Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Farmers Market Port Credit Opens Bollywood-Style Saturday June 4

The Port Credit Farmers Market kicks off the 2011 season with a Bollywood-style bang this Saturday, June 4, as the market opening date coincides with the City of Mississauga Bollywood in the City events for the International Indian Film Festival. There'll be music, dancing and good times, and great market stalls, rain or shine!

Here are some pictures from Farmers Market 2010. See map and links at the bottom of this page.

Port Credit BIA  Booth at Farmers Market
 Port Credit BIA is at the market bright and early to sell their gear and field questions from visitors. Grab a cup of coffee and a snack, and enjoy the entertainment.

Booths at Port Credit Farmers Market
Summer squash, zucchini and local cheeses at the market. Specific vendors may vary from week to week, but most produce stalls are there each week. As well as fruits and vegetables, you might find a stall selling teas or locally grown exotic mushrooms. Look for nursery plants and trees, and the fabulous breads from Port Credit's La Villa Bakery.

Artisan Studio Tour Port Credit
 The Artisan Studio Tour promotion group was one of several community groups who set up shop last year at the Farmers Market. (Details of  2010 Artisan Studio tour.) See the BIA farm market site for vendor applications.

Paella Demonstration at the Market Port Credit
 Last year, occasional cooking demonstrations were a new feature at the Market, like this paella  demonstration by Joe Ambrus. With the market open rain or shine, on chillier days a hot grill is even more inviting! Look for more cooking demos and BBQs in 2011.

Honey of a Deal from The Country Bee
 The Country Bee honey products were a regular feature at the market last year, but try as I might, I cannot find a contact for them. The honeys were sourced from a variety of flowers and offered for sale at a good price.

Red and Yellow Onions ~ Fall Veggies at Farmers Market
 The offerings at the market vary according to what's in season but one thing is certain: the colors are gorgeous! Everything looks so good it's really challenging NOT to over-buy, unless you plan to make large batches of tomato-based sauces. And keep in mind that peppers and blueberries are very easy to freeze to enjoy all winter long.

Bright Orange Squash Light Up the Port Credit Market
 Late summer brings the large squash out to the market; Earlier in the season, look for the faster-ripening summer squashes. Last year, leeks were a great buy, and so temptingly fresh you just had to get some for a feast of Potato and Leek soup.

Beefsteak Tomatoes in Season
 Beefsteak tomatoes bring their gorgeous red color to the market. These field ripened beauties tasted the way fresh tomatoes are supposed to! Slice tomatoes, drizzle with a bit of balsamic vinegar, sprinkle with fresh basil, add mozzarella cheese cubes or slices, and Voila! Appetizer and salad course all in one. Add some crusty bread and good salami, and call it dinner!

Bollywood in the Village to Kick off Farmers Market 2011
Look for the Bollywood fun this Saturday, and get your passport for all the events this month. More at City of Mississauga Bollywood in the City and International Indian Film Festival (info).

Port Credit Farmers Market
  • When is it? Every Saturday from June 4  to October 15, from 7 a.m. to  1 p.m.)
  • Where is it? Elmwood and Lakeshore Road East, east of Hurontario Street (LCBO lot). See the Port Credit BIA site for more info or to inquire about vendors.

The early bird gets the best selection, but there's lots for latecomers (around noon), too. Bring the family, bring your friends, and make a morning of it!


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