Summer is right around the corner! Last Saturday morning, our local farmers’ market opened its stalls for the first time this season. And what a morning! The sky was blue and the temperature was warm. A little after 8:30 a.m., I walked to our outdoor market to check out the goods. I had to hurry. SweetCheeks Kitchen made an early morning post on Facebook that they were bringing their gluten-free and vegan donuts!
SweetCheeks Kitchen, a specialty kitchen based in Almonte, Ontario, is run by the mother and daughter team of Sharon and Kristen Lloyd. All of their sweets, salads and soups are gluten-free and vegan. Last October, my husband and daughters surprised me with the most delicious birthday cake made by these two adorable ladies. It was chai-flavoured – I think the 4 of us finished it in one entire sitting. I have since had the pleasure of sampling their sweets and dishes at our local coffee shop, Equator Coffee Roasters, and more recently at some of our grocery stores. Right now, I am addicted to their Power Balls – a raw, truffle-like dessert that melts in your mouth without the guilt.
On opening day at the market, Sharon was kind enough to pose with me for a photograph.
I arrived at the SweetCheeks booth just in time to scoop up the last few donuts. I am not at all surprised that these donuts went so quickly. They are deliciously light with the perfect amount of sweetness! They are also baked and contain no added oils! 🙂 Later, I felt like mother-of-the-year when I presented a plate to my daughter and her friends.
I made a few more purchases that day. One farmer was selling some beautiful looking organic greens. I picked up a bunch of wild garlic (or wild leek) and made a pesto sauce to serve over brown rice noodles for dinner. I also found a bunch of mizuna greens. These greens are similar to arugula but with a milder flavour. They made a wonderful addition to our evening salad. As well, rhubarb is in season, so I couldn’t pass on purchasing a couple of bundles of freshly cut stalks. This morning I made the most delicious rhubarb muffins sweetened only with maple syrup. (Recipe coming!)
This photo shows a bundle of mizuna greens and wild garlic.
I look forward to many more Saturdays at The Almonte Farmers’ Market. Do you have a farmers’ market in your area? If so, what treasures can you find?