Vendor Spotlight: Real Meals

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SPOTLIGHT FEATURE SALE: This Sunday at the Poirier Street Farmers Market Real Meals will be offering a special deal! Stop by their tent on Sunday and ask for the SPOTLIGHT DEAL: Save $5 on any purchases $50 or more.

Q. What was the motivation behind starting “Real Meals”?

It began with a change in lifestyle and becoming aware of what was in the food I was feeding my family. I was appalled with what I learnt. We started eating primarily organic and I started making everything from scratch. After talking to parents at school and functions I found many had the same concerns but with busy work and family schedules did not have the necessary time to cook “clean” meals. We believe everyone should be able to eat clean healthy prepared meals so we started Real Meals. We aim to make comfort food that is familiar, delicious, good for you and convenient.

Q. What is your most popular menu item?

We would have to narrow this question to category as well these answers are based on market trends not online sales.  Our most popular soup is the Carrot Coconut Curry The most popular Stew or Chilli is the Veggie Chilli.  Our most popular Casserole is the English Cottage Pie.

Q. Do you have a personal favourite?

I love the 3 Bean + Roasted Chicken soup, Granny’s Chicken Pot Pie and 3 Bean Beefy Chilli.

Q. What makes your meals different from what shoppers can find else where?

We make everything from scratch, our meals are not processed as they are handmade, we don’t add any preservative or additives.

Q. Why do you think farmers markets are important in the community?

Knowing where you food comes from is imperative. When you go to a grocery store you can’t get to know the tomato farmer or the chicken farmer. Building relationships with you food suppliers not only gives you piece of mind about what your eating but it creates an amazing sense of community. We love sharing our products with our local Farmers Markets and cherish the communities that we are becoming part of.

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Vendor Spotlight: Satya Organic Skin Care

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SPOTLIGHT FEATURE SALE: This Sunday at the Poirier Street Farmers Market Satya Organic Skin Care will be offering a special deal! Stop by their tent on Sunday and ask for the SPOTLIGHT DEAL: Buy one, get one 50% off

Q.  Where does the name Satya come from?

The name Satya was chosen by my to reflect what I wanted for my company and for my daughter. It’s found in a number of languages, philosophies and religions but ultimately, Satya means truth. That truth I am always striving to reflect in integrity, decision making and transparency of my product.

Q.  Where did the passion come from to create an alternative to steroid creams?

This product came from my own necessity. My daughter got eczema and only 8 months old and the only option that was given to me by my doctor was steroid creams. I researched into non-toxic anti-inflammatories and created my product in my kitchen. Now, after getting my Health Canada approvals and getting organically certified, I know I have a clean, effective product that I am proud of and that not only helped my own daughter, but many others as well.

 Q.  What is the most commonly asked question you receive at market and what is the response?

I think the first question is always, “Is there any fragrance added?” The answer is absolutely not. Fragrance can be an irritant to so many people, especially those with sensitive skin. That is also why I created this to be so simple and chemical free. People need to know exactly what is going on their skins, and consequently into their systems.

Q.  If you could share 1 thing with our customers, what would that be?

People who suffer with skin issues have often tried and so many products and have already spent A LOT of money trying to get some relief. I try to keep my products affordable for everyone and also have created the travel size for those who want to know how it would be with their specific skin. There is enough in the travel size to try it for a couple of weeks and then when you fall into love with it, buy a jar and refill the tin. That way you can always carry it with you.

Q.  Why do you think farmers markets are important in the community?

Farmers markets ARE community. It’s a chance to see familiar faces and say hello. It’s the place to get the best vegetables and the tastiest treats. It’s a place to discover people who are creating innovative products and making change, sometimes one person at a time. I LOVE my market!

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Vendor Spotlight: The Chef Nose

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Q. What is the story behind how The Chef Nose begun? 

