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It’s Seedy Saturday time all across the region!

To eat well, plant well!  Now is the time of the year to dream and plan your garden.  And now is the time of year to get some local seeds at one of a number of Seedy Saturdays in the region.  What is Seedy Saturday?  Seedy Saturdays are buy/trade events for local seeds.  This is where you will find a wide array of locally grown, locally tested seeds that you can trust will give you the best crops for our region.  Using locally grown and in many cases heritage seeds is a fantastic way to preserve seed diversity in our world and try some new (old) varieties of fruits and vegetables that you might not find anywhere else.  And the TASTE IS AMAZING!!  Go check it out!  SAANICH SEEDY SATURDAY (@Haliburton Farm):  Jan 21, 2017, SALTSPRING SEEDY SATURDAY (@Farmer’s Institute, 351 Rainbow Road) Feb 11, 2017. , VICTORIA SEEDY SATURDAY (@Victoria Conference Centre):  Feb 18, 2017, SOOKE SEEDY SATURDAY (@Sooke Community Centre) Feb 25, 2017, COOBLE HILL SEEDY SATURDAY  Mar 11, 2017, DUNCAN SEEDY SUNDAY (@Cowichan Tribes) Mar 19, 2017

Island FarmFresh Guide 2016 hot off the press!

The FREE 2016 Island FarmFresh Guide is hot off the press and a must-have for savouring the region! Covering the Saanich Peninsula, Western Communities, Salt Spring Island and the Cowichan Valley, the guide provides information on farms, wineries/cideries/distilleries, markets and food producers/artisans.  With its easy-to-use farm index, product listing table, and availability chart, you will have everything you need to eat locally yearround!  FREE copies of the guide can be found at most grocery stores, community centres, libraries and farmer’ markets throughout the region.  Click here for a full listings of venues.

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North Saanich Farm Market Hosts Pit Cooks!

The North Saanich Farm Market is pleased to host a Traditional (and Contemporary!) Foods Pit Cook at the North Saanich Farm Market on Saturday, September 21.  “There is no better example of food security and careful husbanding of resources than can be found among the First Nations people.  We’re thrilled to have the participation of Elders and other members of three local Coast Salish tribes: John Bradley (JB) Williams and Earl Claxton Jr. (Tsawout) will contribute storytelling and oral traditions, and the barbequing of salmon and clams;  members of the Tseycum nation, including the new chief, Vern Jacks, will contribute venison for the cook, and traditional local history and name places; Brenda Beckwith will be making bannock.”

The special market event will include 3 fire pits:

  • A Traditional Pit assembled and started the night before (Friday) to cook venison and camas bulbs for about 16 hours (monitored throughout the night by experienced UVic students who will have hoses and fire extinguishers at hand)
  • A Contemporary Food Pit assembled and started first thing Saturday morning (about 8:30-9:30, when the market opens) to cook local root vegetables (beets, potatoes, onions, garlic, squash…) for approximately 4 hours
  • An open fire in a shallow pit to barbeque salmon, clams, etc., as well as the bannock.

All the pits will be opened and the food served after the market closes for the day, between 12:30 and 1:30 pm. During the market, there will be storytelling, oral traditions and local history, Community map-making, a seminar on cordage making (with nettle and cattail) and more. Participation in all of the above, including sampling the food when the pits are opened, is by donation. The event is supported in part by a grant from VanCity.

www.northsaanichfarmmarket.ca

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Last Sidney Market tonight, others continue on…

Sidney Street Market
Thursday, August 29, 5:30-8:30pm – final market of the season tonight
“Well there all you faithful market goers …. this is our last week and we would like to take this opportunity to tell you what a pleasure it has been! Our weather goddess has quite the task today to make it the perfect evening but she’s going to give it her best try! See you tonight in Sidney by the Sea!” www.facebook.com/SidneyStreetMarket

North Saanich Farm Market
Saturday, August 31, 9:30am – 12:30pm
A great dinner starts at the North Saanich Farm Market! Late summer, and the market is full to bursting with great food and beautiful crafts.  This week’s music: Water in the Crawl Space. Learning table:  Applied Bio-Nomics – beneficial arthropods (AKA: bugs!) for use in agriculture and horticulture! Market continues until Thanksgiving (October 12). www.northsaanichfarmmarket.ca

