My most favorite stall...fresh herbs from RiverView...even in the winter!It's official....I'm an idiot. Okay, not a complete idiot, but...well, first...Gay, Scientist in the Kitchen has another food blogging event about local markets and I've been thinking about it alot.
This is our first winter in Nova Scotia and it's been cold and blustery, so I've been dying to see what sorts of local things one can buy in January at the Halifax Farmers Market. The last time I was there was before Christmas and the place was packed as always. My experience at this market has been that if you don't show up by 7 AM, the lines are long and the space crowded, which I personally don't find charming, although, for many, the attraction is first the social scene and second the food. So I steeled myself to be patient, since it was 8:30 when I arrived...and I was shocked! No crowds, no lines...lots of space...what gives?...quick take a picture because my Honey would never believe me... Which leads me back to why I'm an idiot...I left the camera at home! So here's a peak at the bounty once I plopped it all on our table... (The photos at the top of the post are from an earlier visit.)
Just Us coffee (my Honey freshly brewed it when I called to say I was on my way home) with some Pain Chocolat from Julien's Bakery stall (even though they have a shop just down the street from our house - Saturday belongs to the market).
roasted with some fresh thyme....yum.
brussels sprouts, the hearty kale that ends up tasting so sweet and, another fave stop at the market...fresh eggs from the quiet little lady in the main courtyard, who always has a smile for you.
RiverView Herbs and...voila!
Seared Scallops on Baby Greens. (It brought some summer to the table). I've run out of balsamic apple cider vinegar and used some blueberry balsamic from Half Island Harvest (he has a stall at the market) instead. (The apple cider balsamic vinegar will have to wait for a trip to the Annapolis Valley!).
Beverley McClare of Tangled Garden has decided to set up shop at the market. If you're in town on a Saturday morning, you have to check it out.
So that was yesterday and today started off with Mush made with fresh goat milk yogurt from Ran-cher Acres (a dollop of local Cosman & Whidden honey) and the last of my home-made brown bread with a thick layer of the last of my New Zealand honey from one of my other favorite markets...St Lawerence Market in Toronto.
Dinner will star the salmon with brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes...I'm not quite sure how yet, but I do know it will be delicious. And dessert will be something with those Russet apples. So who says you can't eat great locally in Halifax even in the winter!