MUSKOKA — The cooks, crafters, artists and farmers of the Rosseau Farmer’s Market have added publisher to their list of trades.
Kelly Burmeister and three-month-old Nolan DiMicolo check out the results of several recipes from the Rosseau Market Cooks cookbook at the book launching on April 29.
Photo by Roland Cilliers
Launched on April 29 at the co-op’s annual general meeting in Rosseau, the book, Rosseau Market Cooks, features more than 200 recipes for everything from spruce beer to coffee cake.
Lynnis Royea, founder of the Rosseau Farmer’s Market, said the cookbook was two years in the making.
“It’s a beautiful book,” said Royea. “It’s not just a recipe book, there are stories in it as well. There are favourite recipes of many different people so they’re all tried and true recipes.”
Many of the recipes have interesting histories or stories along with them. For example, one recipe was found in a tattered cookbook from an abandoned homestead.
The cookbook features recipes from diverse cultural backgrounds including Iceland: the nearby community of Hekkla was one of the first Icelandic communities in Canada.
The release of the book is partly a celebration for the success of the market which will be entering its 12th year this summer.
“It was a struggle to get this market going — we’re a little off the beaten path here,” said Royea. “It took a lot of work and time to get our market established and what better way to celebrate a farmer’s market than to put a cookbook together to celebrate the food of our vendors and the residents of Rosseau village and area.”
Rosseau Market Cooks has recipes for tasty and interesting desserts like a gumdrop Christmas cake and a pumpkin swirl cheesecake. It also includes some savoury dishes including a seafood lasagna and moose loaf made from ground moose meat.
The incredible range of recipe types is the result of the large number of contributors responsible for the book’s creation, many of whom are named alongside the recipe.
Heather Cullimore, member of the board of directors with The Rosseau Farmer’s Market, saw the book as an opportunity to learn more about the market’s vendors.
“I’m really looking forward to working my way through this cookbook and beginning to know the area and lots of my fellow vendors a little better through their recipes,” said Cullimore. “With a little over 200 recipes, I think I’m going to be pretty busy this summer.”
Scattered throughout the text are quotes from writers like Dylan Thomas — “Let us not go gently into that good night” — and Earnest Hemingway — “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” There are also historical notes included on both Rosseau and the food.
Rosseau Market Cooks will be available for purchase at the Rosseau Farmer’s Market, every Friday from June 29 until Aug. 31 for $10.