Friday, 30 December 2011

12 Terrific Resolutions for 2012!

1. Take your bicycle out of the shed. Use it more this year. If you don't have a bicycle, how about popping by I HeartBikes on the waterfront and renting one for an afternoon or take a drive out to Tantallon, visit the Bike and Bean, rent a bicycle and hit the the rails to trails track along the South Shore.

2. Eat your greens! All kinds... and while you are at it, eat yellow and orange and red and blue! The more colourful your diet the healthier you will be!

Have vegetables with a homemade low-fat dip for a snack.
Add extra veggies to casseroles, stews and soups.
Keep a bowl of apples, bananas and/or oranges on the table.
Have a side salad with a variety of leafy greens every day.
Bake with raisin, date or prune puree to reduce fat and increase fiber.
Add lettuce, onions, peppers, cukes and/or tomatoes to sandwiches.
Order veggie toppings on your pizza.
Enjoy fruit smoothies for breakfast or snacks.
Pack fresh or dried fruits for quick snacks.
Keep cleaned fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator, ready for action.

3. Buy LOCAL! Purchase seasonal and local fruits and vegetables. Keep your money in your own community! As tempting as it might be to have strawberries in January, they have been imported halfway around the world at great environmental cost. Reasearch what is naturally grown in this area and you'll also rediscover the pleasure of meals changing with the seasons! Talk to your farmers at the market.

4. Spend more time outside! So many reasons to do so! Enjoy fresh air, local parks and gardens. Come visit our rooftop and soak up some harbour views. Your soul will thank you!

5. Stop sitting so much!!!! Scary new data!

6. Don't forget the little things. Switch your light bulbs, look for products made from recycled materials, buy energy efficient electronics and appliances, go paperless, conserve heat and water ( lower your thermostat and put on a sweater, turn off the tap when brushing your teeth)

5. If you are a meat eater, purchase happy meat. Animals that are free range, grass fed and antibiotic free. Better for them, better for you.

6. Get more Omega 3 into your diet! So many reasons why. Salmon is an excellent choice and flax seed too.

7. Stop stressing and start breathing! Breathe deeply for five minutes a day. To do it, stand or sit in quietly, close your eyes, and simply notice your breath, without attempting to modify it. Then try this:
Breathing through your nose,take a deep breath,as low into the belly as you can, pause,then exhale fully, pausing again. Make each inhale and exhale last for five counts. Do it five times. Eventually, work up to 10, 20, or even 30 breaths. Feel better?

8. Stay in touch with friends and family! Reconnect. They keep us grounded. Why not make plans to meet at the market? Have a bite to eat and catch up. xoxox

9. Take care of your teeth!
Your body will thank you. Good for more than just a pretty smile.

10. Volunteer!
Somewhere, there is an organization or person that needs YOUR help!

11. Learn something new. How to program the remote control, raise chickens, plant an herb garden, play harmonica! it is up to you:) You can start here.

12. Stop.... and.... smell.... the.... salty air! Life goes by altogether too quicky! Before we know it it will be time for 2013 thoughts. Have a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous year!

Photos: Shelagh Duffett

Friday, 16 December 2011

11 days before Christmas!

Christmas is nigh! This is a print from one of our artists at the market, Shelagh Duffett. You can get LOTS of great gifts here at the market this time of year, as well as stock up on ALL your Holiday foodstuffs and delicious drinks and greenery much more! Really you can do it all and fulfill your pledge of shopping locally.

Santa will be paying the market a visit tomorrow (Sat.). Keep a lookout for him between 11 am and 2 pm on Saturday, Dec.17 th.

We are also collecting gently used coats for the Salavation Army. Bring your warm coats to the market and put them in the box at the South Entrance near Noggins Corner Farm.

Do you have somebody on your list that is hard to buy for? Why not give them one of our MARKET GIFT CERTIFICATES! They come in denominations of $5, $10 and $25. All vendors will accept them. They can be purchesd at the main office upstairs or you can ask at the info desk under the main staircase.

We are OPEN next Saturday, Christmas Eve until 1pm !

On Thursdays, we now have live music to eat your lunch by. The Boulevard Eateries are open throughout the week every day except Monday. This Thursday on December 22nd it will be Modern Grass again. What a fun group!

