Vancouver is Hot this summer – I mean really hot! I’m not complaining per say, but I have to admit I’m on the verge of melting. I blame it on my fair Swedish ancestry; we were made for cold winds and long winters, not scorching desert conditions!
So while my pals are spending the day toasting themselves on the beach, I’ve found some less freckle-inducing activities to engage in.
It involves two of my favorite things to do: cooking and visiting farmers markets. The market is the ideal place to spend limited amounts of time in direct sunlight and ample amounts of time sitting in the shade eating fresh produce and people-watching.
There is something so comforting about a bustling farmer’s market. Proud vendors carefully arrange their eatable masterpieces; local residents circle the market with hopeful eyes. It provides me with a sense of community in a society that is so individualistic and often so isolating. It’s very difficult to attend a farmer’s market without engaging in a discussion about the fresh food you are about to enjoy. That’s a huge reason why I love farmer’s markets – it’s a hub for community building.
It’s also a great place to eat!
The summer season’s harvest is bountiful, so attending your local market this month would be well advised. Below is a list of my favorite markets in the Metro Vancouver area. Also, a recipe for my favorite fruit of the week- The Peach.
Trout Lake Market, Lakewood Drive and 13th avenue.
One of the oldest Eastvan farmer’s markets, Trout Lake often carries some of the best heirloom tomatoes. This market offers a lot more than just fresh produce – it’s an interactive community hub! Food trucks, kids’ activities and live music.
*Best choice for local produce, artisanal cheeses, meats and seafood.
Every Saturday 9am- 2pm
The Yaletown Market, 1200 Mainland Street.
Vancouver’s own ‘urban’ market, the Yaletown market is the only market that sits right in city space. A portion of Mainland street is shut down every Thursday to host this trendy market. It’s a relatively new market, so their produce is not as extensive as Trout Lake’s or UBC’s, but it does provide a European feel to market shopping.
* Best choice for open-air eateries, artisanal products.
Every Thursday 2p.m- 6p.m
Want to visit a farm? The U.B.C farm is a great place to check out if you want to further explore local agriculture. They also have volunteer programs, where folks of all ages can volunteer to educate children about farming practice.
Of course, Granville Island Market is always a great place to be. I did not include it on my list, as it is not a true farmer’s market. Though they do host some fun events for folks of all ages during the summer!
Featured fruit: The Peach. July-August is Peach season, these juicy fruits are perfect for dry-hot summer days.
What you will need:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 cup sliced peaches (fresh!)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup Milk or non-sweet almond milk
- 3 tablespoons butter or Earth Balance vegetable spread
Heat oven to 400F. Mix 1/2 cup sugar, the cornstarch and cinnamon in a 2-quart saucepan. Stir in the peaches and lemon juice. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir for one minute. Pour into an ungreased 2-quart casserole.
Mix together the rest of the dry ingredients, and then cut in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in milk. Drop dough by six spoonful’s (to fully cover peach mixture) onto hot peaches. Bake until topping is golden brown – about 25-30 minutes.