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Vancouver Farmers Markets 2012 Summer @vanmarkets via @miss604

Local blogger Miss604’s got a great roundup of this season’s Vancouver farmers markets. Don’t forget to grab our iPhone app to promote the local producers and show the community what’s fresh near them!

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Trout Lake Farmers Market (foodtree profile)

Location: North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake
Dates: Saturdays, May 12, 2012 to October 20, 2012
Hours: 9:00am to 2:00pm each week

Kitsilano Farmers Market (foodtree profile)

Location: Parking Lot of Kitsilano Community Centre (2690 Larch at 10th)
Dates: Sundays, May 20, 2012 to October 21, 2012
Hours: 10:00am to 2:00pm each week

West End Farmers Market (foodtree profile)

Location: 1100 Block of Comox across from Nelson Park at Mole Hill
Dates: Saturdays, June 2, 2012 to October 20, 2012
Hours: 9:00am to 2:00pm each week

Main Street Market (foodtree profile)

Location: Main Street Station at Thornton Park (across from the train station)
Dates: Wednesdays, June 6, 2012 to October 3, 2012
Hours: 3:00pm to 7:00pm each week

Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market (foodtree profile)

Location: East Boulevard between 37th and 41st (near Kerrisdale Arena)
Dates: Saturdays, July 7, 2012 to October 6, 2012
Hours: 10:00am to 2:00pm each week

See you all at the markets!

Trivia: Trout Lake Farmers Market is the very first business record ever on Foodtree!

Finding new beer startup Churchkey Can Co’s beer @churchkeycanco

Late last week we caught a blog post on tech publication Techcrunch about Church Key Can Co, a young company in Portland, Oregon that’s turning heads by producing beer that requires churchkeys to open. From the article:

The cans are the old-timey variety that you probably haven’t seen since the 60s. They’re made of fully-recyclable steel, and require a churchkey opener to get into. You puncture one corner of the top, then make a deeper puncture on the other side to drink out of. Ever noticed a triangle-shaped piece of metal on the other end of some bottle openers? It’s for these types of cans.

The company is backed by a set of people in the technology world, so it caught our attention as a foodtech startup. We investigated a bit further and wondered where we might find and try this beer, because the churchkey thing is cool, but what does the beer actually taste like, right?

The company’s website lists the places, but it really isn’t all that helpful. There’s no map and no information for these places, like even a phone number to call and check if they’re carrying Churchkey.

So we took their retail list and crunched the data.

Click here to see their Where to Buy map, which gives you a good feel for where you can find Churchkey. Our mobile app now has this information in it as well for people on the go. And if you do find Churchkey somewhere you can verify these places by sharing a photo of the beer cans on Foodtree.

Have you had their beer yet? How was it?

The Changing Face of Farming: Urban CSA #realfood

CSAs move into towns and cities…

Community supported agriculture is a great way to take a step closer to the food you are eating, allowing you to know exactly where your food is coming from, who’s growing it and how it’s being grown. CSAs have been around for a while, but in recent years local farms have taken a step closer to your table at home: they are filling in the spaces in our towns and cities.


Urban farmers like Emi Do are ring fencing agricultural areas as cities grow around them, as well as finding unconventional spots to produce food on a small local scale.

“By bringing farming to the city, we are in essence bringing food production closer to the people it feeds. I love that I get to engage in dialogue with my neighbors and that my profession is one that nourishes them.”

Urban farms are wide spread enough now that you can almost guarantee that every city will have one or two, and you might be surprised at the growing power these small corners of land have, we’re not talking the occasional lettuce here. When I stopped by Yummy Yards in Vancouver Emi explained to me that this season she is growing: kale, swiss chard, collards, spinach, salad greens, arugula, cabbages, carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, onion, kohlrabi, leeks, scallions, garlic, squash, pumpkin, zucchini, beans, peas, eggplant, peppers, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, parsley, basil, and more!

It’s great for the community!

While urban farms can and do supply restaurants and markets, the real power of these projects is that they can provide the communities around them with food via Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).

If you are in Vancouver you can find out more about Yummy Yards’ CSA here, or Yummy Yards’ Foodtree page here. Aternatively investigate your local CSA scene to find something similar near you!

#openfood launches at SXSW & trends worldwide on twitter!

To say that this weekend’s Open Food Data panel at South by Southwest was a success would be understating a bit. Here at Foodtree we think we speak for everyone involved when we say that we’re excited for the future and grateful for the response and thoughtful conversations that this effort has ignited so far.

Everything you need to get involved in pushing Open Food Data forward can be found at the Open Food website.

#openfood Trends Worldwide

During the panel on Sunday many attendants were using the #openfood hashtag to share ideas and updates with the people who couldn’t make it to the panel in person. What you may not have realized was that about 15 minutes into the panel that hashtag began trending worldwide on Twitter; an uncommon and unique feat that many hope to experience and very few accomplish (aside from Justin Bieber, that is).

That alone is an amazing show of support for the open food data movement, and as movement’s go we can officially call this one launched!

7 Delicious Google logos (Doodles) that might make you hungry

Did you know that every once in a while, Google changes their homepage logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists and scientists?

They call the logo drawings and animations Doodles, and what started out as a gaff has become a tradition that users anticipate and even collect in some cases.

The first Doodle was a stick figure letting users know that Larry and Sergey (founders) were out of the office attending Burning Man, a cultural festival in the desert. A year later intern Dennis Hwang did a Doodle for Bastille Day and was anointed Head Doodler; he now leads the team of designers and engineers that produce the company’s Doodles.

Today we thought it’d be fun to look back at some of the food-focused Doodles that have delighted users around the world. There are plenty, so we’ve picked a few favorites!

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi’s 118th Birthday

To honor the scientist who discovered Vitamin-C, the Doodle Team turned Google into the distributor of all things rich in Vitamin-C content!

This was the first concept drawing:

Which turned into this finished logo:

More details here.

Magusto 2011

From the Doodle site: “Magusto” is a Portuguese tradition celebrated by all generations: from grandparents, to moms and dads, and little children. On this day, people come together to eat chestnuts, drink new wine and mingle with friends and family.

More details here.

Canadian Thanksgiving 2009

Google swaps their logo pretty much every Thanksgiving holiday, but their ’09 Canadian Thanksgiving logo really stands out, mostly because it’s entirely one color!

More details here.

Valentine’s Day 2007

Valentine’s Day is another regular Doodle holiday, but this subtle offering in 2007 conjures up the delicious memories of chocolate covered strawberries.

Details here. More Valentine’s doodles.

Persian New Year 2009

Shown in United Arab Emirates & Afghanistan in March of ’09, this elegant logo is likely an unknown to most of us.

Details here.

Tomato Festival 2008

In honor of Spain’s Tomato festival, this juicy logo was displayed in August of 2008. This is the festival dubbed Tomatina, during which there’s what amounts to a massive tomato food fight!

Details here.

Halloween 2011

This is probably the most impressive effort yet; imagine putting much effort into your company’s logo for one day!

This is the video that lived on the homepage and showed users the process of carving the massive pumpkins:

And here’s the behind the scenes video:

More details here.

What are you favorites?

Head over to the Doodle site to check out the hundreds of Doodles from Google over the years. There’s a nice little blurb on the history of Doodles there too. Let us know which ones are your favorites!

Today, we shine the light on you. Share a story of food and love.

We invite you to share with the Foodtree community a story about food that reminds you of Love.

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4 Incredibly Worthwhile Short Videos About Food That You Should See

The amount of exciting and inspiring work being done around the food system today is nothing short of staggering.

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