Spice up your summer with these fabulous local finds
Buying locally is ideal for not only the economy but your family as well. This summer, take advantage of what’s available from the following featured merchants who’ll be showcasing their edible wares at select farmers’ markets in the Capital Region. But don’t stop there. Try some of the recipes listed below using those items to taste what a difference local produce and other foods brings to the table.
A colourful appetizer to get that patio party going.
- red cabbage
Matchstick all the vegetables, mix together and add to a bowl. Put a dollop of yogurt dip (see recipe below) in the corner, add the falafel patties and garnish with cilantro and pita wedges.
This creamy dip is cool and refreshing on a hot summer day.
- 3 mini cucumbers, shredded and drained
- ¾ c. greek yogurt
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. fresh dill (more if dill is a favourite flavour)
Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Try a new take on a popular Vietnamese treat.
- Rice paper wrappers
- Rice stick (vermicelli) noodles
- Fresh cilantro
- 1-2 carrots, peeled and julienned or matchstick pieces
- 1 mango, peeled and julienned
- 1 pepper, julienned
- 1 cucumber, julienned
- chopped cashews or peanuts (optional)
Soak noodles in hot water for approximately 10 minutes, drain and rinse with cold water, set aside.
Rice paper wrappers soak in warm water until soft and rollable.
Set up on a cutting board an assembly line like array of all your ingredients.
Place your soaked wrapper on a dry dish towel or a few paper towels, pat dry the top. In the middle of the wrapper put some noodles, a few of each of the chosen vegetables/fruit, a sprinkle of nuts and some fresh cilantro. Fold the bottom and the top in and roll up as if it was a burrito. Serve as a whole roll or cut in half.
While finishing up the remainder of the rolls, keep the made ones soft by covering with a damp paper towel.
Sweet & Spicy Dip
A little something to tempt all of your tastebuds.
- ¼ c. rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp. soy sauce
- 2 tbsp. warm water
- 2 tsp. brown sugar
- Splash of lime juice
- 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
Whisk ingredients together until combined, garnish with julienned green onions.
Almond Dipping Sauce
Now here’s a delicious way to get some fibre in you!
- 4 tbsp. almond butter
- 1 ½ tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 ½ tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 ½ tbsp. warm water
- splash of lime juice
- shake of red pepper flakes
- Craft beer & Saskatoon Berry Fizz
- A delicious prairie rendition of moonshine is Berry good indeed!
- ½ c. craft beer
- 175 ml Saskatoon berry cider
- 2 shots of Saskatoon berry moonshine
Mix together, serve over ice in a cocktail glass!
Pair a jar of RED HOUSE SALSA with freshly chopped avocado and serve with EL GRINGO homemade tortilla chips.
Put together a charcuterie platter from many delicious treats from the Farmers’ Market. Include treats like: a variety of olives from OLIVE ME, a hard cheese from GRAPEVINE DELI paired with fresh honeycomb also from GRAPEVINE DELI, spicy pumpkin seeds from GOING NUTS, fresh bread sticks from BREADLOVE, delicious sausage and Biltong from TWIGGY STICKS BILTONG, grainy mustard and dried fruit. Another delicious addition to any charcuterie tray would be apple and pear slices.
Have fun with your snack ideas, including colourful popcorn from ORIGINAL CANADIAN KETTLE and savoury/sweet temptations from GOING NUTS.
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