By Catherine Dunwoody
Vegans and vegetarians will want to add Sunday visits to the Coquitlam Farmers Market to their calendars, from now until end of October.
Jessica Kralj, owner of Tasty Plants, has a love for plant-based foods, and a knack for preparing a variety of delicious dishes, that she sells at the market. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Kralj offers fresh and frozen prepared meals plus brownies, cookies, bars, and snacks.
Customers line up for her three bean and quinoa chili, enchiladas, curried chickpeas and cauliflower soup. Sweet tooth? Try the energy bites (2 flavors: dark cocoa-coconut and key-lime coconut), and vegan brownies.
Tasty Plants does not use any animal products/by-products, supports BC farmers and suppliers, and is an environmentally friendly business. “There are so many health issues associated with the consumption of meats and dairy, as well as so many people with allergies to these products and not many options out there for them,” says Kralj, “for this reason, we decided to make it easier by offering healthy prepared meals and products that they can pre-order on a weekly basis and consume at their own convenience.”
The Coquitlam farmers market is on Sundays in the summer at the Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot (624 Poirier Street). Find Tasty Plants year-round at www.tastyplants.ca