkameen River. Well-watered and protected from the commercial farms, makes their fruit some of the best around, and it has been that way for four decades.

Though the word “forbidden” is in their name, they won’t be forbidden from the Whistler Farmers Market.

Summary

These are just a few of the wine vendors at our farmers market. Whatever your taste for food, wine or music, we are confident you will enjoy yourself at the Whistler Farmers Market. We hope to see you there!

Benefits Of Shopping At A Farmers Market

If you love fresh produce, you may have found yourself in the middle of a debate. Should you buy your fruits and vegetables at the supermarket, or at the farmers market?

We’d like to tell you a little bit about us at Whistler Farmers Market.

The Whistler Farmers Market

First, we are a non-profit organization, with our board of directors as the governing force. Marketwurks Management, Inc. manages and produces our farmers market events.

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Our corporate culture is summed up in two words: “Social responsibility”, a phrase that we and our market family have adopted and live by.

In so many tangible ways we have demonstrated this social responsibility. Most outstandingly, because of our commitment to supporting local organizations, the Board of Directors approved donating a total of $10,000 yearly.

Benefits Of Buying Local

Recent years have seen an increase in farmers market events. Some are even held on a weekday, besides the traditional Saturday slot.

And now let’s look at a small list of benefits to shopping local.

More affordable. The foods you buy at the farmers market go straight from the farmer to your hands. You don’t have to worry about all the middleman hands that add cost to what you buy in the store.

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Survival of the family farm. Family farms are a dying breed, and they need us to survive. Farm operating costs are high. When we buy local from a farmers market, we’re giving them support.

Freshness. Your store-bought tomatoes may have come from across the country, preserved inside a refrigerated truck. Farmers market produce may have been picked the same morning it was sold. How fresh is that?

Benefits Of Eating Local Produce

Let’s now take a look at the part of the picture with the most impact on you and your family: Some benefits of eating local produce.

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Organic growing. Local family farmers don’t mess with GMO or steroids. The produce you buy from the family farm is sure to be as nature intended it to be.

Maximized ripeness. The produce you buy from a farmers market is usually picked at its ripest point, or close to it. For this reason, it will taste the best. The difference is noticeable.

Most nutritious.  Because the produce is picked at ripeness, it will also be the most nutritious. And what’s the point of eating vegetables that lack natural nutrition?

Our Amazing Local Vendors

Of course, where would Whistler Farmers Market be without our vendors, who continue putting out high quality, fresh fruits and vegetables? Most of the time, we have around 90 vendors at our farmers market events.

Here is a link to the vendor map page on our website: https://www.whistlerfarmersmarket.org/maps/

Summary

If you’ve never bought produce at a farmers market, we have to say that the only way to judge it fairly is to try it. If you’re in the South West BC area, come on out and pay us a visit. We hope to see you soon.

What's In Season?

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With summer approaching in South West BC, there’s always great anticipation for people who love fresh produce. They voice that anticipation with the question “What’s in season?”

Whistler Farmers Market understands, and is ready to report the BC produce status.

In this article we will show you what’s available in general, for June, and then for the coming week.

What's In Season At The Whistler Farmers Market?

At the time of this writing, the latest info about available seasonal produce came for the week of June 25th.

Otherwise, we do anticipate a good harvest this year. It’s “business as usual” and we just want to give you a heads up so you can get your favourite produce.

So now let’s take a look at what you can expect to see for the rest of June.

What Produce Is Expected For June

This year, strawberries and greens are the main goods to look out for in June. However, there are a host of others that are commonly available too.

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As far as fresh vegetables, there are beets, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cucumbers (long English, field and pickling), fennel, fresh garlic, kohlrabi, garlic scapes, green onions, radishes, rhubarb, salad turnips, cherry tomatoes and zucchini.

You can get leafy greens like kale, lettuce, mustard greens, Swiss chard, herbs and spinach.

Many of these vegetables and greens will continue to be harvested through the summer, some of them slightly beyond summer.

Of course, we can’t forget fruits, and those things include cherries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries.

A small preview of what you can expect in July:

·       Eggplant

·       Sweet onions

·       Potatoes

·       Slicing tomatoes

What's at the market this week?

As of the week of June 25, our farmers have harvested, or are in process of harvesting, the following:

·       Arugula

·       Basil

·       Beets

·       Broccoli

·       Carrots

·       Cauliflower

·       Long English, field and pickling cucumbers

·       Dill

·       Fennel

·       Garlic scapes

·       Fresh garlic

·       Kale

·       Kohlrabi

·       Lettuce

·       Mixed greens

·       Green onions

·       Parsley

·       Radishes

·       Swiss chard

·       Cherry tomatoes

·       Turnips

·       Zucchini

Summary

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No doubt about it – this year’s harvest is definitely going to be a busy one! June will bring in the beginning of about 20 different vegetables and 3 fruits – all of those being berries. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

The pace will pick up in July with the harvesting beginning for even more fruits and vegetables. And all of those mentioned here will continue being harvested through the summer and beyond, while still others will be added to the mix.

So whether it’s fruits or vegetables, you can be sure that this year’s harvest should have something everyone, including you!

June Is Salad Month: Our Top 5 Salad Recipes

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Here we are in the month of June, and for us at Whistler Farmers Market, June means it’s salad month. You might eat a salad any other time of the year, but June is a good month to bring some attention to it.

