by Diva Christine Harris
It was a beautiful day outside for a Farmer’s Market and I was lucky enough to meet all the vendors and talk to them. Here are the people and places I met on June 19th during my shopping trip to the market.
Matt McIntire from Truly Local has a food truck set up and today his specials are Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Meatball Subs. Matt believes in using only local meat, he can tell you exactly where he has gotten his meat from that he’s serving that day and when it was butchered.
Matt Eagleson primarily sells beef, lamb and pork from his farm near Grand Bend. Most of their food is organic, or pretty close to it. They also have peanut products from the Simcoe area.
Brent Holden sells Canadian made hemp products such as clothes, soaps, and seeds. He also has a variety of balms, bamboo towels and coconut oil.
This vendor has a wide variety of items, ranging from produce to baked goods and canned goods. Today the strawberries are in season as well as asparagus and rhubarb. The pies and tarts look great!
Sandra’s Country Crafts
Sandra has a variety of crafts available for sale. She enjoys making canvas art, handmade jewelry, and she also knits and crochets items like dishcloths.
Wally makes his very own jams, pickles and relish, all ready to take home at reasonable prices.
Good Luck Gardens
Joanne and Dave Foster are from Kirkton and have been in business for 24 years now. Today tomatoes, asparagus and potatoes are for sale. They also have some beautiful planters and if you’re someone who enjoys growing their own food, they have heirloom tomato plants. Look for Joanne on the cover of Rural Voice.
Pillitteri Estates Winery
All the way from Niagara on the Lake this family owned and operated business joins our farmer’s market with five types of wine. They have been in business since 1993 and have won over 700 awards.
Susan has many unique crafts in her booth today. She makes birdfeeders and what she calls dress-ups for the kids. She also makes handmade quilts, pillows and purses from used clothing.
The Home Farm
Kirk and Carol pick their produce the morning they come out to the market, so you know what you’re getting is fresh. Today Carol is selling peppers, cucumbers, cilantro, parsley, lettuce and garlic. She also makes baked goods from spelt, which you can also buy as berries to make your own goodies at home. Today she sells a variety of cookies and pies.
Ray Sheldon from Lakeside Ontario is displaying some beautiful strawberries today. He tells me that they have raspberries in their greenhouses and blueberries will be ready for July. Ray is also selling honey, apple butter and raspberry jam.
This 7th generation family farm from the Zurich area takes great pride in their products. Today they were selling beef roasts, pepperettes and beef jerky. You can contact them to place larger orders as well.