September 27, 2013
Well, we are lucky to have three certified organic growers at our farmers’ market, as well as all of our dedicated farmers. For a complete list of who has what, please click here! New vendor this week Melvin and Beth from Ridgetown with their lovely mums!
Saturday Inside the market we are celebrating London Culture Days, a free entertainment lineup showcasing cultural spirit and passion, upstairs on the mezzanine. Look for London Fanshawe Symphonic Chorus at 10 am, Al-Asala Dabke (Dancers) noon, Sweet Adelines, London Chorus 2 pm, and The Light of East Ensemble at 4 pm.
Hasbeans coffee of the week is Fair Trade and Organic Panama Boquete, make sure you stop for a taste!
Also this week…Lorraine Lynch’s grandchildren will be here selling home-made cookies to raise funds for Light the Night. Each year, in communities across Canada, teams or families, friends, co-workers and local and national corporations come together to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s (LLSC’s) Light The Night Walk events and bring help and hope to people battling blood cancers. Stop by to support this great cause, and pick up some delicious cookies as well!
September 20, 2013
What’s happening at our market this week? Just the usual awesome things!
Fantastic Farmers! Click here to see who is going to be here and what they will have!
Perfect produce! Amazing range of produce from apples to zzzzuchinni
Super Sampling! Get your day started with Hasbeans coffee of the week – this week Dominican Republic Bani. “This coffee has a good body with a pleasant acidity giving it a very good and lively cup. This is a coffee that is really worth giving it a chance to liven your taste buds.”
Tasty Teas! Stop by the Tea Haus tasting table for a sip or two of Wellness Tea, and Ginger Lemon Rooibos.
Did you see the excellent article in this week’s Free Press about our “Seed to Plate” farmers’ market? You can read it here!
Also, for more details about our school project, like who the farmers are and why it is so great to shop local,click here!
Wondering what the heck to do with an abundance of squash? Market chef Paul Paschink made a wonderful Curried Butternut Squash Soup on Thursday, cooked up with ingredients all from our farmers’ market!
Time and space are running out! Sign up super soon for our Bernardin Canning Demo that is taking place this Tuesday night, 6-8pm, upstairs in our market kitchen. It’s free, but you need to be registered as space is limited. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to get your name on the list. You will be happy you did!
September 13, 2013
Unpredictable! That’s one way to describe the weather these days! This week we’ve had record heat, tornados spotted, damaging winds, driving rains, and frost warnings. There is never a dull moment being a farmer or being part of a farmers’ market!
Predictable! Our farmers’ market runs Thursdays and Saturdays, rain or shine, right up until December 21st!
Abundant! This is the time of year to load up on all the amazing produce that is available, this week focus on Roma tomatoes for sauce and basil for pesto. They won’t be on the local farm stands much longer, especially with frost warnings! For a list of who is going to be at our market this week, and what they will have, please click here!
Free! Join us on Tuesday September 24 from 6-8 pm upstairs in the market kitchen for a canning demonstration presented by Emerie Brine, executive chef at Bernardin. This event is free, but you must be registered as space is limited. Please email: email@example.com or call 519-439-3921.
Delicious! On Thursday market chef Paul Paschink made an incredible apple tart using market fresh local apple and puff pastry from Glenda’s inside the market. It was super yummy and easy to make. Get the recipe here!
Tasty! Hasbeans coffee of the week is Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, fair trade, organic, mysterious! “A coffee for people who like excitement at the cost of subtlety, those with dull palates, or a craving for the unusual.”
Hot! The Tea Haus will be sampling their Chai tea! Find out why everyone should drink chai tea!
Appreciation! Our farmers’ market is viable not only because we have stalwart farmers, but because of you, the dedicated customers that make the journey to the heart of the city each Thursday and Saturday. Thank you so much for shopping at our farmers’ market!
September 6, 2013
While you wander past the pierogi, sauerkraut, and kielbasa that will be plentiful at the festival this Saturday, make sure to stop by our farmers’ market stalls and pick up some fresh local ingredients to have your own food festival when you get home!
We have a few vendors away this week, but we also have a couple of new vendors: Eye Candy Popper with some tasty home-made baking, and Venture Farms (visiting us from the St. Jacob’s market) with their sweet potatoes and sweet potato muffins. For a complete list of who is going to be here, please click here!
This is salsa season, and at our Thursday market, chef Paul Paschink made three seasonal salsas that were super delicious. Get the recipes here! Three seasonal salsas
If you are thinking about canning salsas and other seasonal items, make sure to sign up for our awesome Canning Class on Tuesday September 24, from 6-8pm, with Bernardin executive chef Emerie Brine. this is a free event, BUT space is limited, we’ll have some ‘swag’ for you, and most importantly, Emerie rocks the canning world, so make sure you sign up! email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and phone number.
