Archive for the ‘Sponsors’ Category

There are many great places to get your news online – whether it be foodie news, or otherwise – and RIPE has been promoted by our fabulous media sponsors on their blogs and in their tweets. And, come event day, we’ll be able to add radio station coverage and video to the mix!

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A big thanks to our Signature Radio Sponsor, The PEAK FM, who will be at the event with their community cruiser and cutting in live to the evening show.

Our Signature Media Sponsor, Scout Magazine, chatted about the event with Simi Sara on Talk 1410 and Fiona & Michael on Urban Rush!

Both UrbanDiner and Edible Vancouver have graciously had online ads up on their sites for us for months.

Check out some blog coverage here, here and here from Granville Magazine.

Oh, and here from Miss604…gotta love the RT‘s from @eagranieyuh and @LucisFerre !

And don’t forget about The Tyee here.

Post RIPE we are crossing our fingers to read more about what these well respected foodies thought of the event, and…the food! Don’t forget about the food!


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We’re so thankful Parklane Homes has come on board to support RIPE and the Vancouver Farmers Markets! We wanted to tell you a bit about one of their projects, East Fraserlands (EFL).


EFL is a 130 acre property beside the Fraser River at the south eastern edge of the city of Vancouver. Previously a sawmill, Parklane Homes will transform the property into a master planned community of approximately 13,000 residents using the guiding principles of environmental and social sustainability. The plan’s design reflects the area’s ecology, local climate and industrial history. Located within the Fraser River Estuary the site recognizes the critical role it plays on one of the world’s most prosperous salmon rivers and in the migration path of the songbird. Once completed, EFL will be one of the first neighbourhood projects building on the City’s vision of sustainability with a commitment to building a LEED Gold community.

Industrial damage to the area’s sensitive ecology will be restored through the creation of additional shoreline area and a sanctuary island for migratory birds complete with duck nesting grounds. Residents of the community will benefit from the fruits of the land through urban agriculture sites dispersed in the development’s 25 acres of parks. EFL will create a thriving complete neighbourhood made possible with the addition of two school sites, one community center, four daycare centers and 1300 affordable housing units.

Currently the development is in phase two of three rezoning phases. To date it has been the recipient of four national awards, including; Smart Growth BC’s Smarty Award for Best Development Proposal and the Canadian Institute of Planner’s Award for Excellence in Neighbourhood Planning.

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Part of what RIPE is all about is based on local food and knowing the story, the history, behind what we’re eating. That’s exactly what one of our media sponsors, The Tyee, writes about in their column Eat Your History. Launched just this Summer, guest edited by J.B. MacKinnon co-creator of the 100-Mile Diet, and written by Jeff Nield and Joanne Will it’s about food; place; history. “A stimulated mind and happy taste buds” so they say.

MacKinnon describes the idea behind Eat Your History, and what gave him the idea:

“Eat Your History will highlight foods that tell a story about the place we live in. The first article is a great example. Jeff takes a look at the Olympia oyster, which was once the only native species of oyster on the coast. The fact that most of us have never heard of the Olympia oyster, let alone eaten one, tells a story about how dramatically our coastline has changed since the arrival of European settler. The way we eat shapes everything around us — we don ourselves a major disservice when we ignore that history.”

Well said James, well said.

p.s. Can’t wait to host 2 of The Tyee’s readers at RIPE – was it you that won their ticket giveaway?

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If you’ve shopped at a weekly Vancouver Farmers Markets you may have purchased some of your veggies from Celyddon Farms. But if you haven’t, here’s your chance! Stop by Celyddon Farms’ table on September 20th at Kits Market, or September 26th at Trout Lake market, or any Wednesday Main Street market and pick yourself up some organic eggplants for this tasty recipe:

Eggplant Stuffed with Ratatouille and Asiago Cheese (serves four)


  • 2 medium eggplants, cut in half
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 red bell peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1 japanese eggplant, diced
  • 1 green zucchini, diced
  • 1 yellow zucchini, diced
  • 1 large ripe tomato, diced
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 cup asiago cheese, grated


Place halved eggplants skin side up on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or brushed with a bit of oil).  Drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Bake at 400°F/200°C for 15 to 20    minutes or until soft to   touch. Remove from oven, cool.  Turn over and gently press in centre of eggplants to create a cavity for the stuffing. Season cavity with salt and pepper and set aside.

In a fry pan heat remaining olive oil over medium heat and saute onion, garlic and peppers briefly until fragrant.  Mix in japanese eggplant, zucchini, tomato, thyme and rosemary.  Season with salt and pepper and cook until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Divide and spoon ratatouille (vegetable) mixture into each eggplant half.  Top each stuffed eggplant with a ¼ cup of grated asiago cheese and place in preheated oven (400°F/200°C) for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and forms a golden brown crust.

* This recipe is found on page 178 of the ‘Chefs in the Market’ cookbook by Bill Jones and Stephen Wong.

We are proud to recognize Celyddon Farms as a Bronze Sponsor of RIPE.

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Vancouver Farmers Markets presents

RIPE: The 1st Annual Evening of Local Food & Libations • Oct 1st, 6- 10pm Performance Works, Granville Island

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