VFM Direct Fresh Sheet - September 5
Next Deliveries: Tuesday, September 10 & Thursday, September 12

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That in-between summer and fall season is when we plums really shine. Have you tried using plums in crumbles and crisps? Magic! In sauces and salad dressing - superb! Klippers Organics has a variety of plums available now - Italian Prune, Amber and President (a sweet green-fleshed plum with a tart dark purple skin). Plums are full of pectin so they set beautifully if you're considering making jam or pie.  

That funky sweet garlic made by fermenting garlic heads is back! Soban Organic Farm produces a great black garlic perfect for pursuing your umami dreams. Wondering what to do with black garlic,
this article from Bon Appetit has some ideas...

Looking for just red, yellow or orange tomatoes for a specific purpose like a yellow sauce or an orange salsa? Klippers Organics has yellow, orange and red field tomatoes. 

The fall crops are coming on!  The first Brussels sprouts of the season have arrived at Sunberry Farms as well as kabocha, butternut and spaghetti squash. With everything in season now, its a great time to load your menu with local ingredients! 

The Food Pedalers 
Order Klippers Organics product by Saturday 5pm to ensure delivery on Tuesday and by 5pm Monday for Thursday delivery. 

Tesfa Farm  buffalo milk is available for Thursday delivery only.

Log in to your VFM Direct account to see all product availability and pricing on all the above items and many more!  New crops being added weekly.

Looking for a specific crop for your menu? Contact Sher for more information.

Did you know that you can setup a standing order so that you'll get items core to your menu every week (or on a regular schedule). There's no charge to setup a standing order and our producers love them - its like having a farmer grow specifically for you! If you know you need a consistent supply, setup a standing order with Sher and she'll make sure you're first to receive the items.  You'll have one less thing to worry about every week! 

Talk to Sher to set up your standing order.

PRODUCE: bean s (green, yellow, purple),  blueberries, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cucumbers, currants, eggplant, fava beans, garlic (peeled, separated cloves, freeze dried scapes, fresh scapes), kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms (white, portobello, mini-bella, cremini, shiitake, oyster), pea shoots, dried peppers, peppers (bell, mini-pointed and shishito, habanero, kung pao), plums, rhubarb, scallions, spinach, strawberries, sunflower shoots, tomatoes (cherry, grape, campari, heirloom, heirloom cherry and beefsteak), zucchini

GRAINS, DAIRY & VALUE-ADDED PRODUCT: apple cider, buffalo milk, buffalo milk cheese, butter, cow's milk cheese, cheese curd, yogurt, sour cream, cream, eggs, dried lavender, milk, dried chanterelle mushrooms, dried morel and lobster mushrooms, dried nettles, dried padron peppers, kelp, kombu and other seaweed products, fruit juices, frozen berries, frozen rhubarb, goat cheese, honey, water kefir
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Best of luck to Feast of Fields organizers and VFM Direct clients and suppliers who will be serving up delicious bites this Sunday at Rabbit River Farm in Richmond! 
Fable Diner (featuring Mt Lehman Cheese, Klippers Organics & Cedar Isle Farm)
Royal Dinette • Earnest Ice Cream • Hyatt Regency
Don't forget the honey! We carry local honey from BE Ingredients and Jane's Honey Bees in 3kg and 15kg pails. Did you know that honey never goes bad? So stock up! 

Currently listing product on the Fresh Sheet:
BC Garlic Growers
BE Ingredients
Berry Brook Organic Farms
Birchwood Dairy
Chick-Inn Farm
Earth Apple Farm
Forager's Delight
Golden Ears Cheeseworks
Goodly Foods
Jane's Honey Bees
Klaassen Farms
Klippers Organics
Maan Farms
Mandair Farms
MS Lee's Natural Foods
Mt Lehman Cheese
Neufeld Farms
North Pacific Kelp
Open View Orchards
Soban Organic Farm
Sole Food Street Farms
Squamish Water Kefir
Sunberry Farms
Taves Family Farms
Tesfa Farms
The Food Pedalers
Your Wildest Foods

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Crispy McIntosh apples are at their best early in the season - order them now from Klippers Organics! 

The following local businesses received deliveries this week! Thanks for supporting local producers! 

Bad Dog Bread
Belgard Kitchen
Broadway Youth Resource Centre
Compass Group - Chartwells Langara
Compass Group - Metro Vancouver
Di Beppe
Douce Diner
Fable Diner
Glenburn Soda Fountain

Homer Street Cafe
LaSalle College
Nook Restaurants
Orto Artisan Pasta
Rocky Mountain Flatbread - Main St
Rocky Mountain Flatbread - Kits
Rocky Mountain Flatbread - Surrey
Royal Dinette
The Soap Dispensary
UBC Food Services - Sage
UBC Food Services - Scholar's Catering
UBC Food Services - Totem Residence

Don't forget to send us your local food photos - we'd love to share them! 
Save the Date! November 12, 2019. Chefs meet farmers, farmers meet chefs. Join in on the fun and get connected to your food source! The first one last year was such a success they're making it an annual event. This time held at the PNE grounds.

Order Thursday through Sunday, 11:59pm for TUESDAY delivery
Order Friday through Tuesday, 11:59pm for THURSDAY delivery
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