Farmers’ Market Week (3-10 August) is 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.
Dave and Josephine McPherson
Truro market agents for Petite Riviere Vineyards
1) What is your local farmers’ market and what do you most love about it?
Truro Farmers Market is not so much a shopping event as much as it is a social event. The locals are so friendly, the vendors all support and promote each other.
2) What is your favourite thing to grow/cook and why?
Tomatoes. Easy to grow, easy to sauce, and they can be served with anything. But here’s the question: is it a fruit or a veggie?
3) What three ingredients would you take to a desert island?
1. White wine to go with the shell fish we will take from the sea; 2. Red wine to go with the venison we will hunt; 3. Each other to enjoy the experience.
4) What is your greatest food inspiration (i.e. person, place, meal)?
Cheese, no question. There’s fantastic variety, and unlimited opportunity to use it, whatever the meal or event. Change the cheese and you change the meal. Blend cheeses to change the meal. Set vacation destinations to find new cheeses. (Note: You could easily replace the word ‘cheese’ with the word ‘wine’ here. Change the wine and you change the meal.)
5) What is your favourite seasonal ingredient? What do you like to do with it?
New potatoes, roasted with rosemary and olive oil, served with lamb, or Alberta beef steak and fresh roasted green beans with toasted almonds.