Mark has been making the Original since he was a chef in Edmonton.  He developed what he then called simply “steak spice” to enhance the flavour of steaks and roasts.  It became a very popular gift for our friends and family at Christmas time but they would run out in a couple of months.  One of those friends encouraged him over the course of 10 years to sell the product.  One summer evening she brought over a bottle of wine and on our back deck….a business was born.

Q. All of your spice blends are amazing, but what do you think is the most popular?

The Original is by far the most popular and the most versatile.  We do however have people who have an absolute dedication to their blend.  One of our customers wants to bulk purchase Veggin Out.

Q. If you could give our shoppers one big tip on how to season meat for the BBQ – what would that be? 

If you are able to plan ahead, cover your meat with the Original and allow it to marinate overnight in the refrigerator.  Take the meat out of the fridge about one hour before you are going to cook it to allow the meat to relax.  Put the meat on a barbecue that is pre-heated.

Q. What is your most commonly asked question at a farmers market and what its he response? 

Who is that picture? or Is that you?  Our response is usually to defend Mark’s nose.  But the business is called The Chef Nose!

Q. Why do you think farmers markets are important in the community?

Farmer’s markets provide a community hub that many of our communities have lost.  They bring people together, even temporarily to have access to local products.  They provide a venue for farmers and small producers to bring their goods to market in an inexpensive way.

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Vendor Spotlight: 7 Kids Foods

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SPOTLIGHT FEATURE SALE: This Sunday at the Poirier Street Farmers Market 7 Kids Foods will be offering a special deal! Stop by their tent on Sunday and ask for the SPOTLIGHT DEAL: 7 Kids, 7 Dollars – Get 7 Kids Foods signature Bisnonna’s pasta sauce for only $7

Q.  Welcome to the Poirier Street Farmers Market! How has your market experience been so far? 

When we started back in January at the Port Moody Winter Market, we were both blown away by the unique spirit that is fostered in our community through the markets.  Whether it’s been helping with a finicky tent or sharing information to help our small business grow, our fellow vendors have welcomed us from the start and that spirit had continued into the summer market at Poirier.  Catching up with returning families and meeting new people makes each week is such a pleasure for us.

Q. How did 7 Kids Foods begin? 

7 Kids Foods was really born out of necessity.  Both our families have several food allergies and we wanted to have quick and healthy meal options for them.  We couldn’t find anything that was easy, affordable, tasty and used high quality ingredients, and knew other families must share the same struggle.  That led us to making our own quick, freezer ready meal ideas, starting with our Bisnonna’s Marinara Sauce.

Q. If you could tell shoppers one thing about 7 Kids Foods, what would that be? 

We put a great deal of thought and care into every single ingredient we use and we weigh our choices carefully.  One thing we will absolutely never compromise is the quality of our ingredients- we need to feel good about what we feed our families and we want to share that.

Q. What do you think is next for 7 Kids Foods? 

Both  of us have a strong desire to help people, and we are most excited about exploring different ways we can use 7 Kids Foods to give back to our community!

Q. What do you think farmers markets are important in the community? 

Farmers Market’s bring people together.  There’s something to strolling through booths, listening to live music, meeting and talking to passionate artisans, farmers, fellow foodies.  It makes you slow down and think about the process of food or craft, and the creativity that went into preparing it.  Farmers markets provide opportunities for locals to showcase their talents and share them.

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Sundays are for Farmers Markets

Local Blogger Tairalyn from Little Miss Mama came out to market this month. Check out her beautiful images and what she says about the Poirier Street Farmers Market.little-miss-mamma IMG_0174 IMG_0177-e1435604525378 IMG_0178-e1435604515411 IMG_0180-e1435604508481 IMG_0182-e1435604498350 IMG_0183-e1435604490454 IMG_0187-e1435604481102 IMG_0190-e1435604472195 IMG_0199-e1435604463939

 

Walking in the open air, sun shining bright, among locals who are also shopping for the weeks allotment of fruits, vegetables, and baked goods (because we’re all about saving time and we know baking that lemon loaf is going to be tedious, take time and make a whole lotta mess); it’s no surprise I love our local Farmers Market. I along with the many others at the market on Sunday appreciate and never take for granted local farmers and artisans. #supportlocal #shoplocal #buylocal #eatlocal

