If you haven’t ever heard of cajeta [ka-heh-tah]—much less tasted it—you are in for a treat on Wednesday, September 9. Original Mexican Gourmet is bringing the centuries-old Mexican delicacy to the annual Cap U Farmers’ Market between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the grassy Birch Courtyard at the North Vancouver campus.

What is cajeta, you ask?

Cajeta is a goat’s milk caramel spread traditional to Central Mexico, particularly in the state of Guanajuato. Made by reducing goat’s milk over a very long cooking process, sugar is not its main ingredient. Instead, the milk is caramelized to create sweetness, creating a unique flavor different from other caramels or dulce de leche (which is made with cow’s milk).

The specialty is used in baking, as a spread on toast and served over ice cream, cheesecake and other desserts. Original Mexican Gourmet is the first to craft cajeta in Canada, making it from traditional organic, fair-trade Mexican vanilla, espresso, rum and antibiotic- and growth-hormone-free goat milk sourced from Happy Days Dairy in Chilliwack. Yum!

Original Mexican Gourmet will be one of half a dozen other vendors bringing their locally-sourced, sustainable, chemical-free treats to the Cap U FoodWorks-hosted market. Many vendors also specialize in non-GMO and gluten-free ingredients. Vendors include:

The CSU and the Sustainability Department will also host informational booths. Students, faculty and staff can mingle and connect while enjoying live folk and bluegrass music by The Holy Smokes, a Cap U-grown band featuring Jazz Studies students Kyle Hayes, Madeliene Elkins and Derek Maroney.

The CapU Farmers’ Market is a great opportunity on our own campus to gain access to hand-made food and locally-grown fresh produce from sustainable sources. See you there!

Submitted by Taeyeon Kim, FoodWorks Student Organizer

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