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:
- Shady Acres Farm—Fruit and veggies from this Richmond-based, small-scale farm.
- Sweet Kiwi Cupcakes and Cookies—Port Coquitlam-based treats!
- Bon Mano Bon—Vancouver-owned and operated bakery making fresh and natural desserts.
- Bob Ali—Vancouver-based makers of hummus, pesto and tapenades.
- Marie’s Guilt-free Bakery—Hot, vegetarian, gluten-free pizza and other baked goods from Langley!
- Chartwells—Providing lunch of locally-sourced veggie chili, kale, beet and quinoa salad and gluten-free biscuits.
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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