Let’s talk about Peas!

Happy Thursday, friends! Did you know that peas are actually seeds? Most peas are eaten after they've been removed from their seed pod, but snow and snap peas have tender enough pods that both the pod and young seeds are eaten at once! So many of our vendors have delicious fresh peas at market now. Greystead Gardens' snow peas, Joyce Farms' garden peas, and Sungold Market Garden's sugar snap peas are a few options. Cindy from Elgin Harvest was telling me on Saturday how she combined peas with other fresh spring veg and some of her fresh noodles (now available at market!!) to make a lovely pasta dish. I've been enjoying my fresh peas as a quick snack that travels easily - a picnic with friends, a last minute lunch add-on to take to work, or a pick me up while at the market. Do you prefer your peas fresh, frozen & boiled, preserved, or dried? I grew up eating lots of pea soup with dried peas, and of course the traditional scoop of cooked peas with holiday dinners, and I have to be honest and say that I complained often - they were not my favourite veg! But having tried them fresh, that answer has changed completely! I am always surprised by how consuming a food differently will change my mind on whether it's a favourite or a polite "pass for now."

Meet Emily!

We have a new member on our team! Emily is joining us for two months this summer to help with all things Farmers’ Market. We are so lucky to have her on our team and her passion for local food is blowing us away! We cannot wait for you all to meet her and welcome her to our market family.

Here’s a few fun facts from Emily that you’re sure to enjoy:

  1. I am 5 degrees separated from Meghan Markle. (My cousin’s sister-in-law is friends with Patrick Adams who starred on Suits with Megan Markle!)
  2. I love pasta!
  3. I am an avid reader, and am always looking for new book recommendations!

Make sure to say hello if you spot her at market and bring many new book recommendations and pasta recipes, and share your own near celebrity relation stories!

New Additions!

New to the Thursday Evening Markets is Great Lakes Goat Dairy! Many of you will recognize this name, and we are excited to have them and their great line of goat cheeses back with us!

Another new face to keep an eye out for is Marcela from Cora and Co. Art! They make beautiful hand crafted statement earrings, hair clips, and keychains and will be at market this coming Saturday and the following week.

Pillitteri Estates Winery will also be at our Thursday Evening Markets moving forward – two times a week is always better than one!

Did you know that Cindy from Elgin Harvest now has fresh pasta for sale as well in addition to her woodfired pizzas? They have a few wonderful varieties that we are excited to try!

Dave’s Beef & Lamb and Harvest Moon Trading Co. are both back at market this weekend. They come every other week on Saturdays, so don’t miss them!

Finally, an exciting new feature of our Farmers’ Markets is a fruit/veg washing station! If you have a hard time waiting to eat your fresh strawberries but need to wash them first, your wait is over! We will have a washing station with small colanders available for your use at market starting this Thursday and continuing through the season.

Market Block Dining District!

Introducing: The Market Block Dining District! Your new favourite spot to enjoy some good eats and a cold drink!

The Market Square will transform on Friday and Saturday nights this summer to an amazing Downtown dining vibe that will be sure to offer an array of food choices, alcoholic beverages and live entertainment! The Square will be a fully licensed area for you to enjoy a selection of drinks (think Sangria, local beer & more!) from Olive R. Twists!

Now for the best part, the options for delicious, local foods are unlimited!! You are welcome to bring food from any Downtown local restaurant to enjoy alongside your beverage! Just to give you some ideas!

  • pick up a charcuterie board and enjoy with a glass of wine!
  • Grab a slice of pizza from the Market or a burger from across the street and enjoy with a cold beer!
  • Have a favourite pasta dish? Get it to go and enjoy with a white wine sangria!

When I say the food options are unlimited, they really are! Think local! Support local!

And let’s talk live entertainment! From live DJ’s, acoustic musicians, soft instrumental, pop hits and more! Your dining experience is sure to be heightened by the local talent line up!

Mark your calendars and plan to be a part of the Market Block Dining District this summer! Every Friday and Saturday night 4pm-10pm for July and August!

Market Block Dining District made possible in collaboration with Covent Garden Market, Downtown London & the City of London.

Grilled Bok Choy

Bok Choy (Pak Choi) is in season! We know this could be a new vegetable for many, so if you’re not sure how to cook with it, check out this recipe! You’ll need:

  • 1lb bok choy
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chili sauce
  • 2 tsp light-brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Click here for the instructions and pick up all the veg you’ll need at market this Saturday!

Live Music Line Up

This Thursday, June 24th, our Live Musician is Frank Ridsdale! He will be playing from 4PM to 7PM.

This Saturday, June 26th, our Live Musician is a trio called JEFFERSON! They will be playing from 10AM to 1PM.

Quick Note

Quick Note on our Thursday Market: as July 1st is a holiday, we will NOT have a Thursday Evening Market that day. We will be open the following week again on July 8th, which is also the date that the London Brewing Co-op will join us with craft beer for consumption in a licensed area! We cannot wait – more details about that coming next week!

Thursday Vendor List

This is the list, folks! See who you can find at the Farmers’ Market this Thursday, June 24th! Click on their names to find information on pre-orders and to learn more about their farms and businesses!

Check out their websites for more information about their products and to see what’s in season/currently available!

Saturday Vendor List

This is the list, folks! See who you can find at the Farmers’ Market this Saturday, June 26th! Click on their names to find information on pre-orders and to learn more about their farms and businesses!

Check out their websites for more information about their products and to see what’s in season/currently available!