Friday, August 31, 2012

September Free Event
 Free Seed Saving Workshop with Leslie Welsh
Location: McDonald Park, Public Produce Garden
 Time: 1:30-3pm
 Date: Saturday, Sept 22 2012
 Course #201882
Preregistration is required, to register 828-3500 and to please quote course number. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

August is Awesome.

This past weekend we had a couple of wonderful events in the garden - a 'Gourmet from the Garden' workshop on Saturday morning, and a Kids' Fun Day on Sunday. I'd write about them, but they say a picture is worth a thousand words....

Local-food guru and chef David Tombs and his assistant Alamu Durand, of Terra Restaurant (326 Victoria St), came to teach a workshop on cooking straight from the garden on Saturday morning. David first walked through the garden with us, talking about the different vegetables available there and their respective uses in dishes. Who knew you could make pesto with nasturtium leaves?!
David then proceeded to whip up his own incredible 'Kamloops' version of Singapore Slaw, a recipe that uses a number of locally-grown veggies but was developed by a Toronto chef. Purple cabbage, tomatoes, green onions, grated carrot, nasturtium petals, and kale all went into the salad, then were doused with a delectable nectarine vinaigrette. Fresh, local, deeelicious!! (And I've heard hints that a version of this salad may be featured on their September menu...)
Thank you, David and Alamu!
(Find out more about Terra Restaurant on their facebook page,


On Sunday we held a day for the kids at our newest garden, at McDonald Park on the North Shore. The kids enjoyed many activities, including 'build-your-own sprouter', 'guess-that-vegetable' (bottom photo), plant-a-seed, a colouring booth, and facepainting with Krystal Williams of KAtypical Services. We also had some incredible farmers market snacks available - and check out those amazing edible flowers (second photo from the bottom) that Shelaigh picked right there at the McDonald Park garden!!
A huge thank you to donors:
Fratelli Foods, Nature's Fare, Thistle Farm, Rubinsons' Farm, Sweet Berry Farm, Benchland Orchards, and Kazy Farms.

Our last event of August is coming up this Saturday - a local food challenge potluck at noon in the downtown Public Produce garden. Bring your best local-food dish with a copy of the recipe, a plate and some cutlery, and your appetite of course! Prizes available for local ingredients used in a creative way.

See you in the garden!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

August Events

Hello everyone! We've got some wonderful events coming up in the gardens this weekend and next. Spread the word, invite your friends, join the community, make a day of it! Hope to see you there!!

'Gourmet from the Garden' with chef David Tombs of Terra Restaurant
Saturday August 18th at 10 am, 121 Victoria St

It's getting to be harvest time, and if you're not sure how to cook up all the delicious treats you've worked so hard to grow in your garden, come see how the pros do it! Watch and participate as David cooks up a dish using ingredients from the garden. Promises to be an educational and delicious workshop :) 

**Registration is FREE; to register, simply e-mail us at with your name and phone number.

Family Day
Sunday August 19th, 10 am - 1 pm, McDonald Park Demonstration Garden

We want to get the kids learning about growing a garden! Bring the whole family on Sunday for a visit to the new demonstration public produce and community garden at McDonald Park - there will be craft booths, face painting, veggies for snacking, and workshops for the kids about dirt, bugs, and seeds. 
** We are still looking for volunteers to help out with this event - please email us if you are willing to help out, even for a little bit! Thanks!

Summer Wrap-Up: Local Eats Challenge Potluck
Saturday August 25th, 12 pm at 121 Victoria St

We've had a great summer season, and we want to celebrate with our friends! Come join in our celebratory potluck lunch in the garden - the challenge is to bring a dish using as many local ingredients as possible. Prizes available! Please provide a recipe with your dish. 

See you in the garden,