Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Mid Season Already?

I have said before that commenting on 'how fast things are going' only makes them move faster. But this comment needs to be said: This Saturday is the 13th of 26 Saturdays for the 2010 Market Season -the half way mark. I want it to slow down. Slow food, savoured memories, bounty shared. We had an amazing market last Saturday. Several produce vendors sold out, the breakfast sandwich crew barely had a chance to look up from the griddle, and the coffee guys were brewing fresh java non-stop.

The coffee story is a little different this week. Jason and Greg from Part Time Peasant are away this weekend, but they have worked out a way to continue to provide their fresh brew and to give back in a very connected way. I have mentioned many times about my Mom (Sandy) and my Aunt (Patti) going to Nicarauga with PanMissions to teach women to sew and to help build sustainable business practices there. Jason has donated all coffee, supplies, and profits this week to Sandy and Patti to help towards their costs of participating in the mission trip. To further help them out, Ray and Sandy from Farmgate Markets are also donating $1 from each breakfast sandwich sold on Saturday to the cause. To make things a little easier on the ladies, they are only brewing the Peasant Blend coffee and selling the same blend beans.

Starting this weekend, Fresh Fest will have an outdoor booth selling tickets for their second annual event. Look for their booth in the far pavilion. The market will have an information booth at the Fresh Fest event, being held on Thursday, August 26 at the CASO station. They have another exciting venue lined up including the lauch of Savour Elgin, our new culinary tourism event of the county.

Erie Gardens and the Kids Kraft Korner will be at the market this Saturday then taking most of August off. If the fall mums bloom in-line with everything else this year - early - the will likely be back the last weekend in August. Remember peach pie? The Senior Centre team will be there this week selling their now famous peach pies. Grab one early as they tend to go quickly!

Congratulations to Tammy Herrig who won the customer appreciation draw for this week. As promised in an earlier newsletter, we managed to get a photo of one of the winners. This is from a few weeks ago when Carl Bagshaw won the basket. Everyone always comments on the shopping I have been doing when they see me walking around with the green bucket. It's overflowing with prizes for the draw which happens every week!

I remember going to the market with my mom when I was a child. We lived a few doors down on Manitoba street and at that time I could barely see over the tops of the green tables that used to line what is now the parking lot. The building was closed and boarded up and I often wondered what stories were held within those walls and dusty windows. Every Saturday we relive some of those market memories of yester-year and are creating many new ones.

Look forward to seeing you at the market!


Tricia Herbert
Market Manager
St. Thomas Horton Farmers' Market
2 Manitoba St., St. Thomas, ON

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