(Originally published in The Grapevine’s February 5th, 2015 edition)
It had to happen. The Wolfville Farmers’ Market is chockablock with the best ingredients a person could ever want. If you want to have an amazing meal, you grab your ingredients, head home, and make something spectacular. Jayn had the brilliant idea of closing that loop. It was only a matter of time.
Almost all of the ingredients in Jayn’s glorious sandwiches are sourced directly from the Market. She can rattle off which vendor supplies each component. It’s kind of like found art. The extra-meta layer comes in when those vendors need some nosh and they head to Jayn’s booth to enjoy the fruits (and meats, breads, veggies) of their own and other vendors’ labours. It’s like the UN of Market offerings.
As with most works of art, though, the genius lies in the bricolage (a fancy art term that perfectly describes this phenomenon. Bricolage, as defined by Merriam Webster is the “construction (as of a sculpture or a structure of ideas) achieved by using whatever comes to hand”). It’s from a French word that means “to putter about.”
Perfect. Jayn putters about with some absolutely excellent ingredients from the market, tosses them in with some goodies she has grown herself (and some condiments) and makes food fusions that are greater than the sum of their parts.
I chose a sandwich Jayn created and which she assembled before my wondering eyes: shaved pork shoulder, cheese, apples, onion, and maple mustard on baguette. Solomon chose the croissant breakfast sandwich which is named the Early Riser until 10:30 at which point it magically transforms into the Sleepyhead Croissant (no word on what happens if you order it at exactly 10:30 – it’s like 0 degrees – is it the melting point or the freezing point? Early Riser or Sleepyhead??)
It features a free range egg (which I always picture rolling madly about). Solomon requested it egg free. With an admirable lack of attachment to her creation, Jayn cheerfully omitted the egg.
Jayn tells me that the croissant sandwiches are among her most popular offerings. I would like to comment upon their deliciousness, but the best I have is second-hand (in spite of 2/5ths of us having croissant-based lunches).
As the 5 of us ate our sandwiches, Mike bolted his down (as is his wont). Then, he cast his eyes about the table, prepared to assist in completion of sandwich consumption. Solomon had the most on his plate. “I’ll have some,” offered Mike. “No!” Solomon exclaimed, “it’s too good to share!”
He graciously allowed me to use his spontaneous utterance as the title of this article.
We all ate every single crumb.
I really do love a good sandwich. I am absolutely lousy at discovering decent combinations, but I am willing to put my faith in other people’s creations. I admit I would never, in a million years, have thought to put apples slices, meat, and mustard together. That is because I am an utter dunce, it seems. It is a magical combination. Amazing ingredients assembled into the perfect meld of tantalizing textures and tastes.
I will put it this way: Solomon was the one who put it into words, but the truth is…none of us shared. Maybe you think that is terrible, but that’s just too bad. You should go try one for yourself and see if you’re willing to share.
Jayn and T’s (the T is for her silent partner, Thomas, in case you’re wondering…and he’s not really silent, but that more mysterious) Food Shop is a new fixture at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market.