It’s hard to believe that August is here, but what a great time for fresh produce at the Market! Visit us this Sunday to see the huge variety of fruits and vegetables that are in season now.
Shop the vendors of tomorrow! This Sunday is our annual Kids Market. For one market each season, we dedicate a portion of the market to young entrepreneurs with great products for sale – all made by them! Stop by the Kids Market tent and support these ambitious kids!
We’re thrilled to have Jana Seale at market this weekend as our musician. Get a sneak peek of her music HERE.
Kids! Visit our craft table to make tissue paper butterflies. These delicate creations make perfect wall decorations!
To end off an amazing month of zero waste initiatives, we are highlighting a new program for customers of the much beloved Biscotti Joe Coffee! Lovingly toted the “bead program,” regular customers have been encouraged to bring their own mug to market.
If customer brings their own mug and purchase a cup of my coffee, I would give them a ring that has a colorful bead attached. Every time they buy another cup of coffee, they would receive another bead and when they reach six beads, they get a free cup of coffee!
Harry says this program is similar to coffee cards but more fun and has been received well.
In light of the no straws campaigns happening in Metro Vancouver, I think my program fits in with trying to reduce waste. I believe that you have a new style red mug available to new members that sign up. If you mention my program to them, it would be a nice tie in.
So make sure to bring your own mug or thermos when you visit Biscotti Joe Coffee at market and collect those beads!
Visit the Market this Sunday for all the best in local produce, baked goods, prepared foods, artisan crafts, and more! This Sunday is Member Appreciation Day! Market Members can shop the market for great Member-Only specials from our vendors. Not a member? Find out more, and sign up HERE!
This Sunday’s Member Specials:
Ally’s Bags – $1.00 off a purchase
Little Hands Cakes & Cookies – Buy three cupcakes and get one of the same size free
Waterside Winery – White/Red Duo for $34.99 & Wild Rose $10.00/bottle
Nina’s Pierogi – $1.00 off from any bag of pierogi.
Rocky Point Ice Cream – free waffle cone upgrade
Sweet Thea – $1 off any loaf of bread
Kics Lemonade – $1 off a glass of lemonade
Ela Made Me Do It – $2 off fresh soups/broths
Redl’s Home Grown Beef – 10% off any ROASTS
We’ve got a great food truck line up for you this weekend! Come hungry and grab breakfast or lunch at Hunger Management or Vik and Jas’ Kitchen. Rocky Point Ice Cream and Biscotti Joe are back this week, too!
It’s gonna be another hot Sunday! Kids and grown-ups alike can join us at the Kids Craft Table to make a paper fan.
We’re happy to have musician Barry Wilson joining us this weekend! Get a sneak peek of his music HERE.
Okanagan’s Best Products has come up with a creative and edible way to reduce their waste at market! Inspired by her passion for sustainability, Kathleen says all of the wooden toothpicks she went through for sampling had to go.
In the past we were going through tens of thousands of toothpics in a market season. These all would end up in the landfill because they are not reusable. While wood is definitely better than plastic in terms of sustainability and environmental impact, it still wasn’t a zero waste situation.
So Kathleen searched for a more sustainable solution and tired it all! Keeping in conjunction with her products, she wanted to make sure that what was being used as tasters was as well.
Once gluten-free products became available in standard grocery shops (though still not at wholesale stores), the decision to move to spaghetti toothpicks was easy.
Okanagan’s Best Products’ initiative has gotten great response from customers. Kathleen says it also provides a space for quick conversations about sustainability, environmental issues, clean food and clean living.
…All issues that are part of Okanagan’s Best ethos. In BC, our customers are pretty savvy. They are generally quite switched on about environmental issues because we live in the most beautiful part of the country, and we’d all like to keep it that way. Less waste, more sustainable products just makes sense to them already, so it’s an easy conversation to have!
Kathleen says another great benefit of spaghetti is that if the toothpicks are inadvertently dropped, they will biodegrade and not hard any animals who might come across them.
…And the kids love to just chew on them rather than put them in our garbage.
In addition to the spaghetti tasting spoons, Kathleen says she has been and continues to look into various ways of packaging their products for customers at market, including decomposable bags and butcher paper.
Because our products are kept iced, they are often wet and
cannot be carried in paper bags, so we have no option but to put them in plastic bags. At the moment, many customers bring their own reusable shopping bags, so we often dry the packages of sausage for and place them in their own bags. So we always ask ‘would you like a bag,’ because we do have them available but prefer not to use them. In future, we are thinking of providing reusable cooler shopping bags at cost. We are always on the lookout for ways to reduce our footprint.
