4 cups Brussels sprouts, halved or quartered if large

3 cups seedless grapes

½ cup walnuts

2 tbsp olive oil

3 tbsp fresh thyme

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar



1.  Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Place halved sprouts along with grapes and walnuts on a baking sheet.  Drizzle olive oil evenly over the top, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat.

3. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until the sprouts are well-browned in places, nuts are fully toasted and grapes are plumped and darkened in color.

4. As soon as you remove the pan from the oven drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the contents of the pan and toss to coat. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with a little sea salt, if desired. 



1 9” pie crust 

2 cups of Pumpkin Puree (fresh or canned)

1 cup packed brown sugar

¾ cup evaporated milk

2 eggs, beaten

2 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

1tsp ground ginger

½ tsp salt  



In bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, sugar, evaporated milk, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 425°F (220°C) in the oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350°F (180°C) and bake for another 30 minutes or until knife inserted in centre comes out clean. Let cool on rack.


For the Bread Pudding: 


1 loaf French bread (approx 16 ounces) cut into cubes

2 1/2 cups (24 ounces) whipping cream

1 cup (8ounces) milk

½ cup granulated sugar

½ tsp salt

8 ounces white chocolate

6 large eggs

1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed

½ tsp cinnamon



1) In a large saucepan, heat the whipping cream, milk and sugar over medium heat. Add in salt and cinnamon. When hot, take the saucepan off the heat and stir in white chocolate pieces until melted.

2) Lightly beat the eggs in a bowl and slowly pour the hot cream mixture in a steady flow, whipping the eggs as you pour.

3) Soak the bread pieces into the mixture and add in ¾ cup of the cranberries. Mix until everything is combined and transfer to the greased 9-by13-inch pan. Use a spatula to press down the bread so that everything is soaked.

4) Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until set and golden on top. 


For the Sauce: 


4 ounces white chocolate

1 ½ cup milk



Boil the milk in a small sauce pan. Take off the heat and stir in white chocolate pieces until smooth and melted. Pour over the liquid sauce over the bread pudding when it comes out of the oven. Finish with more cranberries and confectioner’s sugar. 


2 lb medium potatoes, peeled

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 chopped ontion

3 tbsp all-purpose flour

2 cups milk

pinch cayenne pepper

1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

1 cup aged cheddar cheese, grated

1 tbsp chopped fresh chives

salt and pepper to taste



1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut potatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices and set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in milk and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently.

3. Arrange half of potato slices in a lightly greased 9-inch square glass baking dish or 1-1/2 qt. casserole dish. Spread half of milk mixture over potatoes and top with 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Repeat layering with remaining potatoes, milk mixture and 1 cup cheddar cheese.

4. Bake for 1 hour, or until sauce is bubbly and potatoes are tender. Sprinkle with fresh chives and a little cayenne pepper. Salt and pepper to taste. 


We are proud to announce that the opportunity for the role of District Manager is now available. Reporting to the Retail Operation Manager, District Manager manages multiple corporate stores of the assigned district. The position acts as a go-between of the Support Centre and the assigned Kin’s Farm Market chain corporate stores by communicating, carrying out and enforcing policies, procedures, practices, systems and guidelines set forth by the Company. The position mentors and provides advice to Store Managers and Assistant Store Managers within the district and is responsible for training, coaching, store compliance and disciplinary actions. The position is also responsible in activities associated with the growth and expansion of the Company.


The District Manager’s responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to the following:

Multi-store Management Duties:
1. Conducts regular stores visit, ensures stores are in compliance and operates according to Kin’s Farm Market’s required operating standards and procedures.
2. Monitors, guides and advises Store Managers and Assistant Store Managers to operate a Kin’s Farm Market retail store effectively; follows up on actions required on a timely manner.
3. Ensures the workplace is safe and harassment free. Ensures employees are treated fairly and without discrimination.
4. Lead store management to:
- meet Kin’s Farm Market’s Mission, Spirit, Rules, Store Quality Standards, Work Standards, and Company Policies.
- prepare annual budget and action plan; quarterly review and revision of budgets if required.
- maintain the company quality standard and reach the optimal profitability and display standards
- maintain gross margin and inventory turnover according to individual store standards.
- oversee overall wage expenses, spoilage and supplies expenses according to company standards.
- monitor store management working schedules and take proper action.
- communicate and maintains a good relationship with the mall management companies.
5. Maintains awareness of market trends in the retail industry, understanding forthcoming customer initiatives, and monitoring what local competitors are doing; reads Market News, Operation News and any other communication from Kin’s and implements any updates within the required time frame.
6. Studies and analyzes store performance reports, discusses action plan with store management to improve store performance and efficiency.
7. Acts as liaison between stores and suppliers; assists to distribute produce to stores according to its needs.
8. Involves in the settlement of claim disputes between Store Managers and suppliers or any other 3rd parties.
9. Prepares produces sales reports and/or any other forms of analyses as required from time to time.

