The produce is oh so good at South Osborne Farmers’ Market

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Carrots and kale, sourdough bread, cappuccino and Arnold Palmer popsicles, toasted coconut and honey marshmallows, sour cherries and long stemmed garlic, butter crunch lettuce, zippy zucchini relish and bacon cheeseburger pies.

These are all some of the delicious things that can be bought at the South Osborne Farmers’ Market.  

The vendors, 20 or more of them, fill the hockey rink with their tempting products, not all of which are food items.

Sou'wester Michelle Scott, Chrissie Cooke and Cesar Flores, of South Osborne Permaculture, sold their wares at a recent Lord Roberts Community Centre Community Farmers' Market.

Chad Wiens lives on the family farm near St. Adolphe. He brought four varieties of kale, three types of head lettuce, onions, carrots and baskets of bright red cherries to the market.

“I eat raw kale,” Wiens said. “We do not use pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers.”

When she was a child, Chad’s sister Cora baked yeast bread with her mom and grandma. Later Cora learned how to bake sourdough bread from friends. Chad also worked for a couple of bakers.

“I love farmers’ markets,” said Chad. “They’re a really great way to start out; you can keep costs low and you get to meet business and community people.”

Prairie Pride Honey comes from the Steinbach area. According to Mackenzie Friesen, whose boyfriend is a beekeeper, the best honey comes from bees that pollinate the alfalfa fields.

Friesen’s boyfriend harvests and collects the honey all summer. “He gets stung every day of the harvest,” Friesen said.

Michelle Scott, Chrissie Cooke and César Flores from South Osborne Permaculture brought collard greens which included kale and spring greens, onions, raspberries, parsley, gold marigold mint and more to their table.

“The crop is always changing,” Scott said.

The Natural Collective, a Community Shared Agriculture operation where Nick Rempel, Adam Pauls, Jessica and Derek Denalf keep busy, has a stand of colourful Swiss chard, tomatoes, radishes, beets, cabbages and a fine-looking mesclun mix. Mesclun is a mix of young leaves from different plants that is usually eaten as a salad.

Many more interesting and wonderful people sell healthy, fresh food at the transformed hockey rink.

Some vendors sell face moisturizers, homemade cleaning products, jewellery and T-shirts.

These hardworking marketers may not be at LRCC every week and their products will evolve as the summer progresses.

If you ride your bike to the market consider dropping by the Bike Hub. It is in the rink and the mechanics will do quick fixes.

Before you leave the market try a coffee. Alex Méron runs the Joy Coffee Bar.

“I like the energy. I like the people,” said Méron, who makes delicious cappuccinos and other hot and cold drinks.

Finally, let yourself be tempted by El Salvadoran pupusas, tamales, chicharron and yucca fries cooked in the Tamale Time truck.

The Lord Roberts Community Centre Farmers’ Market continues Wednesdays through Sept. 27, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Dianne Doney is a community correspondent for Fort Rouge. You can contact her at diannemary@hotmail.com

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