We had a steady, rhythmic day at the market this past weekend. The weather cooperated and the rain held off. We all speculated on the flow of traffic, whether folks had visited the St. Anne's festival, and what type of day it would turn out to be for the vendors and the customers. One of the ways I gage the day is by the number of breakfast sandwichs sold - 124 this past weekend. That number seems to be right around our new average for the 2010 season!
We have a few new craft vendors at the market. You may have already met Karen from Karen's Kushions - she handcrafts uniquely decorator throw cushions for any room in your home. She is located in the North Pavilion across from Kosic's Greenhouse tomatoes. This week we will have a new vendor: Uniquely Salvaged. Tineke De Jong is an aunt of Amber from Frisa Farm Eggs. She will be bringing outdoor garden decorations made from salvaged items such as old doors and window frames. She will also be in the North Pavilion.
Some vendors are winding down their 2010 market season already as they are gearing up for home-based business. Hertiage Line Herbs are finished at the market for another season but you can visit them at there home-based business at 53443 Heritage Line, Aylmer Ontario. Josie Allosery, located in the South Pavilion with her bedding plants will be finishing soon as well.
We have a new FREE booklet located on the back display shelf - The 2010 Visitor's Guide to Experience Elgin County and St. Thomas. This extensive booklet is published by the County of Elgin and includes many of our market vendors, activities, and festivals happening in Elgin County. Be sure to pick up your free copy and take in all that our amazing county offers.
Thank you to Ray from Farmgate who donated the new flags, flag posts, and installed them on the front of the market building and pavilions. We are proudly displaying the flags of Canada, Ontario, and the City of St. Thomas. They also quickly catch the eye when looking down Manitoba Street from Talbot. A market customer suggested the idea and Ray quickly took the lead on making that happen.
We are looking for music at the market. If you know of anyone who would like to come and entertain a full crowd on a Saturday morning - unplugged and impromtu is best. The musicians are welcome to busk and play in different areas during the morning if they like. Please pass on my contact info to anyone who might be interested.
Congratulations to June Harris who won the customer appreciation draw. The ballots are in the back foyer. We've moved some of the cafe outdoors now at the front so be sure to suggest meeting at the market for your morning coffee and breakfast sandwich!
Be seeing you at the market!
(P.S. - Thankyou to my Aunt Patti for the amazing photos every week. She has been sending them to the St. Thomas Weekly News for publishing as well - good times at the Market!)
St. Thomas Horton Farmers' Market
2 Manitoba St., St. Thomas, ON