Thursday, October 22, 2009

Harvest Fest Tickets Are Ready.....

The Horton Breakfast Sandwich has become an integral part of the market experience. This week's celebrity chef is Mike Robbins of Kettle Creek Inn of Port Stanley.

The Kettle Creek Inn menu is built around the belief in buying locally—they have developed a long list of local suppliers. Mike has been at the Inn for just over 3 years. He completed Culinary Management Training at Canador College in Barrie and enjoyed stints as chef in Barrie, Collingwood and Wasaga Beach. Born and raised in St. Thomas he was happy to move back to the area near family. I am looking forward to my standard 2 count!
Now, for those details about Harvest Fest. We are hosting a year-end open house at the market building on Saturday, November 7th from 6 – 9:30pm and you’re invited.

You may know Kim Saunders, local chef from the Windjammer Inn in Port Stanley (she flipped a 'whack' of eggs last week as celebrity chef). She is preparing an assortment of sweet and savoury appetizers for this event using as much of our vendors’ products as possible. We are so excited to be hosting the open house at the market building this year – a great way to end the 2009 season; the first season the building has been in full market operation in many years.

The theme is strictly fun and social time. An opportunity to chat with the vendors, members of the board, and other market-goers. There will be an on-going video presentation of the memories captured from the full season as well as an activity table for the kids. The food and beverage samplings come from many of our vendors, including Quai du Vin (samples only; this is not a licensed event).

There are a limited number of tickets for this event. Adults @ $15 each, children (5-12yrs) $10 each. You can purchase your tickets at the market for the next two Saturdays (cash only) – we will have a table set up inside the building. Or you can purchase tickets at any of the following locations: Farmgate Markets at 310 Wellington Street; Oracles Book Shop at 556 Talbot Street; by return email to me to arrange if you are unable to access any of these avenues.
And the vendors keep coming! This week say Hello to new vendors Eileen from Sparta Scrapbooking (she will have pre-made kits for your holiday scrapbooking needs), Karen Huber of Aylmer will have fall produce and decorative items and Hunter Beamish is returning to the market with squash and pumpkins. This is the perfect time to pick up those jack-o-lantern pumpkins!

Mother Nature's Kitchen and Tip Toes Body Care are away this week but will be back for our market season finale on October 31st. The kids will love the straw-bale maze on the 31st. I hear there is lots to find hidden inside the maze - come dressed up - why not make Halloween last all day?

Lastly, the customer appreciation draw has been moved indoors - close to the indoor cafe. It is a little chilly outdoors and the fingers are not moving the pen to paper quite so well.

Look forward to seeing you at the market!



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