#BCBuyLocal’s Veggie Salsa Celebration Means Sampling Flavours from Around the World
Celebrate Sauces Made from Fresh, Local Farm Products
This month, we’re continuing to celebrate sauces made from fresh, local farm products that are inspired by tastes on all continents. Given the mix of people living in British Columbia, our markets feature flavours from around the world!
At the Ambleside Market this weekend, we had Thai food, Eastern European perogies, Jamaican patties, and French crepes – all being made from people with strong connections to these cultures. Come to our markets this weekend to learn more about using locally made sauces to cook your own globally-inspired dishes!
Our long-time vendor and salsa maker, Roberto Carrasco of Rio Verde Gourmet Products, will tell you how he couldn’t find his favourite green (verde) salsa sold in stores when he moved to Vancouver. So, he asked a friend to send him seeds, started growing tomatillos in his backyard, and making salsa – first for himself, then for friends and family, and now for all our Artisan Farmers’ Market vendors and costumers. Roberto took the seeds his friend sent and turned them into a successful farmers’ market business. Today he makes 5 distinct and totally vegan salsas and sauces each available in a Not-Spicy, a Medium and a Hot version.
Roberto took the seeds his friend sent and turned them into a successful farmers’ market business. Today he makes 5 distinct and totally vegan salsas and sauces each available in a Not-Spicy, a Medium and a Hot version.
The “Salsa Gang”
His past includes selling at a wide number of markets around the Lower Mainland, including Granville Island. As his business has grown, he hires a “Salsa Gang” of aspiring chefs to help him prepare up to 1,000 jars at a time. Roberto supports his community by hiring from the Coast Mental Health Clubhouse.
Given the employment education his Salsa Gang receives, he continues to hire new aspiring chefs as his experienced workers go on to find jobs in restaurants.
Three Pillars of Sustainability
We love how Roberto’s is one of many businesses contributing to the three pillars of sustainability:
Rio Verde Gourmet Products supports the employment education pillar of the three essentials for a sustained recovery: housing, support services and employment and education opportunities.
Thanks for hiring the people, Roberto, and bringing us delicious sauces from your home country of Cuba, as well as Mexico and the Caribbean!
To learn more about Rio Verde visit: http://www.rioverdegourmet.ca