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What’s On at the Saturday Farmers Market in September

Quick and easy weekday meals featuring the best local and seasonal market finds. 

Plate of vegetable pasta Image: Gerard Richard via Unsplash
Image: Gerard Richard via Unsplash

Published on August 19, 2021

Bring on that September routine. Whether you’re going back to school, back to work, or just craving a bit more routine this fall, our farmers’ market has you covered. We put together our tips for quick and easy weekday meals featuring the best local and seasonal market finds.

A couple market updates this month

Jewels Under the Kilt is taking the rest of the season off and plans to return to the market next outdoor season in 2022. If you would like to order their fresh roasted nuts online or find a retailer that sells them near you, visit their website. 

With Jewels Under the Kilt absent, we are now able to welcome Street Bites TO as a weekly vendor starting August 21.

Quick and easy weekday meals from the Saturday Farmers Market

Wafel Huis

A warm waffle topped with fruit and whipped cream on a market morning? Yes please. But have you thought of fresh market waffles on a busy weekday morning? Yes, it can be a thing! Stop by Wafel Huis' booth at the farmers' market for their bags of fresh waffles that just need to be popped into the toaster.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Wafel Huis makes gourmet artisan Belgian waffles and apple fritters, made from scratch and with love in Prince Edward County and the Greater Toronto Area.

Buschbeck Farms

Looking for a quick protein boost at lunch or whenever you're on the go? These lamb pepperettes from Buschbeck Farms will satisfy your craving! 

Buschbeck Farms has operated in Grey County raising lamb for over 30 years with one belief; take care of our land and it will take care of us. They are a fully sustainable family run farm, raising animals from birth and growing all our own feed.

Reyes Farms

It's common to throw an apple in your bag for lunch or a quick breakfast, but why not take advantage of a fruit with a shorter season? That's right, it's peach season in Ontario!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Reyes Farms is a family owned tender fruit farm started in 1973, specializing in nutrient dense fruits & regenerative practices. Reyes Farm continues to be family owned and operated by Ignacio Ruiz Reyes and Mimi Bizjak.

Magic Oven

Through heightened Covid regulations, one of our prepared food vendors who cooked and served meals at the market had to pivot fast. They started offering their home-style preservative-free soups, stews and sauces available to heat and eat at home. With options like Chickpea Power Soup or Vegan Pulled Jack Fruit, these meals are ideal for actually eating lunch between meetings or even for the whole family to enjoy at dinner!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Magic Oven sources almost everything from within a short distance. Ingredients are free of additives. The sauces are made in-house without the use of refined and processed fillers. The vegetables in season are sourced from 100km farms. The meat is sustainably and humanely raise.

From Our Market Manager

Gracie from our markets team jotted down her go-to recipe for when she's hungry as heck but hasn’t planned anything particular for dinner. Just let the veggies do the talking!

Recipe: Easy Weekday ‘Feeling Lazy – Mix n’ Match Pasta

Key ingredients: 

  • 1 red or white onion chopped or a couple shallots
  • 1-3 garlic cloves finally chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or butter and 1 lemon

Choose 1-3 veggies:

  • Cherry or diced tomatoes
  • Diced eggplant
  • Any kind of diced sweet pepper
  • Diced zucchini
  • Fresh or frozen peas 

Choose 1 or 2 cooking greens: 

  • Swiss chard
  • Spinach
  • Kale

* Doesn’t matter if these are a bit wilted, this is great recipe to use up that veg that may not be peak freshness and keep yourself from tossing it. Tear or roughly chop chard or kale into smaller pieces. 

Choose 1 fresh or dried herb: 

  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Basil 
  • Mint  

Choose 1 cheese (optional):

  • Goat cheese
  • Feta 
  • Parmesan 

Choose 1 pasta:

  • Any type! Like spaghetti, fusilli, or penne 

Recommended combos:  

  • Zucchini, eggplant, peas, Swiss chard, mint and feta  
  • Cherry tomatoes, pepper, zucchini, kale and parm  
  • Cherry tomatoes, zucchini, basil and goat cheese 
  • Sweet pepper, Swiss Chard, parsley and mint 

METHOD:  

STEP 1: Heat a large frying pan or pot of medium heat. Add in your olive oil or butter. Once melted add your onion and allow to soften, about 3 mins, add your garlic and cook until fragrant. 

STEP 2: Add your veg of choice, season with salt and pepper and allow to soften, about 5 mins. Eggplant may take a little bit longer to soften. If using cherry tomatoes, I like to keep them in the pan until they start to pop.  

STEP 3: Next add your greens if using, grate about 1tsp lemon zest on top and a quick squeeze of juice from half the lemon. Give veg a good stir to allow greens to soften.  

STEP 4: Cook your pasta according to the package. Add pasta to veg. Add in a handful of your chosen chopped fresh herbs. If using add in your cheese, more olive oil if you would like or a splash of balsamic vinegar. I find this makes a great cold pasta the day after for lunch. 

A voila! A quick weekday meal with so many flavour combos! 

Looking to learn more about what's in season at the market right now? 

 Visit Foodland Ontario’s Availability Guide or speak to your local farmer at the market!