Market Update

Will you be my Valentine?

This special day is coming up quickly. We’ve shared some of our favourite sweets and gifts here at our market to celebrate! ⁣

B.C. grown tulips are coming back for the season! Red, pink, yellow, orange and more are available at our market for just $2.99/bundle. We also have Flower Bouquets available too!⁣

Cupcakes by the dozen! Vanilla and chocolate trays available. Surprise your work team or school mates with a special surprise. ⁣

Wendel’s True Foods gluten-free bakery has come out with another seasonal line of their locally baked cookies. Enjoy their “Sweetheart Sugar Cookies”, “Chocolate Hearts” or individually wrapped “Sugar Cookie” for that special someone. ⁣

“Raving Raspberry” & “Toasted Coconut” Marshmallows available by Kitchening & Co. too, these melt in your mouth morsels taste oh so fresh and full of flavour!⁣

Ritter Sport has been a long time favourite at our market. This German Chocolate company has come out with a “Milk Chocolate with Strawberry Creme” variety – it is oh so creamy with strawberry pieces inside!⁣

Last but not least, Tatsan Turkish Delights are here at our market. This European artisan treat is of premium quality & boasts a “Rose Flavour.”⁣

Enjoy ❌⭕️❌⭕️⁣

New Arrival: Italian Parsley

We listened to your request! Now in at our market, you can find Italian Parsley on our Veggie Wall. This kind of parsley is a little harder to find and can often be mistaken for cilantro. Have a close look at the signage before adding it to your grocery basket! If you’ve never heard of this kind of parsley, here’s some information on it:

  • Curly Parsley is typically used as a garnish and doesn’t harness much flavour while Italian Parsley is full of flavour and has a different shape.
  • Italian Parsley is easy to wash and easy to chop on a cutting board, especially when cutting in a chiffonade style.
  • You can add whole parsley leaves into a salad, for instance, or add finely chopped parsley to finish a soup, pasta or stir-fry…or even tea. 
  • This parsley adds a bright, clean flavour and extra colour.

Beyond Meat Burgers, Sausages & Chicken Strips

Thank you for patiently awaiting the re-stock of Beyond Meat Burger & Sausages. We are fully restocked and we even have a new addition, Beyond Chicken Strips! We have received much more than we did last week, however we were limited to 15 cases. We plan to order this product weekly and will announce on Facebook and Instagram when it is in stock and if we run out between deliveries.

For those of you who have never heard of this plant based alternative, read below some FAQ to learn more:

The Beyond Burger® is the world’s first plant-based burger that looks, cooks, and tastes like a fresh beef burger. It has all the juicy, meat deliciousness of a traditional burger, but comes with the upsides of a plant-based meal. The Beyond Burger® packs 20 g of plant-based protein and has no GMOs, soy or gluten.

The primary source of protein in The Beyond Burger® comes from peas. It’s soy, gluten and GMO free.

While we didn’t design The Beyond Burger® to “bleed” per se, the beets we use to give the patty a red-meat appearance have led some in the media to remark that the burger “bleeds” beet blood.

This question gets back to the company’s basic thesis that meat’s core parts – amino acids, lipids, trace elements, carbs and minerals – don’t have exclusive residence in the animal kingdom. We are not inventing new materials but matching the plant equivalent and assembling it in the architecture of meat. And the way we do that assembly is similar to the simple process used to make pasta – we mix our plant-based ingredients, compress the mixture, and then shape it into final product (in our case, using a patty former).

It’s really the culmination of 7+ years of work against our goal to understand meat, its composition, and associated sensory experience, better than anyone on the planet, and then rebuild that directly from plants.

Yes. Just like meat, you should keep The Beyond Burger® at refrigerated temperature until you throw it on the stovetop, griddle, or grill.

Peas are legumes. People with severe allergies to legumes like peanuts should be cautious when introducing pea protein into their diet because of the possibility of a pea allergy. Our products do not contain peanuts or tree nuts.

Saturday: Tasting Event!

This Saturday February 9th, we have 3 local vendors here on location handing out samples! Dutchlicious Food Truck will also be here on location.

1) Taste Of Ukraine will be here sampling their perogies between 11am and 3pm.

2) Kitchening & Co will be here between 12pm and 4pm handing out samples of their macarons. These decadent morsels are handcrafted in the Vancouver area using all natural colours and flavours.

3) Sweet Monk will be here as well between 12pm and 4pm handing out a taste of their natural sweetner. In case you’re wondering, here’s some information on it!

What exactly is monk fruit?

It is a small round fruit native to Southern China and Northern Thailand. It’s traditional name is “luo han guo”. Luo han translates to “monk” and guo is “fruit” in Chinese. Thought to be named after the Buddhist monks who first cultivated the fruit some 800 years ago. It has been used for centuries in these countries to treat diabetes, digestion issues and obesity.

How is SweetMonk sweetener created?

We choose to use pure monk fruit extract.

It is created by removing the seeds and skin of the fruit and using a hot water extracting method to extract the “mogrosides”. They contain no sugar but are up to 200 times sweeter than sugar.

Does SweetMonk contain any artificial ingredients?

No. SweetMonk does not contain any artificial ingredients.

Does SweetMonk contain fructose/sugars?

No. You might be wondering how this is possible because it is derived from a fruit. It is because the “mogrosides” are extracted and they contain the sweetness as well as antioxidants but no fructose / glucose.

How does monk fruit compare to other natural sweeteners?

Monk fruit has some similarities to other natural sweeteners but also some key differences. Monk fruit and stevia both come from natural sources, monk fruit from a fruit and stevia from a leaf. The main difference is in the aftertaste, many people cannot tolerate the aftertaste of stevia but find monk fruit does not have an aftertaste. Sugar alcohols ex: xylitol & erythritol are not always calorie free and some have an impact on glycemic index and are not always digested well. Agave is also becoming more popular as a sugar alternative. It contains sugar and calories and due to the high amount of fructose it contains it can cause digestion issues and bloating for some people.

How much do I use / What is a serving?

SweetMonk is a very concentrated sticky liquid. We chose to use a silicone valve type dispenser (think water enhancers or ketchup bottles) because it stays clean and unclogged. Instead of dropping it out of a bottle you apply a bit of pressure and a stream of liquid will dispense. One light (gentle) squeeze is equal to one serving which is equal to approximately one tablespoon of sugar.

Who is using monk fruit?

You might be surprised to learn that many household names are starting to use monk fruit into their products. Brands such as Starbucks, Nestle, Dole and Zevia are using monk fruit to reduce sugar content while maintaining great taste!

Why would I use SweetMonk sweetener?

If you are trying to reduce the amount of sugar and/or artificial foods in your diet.

It is an all natural, zero calorie and delicious way to sweeten food and beverages. The extract is 200 times sweeter than sugar and also contains antioxidants! It has no impact on blood glucose levels which makes it a great option for diabetics. What more could you ask for.

Because monk fruit is so sweet, just a little is needed to sweeten your favourite foods and beverages.

Try it in: coffee, tea, plain yogurt, smoothies, protein shakes, oatmeal and homemade popsicles.

SweetMonk is vegan, kosher and gluten free.

Too good to be true?

This is what we thought too. A zero calorie, all natural sweetener that tastes great, is easy to digest and even contains antioxidants! New to us but it has been used for centuries in Asian countries. Due to increasing consumer demands for sugar alternatives and healthier options, companies are searching for something to satisfy today’s modern consumer. Monk fruit is an obvious choice.