Market Veggies – May 14th


Tree fruit is starting! This week we will have the first new tree fruit of the season: Apricots!


Here is what to expect at the market this week:
  • Bananas (South America and Organic)
  • Carrots (California and Organic)
  • Broccoli (California)
  • Green Leaf Lettuce (California and Organic)
  • Avocados (Mexico)
  • Royal Gala Apples (BC)
  • Apricots (California)
  • Cantaloupes (California)
  • Green Kale (BC)
  • Yellow Onions (Washington)
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes (BC)
  • Spinach (BC)

So make sure to head down to this Saturday’s mobile market locations to stock up. We will be at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House from 10:00am to 12:0pm and Orchard Park from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Take a look at our mobile market locations for more info on how to find us.

See you this weekend!

*As always, produce lists are subject to change. Thank you for your understanding. 

Seedy Saturday: Garden care and seed saving – May 28

SeedySat05.28.16The Cedar Cottage Food Network and Vancouver Public Library – Kensington are proud to present our third workshop in the 2016 Seedy Saturday series: Garden care and seed saving. During this workshop, participants will learn about the essentials of garden maintenance throughout the season including watering (especially with summer restrictions on the way), harvesting, pest control, soil testing, and more! The instructor, Kim Del Valle Garcia, will also cover how and when to save seeds for next season (and to donate back to the seed library!). Seed saving is an important part of garden care, as it helps you plan for next season and maintain the heritage and biodiversity of seeds – it’s nice to know exactly what you’re planting and eating.

Seeds will once again be available through the seed library and our donation box will be on hand if you have some you’d like to share with others in the community. Although the event is free, registration is required either online or in person at the library branch. Light refreshments will be served.

Seedy Saturday: Starting seeds indoors – March 5

SeedySaturday03.16It’s back! Our Seedy Saturday workshop series in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library – Kensington branch is returning for the 2016 season and kicking off on March 5th.

Our first session will cover starting seeds indoors, an important skill for beginner and advanced gardeners alike. Instructor Tamiae Squibb will show participants how and when to start which seeds indoors (and which to sow directly), go over caring for the seeds, and discuss transplanting those little seedlings.

As always, our Seed Sharing Library will be open and full of seeds for participants to take home to experiment with in their gardens. We also accept donations of seeds – if you save seeds yourself and have extras, please bring some to share with everyone.

This workshop is free but seating is limited so please pre-register online or in person at the Kensington branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Light refreshments will be served.

See you there!

Harvest Festival & Food Swap: Sept. 27

HarvestFestival2014.1It’s here again: the 2nd Annual Harvest Festival and Food Swap! We’ll be bringing in the new season in style down at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House on September 27th from 10am-2pm.

The CCFN is proud to work with the Neighbourhood House again this year to put on this event. It also just so happens that the 27th is one of our mobile market days at CCNH. Amongst the other family-friendly activities, you’ll be able to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables for the week.

Bring a friend (and a homemade/homegrown food item to swap) and come on down for a fun afternoon to welcome autumn!


Registration open for fall workshops

Fall14WorkshopPosterRegistration for our fall workshops is now open! For the first time ever, we have workshops at both Trout Lake and Kensington Community Centres.

Detailed at the left are our adult cooking workshops at Trout Lake. We also have a four-week after school program called Junior Cooks for ages 10-12.

At Kensington, we’ll have a Learn to Pickle workshop and a Little Cooks (ages 4-7) three-part series.

These programs will fill up fast so get your spot today! Look for us under Education, then Cooking and Baking or Gardening at the links below:

Online registration for Trout Lake

Online registration for Kensington


Jam with us at our canning workshop – Aug. 19

harvestcanningNext up in our summer workshop series at Trout Lake Community Centre: Harvest Canning!

Learn to preserve seasonal foods so that you may enjoy them all year long. Participants will walk away with their new knowledge and a jar of what the group made that night.

Register online (under Education > Cooking and baking) or in person at Trout Lake. The workshop is only $15. See you there!

An Evening with Iris Quinn – July 22


We regret to inform our readers that this workshop has been cancelled. 

The Cedar Cottage Food Network is hosting a workshop by local cookbook author Iris Quinn in two weeks! Iris lives in the Trout Lake area and is thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with her neighbours over food. Here is a quick introduction from Iris herself:

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be coming to Trout Lake Community Centre to cook with you, and to talk about my new cookbook. A professional actor by trade, I have been a foodie geek since I was ten years old, and have turn pseudo-pro in the past twenty years catering for weddings and other gatherings. My cookbook, SALIVATION, is a collection of recipes that I created over the last several decades, and along with recipes that have been blessedly bestowed upon me. It is a collection of the very best I have to offer. Each recipe is easily accessible with method and ingredients, all healthy and gourmet tasting.

The workshop is on July 22nd from 6:30-8:30pm and includes a three-course meal for only $20! Register here before this workshop sells out.


Thinking about winter gardening

We haven’t even officially started summer here in Vancouver but it’s almost time to start thinking about winter gardening! We’re lucky in the Pacific Northwest to have a viable winter gardening season; it’s not far-fetched to be able to grow into October and November.

Here are some seeds to consider sowing in late June so that the crops will be ready for the winter:



Carrot Family (Apiaceae): carrots and fennel

Onion Family (Alliaceae): green onions

Mustard Family (Brassicaceae): Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, rutabaga, turnips

Sunflower Family (Compositae): endive, radicchio

Beet Family (Chenopodiaceae): beets, Swiss chard

Remember that root vegetables such as rutabagas, turnips, carrots, and beets do better starting from seed; they do not take well to transplanting.

Look for more tips like these at Seattle Tilth, who provides a monthly guide to gardening in our climate.

Seedy Saturday: Caring for your garden – May 31st

SeedySat0531Our next Seedy Saturday event with the Vancouver Public Library is coming up soon! On May 31st, participants can learn more about garden maintenance, swap seeds, and meet their neighbours. The workshop will go over caring for your newly transplanted seedlings, attracting beneficial insects (and keeping the pests away), choosing soils, and when to harvest.

Of course, the Kensington-Cedar Cottage Seed Sharing Library will once again be making an appearance. Grab some last minute seeds to sow right into the earth, or donate what you’ve saved.

Register online at or in person at the Kensington branch of the VPL. Tickets went fast for our workshop in April so snag yours today!