That’s because salad greens are one of the items of BC produce we’re harvesting this month. So, in honour of Salad Month, we will include our top 5 salad recipes.

June Produce

As far as salad greens, and salad ingredients in general, here’s what being harvested in June:

·       kale

·       lettuce

·       mustard greens 

·       Swiss chard

·       spinach

·       arugula

·       herbs

For other seasonal produce that could be added to your “June salad,” we have:

·       beets

·       broccoli

·       carrots

·       cauliflower

·       cucumber

·       fennel

·       garlic scapes

·       green onion

·       radish

·       zucchini

·       kohlrabi

·       salad turnips

·       strawberries

 

Our Top 5 Salad Recipes

1.     Garden Salad

This recipe is the most summer-appropriate, as it’s fresh and cool. It’s also versatile. You can mix and match ingredients to your personal liking.

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Your ingredients are lettuce, fresh spinach, tomatoes, radishes, celery, cucumber, and peppers. Take a salad bowl and start by tearing up lettuce into it. Add leaves of fresh spinach. Cut tomatoes to your ideal size, whether slices, chunks, etc.

Then slice radishes, celery, cucumber and peppers into bite-size pieces. Add all to bowl.

Toss salad and serve with your favourite creamy dressing or vinaigrette. Some like to add diced or shredded meat for an even heartier salad.

2.     Summer Corn and Tomato Salad

This delicious salad can be served as a light meal or a side dish for a family gathering. Ingredients are simple: 20 ears of corn, 6 farmers-market fresh tomatoes, oil, salt, pepper and paprika.

Here’s the link to the recipe: Summer Corn and Tomato Salad

3.     Bean Salad with Grilled Corn and Avocado

So you have some grilled corn left over, save it for this fresh recipe. This too could serve as a light meal, but it’s definitely a crowd pleaser as a side.

Here’s the link: Pinto-Black-Red-Bean-Salad

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4.     Heirloom Tomato and Beet Salad

If you have heirloom tomatoes and farmers market beets, which are in season this month, then you have a gastrointestinal fiesta with this salad.

Heirloom Tomato and Beet Salad

5.     Warm Pasta Salad with Shrimp

Many of the ingredients for this warm salad are in season this month! All you need to do is get some shrimp!

Enjoy! Warm Pasta Salad with Shrimp

Share Your Favourite Recipes

Now that we’ve supplied you with our top 5 recipes, we’d like to hear from you. We invite you to share your favorite recipes you made with the Whistler Farmers Market ingredients.

You can do this by tagging us on either Instagram or through Facebook, using this tag: @whistlerfarmersmarket.

Summary

We hope you found this article interesting, in particular, the 5 recipes we linked you too. Don’t forget to comment and share your recipes too!

Whistler Farmers Market Entertainers

Music is good for the soul. We feel it is good for the farmers market as well. Music, even live music, can either energize or relax our visitors, making for a pleasant overall experience.

This is why we have a wide variety of entertainers to perform at our events. In this article, we will introduce you to some of them. But we will also provide links, so you can learn more about our market music providers.

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Music At The Market

Live entertainment is a great way to create a fun, enjoyable atmosphere. While you’re shopping for Whistler Farmers Market’s best fruits and vegetables to take home to your kitchen, great music will be playing.

Plus, if you need a break from shopping, or you’re done shopping, then you can take in just the live music, especially if the artist is playing one of your favorites.

These are local or regional artists as well. You never know – among them could be someone you know.

Meet Some Of The Market Entertainers

Who are some of these musicians who perform at our farmers market events?

Allow us to introduce you to three of them:

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1.Allison Hunter - Harpist

With the level of skill involved in playing the harp, finding one is a challenge. But finding one that performs is an even greater challenge! So we’re quite fortunate to have one in our talent pool!

Allison draws from classical, Celtic, original and contemporary tunes, she keeps the mysteries and romance of the harp alive while engaging and entertaining everyone.

 

2.     Dana-Marie Battaglia

Who doesn’t love oldies, Motown, country or folk tunes? These are the musical areas Dana-Marie features in her sets.

Her playful, lively, quirky, and beautiful delivery charms the hearts of listeners of all ages. She embraces many genres of music and includes such variety as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, The Everly Brothers, The Platters, Queen, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, CCR, Bob Marley, just to name a few.

 

3.     Jeff Heintzmann

Listening to a guitarist who sings is a special treat. Jeff happens to be one of these. The material ranges widely from sentimental older standards up to spicy gritty and weird. There is a variety of instrumental music from Tango to fiddle tunes.

Jeff will be sure to please your ears. From what we’ve learned, Jeff is what many would call a smart dresser, so we guess he’ll be pleasing to your eyes too!

See Who's Playing At The Market

That is just a small sample of the artists and entertainment we have available. And every week, the market music lineup changes. If you would like to read more about our talented artists, then we invite you to go to this site: https://www.whistlerfarmersmarket.org/our-entertainers/

On Sunday, June 10, the featured artists will include “Larry’s Brother”, as well as “GoRdo”.

Summary

Good, fresh, farmers market produce will be there. Talented artists will be there to perform for all who visit the event. There’s only one question you need to answer: Will you be there?