Kathleen says that in the continuous search for more sustainable products and practices, she’s come across potential production methods of noted environmentally friendly products that may not be as sustainable as previously thought.
We were very surprised ourselves to learn through experience and expense about decomposable plastic bags and how, while touted as ‘environmentally friendly’, the methods used to produce them are not compatible with products that may be moist or damp in terms of immediacy of the decomposing process when wet, and the off-gassing that happens. It does make us wonder about how they are made, what chemicals are used, that they give off a scent when beginning to decompose that can actually affect the products, and just how ‘sustainable’ and ‘environmentally friendly’ they actually are.
For Kathleen and everyone at Okanagan’s Best Products, the opportunity to speak with customers about sustainability at market is always a pleasure.
We have had wonderful market experiences with people who were previously ‘undecided’ about purchasing, actually try and buy our products because our little changes like using spaghetti toothpicks really matter to them.
Visit the Market this Sunday for all the best in local produce, baked goods, prepared foods, artisan crafts, and more!
We’re happy to Larry’s Brother joining us as musician this Sunday! He always provides great, upbeat, feel good music to accompany your Sunday shopping. Get a sneak peek of his music HERE.
Kids! Join us at the Kids Craft table to create a beautiful bouquet of flowers! We’ll be digging through different patterns and textures of paper provided by our vendor Art Cards by Val. Every creation will be unique!
Long Table Dinner ~ On The Farm – Wednesday August 29, 2018
Grab your friends, and join us for a unique and memorable Long Table Dinner experience. This year the Coquitlam Farmers Market is heading to the Farm to host its annual long table dinner.
Local Chefs will masterfully incorporate diverse ingredients made and grown by local entrepreneurs and a bounty of fresh, local Tri-Cities and BC produce. The result is a dining experience guests won’t soon forget!
Like last year’s sell-out event, the evening will boast a “Denim and White” theme and will include a selection of unique highly desirable raffle baskets, cash bar, music and a champagne toast.
The secret location this year will not disappoint! It will bring guests to the heart of local food, where it is grown in the lush beauty of diverse farm setting.
Funds raised at the Long Table Dinner supports the Power of Produce Club, a youth agriculture program at the farmers market. The POP Club teaches children about local food systems, growing and cooking food, and financial literacy.
The Long Table Dinner ~ On the Farm will take place on Wednesday August 29th, from 6pm – 9:30pm. Tickets are $80 each and are available HERE!
The Long Table Table Dinner Master of Ceremonies will be the CBC’s Margaret Gallagher!
“In April 2010, Margaret Gallagher took the reins as host of CBC Radio One’s Hot Air, CBC’s longest running radio program. Margaret has been a regular part of CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition since 2001, and was the BC host of CBC Radio 2’s Canada Live.”
“Margaret has won multiple awards, including three prestigious National RTDNA Dave Rogers Awards for Best Radio Feature for “Fade to Black” (2003), “Gail the Golden Age Goalie” (2011) and “No Small Feet” (2012). She also won a Jack Webster Award for Best Feature for “The Wayfaring Stranger: Lost and Found in Vancouver” (2015).”
“Actively involved in community outreach, Margaret has tirelessly donated her time and efforts to manyVancouver events. She has hosted dozens of events for a variety of arts and community groups, including: UBC & SFU Alumni Associations, Asian Heritage Month, and the Vancouver International Folk Music Festival. In 2015, Margaret won a “Community Builder” Award from the Hapa-palooza festival of Mixed Roots in recognition of her work to connect communities.”
Bio Courtesy of: CBC
For week three of our Zero Waste Month, we are delving into what Growing Fresh is doing to be more sustainable!
Elevating her own company’s values and vision, Monika says using compostable corn derived plastic cups and wooden spoons for customers of the farmer’s market to use while tasting her products.
We make organic, vegan, nutrient dense snacks and treats so the environmentally friendly and sustainable theme is already there. Using packaging and taster cups, etc, just goes well with that theme.
Monika says customers appreciate the work she is doing to become more environmentally friendly and she loves having those conversations, whether it be about the success but also any challenges she may face.
The cost of conventional packaging versus environmentally friendly packaging is always a challenge and not all products can be packaged in the most earth friendly manner. Some amount of plastic, even if it’s plant/corn based plastic will need to be used, such as clear cups or plastic lined bags to keep products sealed properly. It’s always a step ninth right direction.
Despite the conventional challenges of going zero waste, Monika says she is always looking for ways to improve her company’s footprint.
I’m always asking myself what can I do better in regards to further reducing waste. And the answers trickle in. Because we are already a plant based food production I think we are ahead anyways.
In speaking with customers, Monika says reducing our waste is for the next generations to come and for the planet too.
We only have one Earth.