Hasbeans Coffee of the week is Mexican. Say ‘hola’ to fabulous flavour!
This weekend is the 7th annual Stratford Garlic Festival, why not visit them after a visit to our market? You might see a few familiar faces! Here’s a great recipe from Foodland Ontario that celebrates the ‘stinking rose’! Chicken Roasted with 40 Cloves of Garlic
This Wednesday September 11, our ‘Seed to Plate’ project starts. Click here for the awesome project details!
Thanks for shopping at our 100% producer-based farmers’ market and putting a face to your food!
August 30, 2013
The market is bursting with produce at this time of year. I love it that so much local fruit is available; from ever-bearing strawberries to first of the season apples; our market is jam-packed with flavour.
Get your shopping bags ready, it is time to fill them with basil for pesto, tomatoes and peppers for salsa, fruit for jams, beans for pickling, garlic for roasting, and delightfully sweet cherry tomatoes to eat just as they are! For a complete list of who is going to be here this weekend, and all the goodies they will have, please click here!
The Tea Haus is sampling Fruit Explosion AND Mango iced tea this week.
Coffee lovers know to stop by Hasbeans for their coffee of the week, this week it’s Bolivia! Classic.
It’s hard to resist the beauty at our market these days, those lovely eggplants, all shiny and purple, the speckled and burgundy beans, ripe and gorgeous tomatoes, giant juicy blackberries; everything practically glows with gorgeousness. Right up there are the sunflowers and glads at our Thursday market. They practically hypnotize you with their magnificence. Or maybe that’s just me!
Even the humble not so pretty produce has a load of inner-beauty! I’m talking flavor packed tomatillos, potatoes – nothing is better than a freshly dug spud, and the massive quantity of zucchini available; maybe nothing special to look at, but when sautéed, grilled, or even baked in a muffin or a cake – it certainly surpasses its unassuming exterior.
Our Brescia student volunteers will be sampling for the last time this market season! Make sure to stop by sampling table for a taste of seasonal tomatillo salad. get the recipe here!
Teresa DaCosta is back with her lovely bracelets. Check out her Facebook page for great pictures of her jewellery.
Back to School!
The Covent Garden Farmers’ Market is going back to school! That’s right, we are collaborating with London Community Resource Centre and Growing Chefs Ontario on a pilot project to increase accessibility to and understanding of fresh, healthy, and local fresh-from-the-farm food for school age children, their parents, and the community at large.
We are piloting this project at University Heights Public School in September 2013. The project involves setting up a farmers’ market at the school, education in the classroom provided by Growing Chefs Ontario, and finally an outdoor garden classroom, provided by LCRC.
The market runs Wednesdays, September 11 to October 9, 3:30-6:30 pm right behind University Heights Public School, which is located at 27 Ford Crescent. The market is open to the entire community, including Western students and faculty, the school is very close to the University, a short walk from Althouse College and Brescia College.
This project has been made possible through the generous support of TD Friends of the Environment, Turf Pro Landscaping, Middlesex London Health Unit, Slow Food London, the City of London, Thames Valley District School Board, Covent Garden Market, London Community Resource Centre, and Growing Chefs Ontario.
Thanks for shopping at our farmers’ market!
August 23, 2013
Let’s put an Italian twist on our fresh local produce!
This weekend as you are shopping the market for some juicy field tomatoes, and other fabulous local produce, why not think Italian when you are putting your meal together! Here are some ideas:
How about Panzanella salad? This is a bread salad made with fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, and vinegar. I like putting in some local garlic as well!
Pasta is always an easy and quick dinner—why not give it some Italian flair? Here’s a great recipe for Tuscan-style pasta.
Everybody loves pizza, why not make it on the barbecue this weekend, topped with Classic Basil Pesto, grilled eggplant and zucchini, and a generous handful of Italian mozzarella.
I still have delicious memories of an incredible apple and almond cake that we had a few years ago while on holiday in Vinci, Italy. Good news, McClymont Century Orchards is back at our market this week, starting the local apple season off with Paula Reds.
Have a great time eating local AND Italian this weekend! To find out which or our vendors has what, please click here!
Hasbeans coffee of the week is Papua New Guinea. Stop by their sample table for a taste! Craving an Italian take on your coffee? Just pop inside the market for an espresso or latte!
The BBQ will be sizzling at about 10:30 with Field Gate Organic sliders .
Antony John will be singing his Italian-for-a-day heart out 10:30-12:30.
Teresa DaCosta is back this week with her gorgeous bracelets.
Thanks for shopping at our awesome super-local-with-International-flair farmers’ market!