We look forward to getting into the #marketwednesday routine with our community.
One new vendor to look out for this week is Just Shut Up and Try it Ferments. Joanna and Marketa have a mission to put ferments on the family table in a fun and sassy way! Stop by the learn about their very new company and pick up some of their family friendly Kombucha.
As always we have a fabulous set of musicians on the market stage! Bring a picnic blanket and stay for listen Imogen Joy, Yaka, Mike Bernstein, and Asha Diaz are all hitting the stage.
There is nothing better than a lazy market Wednesday night in the park followed by some awesome market meals!
A Trip to the Farm
Chris runs his farm off-the-grid. Meaning that everything he does - he does without the use of power or water. He heats the greenhouse with a wood stove, when the rain doesn't cooperate he waters his 10 acres by hand, he uses a man-powered tool to wrangle weeds and each seedling (and there are 300 more to go!) are placed in the earth by hand.
Bugs aren't sprayed with toxins they are picked by hand or sometimes the lucky muscovy ducks from next door waddle over for a bug dinner. On this particular trip, Chris was facing a possible blister bug infestation on a small part of his Fava bean crop. Prior to our visit he was preparing to confirm this. He doesn't want to kill helpful bugs or let the ducks feed on blister bugs. So he will test it out on himself - a little blister won't kill me he says! If they are in fact blister bugs...the only solution is to pick them all of (very carefully) by hand!
Then...we are thirsty. We pull a hose from the neighbours yard for a little water. It's so hot that we could make tea with the water from the hose. It runs a bit to cool down and we all take an old-school, cool drink. We walk by the RV that Chris sleeps in the night before market as he needs to get up early to prepare.
Chris tours us through the sweet peas, snap peas, bush beans, fava beans, raspberries,at least 10 kinds of heritage tomatoes and where his pond, and underground greenhouse will be built. We meet his old tractor, Bessie. "She's a strong work horse - just needs lots of breaks", he says.
We visit the neighbours to see the ducks, chicken, sheep and a new baby Llama. Chris is learning about animal husbandry from this neighbour. Deciding if he has the heart to raise animals for market. We can tell from this part of the tour...he has a real soft spot for all of these animals. He has been helping to feed the baby Llama as it was born pre-maturely and tells us that as much as they need the rain, he's worried about what will happen to this little one if it storms.
We finish the tour by taking a peek in the greenhouse. I say peek because none of us could manage more than a few seconds inside! It's incredibly warm, filled with happy, earthy seedlings and a mother goose in her house at the back. Laying. Waiting. A chick will hatch soon.
As much as we think we already know about farming and where our food comes from, we are always astounded at how much personal, physical work goes into growing our food. Take a trip. Visit a farm!
Vendors This Week
Here’s a list of all the vendors for this week that we’ve got lined up for you!:
P & V/Warner Farms: Paul and Veronica are our favourite fruit people! Brining glorious seasonal fruits from Warner’s Farm in Niagra. Some of our favourites are those Niagra Peaches and Concord Grapes when they are in season.
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
Backyard Urban Farm Co: Serving your backyard gardening needs! Seedlings, seeds, plant food and more.
Beaches Home Grown: Local edible garden products to get your growing!
Tawse Winery: Wine from Niagra
Blackbird Baking Co.: Organic sourdough breads, baking and pizza
Manning Canning: Small batch jam and pickles.
Just Shut Up and Try it Ferments:
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!
Mnandi Pies: Savoury grab-and-go pies!