Waste not: save those fresh herbs!

The amount of food that Canadian consumers waste is becoming an increasing concern to environmental advocates. Did you know that over 1/3 of food produced and sold in Canada ends up in the landfill? There are a number of reasons why this happens, including that sometimes we simply cannot use everything we’ve purchased.

Better storage and knowing the secondary uses of foods can help reduce the amount of food wasted in your household. A commonly wasted food is fresh herbs. Fresh herbs, such as cilantro, basil, or thyme, can add extraordinary flavour to a dish, taking it from standard to gourmet at a relatively inexpensive price.

Picture courtesy of fettlevegan.com

Picture courtesy of fettlevegan.com

Here are some ideas for the rest of your herb bunches once a portion has been used in a recipe:

  1. Dry them in the oven or upside down. This will save you from having to purchase the same herbs in dried form for another recipe.
  2. Freeze them! Chop the herbs and mix with a little water or vegetable stock before putting them into an ice cube tray. You can use the frozen cubes in recipes later on without having to buy more herbs. You can also make sauces or dressing with the herbs and freeze those in the trays as well. Here’s a great bouillon (stock base) recipe from 101 Cookbooks.
  3. Stir leftover chopped herbs into butter or oil. You can also try making a pesto out of almost any fresh herb.

Happy preserving!

Market Produce Available – Nov 16

What a beautiful day and the sun is supposed to hold out to market day. Yes!  Unfortunately last week was our last for Fresh Roots Farms produce, but have no fear we still have quite the jam packed assortment of veggies this week:

  • Apples Gold Del (BC)
  • Avocados (Mex)
  • Bananas (S. Amer)
  • Mangoes (Ecuador)
  • Pears Bartlett (Wash)
  • Broccoli (BC)
  • Carrots(BC and org)
  • Onions(Wash)
  • Peppers (BC)
  • Yams (Calif)
  • Kale (BC)
  • Turnips purple top (BC)

We will be at Brant Villa from 10:30am to 12:30pm and then Culloden Court from 2:00 to 4:00pm. Make sure to swing by to sample the tasting kitchen at Culloden Court. Our Culloden Court market will also host BIoCYCLE, a youth group focused on spreading the word on sustainability, green initiatives and raising awareness on how to promote sustainable living styles. They will have an informational table set up on the importance of healthy eating and food security. Come on by!

Market Produce Available – Nov 9

Rain, Rain go away. Stay away for market day! Even if it doesn’t the Cedar Cottage Mobile Food Markets can be found indoors this week with our van load of fresh veggies. This week we will again be featuring some of Fresh Roots Urban Farm‘s very local produce (grown at Vancouver Technical Secondary) including:

  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Kale
  • Nasturtium
  • Garlic

You can also expect to see an abundance of fruits and veggies at the market including:

  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Apples (BC grown)
  • Mangoes
  • Oranges
  • Broccoli (BC grown)
  • Red onions (Washington grown)
  • Yams
  • Cherry tomatoes (BC grown)
  • Peppers (BC grown)
  • Butternut squash (BC grown)

We will be at the Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House from 10:00am to 12:00pm and then Orchard Park (45th and Nanaimo) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Make sure to swing by to sample the tasting kitchen at Orchard Park.

Seedy Thursday: November 21st

SeedWorkshopPosterThe Cedar Cottage Food Network and the Kensington branch of the Vancouver Public Library are working together to start a community Seed Sharing Library next spring and we need your help!

On November 21st from 6:30-8pm, join us at the Kensington branch (1428 Cedar Cottage Mews) for a seed-saving workshop and public dialogue about the operation of this miniature library. Because this Seed Sharing Library is for you, the community members, your input is important to us!

Learn why seed-saving is so vital to our local food systems and how this venture into sharing seeds can diversify our food production. This is also an opportunity to increase literacy in our community, as we all learn together how we can collectively make changes to our food systems.

The event is free and open to everyone but registration is required. Do so online or in person at the library.

See you there!