Peninsula Country Market
Saturdays, 9:00am – 1:00 pm
No market this week (Saanich Fair) – see you back on the field on Saturday, September 7! Market continues until Thanksgiving (October 12). www.peninsulacountrymarket.ca

 

Market News – August 8

Sidney Street Market
Thursday evening on Beacon Avenue, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
It’s week 11 of the Sidney Street Market.  You’re invited to come out and enjoy this bustling street market.  For the latest news visit the market’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SidneyStreetMarket.  And don’t forget to check out the “Through your Eyes” PHOTO CONTEST. Cash prizes! Look on our market Facebook page under “events” for details!

North Saanich Farm Market  www.northsaanichfarmarket.ca
Saturday mornings at St. John’s United Church (10990 West Saanich Road), 9:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
“Michell’s strawberries are done until they start picking the everbearing at the end of this month, but we’ll have Sweet Yellow and Peaches’n’Cream corn from Silver Rill this week. Tomato season is in full swing, with lots of heirloom and cherry tomatoes.  We’ll have blueberries from Oakwind Farm and The Blueberry Patch at the Community Table.  We’re also in the most productive time in local gardens: sweet basil, summer squash (yellow and green zucchinis, pattypans), new potatoes, fresh greens (mixed salad, lettuces, kales), beans and beets, crafts, preserves and baking; beautiful flowers; frozen, locally-caught fish, local organic meat and poultry products and eggs; live music and vendors old and new!” Music by The Bald Eagles

Peninsula Country Market  www.peninsulacountrymarket.ca
Saturday mornings at the Saanich Fairground (1528 Stelly’s Cross Road), 9:00 a.m.– 10:00 p.m.
The market is busting out, with over 60 vendors every week. Lots of farm fresh veggies and berries.  Sluggett Farms is at the market selling fresh-picked corn from fields a short 5 minute drive away. A great market venue to sit and chat with your neighbours over locally-roasted coffee and fresh baked treats. August 17 is Saanichton Family Days Festival at the Market – bouncy castles, games, prizes for kids and a visit from Farmer Vicki and Daisy the Cow (Island Farms)! Music this week: Bill Johnson Blues.

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Market News – August 1

Suntrio Farm at the Sidney Street Market

Sidney Street Market
Thursday evening on Beacon Avenue, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. It’s week 10 of the Sidney Street Market!  You’re invited to come out and enjoy all this bustling street market!  Check out the “Through your Eyes” PHOTO CONTEST. Cash prizes! Look on our market Facebook page under “events” for details!  https://www.facebook.com/events/638158889528908/

North Saanich Farm Market   www.northsaanichfarmarket.ca
Saturday mornings at St. John’s United Church (10990 West Saanich Road), 9:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
Sweet Yellow and Peaches’n’Cream corn from Silver Rill Corn.  Tomato season is starting, with heirloom and cherry tomatoes available this week.  Blueberries from Oakwind Farm and The Blueberry Patch, and strawberries from Michell Farms at the Community Table.  And of course, lots more…  The Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners will be joining us this week for a demo of this beautiful craft.  New Product: Chanterelle mushrooms, nettle tea and seaweed from Haida Gwaii (Wild Coast Edibles) at the Community Table! Music by Paul Foster

Peninsula Country Market  www.peninsulacountrymarket.ca
Saturday mornings at the Saanich Fairground (1528 Stelly’s Cross Road), 9:00 a.m.– 10:00 p.m.
The market is busting out, with over 60 vendors every week Lots of farm fresh veggies and berries. Sluggett Farms is now at the market selling fresh-picked corn from fields a short 5 minute drive away.  A great market venue to sit and chat with your neighbours over locally-roasted coffee and fresh baked treats.  Music this week by Eric Roberts.  Barnsgate Farm makes its initial visit to the Market this year (garlic), sharing table space with a new vendor selling a new product – Zia’s Anti-Pasto. Teabody Soaps is also making its first market appearance of the season. Meanwhile, the market is busy preparing for Central Saanich Family Day on August 17… stay tuned!