People Management Duties:
10. Manages matters related to employees within the district which include but are not limited to the followings:
- Determines staffing needs for stores within the district.
- Approves vacation schedules of Store Managers, plan for relieve staff and/or acts as back up when Store Managers within the district are on vacation.
- Manages and motivates store management to increase sales and ensure efficiency.
- Manages stores and employees’ performance through regular store visits, evaluation and constant communications.
- Recognizes good performance and behaviors; documents disciplinary actions of Store Managers within the district.
- Acts as backup of other District Managers when they are on vacations.
11. Provides training to new and existing management team; conduct presentations during meetings as required.
12. Guides and coaches store managers to solve problems and employee issues professionally; conducts proper investigation according to company guidelines and take appropriate disciplinary actions which are in compliance to the applicable act, legislation and regulations.
13. Oversees human resources activities which may include interviewing, hiring, resolving conflicts and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance reviews; rewarding and disciplining employees.
14. Provides feedback and contributes to company meetings, e.g. Store Manger Meetings, Assistant Store Manger Meetings, General Meetings and to other company initiatives.
15. Promotes rewarding careers by developing and promoting internal employees based on performance.
16. Cultivates and encourages open and honest communications in the workplace environment.
17. Controls wages and the Hourly Productivity Index (HPI) according to Kin’s standards and individual store needs, in consultation with the Store Manager.

Company Expansion Duties:

18. Be responsible for taking over new store opening including participation in operation and the overall planning, overseeing construction of new stores if required, organizing store grand opening and marketing events, staff recruitment and training.
19. Understands company’s strategic direction by contributing and participating in company’s meetings.
20. Communicates and provides feedback to Purchasing and Distribution Team on product selection, pricing, promotion and product sales estimation.
21. Partners closely with other departments for other matters including but not limited to store promotional activities, staffing needs, accounting procedures, system applications, survey programs, community events…etc.


1. Minimum 5 years of experience in a retail environment, preferably in a produce store and/or at a managerial level.
2. Be ready to take initiative to learn all required aspects of Kin’s operation and procedures.
3. Able to think strategically and take action in executing our strategic plan; cares about planning, results and timelines without compromising the required standards and quality.
4. Possess a strong passion and commitment to grow with the Company and take initiatives to learn, to manage and to contribute to its growth and expansion.
5. Able to plan, prioritize, organize tasks and schedule daily routine effectively.
6. Good problem solving and decision making skills.
7. Able to demonstrate strong leadership, good communication and people skills.
8. Able to inspire, motivate and coach employees and cultivate teamwork; be prepared to roll up his/her sleeves to hands on managing assigned stores’ performance and discipline employees in a positive manner.
9. Able to excel excellent customer services, work well with stores personnel, head office and other stakeholders.
10. Able to work under pressure and be accountable and responsible.
11. Flexible and able and willing to work on emergency situations on 24/7 basis with a sense of urgency.
12. Good command of English; good written and oral skills.
13. Able to work well independently and as a team member.
14. Computer literate – proficient in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet.
15. Possess knowledge of produce is an asset.

If you would like to apply for the role of District Manager, please email your cover letter and resume to HR@kinsfarmmarket.com and insert “Oper – Dmgr” in the subject line.  

Thank-you to all the candidates who have been interested in working for Kin’s Farm Market, but due to the volume of applicants, only applicants selected to move to the next selection level will be contacted.



By Crystal Toigo-Avila


These 8 weeks have been a definite experience. I have learned a lot about myself, and I am still working on improving some things. I have come to realize that when I eat unhealthy choices, or do not exercise, I tend to be extremely tired and just not motivated. The best way to stay on track is to just stay on track… Even minor screw ups can turn into a whole week of bad choices if you are not careful. It is so important to pay attention to how you treat your body. After this challenge is over, I am off to Mexico for a week, so I am going to try to get a lot of exercise in there. Our resort is huge, and apparently a lot of walking is expected, so that is goood! When we are back from Mexico, I am going to concentrate more and more on eating healthy and keeping up my bootcamps. This has been a great opportunity for me! Final body scan is next week. Crunch time! Wish me luck everyone!!




