Thursday, May 13, 2010

Better Weather this weekend...

As it probably couldn’t be much worse than last weekend – yet – we still had an amazing opening day! The 80km (so it felt) winds and rain that looked like S-N-O-W at times did not deter our record number of vendors – 32 to start! The pancake breakfast was yummy, the coffee was hot, and the Retreads serenaded us for most of the morning. Nice to see you all back.

The breakfast sandwich combo starts up again this weekend. Ray and Sandy from Farmgate Markets cook up this business venture using eggs from Frisa Farms, their famous Farmgate chemical free bacon or sausage patty on an English muffin, and coffee or juice to round out this amazing deal - $5 to start your morning. I have had withdrawal symptoms from the sandwich since November of last year – I may have to work up to my two count.

Bedding plants and potted herbs are available…. Another reason why the weather can only get better. We have gardening to do; flowers to grow. The folks from Word & Deed will be back on the long weekend with their plant sale as well as the group from the St. Thomas Horticultural Society with their annual plant sale.

We have a mandate for our farmers’ market where we define the term ‘local’ to be a 60 km geographical radius around the market. This includes vendors from London, Aylmer, Straffordville, Thamesford, and as even as far away as Woodstock. I mention this here as I see and hear many different interpretations of the term ‘local’. There are local business owners, local producers/manufacturers, and local service providers. Are the five or so Tim Horton’s local? What about Canadian Tire? And how about the local resident that has a business that retails product where more than 80% of it is manufactured somewhere else (not local; not Canadian). How do you define local? What factors do you consider in your purchasing decisions? Just a little extra food for thought.

Last week I came home from the market with muffins, vegan energy bars, honey, and quiche. There were many other items on my list that I didn’t get to that I have to stock up on this week – fresh pizza, asparagus, spinach, peppers, and potted herbs. It is so exciting to see that much of our grocery shopping can be done at the market first.

Congratulations to Coreyanna Van Laar who won the customer appreciation draw for this week. Remember to put your name in for the draw each week. The box is in the back foyer by the restrooms. Also, please forward this newsletter on to anyone else you know who is interested in fresh produce, a spirited atmosphere, and a connection to community and food. This newsletter is one of our most effective ways to stay in touch outside of market day. Thank you all for your continued feedback.

See you at the market!
Tricia Herbert
Market Manager

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