Spring Workshops for Kids and Pre-Teens

playing-with-your-food1The Cedar Cottage Food Network is presenting several cooking workshops for children and pre-teens this spring at Trout Lake and Kensington Community Centres. Food intersects well with many other disciplines and these cooking workshops develop literacy, teamwork, problem-solving, and motor skills.

At Trout Lake (register online here under Education > Cooking and baking):

May 24 from 10am-12pm – Experimenting with Food (ages 5-9) | $15
After doing some fun science experiments, participants will apply the concepts learned to cooking.

June 7 from 10am-12:30pm – Food and Our Bodies (girls ages 10-14) | $18

Participants will learn to make healthy connections between body image and food after this combination of group discussion and cooking class. Lunch will be prepared and enjoyed together.

At Kensington (register online here):

April 26, May 3, May 10 from 10-11am – Little Cooks (ages 4-7) | $35 for 3 sessions
An introduction to the fun of cooking where playing with food is required! Parental supervision is welcome but not necessary.

August 4-7 from 10:30-11:15am – Little Cooks Camp (ages 4-7) | $59 for 4 sessions

All food in the workshops is nut-free and vegetarian. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail cedarcottagefoodnetwork[at]gmail[dot]com.

Market Veggies for March 28th

Here is what to expect at this week’s market, yum yum!

My favourite squash will be at the market this week. Try roasting it and making soup!

  • Avocado (Mexico and Organic)
  • Bananas (South America and Organic)
  • Carrots (California and Organic)
  • Rainbow Chard (California and Organic)
  • Spartan Apples (BC)
  • Lemons (California)
  • Anjou Pears (Washington)
  • Broccoli (California)
  • Red Onions (Washington)
  • Kabocha Squash (BC)
  • Sweet Potatoes (California)
  • Bok Choy (California)
  • Ginger (China)
So make sure to head down to this Saturday’s mobile market locations to stock up. From 10:00am-12:00pm, we’ll be at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House (Victoria Dr. and 24th ave.) and from 2-4pm, we’ll be at South Van Neighbourhood House (Victoria Dr. and 49th ave.). Don’t forget to sample some of the delicious recipes at South Van’s tasting kitchen. See you at the market!

Market Produce Available: March 21st

Tomorrow, we’ll have the following delicious items for sale at our two market locations:

Avocados (organic)
Bananas (organic)
Swiss chard (organic)
Anjou pears (grown in Washington)
Green cabbage
Parsnips (grown in BC)
Yukon gold potatoes (grown in BC)

You can find us at Brant Villa (near Nanaimo Skytrain station) from 10:30am-12:30pm and Kensington Community Centre from 2-4pm. See you there!

Kensington-Cedar Cottage Food Asset Map

KCC Food Network Map_Page_1For the past few months, the Cedar Cottage Food Network has been working with a designer to create a food asset map for the Kensington-Cedar Cottage neighbourhood. A food asset map highlights food infrastructure in the area (gardens, food retailers, food programs, etc) while showing which pockets of the neighbourhood may need improvement. For example, one would notice the high concentration of community gardens at the north end of the neighbourhood, near Commercial-Broadway station and Trout Lake. There are fewer in other parts of the neighbourhood. There are a multitude of reason why this might be and the point of a food asset map is to start conversations around why these assets exist in some places but not others.

Now, we need your input. Is the map comprehensive? Do you see anything we’ve missed on the map? Have any ideas to address gaps you see? Send any comments to cedarcottagefoodnetwork[at]gmail[dot]com. Thank you for your thoughts!

Market Veggies – March 7

We are dedicating the entire month of March to Juice! Delish!

Swing by each of our market locations to sample some of our fresh, local, organic veggies in liquid form, available by donation. This week is carrots!

  • Broccoli (California and Organic)
  • Cabbage (BC and Organic)
  • Carrots (California and Organic)
  • Rainbow chard (California and Organic)
  • Black Kale (California and Organic)
  • Apples Royal Gala (BC)
  • Avocados (Mexico)
  • Mangoes (Mexico)
  • Red Anjou Pears (Washington)
  • Red Onion (Washington)
  • Red Russian Garlic (BC)
  • Beets (BC)
  • Ginger (China)
  • Lemons (California)
  • Oranges (California)
  • Yukon Gold Potato (BC)
  • Red Garnet Yams (California)
We will be at Brant Villa from 10:30am to 12:30pm and Kensington Community Center from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Take a look at our mobile market locations for more info on how to find us.

Seedy Saturday: Getting garden-ready – March 21

SeedySat03.21.15It’s back again: our Seedy Saturday workshop series with the Vancouver Public Library (VPL)! Last year, in partnership with the VPL, we started a seed sharing library and held free workshops every few weeks on gardening.

Whether you have been gardening for years or are starting fresh this year, this event is for you. Our seed library will be open for you to take home or donate seeds.

The workshop this month is on Getting Garden-Ready, which will include everything you need to know to prepare for a bountiful harvest this season. Our instructor will discuss soil testing, planning out your plot (including permaculture principles), attracting beneficial insects, and much more! Bring your notebook and your questions.

Please register online at kccready.eventbrite.ca or in the Kensington branch of the VPL. The event is free but space is limited.

See you there.