Taking full advantage of the gorgeous fall weather on Thanksgiving weekend I decided to take a trip to Evergreen Brick Works. I’ve been there in the past for various events and to visit my juicing friends from Sunshine at the farmers’ market, but had never really walked around the buildings and through the trails. We are truly fortunate to have this vast green space right in the city.
Having just missed the farmers’ market my boyfriend and I decided to take a seat at Café Belong for lunch. To our surprise, our friend and Chef at the Café Dan DeMatteis, was working. I had the barley bowl served with local Swiss chard and wild mushrooms and my boyfriend had the pork (shown below). Both dishes were local, hearty and delicious. We were even treated with a Monforte cheesecake for dessert.
We let our meals digest a little while watching the Red Bull Mini Velodrome time trials and then headed back to the trails surrounding the old quarry. The fall colours in the city were just starting to pop, all the trees looked so beautiful. The unseasonably warm weather was ideal for a hike around the quarry.
We finished off our day with a look around the Evergreen Garden Market. They have a fantastic selection of unique items from food to books -- if you are looking for an interesting gift you’ll find it there. In preparation for cold and flu season we purchased a locally foraged tea to help boost immunity and some local bee pollen, another great immunity booster.
All in all, a great day at the Brick Works. Next time I’ll try to get there before 1 p.m. to peruse the farmers’ market!
Visit http://ebw.evergreen.ca/ for more information and events.
- Julienne Spence, Communications Director