The Mission City Farmers’ Market has several special events planned to help close out the season.

Mission City Farmers’ Market hosting celebrations

La Vida Local runs Saturday, Squash Festival takes place on Oct. 3.

This is the season of the squash.

From the Thanksgiving table, to holiday baking, and even the front porch at Halloween, the humble squash takes a place of honour in the fall.

At the Mission City Farmers’ Market, summer squash such as zucchini has been available for months, and now is joined by a wide assortment of winter squash and ornamental gourds.

On Saturday, October 3, the Mission City Farmers Market is hosting a celebration of squash.

“It’s a wonderful way to bring local farmers and customers together. Our farmers are proud to talk about their growing practices and to answer questions about what they grow,” said Donna Gibson, market manager.

Professional caterer Ken Caravetta will be on hand to perform a cooking demonstration in the heart of the market at 11 a.m.

“I’ll be surprising some people with what I can do with pumpkins and squash,” said Caravetta. “What’s the point of teaching people the same old things they’ll find in a recipe book or online?”

The children’s craft table will be pumpkin-themed as well. This squash celebration takes place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Mission Public Library on Second Avenue.

 

La Vida Local

Mission City Farmers Market is holding its fourth annual La Vida Local event on Saturday, September 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In partnership with the Mission Food Access Network and the Mission Library, La Vida Local is a celebration of local food, food security, and community involvement.

A number of local agencies will be on hand with information about their roles in providing food security in the community including Hope Central, Mission’s Kitchens, L.I.N.C. and Mission Community Services.

The La Vida Local event features a community kitchen at 11 a.m. hosted by Mission’s Kitchens where market visitors will be invited to cook and eat together right in the heart of the market. There will also be a children’s craft and face-painting.