Thursday, October 15, 2009

To Market, to market, to buy.....

What a beautiful weekend Thanksgiving turned out to be! Sunny skies and a little warmer temperature made for a picture perfect day. Special thanks goes to Patti Kilmer (my aunt) who is our volunteer photographer. She has done an amazing job of capturing the memories and the bounty of the market this season. Her photos are posted on the interior walls of the building and throughout this blog. I have not even used half of the photos she has taken as I tend to return to my favourites. I am putting together a post-season photo collage that will be available for the Harvest Fest being held at the market building on November 7, 2009.

Harvest Fest has been approved by city council to be held at the market building this year. We are excitedly putting together the details of this celebratory family open house to be held Saturday, November 7, 2009 from 6 – 10pm. This is a time to socialize, to celebrate the 2009 market season, and to gather our wish list for the 2010 season. We will have appetizers, desserts and beverages for all ages. Tickets are $15 each, $10 for children ages 5- 12 (4 & under free). This is a ticket-only event so you may want to purchase yours early to avoid disappointment. I will be taking prepaid orders this weekend and will provide further details in the near future of other locations where you can pick up tickets for this special event.

You may have noticed a particular vendor at the market for the last few weeks promoting the Doors Open Ontario, which is happening this weekend in St. Thomas. The St. Thomas Horton Farmers’ Market building is one of several sites featured on the St. Thomas tour. The market will operate as usual from 8am to 12 noon, however, the building will remain open to the general public for self-guided tours, until 4pm.

Celebrity chef this week for the Horton Breakfast Sandwich combo is Kim Saunders from the Windjammer Inn of Port Stanley. Kim was one of our local chefs at the popular Freshfest event in August. Her menu at the Windjammer Inn is loaded with fresh and local fare. I'm sure we will keep her busy with our breakfast sandwich orders if last weeks' sales are any indication - Wade Fitzgerald from Garlic's made a whopping 150 sandwichs. (and yes, I had my usual 2 although someone tried to announce that I was back for a 3rd but I was only ordering for my Aunt)

The St.Thomas Hawks Football Teams are raising money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Team members will be dying their hair blue this Sunday after practice and then shaving it all off in two weeks at the Elgin Mall. Visit the Jaydancin booth inside to pledge for this fundraiser and to purchase tickets for a gift-basket worth $75 of Jaydancin products. (tickets for the basket draw are $5). All money raised from the gift-basket draw will be donated to this fundraiser.

We are continuing to collect non-parishable food donations for the Caring Cupboard. Remember to bring your donations to the market and leave in the bin set up in the back lobby of the building. Thank you.

You will notice the market contracting a bit more each weekend. ONLY three market days remaining for the 2009 season. Watch for our season finale Straw Bale Maze on October 31st. Fun for kids and adults alike - I wonder if any of the vendors will dress up for Halloween at the market? This is the last week for McSmith’s Organic Produce at the market. Their farm on Shorelea Rd is open year-round for organic meat, poultry and eggs. Rgrow Farms is done for another year as is DeBackere Farms. Canados Mini doughnuts and Sin-o-Buns are both finished for this season.
We had 34 vendors this past weekend – which means there are plenty of vendors still coming to market. (Guess how many times I have heard the jig: “To market, to market, to buy….. I love it!)

I want to start sharing my list of most favourite things about the market. To wind down the season gently. My MOST favourite thing is the recounting of stories about the market, about how it used to be in the good ole' days and how it ‘feels’ like that again. Those memories are priceless. Not only do they live on from years past but we are creating new ones along side of them. Another of my favourite things is the FUNNY jokes that have been told. I cannot recount them here, but you can ask me about them later. And one more thing for this chat – the camaraderie and partnerships formed between vendors. So key to strengthening our local community and economy and it just happens naturally.

Many thanks and see you at the market.


Tricia Herbert
Market Manager

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