Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
It’s that time of year…
It’s the season that bursts with vine-ripe tomatoes, crisp apples and cucumbers ready for pickling. It’s also the season of the dreaded giant zucchini. Zucchinis at this time of year can hardly be left alone a moment before they balloon to the size of a small child – any gardener knows this to be true. And – unlike their smaller, tenderer counterparts – large zucchinis require a little more imagination to use up with much enthusiasm. So once you’re good and done with zucchini cake, we’ve got just the recipe for you – Giant Zucchini Soup.
- 1 giant zucchini (or a few reasonably sized ones)
- 1 large sweet onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 5-6 cups of vegetable or chicken stock
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp thyme or oregano
- Shaved parmesan or asiago cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Sauté onion in a stock pot on medium heat until translucent.
- Dice and add garlic to the pot.
- Peel and cube your zucchini and remove any seeds. Add to onions and garlic and give it a good stir.
- Add vegetable or chicken stock – just enough to cover all of the zucchini pieces. Turn up the heat and bring to a low boil.
- Once zucchini is soft, let the pot cool for some time or proceed with caution before blending. Carefully blend the pot contents with an immersion blender until creamy and smooth.
- Bring back to the stove on low heat, add spices and salt and pepper to taste.
- Here, you may add cream to the soup, or reserve for later to drizzle atop each bowl when serving.
- Serve topped with freshly-shaved parmesan or asiago cheese, and a dose of fresh cracked pepper.
This soup is delicious as is, but given that zucchinis carry a relatively mild flavor, this recipe is a great one to get a little bit creative with. Temper in some Indian spices early on for a curried version of this soup, or swap in coconut milk and garnish with a heap of Thai basil. The possibilities are endless!
Words + Photos + Recipe by Sarah Carson @the.botanical
Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
It simply wouldn’t be a Manitoba summer without a trip to a local farmers’ market. Consumers in Manitoba are unafraid of trying something new and meeting the faces behind the goods they love so much. Fresh off the heels of our annual Local Market this past weekend, we thought we would take a moment to learn a little bit more about some of the great local businesses you can find right here in Manitoba. All of the makers we welcomed here this weekend are an extremely talented and hardworking bunch. But the real thread that runs through them all? All of these businesses have an undeniable passion for their local communities. And we love that. Here are a few of the friendly faces that you may have met this past weekend.
BORDER HILLS HONEY
Josh and Kayla Wiebe purchased their first hives back in 2013, with little experience and not even one bee sting. A few years (and stings) later, the husband and wife team and their hives are now busy creating many different varieties of honey, as well as beeswax candles. One thing that is sure to make Border Hills standout at local markets is their live bee display. The display hive is entertaining for adults and kids alike, but Josh and Kayla bring the display hive along to educate, inspire and create a real connection for their customers with the bees that create the honey.
What is your favourite part about being at local markets? “It is great to see local entrepreneurs, we are meeting many young farmers and small business owners like ourselves, seeing the movement and connection back to the land is very special. Many successful businesses can thank the local community for supporting them in the early years at local markets.”
You can find catch up with Josh and Kayla (and their bees!) on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BorderHillsHoney/).
HEARTS AND ROOTS
Justin Girard and Britt Embry are Hearts and Roots, a spray-free farm located outside of Elie, Manitoba. The to have been living their small farm dream since having renovated an old barn into a dreamy home, and are now in their second growing season. The two met during their time in university, and eventually the two English literature grads made the decision to go back to the land where Justin grew up and dive head first into organic farming. Two years later, Hearts and Roots can be found selling vegetables at pop up markets all over Winnipeg and beyond.
What have you learned so far about Manitoba’s local maker community? “It’s a vibrant, uber-talented community. The small, organic and spray-free farmers in Manitoba are extremely good at what they do; we are lucky to be farming here in their company! And the artists and other vendors we’ve met through markets just blow us away with their wares and talent. Winnipeg and Manitoba truly has some of the finest artists, crafters and farmers.”
You can catch up with Hearts and Roots on their website (http://www.heartsandroots.com/) and on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/heartsandroots/).
Courtney is the owner and creator behind local handmade fashion brand iHooked. Her story starts as many young makers’ stories does – as a young creative mind, crafty growing up doing cross-stitch and drawing. But the real push for Courtney wasn’t until a few years ago, when needed a new habit to kick a bad one – smoking. Her healthy lifestyle change turned into a wise business decision as simple dishcloths turned into scarves and hats – and eventually opening her own online shop in 2014.
Why do you think making (and supporting!) local is important? “I think that local products are more than just a product. It’s something that someone has put thought, creativity and love into.”
You can find catch up with Courtney on her website (http://www.ihooked.ca/) and Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/iHooked).
Thank you so much to all of the artists, makers and farmers (and to all of you!) for coming out to our Local Market this past weekend. Because of the amazing turnout, we plan to host a market every Saturday in August 2017!
Words by Sarah Carson @the.botanical