Archive for November, 2008


Photo: Coquitlam Farmers’ Market

Attention: Farmers’ Market Fans! North Shore markets may be closed for the season, but you can still find markets “open for business” ALL WINTER outside the city. The Coquitlam Farmers’ Market website offers dates and locations for other “winter farmers’ markets,” namely, in Port Moody.

Have look! For “fresh bread, baked goods, produce, meat, fish, arts and crafts” and community spirit, Sundays from 1-5 pm at the Port Moody Recreation Complex: the dates.

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Organic Whistler Pocket Chocolate, “Dark” front and back label

Whistler Pocket Chocolate is back in Vancouver stores! Though Whistler Villiage and Blackcomb continued with an UNinterrupted supply the past few months, these organic bars have been missing locally. A manager in the IGA Marketplace in Dundarave told me recently (after my repeated pleas for more) that the bars are very popular, the company new, and keeping up with demand, a challenge. Well, things are looking up for chocoholics! Whistler Pocket Chocolates are back!

The Name? Whistler Pocket Chocolate? These bars are designed to be organic, “big, tasty, and good for you,” and to “fit easily in your pocket so you can take it anywhere.” So says co-owner (with Mark) Pat Johnston.

The company? “Born of a desperate need to consume great chocolate at all times.” (I can relate to that!) After that, the chocolate is shipped to Vancouver “where it is tempered and poured” into Whistler Pocket Chocolate molds, wrapped and shipped out to local stores.“Whistler Pocket Chocolate is made from “raw cocoa grown in Central and South America using sustainable organic farming practices. It is then shipped to organic production centers in Belgium and Vermont where it becomes Chocolate Couverture.”

More from the owners: “In Whistler you can purchase Whistler Pocket Chocolate at all the grocery stores, on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, and in most of the souvenir shops in town. In Vancouver you can purchase at the Nesters store in Yaletown on Seymour Street, IGA in North Vancouver on Esplanade Avenue, and Planet Organic Grocery in Coquitlam.”

Or, to buy Whistler Pocket Chocolate products directly, contact Pat: Whistlerchocolate@shaw.ca. A website will soon be up and running for online purchases.

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Photo: small farmers in Nairobi, Kenya with organic yield

The United Nations has released a major study with a surprising conclusion: “Organic farming could feed Africa.”

Here’s an excerpt:

“Traditional practices increase yield by 128 per cent in east Africa, says UN Organic farming offers Africa the best chance of breaking the cycle of poverty and malnutrition it has been locked in for decades. New evidence suggests that organic practices – derided by some as a Western lifestyle fad – are delivering sharp increases in yields, improvements in the soil and a boost in the income of Africa’s small farmers who remain among the poorest people on earth.

The head of the UN’s Environment Programme, Achim Steiner, said the report ‘indicates that the potential contribution of organic farming to feeding the world maybe far higher than many had supposed.’”
[To read FULL ARTICLE, see Africa Organic Farming.]

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Photo: Tega red teas advertisement in Organic Lifestyles magazine

Did you know that to properly and FULLY taste a tea, you should “slurp loudly”? Apparently, that’s how the pros taste tea. Fanny Keifer (host of “Studio 4” on Shaw TV) interviewed  a professional tea taster recently. That was the technique demonstrated.

This techniqe is guaranteed to make tea tasting more memorable–especially in public.

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