Hello Farm Friends!
October is welcoming us with the promise of sun this weekend, so we hope you’ll join us our Harvest Festival Market this Saturday, October 3rd. The schedule for the day includes:
9:00am – 1:00pm: UBC Farm Market, featuring tasty seasonal produce from the UBC Farm and an assortment of other vendors (more details below). Music by local artists The Whites, an acoustic/electric guitar and bass duo featuring unique renditions of jazz standards and personal favorites.
10:00am – 12:30pm: Scarecrow Making and face painting with Friends of the UBC Farm! For scarecrow making, please bring old clothes (or pick some up at a thrift store) and the farm will provide the rest of the supplies. We’ll be serving hot spiced apple cider from Happy Planet for a small donation. Please bring your own mug for apple cider if possible.
11:00am: UBC Farm Tour with Academic Coordinator Andrew Rushmere. Come take a 30 minute tour of the farm and find out about many of the exciting things that are going on here.
For produce this week, we’ll have many of the regulars – beets, carrots, kale, chard & salad mix. Also some red peppers available and late a late harvest of peas. Tomato quantities dropping soon so get them while you can. Also, we’re excited to have our own UBC Farm sweet potatoes back this season – these are the only local sweet potatoes that we know of, and we have a mix of heritage varieties available. They are looking great this season so pick some up, along with your weekly haul of winter squash, including delicata, butternut, festival, acorn, kabocha and Cinderella pumpkins (great for pie – we are in fact just finishing off a pie made from Cinderella pumpkins this afternoon – yum!). And, if you haven’t yet checked them out, we’ve just made a new batch of UBC Farm Photo Cards, featuring many lovely photos from around the farm. They are great for any occasion!
We are also very excited to have local flour available at our market this week! This unique, hard-to-find treat is provided by the Urban Grains CSA. We’ll have flour from triticale grain, which was organically grown in Agassiz and milled in Chilliwack. We’ll have 1 kg bags available for sale and anticipate they’ll go quickly.
We have a GREAT line-up of other vendors this week! Seeds of Plenty is back with fall treats including muffins with golden fall raspberries, pumpkin cookies and pumpkin pie, and cranberry apple and pear cranberry pie. Sue Griese pottery is back in attendance, as is Harvey’s Organic Acres with local organic fruit. Also, Jane’s Honeybees is back at the market with local honey & honey products. NEW this week is local bakery A Bread Affair – check out their description below. And, we are still supplying certified organic, local beef from the Blue Goose Cattle Company – pick up some 1 lb packages of organic ground beef as it will last in your freezer through the winter (ask any of the volunteers or staff to purchase meat). Lastly, we’ll have the 2010 Green Zebra guides (including a coupon for the UBC Farm Market) available tomorrow.
Lots more details below, check them all out, and we’ll see you in the morning!
- Payment information: We greatly prefer cash payments, but will accept personal cheques for purchases over $40. Please note: UBC has recently changed its credit card payment policies and our old imprint machine is now officially obsolete. As a result, we can no longer accept credit card payments at our markets. Apologies for the inconvenience. Sorry, we aren’t able to process Interac transactions. Many vendors only accept cash, so make sure you are prepared for the day!
- Parking: Please park outside the farm gate or along South Campus Road. As parking space is limited, it’s even better if you can carpool, bus, bike or walk to the farm! Please drive carefully along South Campus Road and watch for pedestrians, children and cyclists!
- PlasTax: Inspired by vendors at other farmers’ markets, we charge a 5 cent tax on each plastic produce bag used. (this tax won’t be charged on pre-bagged items). This initiative is an attempt to reduce our consumption of plastic and lessen the ecological footprint of our market. We encourage you to bring your produce bags back and reuse them and let our cashiers know this. Thanks for your support in this effort!
- Bring your own shopping bags! In addition to reusing your produce bags, please make sure to bring your own shopping bags to pack your purchases in and take them home. We will gladly accept donations of clean, used grocery bags to have on hand.
- Eggs: Egg quantities are limited as our hens are in their second year of laying and their production is slowing down. We will continue our limit of one dozen eggs per family. As at all Farmers Markets, many other items are limited in quantity and the best items go first. We recommend you come early to the market so you have a wider variety to choose from. Note: For the time being we are not accepting donations of egg cartons because we have plenty.
- Line-ups: We operate on a first-come, first serve basis and line-ups may take 30 minutes or more when the market first opens at 9am. If you can live without our eggs, please visit us after 10:30am for much faster service through one of our three checkout counters. Some specialty items such as eggs and berries may be sold out, but we maintain a great selection of veggies all through the morning We greatly appreciate your patience with this matter!
UBC Farm produce available this week:
Beans! – Bush, pole & French filet beans
Beets – bunches & bulk
Carrots – bunches & bulk
Eggs – Available in very small quantity
Edible Flower petals
Herbs (thyme, lemon balm, smokey fennel, savory, sage, chives, oregano, basil, parsley, etc.)
Winter squash – Butternut, Kabocha, Delicata, Acorn, Festival
Other BC certified organic produce we’ll have:
Potatoes (Yukon Gold B size, Purple Russian Nuggets, Red Chieftain B size) – Across the Creek, Pemberton
Mushrooms – Kelowna Organic Mushrooms
Vendors at the market this week :
- The Mayan Garden group, with produce from their demonstration garden at the UBC Farm and traditional Mayan weavings.
- Jane’s Honeybees will be here with local honey and honey products
- Fair-trade, organic coffee and tea to help wake you up in the morning, please remember to bring your own mug. As well as delicious fresh baked bannock. Proceeds to benefit the Urban Aboriginal Community Kitchen Garden Project at the UBC Farm.
- Harvey’s Organic Acres will be a the market this weekend selling apples, pears, plums, peppers, winter squash and tomatoes!
- Vancouver company Moukisac features mesh, reusable eco-friendly produce bags (Moukinets) that can be used on their own or in combination with a Moukisac, a 6 in 1 compact reusable shopping bag system. These products are a great alternative to plastic bags. Visit http://www.moukisac.com for more info.
- Local potter Sue Griese will be featuring her beautifully-crafted earthenware
- Seeds of Plenty whole foods baked goods are 100% unrefined and made for maximum digestibility. Our products go Beyond Organic as we use the highest quality organic ingredients that are prepared in way that will nourish your body as well as your soul. This week at the market: muffins with golden fall raspberries and fall raspberries, pumpkin cookies and pumpkin pie, cranberry apple and pear cranberry pie
- A Bread Affair is a family-owned business in Langely BC that has been specializing in baking handmade artisan breads since 2005. They produce world-class product, handcrafted by skilled artisan bakers using only time-honoured methods and natural ingredients. All breads are baked from scratch, using a natural leavening process and traditional stone hearth ovens.
- Berdie’s Aprons and Free Lion Productions: Come check out their homemade aprons, baby blankies and handbags!
- The 2010 Green Zebra guide is hot off the press…smarter & savvier than ever. Discover the best of local, sustainable living in Vancouver and save thousands of dollars. Restaurants and markets, ecoapparel, spas, yoga, theatres, gift shops, and more! Get yours for just $20 at UBC Farm Market this Saturday. Green Zebra staff will be on-site to let you know about all the great deals included in the guide!
- Granola King products including locally-made Gourmet Granola, Omega Mix, Almond Butter and Hazelnut Butter
- Local, certified organic ribeye steaks, new york steaks, ground beef and beef patties from the Blue Goose Cattle Company, in partnership with Hills Foods.
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