By Ashley Manky


Wowzers! Eight weeks have flashed by so quickly. I have learnt a lot about myself though:

1. I am a fat kid! I love food more then anyone I know, that includes healthy foods and unhealthy foods.


2. I hate exercise! I love doing stuff but hate going to the gym to exercise.


3. I have learnt how to fix the above problems lol.


4. The first problem is fixed by portion control and knowing what’s worth it. Is it worth eating a Popsicle that really isn’t my favourite colour? No, it isn’t. Is it worth indulging in a few bites of a Black Forest dump it cake? Yes, but just this once and watch what I eat carefully. Also fixing the problem by exploring new foods such as the gold kiwis (which are amazing), and by experimenting with new dishes.


5. Solution to the second problem is working out when I feel like it at home (elliptical and resistance bands). Also by getting outside and doing stuff: walking, sports, exploring anything that is active and fun.


6. (Not really something I learnt but keep reading) I have also met a bunch of new people who have helped me see what others are struggling with. The stories from each of these people have shown me a variety of emotions from laughter to tears. (Tears mainly from Ian Fletcher who’s exercise plan has killed me almost every other day). I want to thank every other green fighter, kins, and the other supporters we received in regards to diet, exercise, and body comp for being amazingly helpful on this journey.


7. We all need to work on maintaining a better us. We need to pass on our knowledge to the next generation. We need to fight for what we believe in. We can’t sit by idly and watch things crumble around us. Whether it be weight gain leading to obesity caused by lack of exercise or gmo plants that are slowly weeding out the heirloom the organic and the healthier foods. Take a stand for a healthier you and a healthier us Ashley



By Stephanie Jennings (Ray)


This challenge has flown by! I’m so glad I had this opportunity. It made me really think about my food and drink choices and especially the sugar I intake – as we were told very early on that “Sugar craves Sugar!” and to choose vegetables over fruit…


I found it kind of amazing how much and at the same time how little you need to exercise to make a change – at least 30 minutes every day is nothing; in the scheme of how long the day is, but will do wonders when used efficiently, and then how skipping just a few days can really get you off track… It’s trying to find a nice balance to suit and fit your lifestyle.


I’m looking forward to making healthy choices for myself; without having to be a part of a contest; but merely because I love the way I feel when I do. 


I love how I’ll smile every time I see a Kin’s! Their support and backing of this contest has been wonderful; seeing firsthand the knowledge and expertise of their product was so enlightening – During an in-store challenge a customer was looking for Cob or Boston lettuce and – the manager knew it would be in on Thursday and why there was a delay on it… another customer commented on limes and how they were really expensive somewhere he was shopping; and Kins knew the reason for that… They really know their product, are a local, family business, and support the Canadian Cancer Society – and I’m so proud to have been a part of their Green Fighters Team if only for 8 weeks. 


Thank you Kins!




Stephanie Jennings Ray 
(Finally in the process of changing that… ;-) )




By Samantha Gurney


What has the last eight weeks meant to me?


I felt supported. By Kin’s, by the other Green Fighters (Crystal and Nicole, you girls make me smile, thanks for the Facebook boosts when I needed them), my friends, my family, people I haven’t spoken to in years. It was nice. I felt all warm and fuzzy inside.


I gained knowledge. Learning about nutrition and how pretty much everyone eats WAY TOO MUCH SUGAR. I’m addicted to 5 cent candies, so this was a hard, sad truth to learn. But seriously – if you’re having one can of pop a day, you’re already way over the recommended daily sugar intake – without factoring naturally occurring sugars in good foods like fruits. No wonder there’s an obesity epidemic. I’ve been more careful to not drink my calories, and have cut soda pop out of my life, and have limited juice intake. 


I stepped out of my comfort zone! I am proud of that. I may not be the challenge winner, but goshdarnit, I tried. I went to fitness classes all by myself, and I enjoyed them! I put myself out there, MY WEIGHT IS ON THE INTERNET. That’s ballsy, right? 


I’m glad I had the opportunity to compete in this challenge, and am thankful for the opportunities Kin’s gave me to jumpstart these lifestyle changes. I’m more aware of my food choices, and am on my way to a happier and healthier way of life.


Thanks to everyone for your support, it really means the world to me.


Much love, 
Sam xo




By Peter Lindenlaub



8 weeks goes by pretty fast! I enjoyed the challenge, understanding what great produce Kin’s Farmers Markets offer (not just saying that, I really believe it!).

Selecting different items like spaghetti squash, golden kiwi’s, dragon fruit and expanding my repertoire of fresh veggies and fruit for all meal and snack times.


I had some challenges, notably a hernia operation that curtailed my normal exercise routine.


I also enjoyed reading blogs for my fellow contestants and the positive lifestyle changes they made and how they influenced others around them.


I’m more aware now then before the challenge, and determined to keep on a healthy path through diet, exercise and a positive mental outlook.