This week, the fun continues with our diverse selection of vendors. For prepared food, you need to come check out Crown and Anchor for southern style BBQ, smoked literally at the market! For fresh spring produce,, come out to purchase from our local farms - Cedar Hedge Farm, Rolling Hills Organic Farm, Fiddle Head Farm and new this week Ignatius Farm from Guelph. Look for spring delights such as asparagus, rhubarb, baby kale, spinach, spring onions and even organic strawberries. I feel a recipe coming on...do you? Feeling like your body could use some love? Olive Tree Organics (featured at the market this week) can help you out with that. The list goes on! But community is what makes the market go round, so come on down this Wednesday and be part of it.
This week we have a very special guest for music: Moyo Raiyos Mutumba. Moyo is a multi-disciplinary artist, community learning facilitator, speaker, and researcher. Playing a traditional Zimbabwean instrument, the Mbira, Moyo’s sound is incredibly authentic. Moyo has a deep love for storytelling and incorporates that love into his music. Moyo will aid in creating a peaceful and regenerating ambience for you this week at the market. We are very much looking forward to having him.
Rolling Hills Organic Farm is one of our wonderful regular seasonal vendors. Located east of Toronto and west of Kingston in Northumberland County, Rolling Hills is a 55 acre certified organic, self sustaining farm. The focus that they have at the Fairmount Park Farmers’ Market is premium organic pre-washed salad greens, heirloom vegetables, garlic, lavender, fresh and dried herbs, herbal teas, and 100 % grass-fed heritage beef. Peter Finch is the man behind this operation and a deep lover of nature and farming as you can see with his blog: http://natureasmuse.blogspot.ca/. This is how farming is successful - when the farmer is aware of all the natural elements that control his or her crop production, and understands the importance of treating the soil with the same care that it gives to its plants. Come check out Rolling Hills Organic Farm this week, purchase some delicious greens, grass fed beef and meet Peter at the market. And now that World Cup soccer is on...you may just have a word or two about allegiances and find out who Peter is cheering for.
In the Garden...
From Market Manager and Beach Community Edible Garden Founder, Alex Rochon-Terry
I’m going to give a little tip for planning your edible garden this summer, if you have been intimidated on what to grow in your raised beds. A simple trick that I use is “square foot gardening”. Square foot gardening was a method developed by Mel Bartolemow back in 1981 with the purpose of maximizing crop production in small spaces. It’s a very simple technique that ensures maximum yield in smaller spaces. Plants are grown close together in squares but not too close that they can't meet their maximum potential.
Basically, you start out by dividing your bed into square feet. You can do this by string or with thin wood strips. Then by using a planting guide (as illustrated in the image below), seeds are planted according to the square foot gardening method guidelines. For example, plant 16 carrots in 1 square foot, or plant 1 tomato. While planting, make sure to take into consideration the plants that are beside one another. For example,, two companion plants that work well together are tomatoes and basil: the scent of the basil confuses aphids that would normally be attracted to tomatoes. There are lots of ideas around on companion planting that you can use while square foot gardening!
A fun and useful resource that allows you to create a garden design for your backyard and plan out your raised beds using square foot gardening is “Grow Veg”: https://www.growveg.com/garden-planner-intro.aspx
Vendors This Week
Albion Hills Farms: Cured sausages of all kinds! The line-ups say it all. The best.
The Pantry: Representing Cross Wind Farm and Gunn Hill Artisan Cheese, Jeremy brings the best of Ontario cheese to the market. He will also have eggs from Murray Thurnenberg.
Rolling Hills Organics: Grass-fed beef and organic salad greens.
Fiddle Head Farm: Sustainably grown produce from Prince Edward County
Cedar Hedge Farm: Sustainably grown produce including his famous fresh cut sprouts from Port Hope Ontario
Ignatius Farm: Certified Organic produce from the Jesuit Centre in Guelph Ontario.
Beaches Home Grown: Local edible garden products to get your growing!
Stanners Vineyard: Wine from Prince Edward County.
Blackbird Baking Co.: Organic sourdough breads, baking and pizza
Mighty Fine Brine: Fermented Pickles, sauerkraut, mustard and more!
The Pop Stand: Popsicles made with fresh, local, seasonal products!
Genuine Tea: Loose leaf tea to go and iced-teas for enjoying at the market.
Pasta Tucci: Fresh handmade pasta to-go or cooked to enjoy at the market.
Crown and Anchor: Southern BBQ smoked right at the market!
Life in Homemade: Healthy fresh spring rolls, smoothies and gluten free breads.
This first session is for beginners and includes a pre-run information session, a beginners run and post-run yoga session. PLUS you can grab some healthy food to enjoy afterwards. Sessions are all free and include a $30.00 voucher for Upper Beach Health and Wellness.
Full details at www.fairmountmarket.ca or www.upperbeachhealthandwellness.ca
Come and participate with the Beach Community Edible Garden’s planting of their first fruit trees! Check out the community garden page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/BeachCommunityEdibleGarden/?fref=ts
Next Week at the Market
And BIKE WEEK is pretty awesome as well. Free bike tune-ups, bike blender action, and some other wonderful bike friendly surprises. Spread the word to your biking buddies!