Tuesday, 28 May 2013

PACT at Sorauren Farmer's Market

PACT's first day at the Sorauren Farmer's Market was a great success! We had a beautiful spread of over-wintered kale, radish, rhubarb, spring greens, herbs and alliums and introduced PACT to a wonderful community of local food lovers!  

Herbs and Alliums! 

What a spread! Chives, mint, lemon balm, sage, oregano, sorrel, over-wintered cilantro, lovage, spring garlic! We had a chance to educate people about some less known herbs and their culinary uses. Many surprised faces of those who nibbled sorrel and lovage for the first time! 

Wild Edibles!

The PACT farmers love teaching garden visitors and volunteers about wild crafted edibles and we're including these wild foods in our market table. This week we included wild spinach and ramps. Wild spinach, also known as lamb's quarters, is a super food in North America and is high in vitamins A and C, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, manganese, potassium and iron. We traveled north to find ramps, a delicious and pungent wild leek full of minerals and vitamin A and C. The wild leeks are now at the end of their season and will disappear from the forest floor. Next market's featured wild edible will be candied wild ginger. Don't miss out!
Spring greens: baby spinach, wild spinach and arugula.

Ramps, also known as wild leeks were a big hit at the market

 Over-Wintered Kale and Cilantro

The kale and cilantro that Adam over-wintered at Polanyi last season made its appear at market. They were planted late last summer and heavily mulched and covered over the winter. In the early spring they emerge, giving us an early crop. This year the PACT farmers will be expanding on over-winter production, more on that to come later this season so stay tuned.

Sold out! We left market with a hand full of herbs!

David Lockett from PACT is super excited about our market table

Polyanyi volunteer Ngaihon and PACT farmers Adam and Agata Gidzinski
We'll be at the Sorauren Farmer's Market every other Monday from 3-7, so don't fret if you missed us this time! See you on June 10th!

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