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The Blueberry Bounty Edition | August 15, 2019

In This Issue:
Market Musing - A Bounty of Blueberries
Pop Up Art Sale Comes to the Market
Autumn Equinox Breakfast Fundraiser
The Story of the Wild Blueberry
Market Hours
Off With Their Heads?
Cucumber Chaos!

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Market Musing - A Bounty of Blueberries

We know a girl who on her birthday asked her grandmother for a wild blueberry pie. That is the only thing she wanted. Her grandmother baked it and the little girl hid in her room and ate the whole thing -- despite the protestations of her brother! That's how much she loved blueberries. Did you know that Nova Scotia is home to over 40,000 acres of wild blueberries? This secretive little berry that peaks out through the green and red burnished leaves of the bush on which it grows is synonymous with late summer in Nova Scotia. Yes, strawberries are ever so popular, but we think the blueberry is the true jewel of the season. So adaptable, blueberries lend themselves to dishes both sweet and savoury. Add to a salad, create a glaze for a pork roast or salmon, toss in a dish of yogurt and granola, and of course there's blueberry pie, cobbler, and grunt. Blueberries are also a great ingredient in summer cocktails and mocktails.  No matter how you eat them, don't be like that little girl! Share your wild blueberries. There are plenty to go around.

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Pop Up Art Sale Comes to the Market

On Saturday, August 24, a dozen members of the Lunenburg Art Society (LAS) will form an ArtCaravan and travel to Wileville, to hold a pop-up art show at the Wile’s Lake Farm Market, 11 am till 2 pm.

The mandate of LAS has been to present art to Lunenburg and surrounding area, but it has not focused on taking art to the rural areas of the municipality until now.

“Many of our members live in rural communities,” says LAS President Jan Hull, “so it makes sense to us to share art with our neighbours outside of the Town of Lunenburg. We’re grateful that Wile’s Lake Farm Market agreed to host us for this inaugural pop-up. It’s great that our volunteer organization can cooperate with such a community-minded enterprise -  and we’re looking forward to being close to great muffins while we’re there!”

Customers of the Market will be invited to view the art (which will be for sale) and meet the artists.

Easy-listening flutist Jim Kovalcik will join the artists to play his music during the last hour. Read more about the Lunenburg Art Society here.

 

Painted wood-burning by Greg Van De Moortele
Halibut: marble sculpture by Jan Hull
Horse painting by Lezlie Morgan
Carrots painting by Rebecca Fisk
Folk art scene by Sandy Kovalcik
Hanging fish by Wendy Oickle

 

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Autumn Equinox Breakfast Fundraiser

Wile's Lake Farm Market is hosting a breakfast fundraiser in support of The South Shore Hospice Paliative Care Society. This is an organization whose goals and vision are very dear and important to us here at the market. The Breakfast will be held on September 20th (7:30 am to 9:30 am) at the market. Tickets are $30 and are available now for puchase at the market.

 

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The Story of the Wild Blueberry

We recently discovered this delightful website -- Wildblueberries.com -- it is cholk full of wonderful facts and stories about our favourite little berry. Did you know for example that growers bring in commercial bees to assist the native bees pollinate the blueberry fields? Or that the wild blueberry was first harvested commercially in Maine during the Civil War, when they were canned and used to feed the Union Army? It's also the best source for wild blueberry recipes that we've ever run across.

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Market Hours

We are open seven days a week from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm.

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Off With Their Heads?

One of the most common queries we get at the Garden Centre this time of year is what to do about the spent flowers on perennials. To dead head or not to dead head? That is the question. Here is an excellent Fine Gardening article that provides some answers to this vexing concern. It's really comprehensive outlining pretty much every dead heading scenario imaginable. Give it a read.

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Cucumber Chaos!

Is your garden chaotic with cucumbers. Vines growing every which way? Cucumbers appearing as if by magic overnight? First you see a single. Then you see multiples. They seem to grow in number exponentially. Wondering what to do with all those cukes? We think we have a solution to all this cucumber chaos.  By popular demand we present here our famous cucumber salad recipe.


    •    1 or 2 large cucumbers, peeled and sliced thin
    •    1 onion, peeled and sliced thin
    •    1/2 cup vinegar
    •    1/2 cup sugar
    •    1/2 cup blend cream

    •    Fresh ground pepper to taste


Combine sliced cucumbers and onion in a large bowl, sprinkle salt on top and place a plate on top of the mixture. To this add a weight (use a filled 2 litre pop bottle or water jug) as a press. You're trying to get the moisture out of the cukes and onions so they are limp. Let stand overnight or for several hours.  When limp, pour off the liquid and rinse. Combine vinegar, sugar, and blend ( add more or less of each to suit your taste ). Pour over the cukes and onions.  Serves four.

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Past Market Newsletters

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Post Dorian Edition September 11, 2019
Back to School Blues Newsletter August 26, 2019
The Blueberry Bounty Edition August 15, 2019
Dog Days Edition July 31, 2019
Summertime and the living is easy... July 17, 2019

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