You’re invited to join throngs of other shoppers enjoying the last market before Christmas this Saturday at the Native Sons hall on Cliffe Avenue from 9 until noon.
Market stalls, heavy with the bounty of local farms, orchards, bakeries, barns and beaches, are a feast fo both appetite and eye. Weaving the atmosphere into one colourful tapestry is the music of Rodney MacMillan (singer, guitar, harmonica) along with his special guests Al West (acoustic bass, vocals) and Shelley Brown (fiddle player extraordinaire and vocals).
Tastes range from the gourmet to the practical. For entertaining: smoked tuna, award winning cheeses, savoury artisan breads, local walnuts and filberts. Sparkling ruby red jams and jellies, chutneys, pickles and preserves, fresh pasta and pesto, tantalizing pizzas.
Responsibly raised meats and fowl are available direct from the farmers: Cornish hens, free range chickens and turkeys, local pork, lamb, beef, bison and even goat can be found at the market. The sausages and cold cuts produced from these animals are all delicious additions to your holiday groaning boards.
Holiday breakfasts are extra special when you serve free range eggs, homemade scones and muffins, toasted seedy bread slathered with local honey and wild berry jams. For great beverages there is apple cider and wonderful freshly roasted coffees.
Local market gardens are still harvesting kale, chard, bok choi, leeks, celeriac, fennel and root vegetables. Onions, shallots and lots of delicious squash are still making an appearance, adding colour and flavour to any turkey dinner. Freedom Farm’s sauerkraut is the real thing and great served with a baked ham.
Fawkes Farm has an array of heritage apples, fabulous baked in pies, crumbles, or just popped into the oven until soft and bursting with flavour.
Cranberry Mama has a huge variety of cranberry jams, jellies and condiments to add snap to a variety of Christmas appies and entres.
Mince tarts, shortbread, oatcakes, gingerbread men, chocolate mice, French pastries made by a French baker, brownies, cookies, and a daunting array of every sort of cinnamon bun known to humans, tease the taste buds of lover of sweets. After all, Christmas is not Christmas without sugary confections in all their forms. Scrumptious Vegan, dairy, and gluten free options are also offered.
Look for interesting gifts for cooks and foodies, and don’t forget doggie treats for the beloved pooches on your list. Wonderful, naturally scented salves, soaps and botanical skin care products make lovely stocking stuffers as well.
The farmers’ market will reopen Jan. 7 at the Native Sons Hall for another year. Keep in touch with what’s happening at the market, and what vendors are bringing on Facebook, or check out www.comoxvalleyfarmersmarket.com.
— Comox Valley Farmers’ Market