James Bay Market: Who Grows Your Food
James Bay Market
By Jessica Duncan
Photos by Kate King
Just as the last vestiges of western civilization are getting into the swing of eating kale for health, a new report comes out adding it to the “dirty dozen” – the top 12 fruits and vegetables containing the highest amounts of pesticides. Ew! Admittedly, when I read this report, I scratched my head and wondered where they’re getting their kale from. First of all, kale is one of the easiest vegetables to grow year around right here in our Victoria gardens. Secondly, for those of you who don’t have growing space, we are surrounded by small scale farmers ready to bring their organic and/or spray-free* kale to a market near you. The good news is that we can continue to eat (and enjoy/) kale without fearing death by pesticide when we buy our kale from our local farmers.
May 4 is just around the corner, and that means it’s almost time for the 24th season of the James Bay Market. At the James Bay Market, you can get your fair share of certified organic veggies from certified organic growers Saanich Organics and Sun Trio Farm. While the other farmers may not hold organic certification, you can always ask them if they spray their crops, and, if so, with what. One of the beauties of buying your produce at the farmers’ market rather than at a store is the transparency. If you want to find out how your produce was grown, you can have a conversation right there with the very farmer who grows it, removing the mystery of “What am I actually eating?’
As in previous years, the James Bay Market will be offering a wide variety of goodies, edible and otherwise. As well as finding freshly harvested, locally grown flowers and produce, you will find baked goods, bean-to-bar chocolate, fresh eggs, local beef, pantry staples, artisanal alcoholic beverages, jewelry, knitting, clothing, art cards, skin care products, and more. Be sure to allow yourself enough time at the market to have your Tarot cards read, or chill out with a chair massage, then enjoy a delicious meal from one of our hot-food vendors, while listening to live music. The wonderful market volunteers will be at the information tent with freshly brewed coffee for sale, so don’t forget your travel cup!
Many of your favourite, longtime vendors will be back on a weekly basis, and we have some exciting new vendors too. Great news: if you love Italian food as we welcome La Pasta Triestina who will be bringing pasta, crackers and breadsticks. Old Soul Jam Co will be joining us with their delicious selection of jams and hot sauces. Also, new to James Bay Market this year is Nev Ice Cream, bringing her unique artisanal flavours on all the sunny market days.
So, now is a good time to dig out your favourite market bags, look up some delicious kale recipes, and get ready to come join your neighbours for the start of the James Bay Community Market.
James Bay Market runs every Saturday 9am-3pm, rain or shine, May 4-September 28 at the corner of Menzies and Superior.