And as always....Friday is our INTERNATIONAL Day. Enjoy food from around the world with our eclectic bunch of food vendors.

There are also a few craft vendors here these days leading up to Christmas, so pop by, have some lunch and enjoy a chat.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Sunrise and Moroccan Stew

These days it is easy to catch a sunrise like this at the market! We open at 7am on Saturdays and 8am on Sundays. This Saturday, the sunrise is at 7:40 am. It is one minute later each day.

Perfect days for comfort food. This is a delicious Moroccan Stew, full of exotic warm flavours and not so exotic ingredients.
Market shopping list: beef, onion, garlic, parsnip, sweet potato, butternut squash, carrots

Slow Cooker Moroccan Beef Stew

1.5 pound stewing beef, chopped into bite sized pieces, 750 gr
1/4 cup all purpose flour, 50 mL
1 large red onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 parsnip, chopped
1 sweet potato , chopped
1/2 small butternut squash,chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 28oz can tomatoes, chopped, 796 ml
1/2 cup raisins 125 ml
1 tsp grated fresh ginger 5ml
1/2 tsp cinnamon, 5ml
1 tsp cumin, 10 mL
1 tsp garam masala, 5 ml
pinch of allspice
pinch of nutmeg
1 Tbsp lemon zest
2 cups beef stock 500 mL* check after a few hours, may need to add some more.
Salt and pepper to taste
(1 cup each dried apricots and pitted prunes 250 mL) optional, add with veggies
Chopped fresh parsley
Slivered almonds

1. Toss beef with the flour in slow cooker.
2. Add all veggies, tomatoes, spices and broth......stir.
3. Cook in slow cooker on high for 4-6 hours or until meat is cooked and veggies tender.
4. Top with slivered almonds and chopped parsley. Serve over couscous, rice or mashed potatoes:) Your house will smell fantastic. * you can also cook on the stove top, done when all is soft.*

Photos: S. Duffett

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Cabbage Soup....

Tomorrow is December 1st. Soup season is upon us. Comfort food...... Here is a recipe for a yummy, hearty soup using ingredients you can find at the market with a few pantry staples thrown in.

Market purchases: sausage,cabbage, leeks, carrots, parsley, rosemary

Italian Tomato, White Bean & Cabbage Soup with Sausage.
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 12 ounces fully cooked sausages (about 4), halved lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 4 cups thinly sliced green cabbage (about 1/2 small head)
  • 3 leeks (white and pale green parts only), halved lengthwise, then thinly sliced crosswise (about 3 cups) OR use onions instead.
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped fine
  • 2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley or regular (if dried, use less)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 8 cups low-salt chicken or veggie broth
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini (white kidney beans), rinsed,

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat.

Add sausage and sauté until brown around edges, about 5 minutes.

Add cabbage; sauté 2 minutes. Transfer sausage and cabbage to bowl.

Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to same pot and heat over medium heat.

Add leeks, celery, carrots and sauté until soft, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

Add tomato paste, parsley, and rosemary and stir 1 minute.

Add broth, sausage/ mixture, and beans and bring to boil.

Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 40 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

*For a Vegetarian version, use a can of chickpeas or some firm tofu to replace the sausage*

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Living History and a recipe

Meet Seymour LaPierre, aged 11, standing at the Halifax Cheapside Market in 1903........
Now, meet Mary Ann Lapierre, his daughter, still selling at the Halifax Market 113 years later!!!!
Yes , she is a treasure. A bit of living history! You never know what wonderful stories a person has until you chat to them. Mary Ann's grandparents had a small farm near the number 7 hwy in Preston. Seymour and his mom and sometimes dad would fill the wagon and before midnight to make the long trek to the market at Cheapside.(Just below Province House)
They would arrive at the Dartmouth ferry terminal and settle their horse in at the livery stable next to the ferry. ( It was 3 cents extra to take a horse over) they would push the wagon onto the ferry and then it was only an easy block to push it to the Cheapside market. There was also a livery on the Halifax side of the ferry terminal. This is Catherine, Mary Annn's grandmother, standing over her baskets of goods to sell. She retired from selling in 1934 and Seymour and his wife took over.
They sold turnips and potatoes, tomatoes and flowers and eggs,poultry and anything that they might be able to make a few pennies from. Knitted and sewn goods too. This is their turnip harvest!
Mary Ann told a story of the huge uproar in 1916 when the market was to be moved up the hill to "market" street where it remained for many years. The farmers were wondering how to get their produce up the big hill. The horses and oxen were their main concern.
The LaPierres have been selling at the market all these years, moving fom location to location, finally now here at the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market. Say hi to Mary Ann next time you visit us. Her booth, HillCrest Farms is in the North corner. These wonderful pictures are hers and there are many more in this treasure trove.