This Sunday we did exactly that, we stocked up our veggie supply, with bonus additions of lemonade mix via KIC’S Lemonade, a lemon loaf from Mom and Me Pies, pretzel and cookie by Gesundheit Bakery, and all natural body soap and a stain stick (ummm yes people, I promise to report back on this one) via Mountain Naturals. Something I left behind and am still losing sleep over are these adorable little pillow cases dresses from Lochs & Lambs. Such a perfect outfit for the babes with this heat we’ve been having. I love the concept behind the simplicity of their designs that and the fact that they’re up-cycled just has me smitten.

I love farmers market for the simply factor that Sofia thinks we are out and about on an adventure while I get errands marked off the list. Much better than her having to sit in a buggy while I pull from aisles and aisles of boxed goods. A productive yet fun morning had by all, including the fun little additions of my bestie Lindsay and her pup Mr. Nosey.

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IN CASE you’re local and looking for something to do this upcoming Sunday, or any Sunday for that matter until October 25th, check out the Coquitlam Farmers Market, from 9am to 1pm.

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Vendor Spotlight: Gabi & Jules

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SPOTLIGHT FEATURE SALE: This Sunday at the Poirier Street Farmers Market Gabi & Jules Homemade Pies & Baked Goodness will be offering a special deal! Stop by their tent on Sunday and ask for the SPOTLIGHT DEAL: Buy any pie on Sunday and get 3 FREE Coconut Macaroons.

Q. Where does the name Gabi & Jules come from? 

Gabi & Jules is named after our two daughters Juliana and Gabriela.  Our eldest daughter Juliana is autistic so we felt strongly that this company should have a community giving component. To that end we have partnered with the Autism Support Network, a tri-cites based charity that helps supports parents of autistic children.

Q. What makes your baked goods stand out from other bakeries? 

All our pies are handmade in Port Moody and we’ve endeavoured to ensure that the whole Gabi and Jules pie experience is memorable and brings back those warm fuzzy memories of enjoying pie when you were a kid! From the pie box to the reusable pie tin to using only quality, real ingredients, our pies are for serious pie lovers.  We want the fruit in the pies to “shine” and not be masked by unnecessary sugary sweetness. Finding that perfect amount of “sweetness” is the goal with all of our products from our jams to our bake-at-home scones mixes and our (delicious!) granola.

Q. If you had to pick just one – which pie is your absolute favourite? 

Picking my favourite pie is like picking my favourite child! So let’s instead say that my current favourite is Strawberry Ginger Peach. This pie is so fresh and delicious with whole slices of peaches and fresh ginger root that beautifully compliment the sweet strawberries. It’s a unique flavour that keeps people coming back for more!

Q. What is your best selling item? 

Traditional Apple Pie! There is something sentimental it seems about Apple Pie and definitely our most popular.

Q. Why do you think farmers markets are important in the community? 

Farmers markets are such a wonderful part of our community as they create the rare opportunity to meet and interact with the people who make, bake and grow the items you purchase. In our world of online shopping and big-box stores the chance to create personal connections are increasingly limited but farmers markets create a fantastic place to make those connections and appreciate where things come from. Knowing to the person and the story behind all of the unique items you can find at the market is an invaluable part of building a thriving local community and we’re so thrilled to be a part of the Coquitlam Market.

