What’s Cooking: September 9 – 15

We’re a week into September and with the new month also comes the opening of u-picks, back-to-school initiatives and more. Whether you’re looking for staycation ideas or a healthy apple-inspired recipe for the coming week, we’ve got you covered.

Noggins U-Pick Opening for the Season

Get your apple baskets ready! The Noggins Corner Farm u-pick and corn maze are opening for the season this Saturday, September 11th. Tickets will soon be available for pre-purchase online via nogginsfarm.ca. Pre-purchasing is not mandatory, but not having a pre-purchased ticket may cause a longer wait in line!

New Nourish Nova Scotia Toolkit

Nourish Nova Scotia has launched a new Local Food Lunch Toolkit with the purpose of strengthening local food systems while supporting healthy food environments for Nova Scotia children and youth.

The toolkit, authored by passionate food service consultants Jenny Osburn and Rosie Gair, offers 22 delicious recipes and menu-planning tools in French and English to make food service easy, accessible and affordable for families and food service professionals alike. Each recipe aligns with Canada’s Food Guide while incorporating the bounty of foods grown and produced in Nova Scotia. Recipes have also been tried, tested and approved by Nova Scotia students!

Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Pop-Up Markets

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Did you know the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm organizes weekly pop-up markets at the farm? On Wednesdays from 1 – 3 p.m. stop by to enjoy local produce, sweet treats and more. The next pop-up will take place Wednesday, September 15th.

Tapas & Trails – Art & Culinary Adventures

Engage with nature and celebrate Nova Scotian arts and culture at the first annual Tapas & Trails on September 18th. The event takes place along the scenic Keppoch Mountain hiking trails and will feature local art and culinary experiences along the way. Experience tasty local gourmet tapas and local beverages from Avondale Sky Winery, Steinhart Distillery, Sober Island Brewing Co., and Coldstream Clear Distillery. Tickets are $95/person.

The Nova Scotia Culinary Trails

Hands hold a phone with the Nova Scotia Chowder Trail website on it. Two bowls of chowder and a lobster roll are also in the photo

Looking for staycation ideas? Lucky for you, we’ve mapped out your ultimate Nova Scotia culinary road trip through the Nova Scotia Lobster, Chowder, & Good Cheer Trails! Whether you’re tapping into local craft beverages, cracking open a freshly caught lobster, or diving into a bowl of seafood chowder – there’s something on the trails that will satisfy all your cravings. With three easy ways to collect stamps including the passport, the website and the soon to be released mobile app, it’s easier than ever to explore the Culinary Trails.

Featured Recipe: Seared Scallops with Arugula Apple Salad

Scallops, apples, and dressing, oh my! This delectable dish will become your new go to recipe. The apples and fresh vegetables combine together to flatter the delicious Digby scallops. The additional homemade dressing takes it one step further, with its rich and smooth taste.

Grocery List

seasonal grocery list with items in season and grocery items for recipe

Get your hands on local apples at Noggins Corner Farm Market, Masstown Market, Stirling Fruit Farms Ltd., or one of the many Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia, or looking for local apples from Scotian Gold or Stirling Fruit Farms Ltd. at your local grocery store.

Get your hands on local scallops at Afishionado Fishmongers, Clearwater Seafoods, Fisherman’s Market, Masstown Market’s Catch of the Bay or looking for Comeau Sea Foods scallops at your local grocery store.

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