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We never cease to be overwhelmed (in a good way) by the bounty of our west-coast environment and the appreciation in our community of this bounty and those who grow and produce it. As food lovers, we know how lucky we are to live here. So many neighbourhoods in Victoria have weekly farmer’s markets, like Fairfield’s completely organic Moss Street Market, now in its 26th year. And now, right in our own downtown neighbourhood, a permanent Public Market is about to open. ┬áSo, an idea for a new blog feature emerged: what is the most bountiful right now in our gardens and farms, and what will I cook with it? This week, in the next post, I will feature zucchini and garlic. I hope this will be a fun new focus for this blog I love. Happy eating and growing!

After many years of planning, the Downtown Public Market Society finally has a space. It should be open in the next few weeks.

After many years of planning, the Downtown Public Market Society finally has a space. It should be open in the next few weeks at The Hudson building on Douglas Street between Fisgard and Herald streets.

Until then, once a week the merchants gather to sell there bounty in the walkway behind the building. Bread, honey, cheese, donuts...

Until then, once a week the merchants gather to sell there bounty along the walkway behind the building. Bread, honey, cheese, donuts…

... and lots of produce!

… and lots of produce!

Summer squash comes in so many shapes and sizes, and colours!

Zucchini and pattypan at Moss Street Market last Saturday. Summer squash comes in so many shapes and sizes, and colours!

The farmers at Moss Street Market grow many different varieties of garlic.

The farmers at Moss Street Market grow many different varieties of garlic.

Beautiful garlic braids.

Beautiful garlic braids.

Gorgeous spring day (!) so we walked over to Fairfield and the first Moss Street Market of the new season. They are holding only half markets for April, so it was just the farmers today, but still very abundant: produce, seeds, plants and preserves. What a treat to have this market on Saturdays, the Downtown Public Market on wednesdays and a new health food store, Ingredients, just a block from our home! Food bliss.

Our friend Rebecca grows wonderful organic vegetables...

...and makes delicious jams, chutneys, pickles, salsas and sauces!