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Vendor Spotlight: Sola Skin Care

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SPOTLIGHT FEATURE SALE: This Sunday at the Poirier Street Farmers Market Sola Skin Care! Stop by their tent on Sunday and ask for the SPOTLIGHT DEAL: $2 off our best selling 70g size Coconut Deodorant (regular price is $13, spotlight deal $11)

Q. First – welcome to the Coquitlam Farmers Market! This Sunday will mark your first day – are you excited? 

Thank you! We are *so* excited to have a booth at the Coquitlam Farmer’s Market. We attend almost weekly with our girls to make sure we are stocking up on our favourites, and now that we’re a part of the market family? Totally fun 🙂

Q. Sola Skincare, where does the name root from? 

Our business is a family business. It’s a mix of my and my husband Eran’s strengths. He’s a Dr. of Chinese Medicine, and a big part of his practice is Chinese herbal medicine. My forte in this biz is the research and development of the products. Once I come up with a product idea, he decides what Chinese herbs would best compliment the product, and we go from there. Since we’re already involved, we wanted to incorporate our girls in the name of the company, so Sola is simply a combination of their names, Sophie and Lila. Once they’re older we hope to put them to work so they can pull their own weight 🙂

Q. What does into the process of making one item?

Making the products is broken down into many steps. Because we make everything in small batches and by hand, it can be quite labour intensive. I’ll give the example of our Coconut Deodorant. It involves melting and incorporating the ingredients, setting out the containers, carefully weighing and pouring them all by hand, letting them set, then putting the lids on them, recording the batch number on each label (by hand) and finally hand labeling them. It’s definitely a process of many small steps!

Q. What are your best selling products? 

Our best selling product by far is our Coconut Deodorant. People are always on the look-out for a natural deodorant that actually works and keeps the stink out. It’s been so wonderful to hear feedback from so many people who say they are thrilled to finally have found a natural deodorant that works, all day, in the heat, through exercise, for men and women, etc.  Our Balancing Face Oil is also a real favourite with many. It’s an oil based moisturizer that you can mix with a bit of water or hydrosol and use as your face ‘cream’. All of the oils in the blend are high quality, plant based, almost all organic, and non-comedogenic (which means they don’t clog your pores). The Balancing Face Oil absorbs really quickly, and does not leave you feeling greasy at all.

Q. Why do you think farmers markets are important in the community? 

We think farmers markets are important because they bring people together. We spend the majority of our time at home, school or work. Going out to the farmers market allows you to really meet and connect with people in your community, whether it’s fellow vendors, meeting your neighbours, or bumping into other friends from your community. We always see people we know at the market, and have come to really know the vendors as well (since we’re always there!). We really love the community aspect of farmers market, and think it’s so important.

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Vendor Spotlight: Whipped Baked Goods and Confectionary

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SPOTLIGHT FEATURE SALE: This Sunday at the Poirier Street Farmers Market Whipped Baked Goods and Confectionary will be offering a special deal! Stop by their tent on Sunday and ask for the SPOTLIGHT DEAL: Buy two bags of Marshmallows and get a Marshmallow Sampler FREE

Q. You are a new face at the Poirier Street Farmers Market – How did Whipped Baked Goods and Confectionary start?

I have had a dream of owning an Afternoon Tea Café/Pastry Shop ever since I was a little girl. I actually ended up in the Human Resources Profession, all the while having this dream in the back of my mind.  Just recently, my father passed away while I was on maternity leave. It was then and there I decided that life was too short not to follow your dream.  My dad used to say that “When you do what you love, you’ll never work another day in your life!”. We don’t have a location as of yet, but we are working on it with all of our might so please stay tuned!

Q. What is your best selling product?

We have a few best sellers so it’s hard to name one. I would say that it is a tie between our S’MORES BAR, and TOASTED COCONUT, MINT CHOCOLATE and RASPBERRY LEMONADE marshmallows.

Q. What is your favourite item to make?

I love working on customized and specialty orders such as sweet tables for weddings and parties. I also enjoy coming up with off the wall and wacky flavours or fun spin offs of nostalgic favourites.

Q. What makes your marshmallows different than the ones we see in stores? 

The difference is that our marshmallows are made with honey and natural flavouring, such as real fruit, pure extracts, tea, coffee and beer/liqueur.

Q. Why do you think farmers markets are important in the community?

Farmers markets are more than just places to buy food and artisan items.  What makes the farmers market such a special place is that you’re actually creating community around food. Guests of the market purchase their food directly from the producers, and they build relationships with the people who provide them with their food. That is my favourite part!

