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29 Aug, 2010

Parkdale Market

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|Ottawa|Recipes and Food

Hot. Hungry. Tired. (that would be US) vs. Fresh. Colourful. Tasty.

Sarah is happily munching a locally-grown mini-cucumber as I type. I hear crunching, alternating with the tinkling of ice in the bottom of her glass of lemonade.


I know this is true. I myself sliced one in half horizontally, sprinkled it with sea salt, and ate it over the kitchen sink.

Emma used her own allowance to buy a bouquet of colourful carrots. I kid ye not.

Also: LOCAL GARLIC. Dear People. You think you know garlic? You don’t know garlic unless you’ve had it FRESH. The stuff that arrives on that slow boat from China is like comparing fresh pineapple to the stuff in a can. Seriously.

5 Responses to "Parkdale Market"

1 | victoria weiss

August 29th, 2010 at 8:50 pm


LOVE LOVE this post.
The photos are stunning.
Now I want to visit a farmers market …STAT

2 | DaniGirl

August 30th, 2010 at 7:03 am


Mmmm, I need a cucumber NOW!! (Add a tiny drizzle of white wine vinegar to that sea salt, the pucker adds so much to the experience!!)

3 | Javamom

August 30th, 2010 at 7:45 am


Do you know how easy it is to grow a cucumber plant along a fence or the side of the house? You just need a sunny spot! And some water…


But yes. We buy our garlic fresh too and it is oh so tasty.

4 | coffee with julie

August 30th, 2010 at 5:59 pm


It really does make an enormous difference in taste, doesn’t it? Fruit especially!

5 | Binki

August 31st, 2010 at 7:53 am


Parkdale Market rocks! On my list of Top 10 best things in my hood. Thank you Parkdale Market and thank you farmers for putting good healthy food on my table.

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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