January 31, 2023
This week at the Aberfoyle Farmers’ Market you will find the most marvelous onions. I myself can’t wait because they will be fresh and new and pungent with an aroma that will make me cry. But here’s a tip to stave off the tears: refrigerate the onion for 30 minutes before you slice and dice away. If that’s not possible then use a sharp knife and run it under water.
I hope this works because I come from a land that uses onions in almost everything savoury. In fact, my ancestors, current and past, eat them raw. Yup. But I prefer them caramelized as a topping for steak, or part of my base for a really good comforting soup. Onions are part of the Holy Trinity of vegetables for mirepoix which is a combination of aromatic vegetables that gives a subtle background flavor to dishes such as soups, stews, and braises. Or just chop up the sweet ones raw and throw them on a hot dog.
Did I say hot dog? Ah, the image of summer – a really good dog. C’mon down kids ‘cause the Soccer Snack this week will be at Wa’s Kobe Dogs! And they will have Wagyu pepperettes for sale for the first time. And speaking of kids, the market has a new feature starting this week: Kid’s Corner sponsored by Sarmazian Bros Ltd – Complete Flooring Centre. Let the kids play while you enjoy the new buskers – The Ever-Lovin’ Jug Band who play original music inspired by the jug bands of the 1920s and 30s, plus many old songs by the Memphis Jug Band, the Mississippi Sheiks, Harry Choates, and more.
But I can’t stop thinking about the onions! The possibilities are endless. I’m dreaming of making tomatoe sauce with the field tomatoes from Vandenbroek’s Farm and Nith Valley who will also have grape tomatoes. Just last night I had a fresh salad of grape tomatoes with chopped red onions and colourful peppers and feta cheese. Yum.
Garden of Puslinch Farm is a new vendor this week and young David will be coming to the market to sell sweet corn (primarily) and other produce grown by him and his family. Well, you can’t get more local than that – and if you know me you know that I’m always Tweeting #eatlocal!
Visit our Market Fresh Recipe page for the recipe of the week: This week it features eggs, bacon, grape tomatoes & fresh herbs….and it’s NOT an omelet or a breakfast dish! Click Here!
I saved the best for last. Have you seen the pottery that Jennifer Miceli from JWARE.CA creates? She will be at the market displaying and selling her pottery and it is absolutely gorgeous – fun, funk and functionality is her tag line. Is it too early to start shopping for Christmas?
So come and get your onions and all that at the Aberfoyle Farmer’s Market open every Saturday until the end of October from 8am to 1pm at the Optimist Recreation Centre on Brock Road in Aberfoyle.