Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Off to the Markets!

Well, as mentioned a post or two ago, spring means the start of farmers' markets across the land. After months of using up the preserves, frozen pies and garden treasures of last year, supplies are running low and it's time to stock up again.

Granted, pickings are a bit slim on fresh produce this early in the season, but there are many greenhouse growers who will have greens and young plants available very soon. Other growers, such as ourselves, are fortunate to grow year-round and can provide fresh food to our eager customers.

On Friday, I will be selling at the inaugural opening of the Countryside Farmers' Market. It was formerly known as Seven Oaks Garden Centre, and is located at the corners of Hwy.9 and Hwy.25 South (or Cty Rds.109 and 24, as they're known these days...) The owner, Darlene Daughen, has rounded up an interesting blend of vendors, including beef, honey, herbs, seasonal vegetables and baked goods, just to name a few. The market will open at 2:30 and run until 7:30 (approximately).

On Sunday, I will be at the Eat Local Caledon Spring Festival. It will be a preview for customers of the things to come this season at the Inglewood General Store (15596 McLaughlin Road, in downtown Inglewood), many of the "regular" vendors will be out, along with 2 local chefs. The chefs will be demonstrating how to make the most of using local produce (I have already been asked to supply some mushrooms for one of their dishes!)

The festival will be from 11 am to 2 pm, so drive out to the country and get a sampling of what it's like to eat local! Hope to see many of you there!


  1. If you're near either of the two markets, I invite you to come and meet with me! I've been working on some fabulous new mushroom recipes to share!

  2. Great to learn about you, Julie. I saw a mention of you in the Eat Local Caledon newsletter, & decided to check out your blog. Informative photos, good writing. I hope to meet you one day.

  3. Thank you, Gloria. With two markets this summer, I have fallen behind on my blog writing - hope to remedy that this week! Looking forward to meeting you at one of the markets, perhaps.