Written By Guest Writer Edibles / Sustainability Nov 18, 2011 Winter Markets and Local Produce SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestA Share Organics box of fresh winter vegetables. Photo by Jason BishopThe weather prognosticators are warning that we can expect a long cold winter. This brings to mind a foreboding image of barren fields, ice streaked roads, and grocery stores stocked with Chilean vegetables and California fruits. The end of autumn and summer produce would not be so intolerable, if the sweet taste of local tomatoes didn’t still linger on the tip of my tongue. Yet, this need not be the winter of our culinary discontent. The summer Farmers’ Markets have passed, but this doesn’t require a return to large scale grocery stores and produce picked unripe thousands of miles away. The island’s exceptional farmers are continuing to farm beautiful produce that will be available to us throughout the winter. The Victoria Downtown Public Market Society is offering Saturday winter markets in Market Square twice a month through March. They will feature live music and more than twenty vendors, including familiar faces like Haliburton Farms, Sun Trio Farm, and B-red Bakery. Embrace what they are growing and incorporate local leeks, chard, and kale into your winter diet. If Saturday isn’t convenient for you, then Share Organics has a solution: organic and locally sourced produce that is a mere mouse click away from being delivered to your doorstep. Their easily navigable website makes shopping simple and allows you to trace your produce back to its source. You can determine which of their produce boxes works best for you, browse their ever-expanding additional products, skip a week when you’re away, and check their recipe database for ideas on what to cook. Share Organics are intent on fostering long term relationships with farmers and having a positive impact on our food security. Included in their most recent ‘Local Box’ were bunched carrots from Wyndlow Farms, Red Juri squash from Madrona Farm, bunched local turnips, leeks and pak choy from Saanich Organic, and salad mix from Dragonfly Farms. In Vancouver the Winter Farmers Market takes place Saturdays from November 5, 2011 – April 28, 2011. Times are 10am – 2pm each week (closed December 24 & 31). East Parking Lot of Nat Bailey Stadium – 30th & Ontario Street Purchasing local throughout the winter allows our farmers the benefit of knowing that they can rely on income year round. This simple act helps each of us ensure the growth and sustainability of local produce. By continuing to buy and use local produce throughout the winter, we commit to the idea that we value the work local farmers are doing and the opportunity to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables. Most importantly, we ensure that our winter table will remain warm with deeply satisfying cuisine.– By Jason Bishop The website for the Victoria Downtown Public Market Society is: http://victoriapublicmarket.com/And the website for Share Organics is: http://www.shareorganics.bc.ca/Vancouver Winter Farmers Market Edibleslocalmarketswinter SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Food / Recipes October 25, 2021 Sopa Paella Try the iconic Valencian dish as a hearty fall soup brimming with seafood and chorizo. We were going through a heat wave in Victoria when I ... Read More Food / Recipes October 25, 2021 It’s a Pancake Day! That crisp edge in the fall air stirs up a craving for comfort that sometimes only a stack of hot pancakes can deliver. So get your cast-iron pan ... Read More Breads / Food / How to Cook / Recipes July 13, 2021 Rosemary and Feta Potato Loaf A delicious homemade bread is always a welcome treat that can really set the mood for a good day. This is an approachable recipe to bring to holiday ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News January 28, 2021 CITY EATS February | March 2021 If you haven’t yet taken advantage of Victoria’s free local delivery program, Downtown Delivers, you have until February 15 to try it ... Read More Food News / Pantry / Review January 28, 2021 Some Like It Hot — A Hot Sauce Tasting Party A Hot Sauce Tasting Party Gillie Easdon gathered 15 local, house-made hot sauces and four brave souls to taste-test them. It was a mid-October, late ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News December 7, 2020 EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide. Not just for the holidays! Bolen Books Flavor by Yotam Ottolenghi ($45.00) Cat’s Meow Trivet ($6.95) Book Seat ... Read More Comments are closed.