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Jenny and Sara ventured to Vancouver Island last weekend and enjoyed the farm experience at Morningstar Farm. This family owned and operated farm connects us to our local selections of Little Qualicum Cheeseworks Cheese!

Morning Star Farms is located in Parksville and is a local food hub featuring self-guided tours, a farmgate store, seasonal “calfé”, a petting farm, trails, and Canada’s first “milk on tap” dispenser.

Click below to watch our little adventure at the self-guided out door tour!


New salads at Ralph’s Deli

Sue is excited to share about our new salads, now available at Ralph’s Deli!

Cranberry Brussels Sprouts Salad

Great paired with a Meridian Meat special! Delicious dressing, cranberries really set this salad apart.

Macaroni Salad

Creamy, great on the go, nostalgic flavour.

Pesto Pearl Cous Salad

Bold pesto flavour, crunchy, light – it’s been a huge hit!

Ataulfo Mango Curry Chickpea Salad

A taste of summer, fresh and flavourful.

Greek Salad

All your Greek Salad veggies and cheese prepped, just add our favourite dressing!

Potato Salad

A classic staple! We recommend pairing with Meat Loaf. Start with the ground beef available at our Meridian Meat Shop!

Beet Salad

Customer favourite! Tangy flavour and soft texture.

Roasted Garlic Potatoes

Beautiful garlic flavour! Prebaked, for extra crispness, rebake at home.

NEW: ORGANIC YERBA MATE BEVERAGE

New at Ralph’s Farm Market! This new natural beverage boasts antioxidant powers and a mighty amount of caffeine in a non-carbonated blend of brewed yerba mate and organic fruit juice.

Yerba mate comes from the naturally caffeinated leaves of a native species of holly tree, Ilex Paraguariensis, found deep in the South American Atlantic rainforest.

Yerba mate leaves are hand harvested by yerbateros (cultivators) from small farms and indigenous communities in Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. After the leaves are dried and ground, a gourd is filled with mate leaves and hot water. Then the yerba mate is ready to be savoured.

Organic flavours include: Lemon Elation, Orange Exuberance, Revel Berry, Enlighten Mint, Bluephoria

Each 15.5oz can contains 150mg of caffeine.

WE HAVE LOTS OF PUMPKINS!

Don’t throw out your pumpkin seeds ~ roast em up with this easy and tasty recipe!

Ingredients
2 cups pumpkin seeds
3 Tbls melted butter
1 tsp seas salt
1 tsp garlic powder
4 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Directions
1) Rinse pumpkin seeds
2) Let them sit out to dry
3) Mix all ingredients and add pumpkin seeds
4) Spread evenly on baking sheet
5) Bake for 1 hour at 275 ~ stirring every 15 minutes
6) Pumpkin seeds are roasted when they are lightly browned and crispy
7) Empty seeds onto a paper towel to absorb any leftover grease

Local Hazelnuts at Ralph’s

Full of nutrients, hazelnuts are a great local winter staple here at our market. Local walnuts are just around the corner!

We recommend enjoying hazelnuts fresh or roasted. Here’s a simple recipe to roast at home:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 300F
  2. Place Hazelnuts on a cookie sheet
  3. Bake for 30 minutes
  4. Turn off oven and leave inside for 1 hour
  5. Enjoy!

a story from the heart by lori

In today’s video, Lori shares about a meal that is close to her heart. With memories of her dad hunting to bring food on the table, our Venison Chops bring her back to her childhood.

Enjoy our Venison Chops this week as part of our Hunt & Game limited editions here at our market and all 7 Meridian Farm Market & Meat Shop locations as well!

local produce Update

Hazelnuts
Okanagan Ambrosia Apples
Okanagan Spartan Apples
Okanagan Gala Apples
Okanagan Golden Delicious
Okanagan Grannysmith Apples
Okanagan Orin Apples
Okanagan McIntosh Apples
Okanagan Honeycrisp Apples
Brussels Sprouts
Okanagan Anjou Pears
Okanagan Harrowcrisp Pears
Okanagan Abate Fetal Pears
Traditional Carving Pumpkins
Butternut Squash
Spaghetti Squash
Acorn Squash
Delicata Squash
Uchiki Red Kuri
Buttercup Squash
Okanagan Pure Cherry Juice
Okanagan Pure Apple Juice Cider
Red Russian Garlic
Bunched Carrots
Golden Beets
Bunched Beets
Savoy Cabbage
Swiss Chard
Endives
Herbs
Alfalfa Sprouts
Pea Shoots
Red and Yellow Potatoes
Turnips
Parsnips
Wheat Grass