Being able to visit farmers markets is such an inspiring and educational trip. Not only does seeing such an abundance of amazing products get the creative juices flowing, but being able to talk to the farmers is a great way to connect with them, find out what’s coming into season soon, what’s at its peak right now, and what isn’t growing well. We all see hashtags on social media saying #Knowyourfarmer and #knowwhereyourfoodcomesfrom, visiting your farmers market is a great way to practice this.
One of my favorite markets is the Langley Farmers Market. Not only does it have so many of our old restaurant suppliers there, we also see many of our past and present clients there purchasing and supporting local(we ourselves were also a vendor at the market for a couple of years). We have already made several visits here this year, and now, as summer is upon us, the variety of amazing produce is growing weekly!
The Market runs every Wednesday from 12:00-4:30 (May 18th-October 12th)
Below the pictures are some links to the producers pictured here!
Green Feast Farms- eggs, flowers, veggies, and chicken. Our recipe for mayo on the recipe page was made with their eggs!
The Farm House cheese- Amazing organic cheese made from the dairy of ethically raised animals. Simply some of the best cheese anywhere! My favorites are the Alpine Gold and Castle blue cheese
Morels from Your Wildest Foods. Matt used to sell our restaurant his wild foraged items and his products quality and freshness is amazing. Depending on the time of year you’ll find morels, chanterelles, sea asparagus… Matt also dries his fresh mushrooms so you can buy dried varieties year round!
Glen Valley Artichoke Farms- in addition to artichokes (when they are in season) these guys sell veggies and a great selection of dried beans.
BC Buzz Honey- When we had the restaurant we used this honey as a substitute for sugar in virtually all of our recipes. We used it to cure bacon, in ice cream, our fresh baked breads, and vinaigrettes. Why buy sugar when you can support a local honey producer!
Close to Home Organics is a family run farm in Glen Valley. This family is passionate about organic and sustainable farming. Over the years I have enjoyed so many of the products from their field. It’s people like this that make chefs like me look good!
Strawberries from Glen Valley Organic Farms- they were amazing.
Edible Flowers from the market, what a great way to add some wow to your salads!
Can’t go wrong with beer at a farmers market! Great brewery out in Abbotsford with a wide selection of craft beers to cover everyone tastes.
Farmers market salad with Farmhouse brie, Close to Home Organics strawberries, Green Feast Farms greens, and a BC Buzz honey vinaigrette
Morels from Your Wildest Foods made a great cream sauce for some heritage pork loin!
Cache Creek beef stiletto braised with Matt’s morels