Hi Ho Hi Ho to Duncan Farmer’s Market I Did Go

A Perfect Day For a Trip to Duncan Farmer’s Market

Nothing beats a sunny May Saturday outing to the Duncan Farmer’s Market. So many people, so many goodies and so many smiles. Plus, I finally met Farmer Abe!

Bought those Providence Farm veggies (can’t remember what they are called anybody?). Used them in a stir fry as suggested and wow were they nummy. Speaking of nummy…see those baby potatoes from Katie Farm, they were darned nummy in our tummies too.  What a wonderful young lady selling healthy sweets…Robert says that the orange-cranberry loaf was amazing too!

Bought some Bacon from Henry & Jones Beef at the Duncan Farmer's Market
Where’s the Beef?

Guess what I did with the freshly made that morning corn tortillas? Stuffed them with tomatoes, Henry & Jones bacon and lettuce from Katie Farm.

My daughter said the BLTs were absolutely scrumptious.

When we lived in the Eastern Townships (Quebec) we only ate farm fresh meat. I had forgotten what a difference grass fed makes and that the only thing better than bacon, is fresh local bacon.

 

Fall 2014 Duncan Farmer's Market
Fall 2014 Duncan Farmer’s Market

Looking back I see my last trip to the Duncan Farmer’s Market that I wrote about was a rainy one. Going on a fall day is fun in a certain kind of way (especially holding a fresh brewed coffee) but going on a sunshine, flower filled spring day one ups it for sure 😉

Wasn’t even intentional, capturing two different seasons at the Duncan Farmer’s Market, just worked out that way. I’m sure glad that it did.  Spring flowers may beat out falling leaves, but look at the colourful fall produce.

Attending the Duncan Farmer’s Market is just like any other local shopping spree for me…I love to visit with the people as much as I love to look at (and buy) their goods. Have you ever noticed that everyone has interesting stories to tell? I have, and that’s why I like talking to every single vendor there. I sincerely like learning about the person and what they do.

In other words each stop at each booth takes quite a bit of time and I never seem to get as far as I hope to. I mean, sure I usually make it all the way through from one end and back, but I don’t get to stop for as many chats as I’d like and I run out of money sooner than I’d originally planned 😉

Speaking of running out of money, I did notice that more of the vendors now take Square as payment. Nice!

I’ve decided from now on I will alternate which end of the Duncan Farmer’s Market I start at each time.

 

 

 

 

Locally Owned

Shop Cowichan Challenge #ILoveCowichan

and Locally Made Bliss…

Wow! April is gone poof, just like that. Now we’re officially half way through May.

Ever notice how May in the Cowichan Valley looks more like mid summer across the rest of Canada? So happy we live in the warm land.

Container garden strawberries herbsMy Kale is growing, strawberry plant is budding and my roses are blooming.

Never underestimate the healing power of digging in the dirt with your hands or the joy of eating something that you’ve grown yourself from a seed.

This wasn’t exactly where I was originally headed, but come to think of it my sister’s flowers are most definitely a beautiful bounty of locally owned bliss. I’ll just let the pictures do the talking…

Anyway, where was I? Right, Wednesday and Friday after school the girls and I like to explore locally owned businesses.

We call it treasure hunting. Sometimes we hunt for hidden treasures that we’ve never found before, other times we head to a favourite spot for some locally made bliss.

Wednesday we visited a place that’s  near and dear to our hearts and tummies. We stopped to grab a treat at a cute little locally owned bakery in Duncan.  It’s almost torture following our own rule of one treat each. This visit we picked an eclair, a cream horn, a custard doughnut and a chocolate covered banana. I had fruit 😉 They all looked AMAZING!

  • Rated as to die for BLISSFUL: the eclair and cream horn
  • Rated as interesting the banana I liked it but didn’t love it
  • Rated as pretty good after brushing some of the sugar off the custard doughnut (was apparently a bit too sweet)

 

We’ve purchased many birthday cakes from Westfalian Bakery.  Every single one was rated as BLISSFUL.

Locally Owned…

Westfalian Bakery on Urbanspoon

 

Take care!

Shelley

PS- Remember to shop local…support your community, your neighbours & your friends.