Thursday, October 7, 2010

Giving Thanks for it NOT being our last market day yet...

The 2010 Market Season ends on Halloween Weekend (Oct 30/10). I once read a quote that was something like: "If you have repeated something a thousand times, take heart, you are halfway there." This weekend is not our last market day but it does tend to be one of our busiest days.
Thanksgiving and the farmers' market go hand-in-hand. We have turkey, potatoes, squash, fresh veggies, baked goods, apple cider, and even sparkling grape juice. Monika from RGrow Farms will have lots of recipes on hand for her sweet potatoes and plenty of treats available are from Spicers Bakery, Green Leaf Gourmet, and Gredigs Orchards. This will be the last week for RGrow Farms so pick up your pumpkins and Halloween decorations while you can. Many of our vendors are staying until the end of season; we will have 25 -30 vendors right up to closing day. And of course, breakfast sandwiches, coffee, and sunny weather to round out another great year. (The picture below to the left is yours truly with market vendor Tammy Gredig of Gredigs Orchards & Cider - Tam & I have been friends for over 25 years and many times we only get to 'catch up' at the market.)
You will notice the pink-ribbon campaigners for Breast Cancer awareness this weekend at the market as well as the St. Joe's Hawks GOBlueGOBald fundraiser for the Make a Wish Foundation. Approximately ten boys from the football team will have their heads shaved to raise funds for the Make a Wish Foundation. If you would like to support their cause, they will be in the North Pavilion at 9am.

Congratulations to Heather Bamford who won the customer appreciation draw. Each week another happy customer takes home the bounty of the market and the number of new suscribers to this newsletter continues to grow. My goal was to have six hundred on the list this year and we are at 593 - only seven to go before the end of the month. I think we'll make it!

Harvest Fest Celebration is happening on November 6th from 6-9:30pm at the market building. Kim Saunders from the Windjammer Inn is preparing appetizers from the vendors produce and hot cider, coffee and wine samples will be available to sip. We will be giving away a few door prizes, watching a slide show of the season, and socializing with the market community. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids (6-16yrs). Tickets will be on sale October 16, 23, and 30th at the market and at Farmgate Markets at 19 Elgin St. here in town. I have a sign up list with me if you would like to reserve your tickets now.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone - the weather is supposed to be beautiful so enjoy!

See you at the market!

Tricia Herbert
Market Manager

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