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Blog posts : "farmers markets"

Fresh Tomato and Sweet Bell Pepper Salsa

We're well into summer now and it's a great time to eat ripe, fresh veggies raw instead of cooked. This Fresh Tomato & Sweet Bell Pepper Salsa is easy to prepare with no cooking or canning, packed with antioxidents, vitamins and is completely fat-free. The entire ingredients list is in the bowl …

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West coast farm-to-table dining at Radius Food Co.

When I first heard word of the March 2015 opening of Radius Food Company, Central Vancouver Island's newest local restaurant, I was immediately intrigued. It's the kind of fresh, farm-to-table British Columbia cuisine I've been craving, and instead of opening hours away in a Vancouver, Victoria …

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Evolution of a $1 packet of salad seeds

On the very last day of the Qualicum Beach Farmer's Market in late October of 2012, I walked by the Omega Blue Farms booth and noticed a sign saying "All Seeds - $1.00", their end of the year sell-off. Between the price and the potential growing challenge, I couldn't help stopping to investigate.


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Spicy Lime Kale Chips

Kale. For years, known to me only as that weird green cabbage-esque plate garnish, might be edible but why bother?

It turns out all I had to do to fall in love was put it in the oven...

Kale chips are a revelation to almost everyone who tries them. Baking this uber-healthy leaf instantly turns a…

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Alien vegetables are descending into my kitchen: Kohlrabi

I try to visit one of the three local farmer's markets in my area every Saturday (I'd go to more of them, more often if they weren't all at the same damn time!). Although I love those first spring peas and summer's fresh lettuces and zucchini, the market doesn't really start getting exciting until…

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How to save tomato seeds

I came across an heirloom tomato farmer at the Penticton Farmer's Market selling a beautiful variety of heirloom tomatoes grown in the area. I asked him if he had any advice for saving my own seeds and he gave immediately offered me and other market shoppers an impromptu demonstration of how to pr…

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