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Vendor Spotlight: Gary’s Kettle Corn

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SPOTLIGHT FEATURE SALE: This Sunday at the Poirier Street Farmers Market Gary’s Kettle Corn will be offering a special deal! Stop by their tent on Sunday and ask for the SPOTLIGHT DEAL: Buy one Large Bag of Kettle Corn and get one Small Bag FREE!

Q. This is your second year taking over the Coquitlam Farmers Market for your father, how do you like it?

We love it!  We really enjoy the company of the vendors and customers at this market. It’s an amazing atmosphere!   We live just down the street so it’s great that we have this chance to meet the people and vendors in our community. We’re very proud to be a part of the Coquitlam market.

Q. How many years has your family been making kettle corn?

My Father started out 12 years ago and a few years after my brother joined in.  Since 2009, I would stop by once a week at the market to help out my father at the front. It wasn’t until late September 2013 when I was truly introduced to popping my first batch of kettle corn. I remember being a bit nervous and thinking I would burn it all. To my surprise it turned out perfect! Must have had a great teacher! When my father Gary decided to move to Vernon, B.C it gave my wife and I the chance to experience the markets first hand. I was truly surprised how much we loved the markets. Ever since then, we’ve never looked back.

Q. What is the secret behind getting that perfect pop?

Spot on timing, just the right amount of ingredients, perfect temperature and of course the rest is TOP SECRET!

Q. What’s next for Gary’s Kettle Corn?

We would like to spend more time getting involved in our community and help spread the word of our local farmer markets.  We’ve also talked about adding new flavors. We just recently added Caramel Corn. We’re working hard trying to bring the kettle corn taste you can’t resist to everyone throughout the lower mainland!

Q. Why do you think farmers markets are important in the community?

Farmer markets are the perfect places to connect with others within their communities while supporting their local businesses. It’s also an experience that promotes a sense of place within the community and sets the perfect social atmosphere while families shop and meet their local business owners. We know many of our regular customers by their first names and it’s always a pleasure to see them drop by even if it’s just to say “Hello!”

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Vendor Spotlight: Mediterra Soaps

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SPOTLIGHT FEATURE SALE: This Sunday at the Poirier Street Farmers Market Mediterra Soaps will be offering a special deal! Stop by their tent on Sunday and ask for the SPOTLIGHT DEAL: 20 % off Organic Aloe Vera Gel and Body lotions. (This offer now expired)

Q. Why did you start making soap?

My Grandfather, Youlious Tallia, taught me the secrets of soap making when I was a young girl. The first soap I learned to make 15 years ago was my pure Olive oil soap, also known as the famous Mediterranean Castille soap. Once I mastered it I then started to experiment with clay colours, essential oils, fragrance oil, and different styles. I love making my soaps unique and almost eatable, partly because it satisfies my inability to bake.

Q. What is your most popular product?

My most popular product would have to be my Detox Clay soap bar. It is excellent for acne, eczema, and other skin problems. It has olive oil, Bentonite clay and activated charcoal. That combination makes it super effective on any troubled skin, yet keeps the bar mild enough that you can use it on your face along with the body.

Q. Do you have a personal favourite?

My personal favourite is my Cranberry crush soap made with red clay and cranberry fibers, followed by my Organic Aloe Vera gel. The Aloe gel is a miracle worker; it heals, repairs and soothes the skin; great for your face and body.

Q. What is next for Mediterra Soaps?

I would love to one day have my very own store front; the possibilities are endless. Being part of the farmers Market world is something I would not give up. I love the environment, positive energy, and the local support by all who play part in making it happen week after week, year after year.

Q. Why do you think farmers markets are important in the community?

Farmers markets are so important for communities. They allow a chance for many to showcase and sell their goods. They bring communities together and make us aware of all the local goodness we have access to. The traditional way of shopping many years ago is brought back along with the culture and love.

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