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Memorial Center Farmers’ Market- Potential

Despite my excitement about the opening of the new Farmers’ Market at the Memorial Centre I had to miss the launch because we were celebrating the little one’s first birthday, but yesterday we took a quick stroll over to check it out.

Definitely more modest than the Downtown Market, but it has some features that made me smile, like a simple kids tent featuring some coloring books and crayons.

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Adaptable Tomato Sauce

I have training in classical French cuisine. Sounds oh so fancy no? Well it turns out it actually ends up being oh so useless in practical life.

Okay, I shouldn’t say useless. A lot of the basic skills have value, but its none too often that I’ll take the time to debone a chicken leg, make a filling, stuff the chicken, wrap it, boil it (yes boil), and then bake it. Not to mention make a sauce that requires the creation of two other sauces, and potatoes that have been peeled, chopped, boiled, mashed, shaped, coated and fried.

I don’t even bother to peel my potatoes now; everyone knows all the nutrients are in the skin anyway.

Practical cooking is all about adaptability. Local cooking is all about adaptability. This tomato sauce recipe, oh it’s adaptable.

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Fruition Berry Farm

If you aren’t sure why anyone would go through the trouble of sourcing their food locally do one thing; go to Fruition Berry Farm.

You’ll be changed forever. Strawberries in the middle of January might be nice in theory, but the truth is those pale red things encased in plastic aren’t real strawberries at all. Don’t be embarrassed, I didn’t know until recently either.

Ken and Christine Paul have been working the land at Fruition Berry Farm since 1994. It’ll take about a 20 minute drive to get to the farm located at 3208 Hughes Road. And it’s worth going a few times.

Strawberries are their main crop in June and early July, but they share the spot light with Raspberries, Green and Yellow Beans, Peas, Pumpkins, and Apples. They also sell local preserves and pickles from the farm stand.

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Kingston Public Market

The downtown farmers’ market is in the heart of the city, and it’s the epicenter for local food in Kingston.

Some cities can boast about a year round, indoor market. While we are currently lacking in that regard we can lay claim to the oldest farmers’ market in Ontario, ours having been established in 1801.

The market is run by the city and the Kingston Public Market Vendors Association. It takes place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the market square behind City Hall (at the corner of Brock and Kings Street East).

Tuesdays and Thursday tend to be a little quiet, especially in the spring and fall months.

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Wendy’s Mobile Market

One of the best known sources of local food in Kingston is Wendy’s Mobile Market. They bring local produce, meat, dairy, eggs, flour, and prepared foods from over 70 farms and local producers to commercial kitchens as well as delivering to residential homes.

Wendy Banks and Rick Trudeau are the names behind the iconic green truck. In addition to the delivery service they also run Wendy’s Country Market in Lyndhurts at 408 Fortune Road RR #2, where they offer the same local foods for those looking to make the drive.

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Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market Ready to Kick Off

This spring and summer are full of new ventures for local foods in Kingston. The Village Co-op is hoping to open their doors in August. Limestone Organic Creamery will begin delivery farm fresh milk this month.

The launching of another Farmers’ Market in the Bennett Barn at the Memorial Center is probably the most exciting of all the new local food venues.

It was a struggle to get the one year pilot project granted the green light. At first there was a worry about a new market at 303 York Street causing competition with the Downtown Market. After many city council discussions around the topic the Farmers’ Market Association of Kingston and local vendors are setting up shop on May 20th and running until October 21st.

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Limestone Organic Creamery Setting up to Begin Delivery around Kingston

There are a lot of trends that return through the years, we all know how cyclic fashion is for example.

With a growing local food movement we’ve seen the resurgence of a few habits of yesteryears; Saturday trips to the farmers market, filling our baskets from a pick-your-own strawberry farm, and driving up to the farm gates to see what this week has to offer.

One trend I often waxed nostalgic about (despite the fact that I had never experienced it myself) but never expected to return: fresh milk in glass bottles delivered to my door.

Limestone Organic Creamery is about to make that happen for those of us living in and around the Kingston area.

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Village Co-Op Set to Open this Summer in Kingston

One of the largest problems local food enthusiasts are faced with in Kingston is the need for value added foods.

Raw goods, like the fruits and veggies we can so easily pick up from the Farmer’s Market make up the backbone of local eating.

But sometimes we don’t have time to gather tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, garlic, red peppers, basil, pasta, and mozzarella cheese to assemble our own lasagna. Sometimes we want to pick up a lasagna that only requires a quick re-heating.

It’s been impossible to find a lasagna in Kingston assembled from local ingredients ready and waiting for us to take it home, but too easy to head over to the grocery store and pick one up from the freezer aisle.

Local food producers have known for a while that there is a gap in the market for this style of product in Kingston. The problem is that in order to take their veggies and make a lasagna ready for our ovens the process has to be done in a licenced kitchen.

Licenced kitchens have very specific sets of rules and regulations as dictated by the health board, and they are routinely inspected. They work great in insuring the safety of our food, not so great for local food production, until now.

Andrew McCann, a local food warrior, began the Village Co-Op in August of 2011. He started a small Bread CSA that offered whole grain, organic bread and baked goods from rented space in the Portsmouth Hardware Store.

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