Today is a Saturday activity and is the third in my series of blogs in which I unlock the secrets of the Sunshine Coast, sharing some of my best insider tips to help you get the most out of your getaway.
The Sechelt Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market is the largest on the Sunshine Coast, taking place every Saturday morning, and it’s a very popular venue for locals and visitors alike. It’s always very satisfying to be able to find locally grown ingredients, picked that morning, to prepare a meal and we’re suggesting that you could do just that for your own dinner tonight.
To inspire you, here’s a recent meal we prepared, using all ingedients we found at the market. Our starter was a fresh Camembert made from local goats milk, followed by a simple green salad, freshly picked that morning, dressed with a tasty vinegrette. I bought a little jar of pesto made from wild nettles and cashews, and it was a perfect compliment to go with some fresh asparagus and nugget potatoes. I was also able to find some Halibut which we cooked very simply in a little brown butter. Dessert was simple – a medley of freshly picked berries with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream.
But the market isn’t just about food. The Sunshine Coast has one of the highest per-capita populations of artists in Canada, and several of them are set up every Saturday at the Market. The artistic quality is very high and includes potters, photographers, and jewelry makers.
If you’re ready for lunch or just a great cup of coffee, head down the road to Wilson Creek. Strait Coffee has been a leader in creating a coffee culture on the Sunshine Coast and they’ve created an environment that simply allows you to savour that perfect cup.
After all this activity it’s time to head back to Coracle Cove. Pick up a nice bottle of wine at the Lighthouse Wine Store and enjoy your fresh, locally sourced Sunshine Coast Dinner on your favourite waterside deck.