As a brand new blogger I'm setting out on this journey with a lot of excitement, a little trepidation and high hopes that I'll be able to spark a new online community of people who dig the kind of epicurean lifestyle that I strive for. I turned 30 in October and have found myself taking a hard look at what I value most in life. A comfortable home, good food on the table and a "village" of friends and family to share it with mean a lot to me...but before you roll your eyes at the Martha Stewartness of this dream, I must stress that my life is far from a perfect autumn, Hamptons afternoon torn from the pages of a Restoration Hardware catalog. I live in an apartment, I work a hectic full-time job and my quaint domestic intentions are often abandoned for a beer and a night of trashy TV. This blog is not a how-to guide but rather a work-in-progress. As I embark on this journey of food exploration and mind-body connection I hope we can all learn a lot about the important things in life.
This summer will mark my 5th year of living in Vancouver. Although there are a hundred things I miss about being back home in Ontario cottage country this time of year, one of the things I love most about living in Vancouver has just started up again. The weekend farmers' market is the highlight of the week for me this time of year and this weekend marked the first day for the Kitsilano market that I love to visit. Most of what I eat during the summer comes from the market because I love being able to talk to the people who are growing and raising the food that I eat.
So, what can you expect to find at the markets? Some of the earliest crops include succulent asparagus, perfectly tart rhubarb, peppery radish, vitamin-packed spinach and lots more...and if you're one of the lucky ones with a garden plot (or even a sunny balcony) the markets are packed right now with plants for you to grow at home. Early tomato and basil plants were plentiful at Sunday's market and had me yearning for a little patch of soil to call my own.
To find your local farmer's market, check out http://www.eatlocal.org.