Sunday, September 6, 2015

Trout Lake Farmers' Market, Vancouver

At 20 years of age, the Trout Lake Farmers’ Market is Vancouver’s oldest farmers’ market.

It’s an outdoors-only Saturday market without a permanent location, but it’s very popular and offers a wide variety of fruit, vegetables, cheese, baked goods and more.

It was threatening rain when I visited the market, but the vendors were undaunted by the weather.

There were some really lovely displays of vegetables. Eye candy really does help sell.

Most of the farmers at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market avoid the use of chemicals but are rarely certified organic. By contrast, the majority of the vendors at Trout Lake had biodynamic as well as organic certification.

One vendor was selling both old and new cucumbers. Old cucumbers are used in a Chinese Old Cucumber Soup: “Old cucumber is actually matured cucumber, hence its brown in color, wrinkled and hard skin. My grandma told me that old-cucumber is a cooling food. And we consume it to counter the ‘heat’ in our body. Not only that, it is for our skin and helps prevent aging too.” 

I really enjoyed the Heidi cheese from The Farm House Natural Cheeses, Agassiz.

I've been told that the Culver City vegan salads are very tasty, but I didn't get a chance to try them.

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