Farmer’s Markets & Quinoa

Or what I like to call my Weekend Recap Part 1.

This weekend has been full of sunshine, activities, and good eats with family and friends. So much so, that one post just won’t suffice! Bring on Saturday!

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I was up at 7:30 am on Saturday morning. 7:30! Me! While on summer holidays! I know, insane. I had to make sure breakfast was worth the early wake up call.

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Yes, another Greek yogurt bowl. It’s just way too tasty, and so easy to put together. It had all the usual supects – frozen blueberries, Kashi GoLean Crunch, strawberry freezer jam, Almond Budder Extreme.

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Time for a frosty blueberry close up. 

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With a glass of cranberry juice to start the day off extra right.

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The reflection of the trees on the table is kinda neat in that picture.

So why on earth was I up so early on a Saturday? I was off with Jill to check out Trout Lake.

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We weren’t there just for the beautiful scenery. Saturday is Farmer’s Market day at Trout Lake. It is one of the 4 farmer’s market locations in Vancouver proper, and it is said to be the best. We had heard rumours of spring asparagus and strawberries, so we wanted to get there early so we didn’t miss out. Looks like everyone had the same idea.

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We made our way up and down the stalls, checking out all of the offerings.

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From rhubarb to pork, morels to plants, the farmer’s market had a great mix of vendors. There was even a guy there selling venus fly traps!

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Jill was particularly interested in amassing a whole garden’s worth of plants. I may have caught her in the act of herb shopping ;)

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We both left the market with our arms full and our wallets a little lighter. Check out my purchases!

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Local strawberries

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Morel mushrooms

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Spring salad mix, including kale, kohlrabi, collard, and rapini buds & leaves. How pretty!

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Local organic asparagus. I don’t even want to tell you what this set me back.

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And some gorgeous magenta rhubarb, just waiting to be made into a crisp with those strawberries.

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I even picked up something for my mom. She’s planting tomatoes this year, and has had no luck finding a cherry tomato plant. I found one at the market, and brought it home.

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Too bad I had to put all my lovely produce away. All I wanted to do was create something with it, but it would have to wait for another day, as my Saturday was full of other plans.

Like eating lunch – which was leftover kung pao noodles and veggies from the night before.

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I enjoyed a little Kombucha Wonder Drink with my noodles. Green tea & lemon flavour. Very refreshing.

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Also loving how it comes in small cans now. The bottles are alot to drink in one sitting. These are the perfect size.

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The rest of the afternoon was spent in the kitchen with my sister. We were off to a BBQ that evening, and needed to bring something along with us. At some point in time, I stopped to enjoy a toasted cheese scone with Swiss cheese on top. You can never have too much cheese.

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While my sister whipped up homemade guacamole, salsa, and baked tortilla chips, I set out making a quinoa salad. Jill had actually forwarded me this recipe, and I made a variation on it, making substitutions based on things I already had in the fridge. Although I haven’t tried the original recipe, I must say, my version was delicious!

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Cranberry Mango Quinoa Salad

Based on Tangy Cranberry and Mint Quinoa Salad from The 10 Cent Diet

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup mint, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

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  1. Combine quinoa, juice, and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 min, or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, fluff with fork, and let cool.
  2. Combine quinoa with rest of the ingredients. Served cold or at room temperature.

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The perfect spoonful.

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The salad was a hit at the party. Some people thought it was couscous, but that just gave me the chance to educate them on the awesomeness that is quinoa. I loved the way the mango worked in the salad – it wasn’t completely ripe, so it wasn’t overly sweet. It worked really well with the lime and grapefruit flavours. My cousin’s wife even sent me a text this evening, telling me she’s addicted to it. I take that as good sign.

Speaking of the BBQ – it was fun. Lots of sitting out on the patio, enjoying good eats and laughs. Oh, and birthday cake – the BBQ was for my cousin’s wife’s birthday. It was a mint chocolate ice cream cake. Mint chocolate ice cream isn’t my thing, but everyone else enjoyed it, so I will say the cake was good, even though I didn’t overly enjoy it.

By the time we got home from the party, I was completely wiped! I pretty much went straight to bed. Must have been all the fresh air and fun times I’d had.

So there you have it – part one of my Farmer’s Market & Quinoa weekend. I’ll be back tomorrow with part two, as well as the winner of the Silver Hills giveaway. Let me know how your weekend was! Night!

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4 Comments on “Farmer’s Markets & Quinoa”

  1. May 17, 2010 at 5:23 am #

    My heart starts pounding when I see Farmers Market photos! It’s just the happiest day of the week for me! I’m so glad to see people attending their local markets! It looks like a great one!

  2. May 17, 2010 at 5:48 am #

    that quinoa looks divine!!! i have most of the stuff to make it this week, so i think i will!

    boyfriend’s parents were in town this week, so they brought us goodies from the farm (excellent because my farmer’s market doesn’t start up till june!!) lots of plants for the garden and more asparagus and rhubarb than i know what to do with. strawberries in ontario aren’t ready yet, so i’m going to put some of the rhubarb away in the freezer to wait for them

  3. May 17, 2010 at 8:09 am #

    omg i totally had a similar breakfast this morning- ima post it tomorrow after my cookie recipe thing tonight. mm i had greek yogurt, flax seeds, same blueberries, and strawberries.. oh and cinnamon! so good!!

    i love farmers markets so much and i think theyre amazing to visit on weekends! i like stocking up of fresh greens and produce for the week. my weekend was spent throwing a suprise party which was pretty fun!

    have a great week!!!!!! and a fantastic monday <3

  4. May 17, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    I love farmer market. All pictures look so great! I enjoy reading this post so much… thanks for sharing

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