River Heights Farmer’s Market


One of the churches in the area has co-ordinated a market on Fridays from 2-7 pm for August and September.  They set up at the community cub at Oak St. and Grosvenor Ave.  I had to pick up fresh produce to come up to the cottage and was happy to support the community initiative.

Even though I have finally planted my herb box at home, I was happy to find fresh basil for caprese salad and mint for rice rolls.  I was also pleased to find pickling cucs for cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches and the tiniest little potatoes to boil and toss in butter and dill or for a salad.  They also had beautiful firm beets and turnips exactly the same size, that I intend to cook together for a different taste combination reminiscent of one of our favourite winter recipes.

Roasted Root Vegetables

2 T butter

3 T olive oil

4 carrots, peeled, trimmed, and cut into 1-inch pieces

3 parsnips, peeled, trimmed, and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 large yellow turnip or 4 small (2 pounds), peeled, trimmed, and cut into 1-inch pieces

4 medium beets, peeled, trimmed, and cut into 1-inch pieces

4 medium red potatoes, unpeeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 medium sweet potato (yam), peeled, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

rock salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 t chopped fresh rosemary

1 t chopped fresh thyme

Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Put a heavy roasting pan over 2 burners on the stove.   Heat the butter and olive oil over medium-high heat.   Add the veggies and brown, stirring occasionally,  about 5 minutes. Generously season the vegetables with salt and pepper to taste.   Add the rosemary and thyme and stir well to combine.  Roast the vegetables in the oven until soft when pierced and golden brown, about 1 hour.  Transfer to a large platter and serve.

Kath’s quote:  “The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent, not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.”-Tom Robbins

5 Comments to

“River Heights Farmer’s Market”

  1. Avatar August 18th, 2010 at 12:09 pm caroline Says:

    Isaya and I were off at our sibling camping trip this past weekend and stopped at his parents on the way home… in the summer these stops always increases the number of vegetable we are eating (and they are free). That being said I ended up with beets- one of the few vegetable i don’t really like. However some quick research and I found the most lovely & healthy Beet and Chocolate cup-cake recipe. MMM and a great use of beet.

    Chocolate Beet Cup Cakes
    • 1 cup whole wheat flour
    • 2/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
    • 1/8 tsp. fine salt
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 1/4 cups sugar
    • 1 cup canola oil- (I used ½ cup oil & ½ cup apple sauce)
    • 1/2 pound red beets , boiled, peeled and finely grated (after boiling them and pushing their skins off under cold running water I diced the beet up and chopped it finely in my food processor- which saves you from turning really red)
    • 1/2 cup yogurt

    Preheat the oven to 325° and line muffin tin with paper cups. (I think it made about 20 or so)

    Whisk the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in one bowl and the remaining ingredients in another. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the egg mixture. Fill each muffin cup half full with the mixture.

    Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a mini-cake comes out clean. Cool before serving.

  2. Avatar August 18th, 2010 at 4:32 pm Jenny Says:

    Thanks for sharing about the farmer’s market in River Heights. My gallery is in River Heights so I’ll have to check it out after work on Friday.
    Jenny (aka: The Gallery Gal)

  3. Avatar August 20th, 2010 at 10:19 am kath Says:

    Your gallery is almost at the end of our street. I’ll come in to say hi. You are fortunate to be a part of the vibrant business of RH.

  4. Avatar August 20th, 2010 at 10:20 am kath Says:

    With your permission, I’m going to repsrt your recipe. Do you have any other veggetable cake recipes?

  5. Avatar August 20th, 2010 at 11:25 am caroline Says:

    I have a few I will send your way..

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