SPROUTING OFF! Musings from Mill Market

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SaultOnline is thrilled to announce that we have partnered with Mill Market & Entomica to provide our viewers with a new monthly column! Published around the 15th of each month, the column will feature the opportunity for readers to learn about a variety of insects thanks to Micheal Odom from Entomica and Alison Lynes, Manager at the Mill Market, will be providing one of her favourite recipes packed with ingredients you can source locally!

In addition, readers will also have the opportunity to learn about organic farming, families & seniors, agriculture, healthy living, local shopping and so much more!

Don’t forget to check out the Community Events Calendar for a listing of events happening at the Mill Market and Entomica. There’s bound to be something of interest for the entire family like these upcoming events:

 

Don’t forget about your local market when getting back into the September routine with your friends & family this fall – Mill Market is open every Wednesday and Saturday for your local shopping needs! Need some hot tips to get the most out of your Farmers Market trip this weekend? Check out some notes from your local farmers below!

  • Looking to get your groceries and get home? Visit us on Wednesdays or early on Saturdays. Looking for the perfect perch to people watch?  Stop by for Saturday lunch and enjoy a tea!
  • Know what is in season and plan your week’s recipes accordingly. Switch up your favourite recipes to incorporate fruits and veggies that are in season.
  • Bring reusable bags, think about bringing an insulated tote or cooler, and don’t forget your small bills & change. Vendors are drooling over that roll of toonies in your junk drawer! Don’t worry if you rushed out the door and forgot – we’ve got Mill Market Bags for sale at the Information Booth and an ATM onsite!
  • Always ask your Vendors for advice. What even IS that? What’s the best cut of meat for stew? What’s a good recipe for zucchini? They know and grow their products!
  • Want to buy in bulk for canning or have a turkey ready for a special diner? Need a cauliflower for next week or a tray of cookies for your party? Just ask! Vendors are more than happy to prepare their products just for you.

 

Local Foods Recipe of the Month

CAPONATA RECIPE EGGPLANTEggplant Caponata

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1/3 cup olive oil
4 cups cubed eggplant
1/2 green bell pepper (diced)
1 small onion, diced
4 ounces white mushrooms (chopped)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
1/2 cup black olives (pitted and sliced)
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Fresh Goats Cheese (for garnish)
Fresh Basil (for garnish)

  1. Warm oil in a large skillet and add eggplant, bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, and garlic. Cook for about 10 minutes, until vegetables are soft.
  2. Add the olives, tomato paste, vinegar, sugar, and oregano to the pan and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Lower the heat, cover, and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Allow Caponata to cool.
  5. Serve on top of rice, pasta, crunchy sourdough bread or your favourite gluten-free grain.
  6. Garnish with basil leaves & fresh grated goats cheese.

 

ENTOMICA Buzzzfeed Featured Insect Profile

The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Many of Sault Ste. Marie’s Insectarium’s insects are far friendlier than their name or appearance suggests. Such is true of one of our most beloved insects – the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach.

The ‘Hisser’ gains its name from its ability to push out air from tiny holes in its exoskeleton – called spiracles – to make an aggressive hissing noise. This defense mechanism helps scare off predators and often frightens away Entomica’s patrons attempting to become immortalized in the ‘Kiss a Cockroach Club’.

Male ‘Hissers’ have raised ‘horns’ on their abdomen which they use during encounters with other males to determine ‘roach hierarchy. The victorious male will hiss to show dominance over the fallen ‘roach and establish himself in the social ladder.

Like the overwhelming majority of cockroach species, ‘Hissers’ are not pests to humans and scavenge mainly for fruit and fallen plant matter, cleaning up the messy forest floor.

Madagascar Hissing CockroachAt Sault Ste Marie’s Insectarium you can test your courage and determination while fifty or more cockroaches of different species are dumped on your head and crawl all around you while you’re contained within the ‘Cockroach Cranium Challenge’. Test your skills and compete against the records set by the Amazing Race Canada participants to establish yourself and a partner on our ‘Cockroach Cranium Hall of Fame’.

Come visit us Wednesdays and Saturdays before or after loading up on all the Mill Market goodies and don’t forget to tag us on Facebook with a picture of yourself visiting Entomica to be entered into our draw!