This delectable sweet and healthy dessert comes from toronto’s own earth and city. They’re an all vegan, seasonally inspired food company that has our cities farmers’ market market covered! We connected over a mutual admiration for each others instagrams… cause isn’t that how all networking happens these days? I met up with owners, Lisa and Cassandra, as well as Jessica and Veronica who work in the kitchen and out at the markets and we thought it would be great to get the girls to share one of their favorite recipes on hot for food.
Cassandra, Lisa, Veronica & Jessica from earth and city
What’s the inspiration behind the recipe?
The peanut butter and jam combo is classic and it appeals to so many different people so we wanted to make it into a date square version. The jam is an amazing vehicle for featuring local food producers (the jam is from spade and spoon) and highlighting seasonal, as well as talking about preserving food and it’s importance to a sustainable food system. We also like to keep kids in mind when we’re creating recipes, because it really does go back to the kids who are the future of our food system and we want them to be involved in a good way.
What do you say to people who think eating vegan takes too much time and effort?
It doesn’t take longer to cook vegan, seasonal, healthy food than it does to cook other food and eating vegan, local, and seasonal can be so simple and very affordable. We’ve been convinced that it’s more expensive and time consuming but you can make such simple wholesome meals with very little effort actually. You can just go to your farmers’ market and pick up a few items, sauté them, and put them on brown rice with a sauce. That’s a simple cheap meal that’s nourishing and really good for the planet and the people.
Make sure you check all the goodies from earth and city at a few of the year round farmers’ markets like wychwood barns, sorauren farmers’ market, and dufferin grove.