Here is Mary Ann's recipe for

Boiled Dinner

1 (5 1/2 pound) corned beef brisket
2 large onions
1 parsnip, chopped
1 turnip, chopped
8 carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 heads cabbage, cored and cut into wedges
5 potatoes,chopped

1.Rinse the beef brisket under cold water, and place in a large pot. Add enough water to cover the roast by 6 inches. Peel the onions, and place them in the pot with the roast. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 30 minutes at a rolling boil.

2. Reduce heat to medium-low so that the water is at a gentle boil, cover, & cook for 3 1/2 hours.

3. Remove the lid from the brisket. Remove onions, and cut into wedges. Return them to the pot. Add carrots, turnip and parsnip to the pot, then place the cabbage over the roast. Place the lid back on the pot, and cook for another 30 minutes, until veggies are tender. Cook the potatoes separately.

4. Remove the vegetables from the pot, and place in a separate serving bowl. Keep the corned beef in the pot until ready to slice and serve because it dries out quickly.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Kale is in Season!

Wondering what to do with kale? Here is a popular recipe served up at Norbert's Good Food at Selwood Green. Kale Scramble! The taste is delicious! and good for you too!

Chop up some kale, any kind is fine, about a large handful per person and steam it until soft. About five to ten minutes. Use a tiny bit of oil in a nonstick pan or griddle and saute about half a chopped onion per person. Put the kale in and form a ring around the onion. Next, beat two eggs, add some salt and pepper and pour into the center of the kale ring.
Next you add some grated cheese, Norbert uses Gouda, but any kind will do and as much as you like.
Take two spatulas and start flipping and agitating the scramble to help it mix through and cook the egg.
Form it into a round, sprinkle some more cheese on top and let it sit and finish cooking. the egg must be white and the cheese melted.
While you are waiting for it to finish cooking, slice some bread and pop it into the toaster. Hannah is doing a great job:).Gently lift it off the griddle and on to a plate.
Voila! Kale Scramble! Serve with toast and a side salad or bacon if that is your preference:)
Want more recipes for kale? Look here.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Pumpkin Success!

Our Pumpkin Crazy, Pumpkin Festival has come and gone. It was a tremendous success because of all of you who participated ! We would like to extend thanks to our sponsors....
Chef Renee Lavallee served up some delicious pumpkin mousse and apple squash soup!
There were craft activities for the children !
Adults got into the swing of things too:) Here's Dan with his new best friend:)
The vendors all had fun with it...
The pumpkin carving station was busy all day. Some people took theirs home to enjoy and others left theirs to be judged.
Speaking of judging, our judges were Ben Boudreau, community manager of Yelp Halifax; Kristen Pickett, food writer/reviewer/event planner and Jennifer Reynolds of Select Nova Scotia! They did a great job! Here are our winners! Maybe next year, yours might be a winner too! Hope to see you!

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Pumpkin Crazy, Pumpkin Festival!

On Sunday, October 23rd,
we are having our first PUMPKIN FESTIVAL!!!!

10 am - 4 pm
FREE Family Fun!!! Pumpkin Carving with PRIZES! Food demo with Chef Renee LaVallee! 800 Pound Atlantic Giant™ pumpkin grown by Danny Dill. Pumpkin walk. Pumpkin madness! Danny Dill is bringing a HUMUNGOUS 800 pound pumpkin here! ATLANTIC GIANT™ pumpkin grown by Danny Dill (Howard Dill's Farm), Windsor, Nova Scotia. Home of the World's Largest Pumpkin Variety since 1979. Get your picture taken beside it! We will need a forklift to bring it in!

PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST! Win gift certificates to the market!
On Sunday we will have a pumpkin carving station set up and you can bring a pumpkin from home and carve it here or bring an already carved one from home OR buy a pumpkin from here and carve it. The pumpkins will be set up along the cruise corridor for viewing and judging and then prizes. Anything goes:) PUMPKINS must be finished by 1:30 to be eligible for judging. JUDGING WILL BE at 2 PM on SUNDAY Winners will be announced at 2:30PM and prizes given out.

7-8 pm come by to see the pumpkins lit up all along the Seaport Market windows. Our first annual PUMPKIN WALK!

Renee LaVallee will be sampling delicious PUMPKIN and squash recipes from 11 am until 1:30 pm. Courtesy of Select Nova Scotia!


THE CORNISH PASTY SHOP will be selling pumpkin pasties

will be selling pumpkin cheesecake cupcakes, wild rice salad with pumpkin & cranberries and pumpkin soup.

will be selling lavender pumpkin bread!

KALE KRISPS are working on a new Pumpkin flavored treat for the festival.

FLORENCE WAGG will be showcasing a vibrant collection of orange jewelry.

GOOD NATURED will be selling adorable felted pumpkins.

Artist DON MANNING will be selling lovely pumpkin notecards.

Artist SHELAGH DUFFETT will have some quirky cats and pumpkin prints.

ANDREA'S JEWELRY DESIGN will be selling pumpkin colored jewelry!

EARTH ELEMENTALS will have Pumpkin Spice soaps

will be serving hot pumpkin squash soup

THE CAKE LADY is making special pumpkin pies and pumpkin cookies.

RAYS OF INDIA will be serving up pumpkin curry.

WRAP SO D will be whipping up some pumpkin pancakes.

JOVIAL DESIGN has a beautiful sterling silver pumpkin pendant and semi-precious stone orange jewelry.

IRONWOOD BOWLS will have some fun orange driftwood pencils.

will be launching her fall lime with vibrant orange accents.

MR SMOOTH will have a Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

SURF ART BY DAINA Will have some small matted pumpkin photos and small matted autumn ocean sunset giclees for sale.

Other vendors will be participating as well.

Wear orange and be part of our PumpkinPalooza!!


Sunday, 11 September 2011

September Days

These are the glorious days of September in Nova Scotia! Softly crisp days with sparkling sun.The market is chock a block with produce of all kinds. Perfect time to come down and explore the stalls.
Meet some friends and enjoy a visit. We have lots of places to sit, socialize and have a bite or two:)

Monday, 25 July 2011

Edmund McPhee

Meet Edmund. 83 years young. He lives in West Gore, Hants County, Nova Scotia.

This was his first time here at the Seaport Market. On Sunday, he hopped in the car with his wife and drove here to have a look around.

What is interesting about this story is that Edmund and his father, Hope McPhee, used to sell at the market in the 1930's. 70 years ago! and they did it for 28 years!

At that time it was called the green market and was held under the Town Clock. He and his dad used to travel in every Friday. Edmund skipped school on Fridays as soon as he was able to count change. Never went back after grade 9.

They sold hand -churned ice cream made the day before by his grandmother Alberta. No electricity, so it was kept cold with salt and ice blocks.
They also sold fresh butter, buttermilk, beef, honey gladiolas and assorted veggies. They would bring in eggs and poultry from their neighbors to sell. There was a bit of a fuss when they first came in to sell ice cream, something about it not being a dairy product. His dad, Hope had to go to City Hall to fight it! ( According to Edmund, it was one of the dairies that contested him)

Edmund continues to live in the area where he grew up. Where there used to be 28 farms there is now just himself. He still has a large garden and for the last month and a half, he and his wife have been eating happily from it, he told me proudly with his blue eyes twinkling.

You never know who you will meet here at the market. Strike up a conversation with a stranger and you might be surprised:)

Monday, 11 July 2011

10 Top Tips for Market Shopping!

Here are some great tips from Lisa Borden - Eco Advocate and Strategist, Owner of Borden Communications and blogger for HuffPost Canada

Shopping at the farmers' market is better for the environment, better for our local economy and better for your wallet. It's also fun, healthy and the food tastes better. Once you eat fresh, recently harvested produce, you'll realize the stuff from the supermarket (organic or not) is just not the same thing. Being connected to your food will change your entire life!

