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.
1) What is your local farmers’ market and what do you most love about it?
Our local farmers’ market is Wolfville. What we love most about it is the great community we serve. Every market day is filled with meeting friends.
2) What is your favourite thing to grow/cook and why?
I love preparing pesto because it is so versatile. Including a few basic ingredients leaves the door wide open for great creativity. It’s also great that it can be frozen because then throughout the year you get to enjoy, all over again, that fabulous burst of the season! What a wonderful way to relive the summer.
3) As a child, which foods/veggies did you avoid? And now?
Apparently there wasn’t much I didn’t like as a child. I was a round little child who was a pleasure to feed. My mom loved to tell the story of how when I was 2 or so I had the mumps. She had prepared a dish of cut-up apples for me that were clearly more tart than she had anticipated. The taste was probably made worse by the mumps, but lo and behold, I sat and ate every last one with the funniest, sour-looking face. Today I am not so fond of sour things… hmmm.
4) What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
Great coffee aside, I am not a big breakfast person but the first thing I ate about mid-day was crushed raspberries with ground flax and a bit of hot lemon water.
5) What is your greatest food inspiration (i.e. person, place, meal)?
My greatest food inspiration has to be a bountiful garden. What can be more inspiring that a space full of fresh produce, perfectly ripe and ready to pluck? Well, of course, a kitchen with great knives to prepare them!!!!