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The Great Bean Debate with Suzanne Townsend

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.

glendalefarmSuzanne Townsend
Glendale Farm (work in progress)
Glendale, Nova Scotia
Twitter: @Suzy_T2011
Facebook: suzanne.townsend

1) What is your local farmers’ market and what do you most love about it?

The Port Hawkesbury Community Market. I love that Anne Rogal and the local TABLES group (“Take Action, Buy Local, Eat Seasonally”) offers a “mini market” for anyone who has extra produce they want to sell, and the table fee is shared among the vendors. It’s a great way to get the vending experience without having to put together all the infrastructure (signage for example). Other than that, I’m just really happy that there is a successful market in Port Hawkesbury. When I moved here, there was none.

2) What is your favourite thing to grow/cook and why?
String beans have got to be my favourite. They are so trouble-free, so beautiful and varied, so easy to freeze, and keep so well; they are especially delicious in the middle of winter.

3) As a child, which foods/veggies did you avoid? And now?
I never liked lima beans, but that was because they came frozen and were too big and mealy. These days I love fresh young lima beans – with butter, salt and pepper, of course!

4) What one ingredient/food would you eat for breakfast, lunch and supper?
Anything dairy.

5) Favourite Nova Scotia recipe?
Fish chowder, and fish cakes. Not the ones offered by the restaurants but the homemade ones that are winners in the annual contests. The simpler the better!

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