One of my recent buy local adventures was a tad chilly, a bit rainy and a whole lot of fun. I finally made it to the Downtown Duncan Farmer’s Market.
Which meant of course. the first thing I had to do was grab a coffee. Truth be told, it’s the first thing I do regardless of the weather; ALWAYS.
Can’t remember if I had the Dragon’s Tooth blend, the Bulldog Bite or maybe it was the South Seas Serenade, but the coffee really hit the spot. I didn’t catch his name, but the conversation sure was lively. The product motto is a pretty good indicator of his personality… “Beans so Fresh They Ought to be Slapped.”
Great coffee, great conversation and some useful advice ” Warm your mug with hot water just prior to pouring your coffee into it and your coffee will stay hot longer”.
While I was enjoying my coffee the stand right across from me caught my attention.
RAWkolates, hmm had no idea what it meant, but the display looked interesting and I was pretty sure I saw some samples. I poked around for a minute or two while Vida (she introduced herself soon after) finished up with some customers.
Vida quite patiently (I say patiently because I asked a lot of questions) explained what RAWkolates are and that she makes them all by hand.
RAWkolates are handmade raw vegan fair trade organic dark cacao bars & squares. Her treats contain absolutely no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy, no soy, no sulphites, no GMOs nor wax.
I was a bit hesitant when she offered me a sample, but I have to admit it was a really good. Just the right amount of sweet. Vida is a Holistic Nutritionist & Raw Food Chef who lives in Nanaimo. She is Island born and raised. She grows her own food, creates in the kitchen and even builds her own furniture from recycled wood pallets.
RAWkolates are also available in Duncan at Chari-Teas
Just two vendors into my buy local Saturday adventure and it was pretty clear. People who sell at the market are extremely passionate about what they do and they have some pretty interesting stories to share.
Ummm, that and judging by the number of questions I ask it’s going to take me way more than just one Saturday to get through the entire market.