Farmers’ Feast challenge – spring 2015 edition

After a long and exceptionally cold winter, I am appreciating our local farmers more than ever. Their ability to bring a diverse selection of produce to market early in the growing season is amazing, all the more so when you realize they have to contend with things like frost on the second-last weekend in May. A visit to the Ottawa Farmers’ Market (OFM) at this time of year is a true delight, especially now that it is operating outdoors at Lansdowne Park three days a week (Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays). There’s also a great satellite market in Westboro on Saturdays. I’m always happy to shop locally, especially when it comes to food.

After a long, hard winter, fresh local produce at the Ottawa Farmers' market is a particularly welcome sight.
After a long, hard winter, fresh local produce at the Ottawa Farmers’ market is a particularly welcome sight.

Once again, I’ve been fortunate to receive a basket full of goodness from the OFM, as a spring Farmers’ Feast cooking challenge. Here is a list of the basket’s suppliers and contents:

  • Needham’s Market Garden – Rhubarb
  • Acorn Creek Garden Farm – sweet black currant vinegar and popcorn cobs
  • Avonmore Berry Farm – asparagus
  • Rochon Garden – spicy pickled carrots, radishes, cucumbers, dill, sorrel, baby beets
  • Pure Bread – classic sourdough and Borodinsky rye
  • Just Farm – ramps, green onions, mixed bags of kale
  • Poppa Bean – Monsoon coffee beans
  • Chamomile Desjardins – Cool Canadian hot sauce

I’ll be adding some delicious new recipes to this site in the days ahead (see list below). Why not make a trip to the Ottawa Farmers’ Market this week and cook along with me?

Salad of tender greens with pickled rhubarb

Open-faced radish sandwiches – a French treat!

Rhubarb Mousse (chilled or frozen)

Grilled Asparagus and Spring (Green) Onions

Springtime Cocktail Snacks

Asparagus with Lemon-Herb Sauce

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.