As the market season winds down, we are gearing up to celebrate! Please plan on attending our year end celebration being held at the market building this year! Harvest Fest is a gathering of all who have been a part of the market happenings and will take place on November 6th from 6-9:30pm. It really is happening at the market this year; all the signatures are on the dotted lines, the safety regulations in place, the plates and napkins ordered and best of all - the food! Appetizers are being prepared by Kim Saunders of the Windjammer Inn using all the vendors fresh products, wine samples from Quai du Vin, coffee from Jay of Part Time Peasant (Fire Roasted Coffee), cider from Gredigs, cake from Spicers Bakery, treats from Kim McCarvell of Green Leaf Gourmet and the list goes on. Add in a picture show and some special guests and you've got a party. Tickets are on sale now - $15 for adults; $10 for kids (6-16yrs). You can pick yours up at the market this Saturday (or the 23rd or 30th), by emailing me, or at Farmgates new location at 19 Elgin Street in St. Thomas. We want to sell out this year so get your tickets early.
Each week in October we have said goodbye for the season to a few more vendors. DeBackeres, McSmiths, RGrow Farms, and En Fleur Lavender are finished this week. The ladies from the PAN Mission trip to Nicaragua will be at the market this weekend to share their experience with you. You can view pictures from their mission, ask questions, and see where your donation dollars went to. They will have information about another mission taking place in March 2011. We will still have approximately 20 vendors selling right to end of season on October 30th - still worth the trip for the breakfast sandwich and good times. Included in this photo are the vendors that make the breakfast sandwich combo happen - Kristen from Frisa Farm Eggs, Jay from Part Time Peasant (coffee), and the team at Farmgate Markets.
I am still in denial about the season really being done in 3 Saturdays. I won't miss the 5am Saturday mornings but you might see me wondering aimlessly downtown Saturday mornings looking for fresh produce, local vendors, and a friendly place to chat. But until then, I will see you at the market.