As with anything new, it takes time to figure it all out, so here are some helpful hints for hitting the farmers market:

1. Don't forget your bags, baskets and containers.
Invest in good reusables (I couldn't live without my washable, square-bottomed bags). Be warned, no one goes to market and forgets their bags! A basket can also be very handy especially during berry season. There are no plastic clamshell containers at the market, so stacking is not an option. Expert tip: take your own produce bags, bread bags and containers; they all come in handy.

2. Bring cash and plenty of small change.
It'll be faster and easier for everyone. Trust me, it doesn't feel good to pass a $50 bill to a farmer selling you three dollars worth of spinach!

3. Bring your family and friends.
It's more fun to share the market with others. Consider meeting at the market for a meal or drink (extra points for bringing a reusable mug!). It's also a place to involve everyone in food choices. We need our children to understand where our food comes from; just ask Jamie Oliver!

4. Do a full walk-through.
There are no returns. Who has the best tomatoes? Would you have preferred the peaches instead of the pears? Walk the whole market first to see what's available and compare prices and product -- although if you have a favourite farmer with limited crops, you'll want to go directly there first. Also, later in the season, the produce seems to get heavier. Melons and squash are always my last purchases, so that I don't have to carry them around the entire time. Once you become a regular, you will know your favourites, and your shopping routine will become second nature.

5. Don't get sold a fake.
Just because it's the farmers' market doesn't mean the food is automatically healthy. Some markets have vendors selling donuts made from white flour and fried in conventional oil. No, I have no idea how they were allowed in. Happily, a few stalls away will be someone selling lovingly-made stuffed French toast made with the finest ingredients. Choose wisely, and choose real.

6. Go early and get first pickings.
You cannot imagine the excitement the regular market shoppers have for the season's first strawberries, asparagus, ramps, and if you don't "get it" now, you will next year at this time. If you want to take part to the fullest, don't sleep in. Go late if you are looking for deals and are not picky. Vendors will generally be happy not to haul anything back with them; they worked hard to get it to market in the first place.

7. Ask questions.
You'll get real answers. If you want to know when something was picked, or how to best choose a particular item, just ask. You'll get great answers. Make sure what you are buying is organic by asking. And, although sometimes the farmer will not have paid for certification, they might be as stringent (or more) in their fields and operations. Also feel free to ask what something is, or try things that you would not necessarily see at the store. Farmers know all about what they grow (sometimes they will share great recipes too -- that's not happening at the supermarket!).

8. Speak to other shoppers.
I have generally found people to be quite friendly at markets. It's amazing not only what advice I've given, but what I've learned. I've received great recommendations for restaurants, family events, and products nearby or just outside of the city.

9. Don't buy ingredients for a meal.
Make a meal based on the best ingredients you buy. Don't just go to the market to cross things off your grocery list. Buy what's best and in season, and try new things. When you buy fresh and simple, the dishes you prepare can be fresh and simple, too. Sometimes we just enjoy a "market meal" -- a help-yourself-to-all-of-the-goodness-we-just-got meal. You can obviously make a list, but keep an open mind. Take advantage of seasonal inspiration.

10. Cook together.
By cooking with your children, as opposed to for them, you have the opportunity to teach them so much (and have a great time together). "Give a person a fish and you will feed them for today. Teach a person to fish, and you'll feed them for a lifetime." Before you decide that this is an impossible task with your hectic schedule, consider making this a weekly event. Even toddlers can help. Picking leaves off of basil, or putting berries into the bowl is enough to sustain at least five minutes of kitchen time together! Make a concerted effort to be connected to your food, your family and your friends. Mealtime will change forever.

As always, keep in mind that your money is your voice. With every dollar you spend, you are asking for more of the same. Shopping at our local markets will change your life personally and benefit the whole community.

Get local and organic from the farmers market. Enjoy the season. Share the experience with others, and enjoy some great food while you're at it!

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photos : S Duffett

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Last week

We had a great week at the Market!
July 1st came and went with lots of people out celebrating the wonderful day!
Then the Queen Mary 2 came to port. Did you know she's one of the fastest ocean liners ?
Yesterday we hosted our first strawberry festival in conjunction with Select Nova Scotia. Here is Chef Renee Lavalle serving up a milkshake made with Foxhill Cheese strawbery gelato. It was a great success.

Also...we have a new twitter account! Please update your twitter address books. @HfxSeaportMrkt