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 Bar / Recipes February 27, 2020 Kuma Bitters For those who can’t be bothered to finesse and monitor the blending process of the three-jar method written about in March| April’s Bar 101, here ... Read More Food News October 1, 2019 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale Rancho Vignola – New Crop Nuts & Dried Fruit is hosting its annual Vancouver Island Harvest Sale on November 29th and 30th at ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Dessert / Recipes / Sponsored February 26, 2018 DIY Blueberry & Lemon Curd Shortcakes in a Jar Are you in need of some inspiration? Foods in a jar just seem to taste better, after all we do eat with our eyes first. A Do-It-Yourself Blueberry ... Read More Comments are closed.