Farmers’ markets across Nova Scotia are celebrating the second annual Farmers’ Market Week (3-10 August) – the only event of its kind in Canada. The festivities highlight the wonderful fresh food, artisan products and local crafts available at more than 40 markets province-wide. Rustik Magazine has teamed up with Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia to profile some of the vendors and producers that make up Nova Scotia’s vibrant markets.
1) What is your local farmers’ market and what do you love most about it?
My favourite farmers’ market is Historic Farmers’ Market on Lower Water Street, Halifax. It’s the oldest farmers’ market and one can experience the ambiance of the old Alexander Keith’s Brewery. It’s small but has a wide variety of products to choose from.
2) What is your favourite thing to grow/cook and why?
My favourite food to cook with is tofu because it’s so versatile (and I like variety). Tofu can be made into a salad (curried tofu salad), entreé (tofu loaf) or dessert (chocolate mousse); it can be eaten at breakfast (smoothie, tofu scramble), lunch (tofu veggie wrap), dinner (chili) or snack (tofu jerky).
3) How did you get into your line of work? Any advice for someone just starting out?
Tofu making began as a hobby and became a passion for me. If you have a passion for the product you’re producing it helps to get through the tough times.
4) Do you have a favourite celebrity chef and what do you like about them?
My favourite celebrity chef is Michael Smith of Prince Edward Island. He encourages people to experiment rather than strictly following a recipe. And he provides interesting basic information about international flavour combinations.
5) Favourite Nova Scotia recipe?
My favourite Nova Scotia recipe is Hodge Podge. I love the new summer vegetables in a chowder of cream and butter. Decadent!