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Oh la la! What a great spring this is! The sun is out most days and the warm weather feels like summer! Both of our Good Food Markets are in full bloom and many new volunteers just joined the team, learning and sharing in the gardens.
See you at the market!
With a fistful of sunshine,
Marilou and the Fresh Roots team
Good Food Market
Tues. June 3, 3-6 pm @ David Thompson
Wed. June 4, 3-6 pm @ Van Tech
Available this week at the market:
- Chinese leeks
- Swiss Chard
- Pea Tips
- Mustard Bunch
- Salad Mix
- Baby kale
News from the Fields
Things are growing quickly now – it seems like every day I come to the farms they look different. The fava beans are up to my waist, when they were only up to my knee’s just two weeks ago! Our kale, temporarily put out of commission by wire worms at David Thompson, has been transplanted to VanTech, where it is growing strong. Yay for big bunches of kale returning to market!
We are also starting up our weekly veggie box program this coming week and I’m excited to meet the people I’ll be growing food for each week of this growing season.
In other news, we are half done building our new walk-in cooler! We’re looking forward to finishing that in the next few weeks. Lots happening right now to get fresh produce from the fields to hungry people’s plates!
Want to get your hands dirty? Join us for a work party at Queen Alexandra Elementary School Garden on June 14th, 10am to 3 pm.
Recipe of the Week: Oven Baked Balsamic Swiss Chard
Not sure what to do with your Swiss chard? Try this easy recipe for a sweet side dish!
1 bunch of Swiss chard
3 Tbsp of olive oil
1 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar
- Chop Swiss chard; make sure the stems are chopped in smaller pieces.
- Put the Swiss chards on a large piece of aluminium foil.
- Mix the oil and the vinegar together; add to the Swiss chard.
- Seal the aluminium foil.
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 350F.
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Fresh Roots in the News
Fresh Roots was in the Vancouver Courier this past week! Check it out:
An East Vancouver high school has changed the way students learn by starting up its own working schoolyard farm. It’s the first of its kind in Canada.
The 1,000 square metres of garden space at Vancouver Technical secondary school and the weekly market stand opened May 28 to sell the fresh produce, with funds going back into the garden and the school… Read the whole article.