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Turkish Delight with Lale Sahlan

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.

laleLale Sahlan
Lale’s Kitchen
West Porters Lake, Nova Scotia

1) What is your local farmers’ market and what do you most love about it?
At the Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers Market everyone tries hard to give their best and it’s like a family now. Our customers are like guests in our homes. Since we are a small community, people recognize me when I’m shopping around and it’s a warming feeling to be known by your community. Professionally, I’m a retired university lecturer and I enjoy doing something quite different from my expertise. It’s a great experience.

2) What is your favourite thing to grow/cook and why?
I specialize in Turkish cuisine and heart-friendly vegetarian dishes mostly cooked in olive oil, which are a regular part of the Mediterranean diet. Every week I’m excited to make something different to bring to the market. When our visitors taste it and like it, it’s wonderful.

3) What one ingredient/food would you eat for breakfast, lunch and supper?
I could eat my boreks any time. They are savoury pastries and I have them filled with spinach and feta, mushroom and potato, zucchini and feta, or feta and shredded cheddar.

4) What is your greatest food inspiration (i.e. person, place, meal)?
My native country, Turkey, is my food inspiration. Turkish cuisine is well known and has lots of flavours that my customers seem to love.

5) What is your favourite seasonal ingredient? What do you like to do with it?
I like eggplants – especially fried eggplants in tomato sauce. Another ingredient I love is oregano. I use it as much as possible.

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