In the 3 weeks of market there have been many highlights:
-first and foremost the un-waivering support of our farmers and vendors
-the hard-working group of volunteer students that we have amassed
-the routines that have fallen into place particularly around setup and teardown - 15 minutes quicker every week!
-the surprise volunteers who just show up and take on a job with immense pride in their community
-the sponsors and supporters who grow week by week
-and so much more, every day brings a new gift.
Feedback from the community is wonderful - fresh, local food at our doorstep, seeing the neighbours out and about, sharing community resources and listening to great music. The vendors LOVE our community. We show up early, help unload, setup, tear down. We value our youth and they value the opportunity to be involved in something big and new! We are creative, we play great music and we love food. The enthusiasm is rewarding...all positive comments from our vendors.
We still need to spread the word - and old school way of mouth is best! So keep talking about us!
BYOB: Bring your own Books, Book Activities and More
4:00-5:30 Gerrard Ashdale Library Story Time at the Market
Story-time for kids and a display of garden, farm and food related books.
Canvas library bags will be for sale.
Book Exchange! We are half-way through summer and it's time to re-stock the summer reading collections!
Bring a book - take a book. Magazines welcome as well. If you don't have a book to exchange, they will be sold for a very small fee with proceeds going to kids activities at the market.
Also, we will be blessed with a last minute visit from Moyo Ranois Muntamba to grace us with historical folk-tales and legends from Zimbabwae.
P&V/Warner Farms - plethora of fresh veggies and Niagara region orchard picked fruit. Peaches!!! Buy now freeze, preserve for the season.
Grassroot Organics - beautiful tomatoes (cherry, grape, salad), peppers (sweet, bell), cukes, honey and maple (2013 crop).
Highmark Farms- A bounty of fresh vegetables including green and black kale, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbages, and more. Also selling eggs and perogies.
Wheelbarrow - Freshest onions (red, white, green), gorgeous italian eggplants, squash, spring greens, and more. Don't forgot about Tony's famous pulled pork on a bun!
Cross Wind Farm - Artisan goat cheese products. Feta and goat cheese, yogurt, milk, meat and soaps.
Little Valley CSA - Berkshire Pork pasture raised. From bacon to chops!
Ennis Maple Syrup - Expect a visit this week! They don't come every week so stock up while you can.
Backyard Urban Farm Co.- If they aren't growing lovely vegetable seedlings for you to plant, they are teaching you how to prepare your gardens for late season or next seasons plantings. Also, beautiful cut flowers and organic fertilizer to boost your veggie plants as they start to produce.
**Fresh from the Farm will be back on August 14th and every other week after that.
Hamlin Honey will be back August 14th and every other week after that.
Jerry's Berries is finished for the season. We look forward to seeing them back next year!
Highlights from our prepared food vendors...
Lazy Daisy - Grilled sausage and hotdogs to feed the family and new this week gourmet relish and spicy ketchup for your grill and quinoa salad.
Tiffinday - Vegan south asian food to fill the belly and feed the soul.
Village Kanteen - Eritrean food that is prepared with nutrition in mind. Products are sourced from Urban Farms.
Bix Bakery - Dairy and peanut free sorbets!
BlackBird Baking Co - A bakery in our backyard. Baguettes, Focaccia, Loafs and more.
Manning Canning - This week busting out "Tilted Cherries", aged for 6 weeks in Brandy :)
Abokichi - Onigiri, rice rolls flavoured with quality ingredients. The best grab and go!
Coffeecology - Roasted in Hamilton - no less than 2 days prior to selling! Pick-up at the market or opt for regular delivery to your doorstep ~ by bike. Stop by for an iced or hot coffee.
Be sure to stop by with the kiddies for an open-air cooking lesson with Kimberly! All creations are made with products from our market. Get those kids chopping, stirring, blending and tasting!
Get down on the ground to cut, sew, paint, and glue with your children. Sarah re-purposes everyday objects into fantastical creations!
MusicPhoto courtesy of facebook :)
Alanna had the whole market listening last week and we are lucky to have her back with us again this week. A sweet voice with soulful music ~ must see!
Set-up/Tear-down Crew: Come out and help 1 farmer of vendor either setup or tear-down. Great way to meet the folks who make the market come to life! Setup 2:15-3:00 and Tear-down 7:00-7:30.
We are looking for people on busy streets in the neighbourhood who would like to help by adopting a sign. This entails putting it out in the morning and collecting in the evening on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday.
We would like to thank our current sign adopters, Sophie Racicot, The Ghan Family, Brian Chapman at UK Sails, David Livingston-Lowe at St. Judes Community Homes and The Grinder on Main.
Have ideas? Interested in helping out in another way? Come visit us at the market booth to chat!