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Juices and Jams with Emilia Williams

Farmers’ markets across Nova Scotia are hosting the second annual Farmers’ Market Week (3-10 August) – the only celebration 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.

emilias-smoothiesEmilia Williams
Emilia’s Smoothies
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
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1) What is your local farmers’ market and what do you most love about it?
I’m a vendor at two markets in southern Nova Scotia: Yarmouth and the Argyle Farmers’ and Artisanal Market in Tusket, where I sell smoothies, preserves and a natural Plantain Healing Cream. We’re in an historical building in Yarmouth and in a tent in Tusket, but the joie de vivre is contagious at both locations.

2) What is your favourite thing to grow/cook and why?
My favorite thing to grow is GARLIC. It is first and foremost a medicinal tool that should be hanging in everyone’s kitchen. It adds a distinct flavour to everything from soup to stew to roasts. The garlic scape pesto I make is an excellent seller at the market and a fabulous addition to pastas, soups, omelets, pizzas, baked potatoes, potato salads and more!

3) What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
At home, every morning, a fruit smoothie is in order – today’s smoothie was made of banana, grapes, blueberries, psyllium, chia seeds and cranberry juice. We also had cheese and almonds to complete our breakfast.

emilias-plantain-cream4) How did you get into your line of work? Any advice for someone just starting out?
My creative side helped me choose the variety of products I offer, and the endless combinations of smoothies or types of preserves will keep me busy for a while. Nature presented me an herb (plantain) that has been used medicinally since the 14th century. I have a passion for anything natural. To anyone who would like to venture into this type of business I say: be passionate about your product!

5) Favourite Nova Scotia recipe?
Seafood chowder (though I have not yet tried it with garlic!)

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