The reason I get out of bed– Winter Farmer’s Market!

Yes, everyone.

I managed to wake up bright and early to go to the farmer’s market with my mom today.

The sun was shining, birds were chirping… Spring has officially arrived in Vancouver!20120916_161226

Isn’t the view just breath-taking? 🙂

Okay, fine, I’d admit. This wasn’t taken this morning, which means I wasn’t canoeing earlier either! Shocking, isn’t it? 😉

Ahhh, I wish summer would come faster (missing the vibrant summer produce!); but don’t get me wrong, I still love the abundance of fresh winter produce we get here in British Columbia.

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(Image: Flickr / Seth Anderson)

Yes, sadly, this beautiful picture of winter squash isn’t taken by me. I was wayyyy too giddy and excited at the farmer’s market. There were just so many more vendors than the few I was used to in usual local farmer’s market! I definitely felt like a kid in a candy store (sorry for the cliché, I just had to 😉 )

I soon became a proud owner of one of the squash 😀

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This organic baby was over $10! (shhhhh, it’s a secret)

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The place was pretty packed with people, and dogs. It’s nice to see all the tails wagging, supporting the local farmers 😉

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My mom and I managed to stroll around the vendors for quite a while, longer than the “average person”, browsing through all the different leafy greens, veggies, breads, food trucks… the waft of all the food was just overwhelming (in a positive way).

There was even this vendor who set up a table of all the different sprouts they sell for people to sample! 🙂

I sampled the sprouts of these… boy, were they spicy!

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Wow, that’s a big picture! Yes, radish sprouts. They have a reddish tint to them, which apparently really sparks my fascination (resulting in picking out the spiciest, most peppery kind of sprouts laid on the table)

After that surprising sprout incident, I cleared my tongue (yes, my tongue 😛 ) with some vegan seed and grain pate samples.

Three words: Ah-maz-ing!

so amazing you wouldn’t believe.

gahhhh soooo goood.

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you wouldn’t believe it.

actually you would. Let me explain….

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Okay, do you see this? This amazing nuttiness and seediness. Ahh, perfection. Seriously, SO GOOD.

There were a couple varieties, including mushroom, squash, and mixed herb, but the sundried tomato pate is the one!

Oh my. All the flavours just burst in your mouth…. actually, more like melts. 😉 literally.

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oh, and the ingredients are quite beautiful too, considering how amazing it tastes!

That settles my next recipe mission: to make a perfect vegan pate 😀 I can will do it

Enough talk about the pate now 😉

Here’s my Winter Farmer’s Market haul (yes, normally people won’t refer going to a farmer’s market a haul…)

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such goodness on the table (see the squash I was talking about? 😉 )

Oh yes, in case you are wondering, inside that bag are actually dried oyster mushrooms 🙂

The dried version is bit less hefty in the cost, which keeps my wallet happy; just requires time for soaking! (but hey, they keep longer!)

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Off to make something delicious with this fresh produce!

… like this…. 😀

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Sorry about the picture quality, I was just lazy  thought it would still be beautiful without all the light adjustments 🙂

(and I hope it pleases you)

Comment Below: Do you make time in your morning to go to your local farmer’s market?

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