Farmers' Market Highlight | Your Holiday Feast Shopping List

This holiday season we challenge you to make yours A Very Local Holiday- right down to the eggs in your shortbread cookies! We have made up a Holiday Feast Shopping List to show you how easy it is to source all your ingredients locally this December. (Check out our “Indoor Vendors” Page to find information about your favourite vendors, when they will be with us, and to get in touch for pre-orders!)

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Recipe Highlight | Vegetarian Burrito Bowls

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This recipe is quick, simple and fully customizable based on what you have in your fridge and cupboards! Sometimes simple is best, especially when the toppings are varied and fresh. And don’t forget about all that preserving you did in the summer time! Pull out a couple items out of your winter stock pile to bring some of those summer memories to your bowl.
Serves 4.

Ingredients:
3 cups cooked rice
1 bell pepper sliced (Available from Shirley’s Greenhouse)
1 onion sliced (Available from Shirley’s Greenhouse)
handful of mushrooms (see The Apple Lady at market for BC foraged mushrooms this winter)
1 jalapeno chopped (Available from Shirley’s Greenhouse)
2 avocados cut in half
1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half (Available from Shirley’s Greenhouse)
1 cup corn (off the cob and frozen from the summer is best!)
1 can black or kidney beans rinsed
1 large sweet potato cubed
1/2 c cilantro chopped
Sour cream or greek yoghurt
Salsa
Hot sauce

1. Roast the sweet potato in the oven for 25-30 mins at 400 degrees F or until soft
2. Saute the pepper, onion and mushrooms together over medium-high heat until soft and onions translucent
3. The rest of the ingredients can be served fresh. This meal is most fun served DIY style! Serve rice in bowls, and put out all toppings and condiments for eaters to build their custom veggie burrito bowl!

Recipe Highlight | Turnip Puff

This recipe comes from a Sunnyside resident who says "Turnips suck, but this puff makes them taste so good!" We don't necessarily agree with the first half of that statement, but she is definitely right about the second part! This turnip puff acts as a great side dish and makes 6 servings.

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Ingredients:
6 cups cubed turnips
2 tbsp. butter
2 eggs, beaten
3 tbsp. flour
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup fine breat drumbs
2 tbsp. melted butter

  1. Boil turnip to cook until tender- drain and mash.

  2. Add butter and eggs- beat well.

  3. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add turnip mash and stir until combined.

  4. Butter a casserole dish and add mixture.

  5. Combine crumbs and butter- sprinkle on top.

  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until lightly browned on top.

Market Highlight | Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

  An example of a large family share from on our of local CSA programs (minus the popcorn and honey!)

An example of a large family share from on our of local CSA programs (minus the popcorn and honey!)

If you like to support local, you may have already heard of Community Supported Agriculture programs. These programs are popping up all across Canada and provide a great way for you to connect with your farmer. 

Community Supported Agriculture is based on a shared risk strategy. As a consumer, you buy into a CSA program with a specific farm or organization at the beginning of the season. This lump sum of fiscal capital allows the Farmer to purchase required inputs, equipment etc. You then pick up a weekly or bi-weekly box of produce from that farm. By pre-purchasing your vegetables and fruit, you agree to share the risks of the agriculture industry with your Farmer. 

The agriculture industry is a very volatile one; disease, extreme weather events, high cost of production and more can severely impact a farm's ability to produce. Regardless of these risks, at market, and wholesale prices do not change to compensate for a poor yield. CSA programs help to mitigate this risk and ensure that the Farmer gets paid a proper wage for their hard work. 

There is a wide range of CSA models- from a standard box of available vegetables, to ones with a bit more choice allowing you to select certain products you prefer. Regardless of the model, these programs allow you to access high quality, local products on a weekly basis with minimal effort. This is a great choice for households of all sizes as many farms now offer small and large box options. 

CSA's are a flexible, convenient way to support your local producers and GET TO KNOW YOUR GROWER!

There are currently three CSA programs operating out of the Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers' Market for the indoor season. Explore the links below and choose a farm or model that works best for you and your family! 

YYC Growers
https://www.yycgrowers.com/yyc-metro-growers/calgarys-most-local-csa/summer-harvest-box-csa/

Eagle Creek
https://www.eaglecreekfarms.ca/?page_id=1277

Noble Gardens
https://www.noblegardenscsa.com/new-share-program-2018.html