Nourish Presents ‘Market Meals’ Series

Downtown market tour, cooking workshop ‘taps into local food’

To market, to market to buy a fresh pattypan, Nourish is offering an opportunity for Peterborough residents to learn how to cook with unique, home-grown ingredients.

Nourish is currently running its Market Meals series, a tour and workshop initiative that encompasses a visit to the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market followed by a cooking lesson in the teaching kitchen at Peterborough Public Health.

“The idea is to learn to cook without a recipe. Then once the meal is prepared, everyone sits down and enjoys a meal together.”

With help from workshop facilitators, participants learn how to make healthy and delicious meals with local, seasonal food and atypical ingredients — like pattypan, which is a round zucchini squash.

The free, five-week series runs on Wednesday mornings and is open to new participants.

“It really taps into local food,” Joëlle Favreau, Nourish manager, tells Electric City Magazine about the Market Meals series.

“The group goes into the kitchen and cooks something together based on what they got at the market.”

The series is geared towards people who are at an intermediate level in terms of their cooking skills. “The idea is to learn to cook without a recipe. Then once the meal is prepared, everyone sits down and enjoys a meal together.”

That gathering provides an ideal opportunity to talk about different aspects of food from using less-familiar ingredients to cooking without a recipe to minimizing waste by utilizing leftovers.

“It’s also an opportunity to talk about local food in general and how much we’ve lost that connection to local food and how critical it is to regain a connection,” Joelle notes.

Workshops run throughout the market season and are limited to group sizes of 12-15. To learn more about Market Meals, contact the Nourish food skills facilitator at cooking@nourishproject.ca.

Generally, food is an important part of Peterborough’s fabric and September is being proclaimed as Local Food Month for Peterborough County and city.

Local Food Month celebrates the abundance of Peterborough’s harvest. The month will spotlight the vital importance of Peterborough-area food and farms on the local culture and economy.

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