Monday, July 31, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 31, 2017

Little Quail Ridge Orchards
Dhillon and Sukh of Little Quail Ridge Orchards in Oliver, BC, have been farming a 28-acre orchard for over 15 years – and they’ve been selling their fruit at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market for many of those years. They only sell what they grow and rely on all of us who shop at farmers’ markets to support their families as they don’t sell to packing plants.

Swift Current & District Farmers’ Market profiled Little Quail Ridge Orchards on their Facebook page recently and provided the following information: “Sukh moves to Saskatoon for 3-4 months in the summer to manage the sales there and Dhillon drives their refrigerated semi every week from Oliver supplying Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Swift Current with the freshest fruit possible.” Dhillon’s wife, Parvinder, minds the orchard while he is on the road.

There is currently a second fruit vendor at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, but a lot of their fruit is sourced from other farms.

If you want to support a farmer rather than a third-party reseller, I encourage you to purchase your summer fruit from Little Quail Ridge Orchards. Little Quail Ridge Orchards is at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on Saturdays and at Toad Lane Farmers’ Market on Thursday afternoons.

Vegetarian & Vegan Catering 
 Congratulations to Chef Jenni who has launched a new chapter in her business – all vegetarian and vegan catering. Chef Jenni has always been a great promoter of local food that is good, clean, and fair. I’m delighted that she has taken this step and wish her all the best. She’s off to a good start, catering three vegetarian weddings in September.

You can also find Chef Jenni at SaskMade Marketplace where she is the new Assistant Manager.

Cold Brew Coffee 
Dusty Plains Coffee Co. is expanding Saskatoon’s coffee options with a cold-brew coffee made using beans roasted by 33 1/3 Coffee Roasters out of Regina. Their cold-brew concentrate is available at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market.

YXE Eats, Sept. 6-10 
Riversdale is hosting the third annual YXE Eats from Sept. 6-10. Register now for a Black Fox Farm Tour & Tasting, Lovin Lentils with Chef Jenni, Mustard Madness with Scott Dicks, and a Progressive Lunch or Dinner.

Temperance Brewing Co-operative 
Temperance Brewing Co-operative’s beers are now on tap at Silver’s Local Market.

Haskap Berries
When I’m in Victoria, I make a point of purchasing Tree Island Yogurt, grass-fed artisan yogurt produced in the Comox Valley. I was especially pleased to discover that they were producing a special edition of Haskap Berry yogurt – with berries from Northern Light Orchards in Saskatchewan!

Cheap Food 
“Is it time to rename fast food? Does “fast” adequately represent the core appeal of this kind of food? . . . while it sometimes matters that fast food is fast (quick, easy, convenient), what really matters is that it’s cheap. . . . Fast food denotes automatic judgment and stereotyping of the consumers – it becomes their fault for choosing fast over quality. By contrast, cheap food tells a fuller (fairer) story and one that at least acknowledges a harsh economic truth – this type of food (fast, junk, but above all cheap) could be all that broke, harassed people can afford.”

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events. 

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cjv said...

Is the second fruit vendor formally part of the market - I thought their smaller level wholesaler was why they are located where they are?

Penny McKinlay said...

I have deleted an earlier comment I made as I found out it was incorrect. Here is what I believe is happening to the best of my understanding. Steve and Dan's BC Fresh Fruit has been formally accepted as a market vendor. Both they and Little Quail Ridge Orchards are currently attending the Saturday and Sunday markets. However, the place on Market Square that Little Quail Ridge Orchards has occupied for a number of years has been given to Steve and Dan's BC Fresh Fruit and Little Quail has been moved to an outlying location. This strikes me as highly unusual to move a long-standing vendor and give their spot to a brand-new competitor.

MD said...

If I may clear something up. Sukh attends three markets a week with the Saskatoon Farmers' Market. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Steve and Dan's attends Saturday and Sunday. Sukh was NOT displaced to make room for the new vendors. There was some miscommunication and all has been straightened out. There seems to be a lot of rumours flying around about Steve and Dan and I think we need to be careful of spreading rumours that may not be entirely true. Has anyone talked to them or the market manager for any clarification. I am not defending either or promoting either. I just think people need to know all the facts before jumping on a bandwagon. Both vendors have a place at the market right now. Which one you purchase from is your choice.