We’re excited to be back outside in beautiful Bissell Park! It’s been a long cold winter and we all have cabin fever. The weather will be warm. It’s a perfect way to start Saturday morning. MMMM . . . Hot coffee, breakfast treats, fresh baking and so much more.
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone. Mayor Joanne Ross Zuj will ring the market bell at 9:15 to signal the opening of Summer Market. We have lots of fabulous vendors that are bringing their best to you this Saturday. See you there!
IT’S SEEDY SATURDAY! APRIL 29th
CAITLIN WILL BE AT THE MARKET WITH A GREAT SELECTION FROM HAWTHRON FARM ORGANIC SEEDS.
Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds are certified organic.
IF YOU’RE EAGER TO GET PLANTING AND HAVE VISIONS OF A BOUNTIFUL GARDEN, THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO GET STARTED! PICK YOUR SEEDS FROM A GREAT SELECTION, MOSTLY GROWN ON THEIR FARM OR SOURCED FROM A RELIABLE GROWER.
SEE YOU THERE!!
Hi kids! It’s time to hunt for eggs that the rascally Easter Bunny has hidden away with each market stall! Pick up your collecting at Harmony Meadows and get started! Visit each vendor and find one egg for your collection. hop hop hop away….
Wear your spring hat or bring your favourite stuffed animal to help you hunt.
This week’s craft: Egg colouring.
Discover what’s fresh for your table this week.
Did you know that you can still buy local (Wellington County) apples at the farmers’ market? Yes! Mervin Martin, of Sure Choice Produce still has a beautiful selection of yummy apples, for eating and baking.
Why not buy crisp and juicy apples that were grown in our own backyard, rather than those that were transported hundreds of miles by truck?
As well, Mervin brings in beautiful Ontario greenhouse grown tomatoes and fresh lettuce heads, grown hydroponically. Again, choose produce that is freshly harvested, travels a shorter distance, and support our local farmers!
Here’s a great video that will teach you how to create apple swans from some of those apples!
See you at the market!
Aloha! Don’t let the wintry weather get you down…come on out to the market and enjoy a taste of tropical paradise!
If you wear a costume/clothing that matches our theme, you can enter one of 3 draws for Market Bucks, too. Kids, make sure you sit at our craft table, where you can make your own lei (flower garland)!
So dig out your Hawaiian shirt, your straw hat and your sunglasses, and sneak away for an hour of sun and sand…we can pretend for a short time!
“An Irish Welcome:
Here’s Céad Míle Fáilte to friend and to rover
That’s a greeting that’s Irish as Irish can be
It means you are welcome
A thousand times over
Wherever you come from, Whosoever you be”
We’re celebrating St. Patrick’s day a wee bit early at the market this weekend. Elora’s own Davey Wilcox will be entertaining us with his beautiful ballads, with a little help from his friends.
And for the little lads and lasses, we have organized a Lucky Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt! We’ll be asking you where you can find various items at the market. Answer them all, and you are entered in a draw for Market Bucks (which may be redeemed at our farmers’ market). Draws will be made at 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30. As always, there will be colouring pages for the wee ones.
So bring your shopping basket, your lucky shamrock and your friends and neighbours…we’re all set to have a wonderful time!
Diamonds in the Ruff Sports Club for dogs promotes sports for dogs, bringing out the best in the pets, and encouraging sportsmanlike competition. Come on out this Saturday, March 8, and check out these fun-loving dogs and their dog-loving owners as the dogs go through numerous obstacles and over jumps! Cheer them on and see how they learn to do all the different tricks.
Guaranteed to put a smile on your face…. a “pawsitively” wonderful experience!
*** We had a great turnout! Here are some pictures contributed by Lawrence Lee – just click on any picture to get a larger version or slide show!
Got Cabin Fever? On Saturday, March 1st check out the Elora Farmers’ Market version of
the Sugar Shack. Our own Lorne Brubacher will be talking and demonstrating all about the sap season: the ‘how to’, the magic and the unique qualities of Maple Syrup. Come on out and see how it’s done.
Of course, there’ll be pancakes. They’re the perfect distribution system for maple syrup!
To make the day even sweeter, Callisto will help us all see that spring really is just around the corner. Julie Corey, Tricia Brubacher and Peter Balka will harmonize us out of our long johns!
Can it get any sweeter? See you all on Saturday
Don’t forget that on Saturday, February 22, many of our vendors and farmers will be featuring the various meats they sell. Salami (your choice of turkey, beef or pork) at Sure Choice Produce, and lamb stew at Becky Landman’s table (you can also order your grass-fed chicken and GMO feed-free pork from her). Delicious Highland cattle beef sausage, with onion sage or honey garlic seasoning will be offered by Kim at Comolea Farms, as well as other delicious cuts such as steaks, stewing beef and ground beef. Lorne Brubacher sells frozen Muscovy duck and Barb Lee will surely be featuring a delicious soup with local meat, too. Hope to see you there!
Last Saturday, we celebrated a very successful Family Olympics Day at the market The Winter Games in Sochi inspired some games of our own, with many young visitors taking part in events such as the “Mitten Matchup”, Olympic Hula Hoops, “Snowball Races”, and “Lego Luge” (using lego figures racing down a “hill” made of cardboard tubes).
Chef and culinary arts teacher Chris Jess demonstrated how to prepare Whole Wheat Crepes. Samples were available in exchange for donation to the Farm School, and toppings included Lorne Brubacher’s maple syrup, Windy Field Farms’ mushroom dip or delicious Thornloe cheese.
Lego Luge, of course!
Rob Mercier, of Harmony Meadows Alpaca, sampling whole wheat crepes, made by Chris Jess of the Food School in Fergus
Olympic Hula Hoops
“Snowball Race”, with our very own chair, Mervin Martin of Sure Choice Produce and Jessie Burrows, from Jewels under the Kilt