Hi Karly and Eric!
Care to try some Glo Bars?
Today was the hottest day at the market yet! It was at least 30-32C and with humidity it felt like 40C out there. Due to the extreme heat today, the market was very slow, probably the slowest day yet, but we still did on par with Week 1 so we were still quite pleased. Whenever the weather forecast calls for rain, it seems to really die off at the market (even though it didn’t rain until 1:45pm). I can’t even begin to tell you how hot we all were standing there for almost 6 hours. We MELTED today!
Had it not been for all the friendly people I spoke with, Eric, Karly, and friends that came to visit, it would not have been pleasant!
We have met so many amazing people over the past 5 weeks…yoga instructors, triathletes, runners, cyclists, Whole Foods employees, activists, entrepreneurs, vegans/vegetarians, among others! I also met a really nice lady who is interested in carrying my Glo Bars in her Oakville Hot Yoga studio. Very fun!
The Butterfly Bush next to our tent has blossomed…we saw lots of butterflies today!
Around noon, Eric went on a little photography spree of downtown Oakville.
Lakeshore is so beautiful! If I could live anywhere in the GTA it would be Oakville. It has such a great downtown strip with tons of cafes, restaurants, boutiques, bakeries, etc.
This sign is pretty funny…
LOL…is this for real???
No catapulting or somersaulting!?
Eric and I so wanted to catapult + somersault into the water after the market today! Total mood kill, Town of Oakville.
Ever tried kiwi-gold raspberries?
My lovely friend Pat (aka my Purslane dealer!!!) had these beauties in today, as well as 5 other varieties of raspberries! Who knew there were so many varieties of raspberries?
My two favourites (in addition to the Kiwi-golds) were the Canby and Taylor varieties…
Canby = Candy (That’s what I was calling them)
At noon, I proceeded to eat the entire lot of the Kiwi-gold berries. Ok, Ok Eric had a few that he pried from my kung-fu grip.
I’m kicking myself for not saving any for Kiwi-Gold Banana Soft Serve, but the hunger monster called and I had to listen! If there is one thing I have learned as a vegan it is that I need to eat as soon as I get hungry or I turn into a hunger monster. It ain’t pretty.
Last week Pat didn’t have any Purslane and I shed a single tear on her market table. Well, this week she picked some ‘just for me’ and I took home a huge bag! She is so good to me! Imagine her picking the Purslane in this awful heat for me.
She also had the real citrusy variety of Purslane today and boy did they taste just like citrus. Crazy. I can’t wait to have them in a Green Monster tomorrow. I think Purslane is my favourite green in a Green Monster! So smooth and buttery on the tongue thanks to all the healthy omega oils.
After a blistering day of heat and sun, the clouds rolled in quickly and a rain storm was a brewing!!!!
We didn’t mind…I welcomed the strong wind and rain with open arms.
A market chef brought around these vegan veggie spring rolls which were wrapped in rice paper.
This was my first time trying rice paper. I have had no desire to try rice paper as I think it looks gross, but I tried it anyways being the adventurous gal that I am.
To put it nicely, the rice paper was not my cup of tea.
Had I not been talking to Jessica and Alex at the time I would have discretely spit it out in a napkin!! They were all laughing at my reaction after trying it.
I chewed through this texture nightmare and somehow swallowed my bite. It felt like an hour had passed. Rice paper shall never touch my lips again. It was like eating sticky rubber, if you catch my drift….
Jess came to visit as well as a new friend Nancy and her daughter. Nancy brought me the cutest gift, I can’t wait to show you it.
A blog reader named Jen also biked all the way from Toronto today!!
What a trooper!
I also bartered with another vendor and scored these edible flowers…
In all the excitement, I forgot what they are called. I was told to stir-fry with them!
Raspberry photoshoot ensued…
I froze a bunch of raspberries for raspberry banana soft serve of course.
I also scored some Nasturtium which is also new for me…
It was so hot out, it wilted quite a bit.
Eric deemed this summer the ‘No Veggie Left Behind Tour’.
The heat really got to me today and I am just wiped. Eric and I might go out for Mexican food tonight if we can make it without passing out on the floor first. lol. Have a great Saturday night and I will see you tomorrow!