This past weekend I found myself with a Sunday morning and afternoon free from work, and took the opportunity to check out the Ladner Village Market. I had heard good things about the market from many people, but since they only host it every other week, it was hard to schedule a time to get out there. And it was a good thing I had the day off, because it happened to also be the last market of the summer!
I would have asked my sister to come with me, but turns out she went camping for the weekend. Oh well, her loss. I did still park at her house, so I didn’t have to deal with parking near the market.
Turns out this market is huge! It extends all throughout their “downtown”, closing off the streets. There were tons of people out and about, checking out the vendors, enjoying the street food, and listening to the bands playing. There was pretty much everything you would expect at a farmer’s market – fresh local/organic produce, artisan bread and cheeses, other unique foods like jams, chocolates, preserves, baking, fudge, sauces, etc; all sorts of crafts and hand made goods; plants, art, and more! I made the rounds, deciding what I most wanted to take home with me, then went back to purchase.
One thing that caught my eye was all the people I saw walking around eating these parchment paper wrapped, flaky crusted, fruit filled pies. I knew I needed to track them down and get one of my own.
Turns out they were from a company called Golden Crust, located in Squamish, BC (oh yeah, I should also mention this market attracts vendors from all over BC, so there were lots I had never seen before). They had a table jam packed with regular fruit pies, tarts, and what they call pocket pies. I had found my treat!
There were so many flavours to choose from – blackberry apple, strawberry rhubarb, peach, and cherry to name a few. When I saw the peach raspberry pocket pie, I knew that was the one I wanted. We used to get these amazing pies from a place in White Rock, and they made a peach raspberry pie that was my absolute favourite flavour. I couldn’t pass it up!
I brought my pie home with me, to avoid becoming a sticky mess as I wandered through the crowds. But you better believe it was the first thing I dove into when I walked in the door. How could I resist that rustic, flaky, golden brown crust?
And check out those chunks of peaches in the ooey gooey filling. They definitely didn’t skimp on the good stuff. It was like the best homemade pie in a convenient hand held form, and all for only $3! I can see why people at the market were flocking to get there fill.
It’s unfortunate the Ladner Village Market is over – I’d go back for a pie. Although, perhaps that’s also a blessing in disguise? Maybe I’ll just have to create my own pocket pies at home 😉
So tell me – what’s your favourite pie filling?