Bless the rain! Keep it coming!

But….please stop just for Saturday morning! This is my favourite part of the market season. Abundance of both product and customers!

COMING UP! CORNFEST

August 4th 8:00am-12:00pm

Here’s a link to the facebook event.

The Friends of the Horton Farmers Market will be hosting an awesome event to celebrate this abundance on August 4th – Cornfest! We’ll be offering buttered ears of corn for sale, as well as fresh corn salsa! You’ll also see some other “corn inspired” events during the morning. Many vendors are involved in this festival of local food: Empire Valley Farms, R-Grow, McSmiths Organic Farm, Talbotville Berry Farm & Berry Hill Fruit Farm!

Check out some of this weeks highlights!

Oegema Turkey Farm: Have you tried our Extra Lean Turkey Burgers yet?  They come frozen, in packages of 8; and we make them in Plain, Seasoned, Gluten Free Seasoned, Garlic and Tex Mex.  They make a great addition to any summer barbeque!!

Shastadolphin: 20% off all hairbands!!  Lots of new hairbands in all sizes are ready for the market this weekend!  Hope to see you there!

From The Meadow: Are you struggling with acne or body acne? What about a teen or preteen feeling self conscious about their skin issues. We have a 3-in-1 scrub that makes daily skin care so easy. This is why I love the market setting I have time to chat with you about any concerns and find something that we can put to work for you. For those that pop by and tell me their stories and experiences with From the Meadow products….thank you!

SusiQ Designs: Drop by my table (opposite the Market building) this week to see my new earring designs – lampwork beads and silver tube lined beads paired with Swarovski Austrian crystals.  There are over 100 pairs of earrings in a variety of styles to choose from.   See a style you like but not  in the colour of beads you want.  I can usually make a pair of earrings in your desired colour and style while you wait. Remember, it is never too early to start your Christmas shopping! I’ll be taking holidays in August.  My only market day in August is the 18th.

Empire Valley Farm: Well worth the wait.  Empire Valley’s Super Sweet Corn ready for this Sat……..& yes pickling cukes for sure!!!!

Winner!

Congrats Vanessa Duffy! This weeks winner of Market Bucks! Find the manager on market morning to claim your prize. Market bucks can be used same as cash from any of our markets awesome vendors.Be creative! ANY Market related photos are welcome – your haul, your breakfast/lunch/dinner with market goods, or even a photo of yourself/kids having a good time AT the market. Anything goes!

Who’s Coming?

Here’s who you can expect to see this weekend! 

McSmiths Organic FarmFacebook Website
Debackere Farms: Email
Berry Hill Fruit FarmFacebookWebsite
Koscik Green Houses: Facebook
Harris Family Farm: Facebook Email 
Natures Perfection Shiitake Mushrooms: 519-773-9672
Empire Valley Farms:Website Facebook
Talbotville Berry Farms: FacebookWebsite
Farmgate Fresh Meats: FacebookWebsite Email
Oegema Turkey FarmFacebookWebsite Email
Frisa Farm Fresh Eggs: Email
Harris Family Farm: Facebook Email 
Palmers Maple Syrup: 519-769-2245
Spicers Bakery: Facebook Website
Krista Miller Cake Artistry & Baker:Facebook Email
Lotus Thai Restuarant: Facebook EmailWebsite 
Wildflowers Tea: Website  FacebookEmail 
Elgin HarvestFacebook  WebsiteEmail
Grammies Creations: Facebook Email
Desserts and More: Facebook Email
The Dutch Bakery: Phone 519-631-2830
Green Leaf GourmetEmail Website
Uncle Dad’s Pizza: FacebookWebsite Email
Megan Intven Art: Email
Shastadolphin: Facebook Email
JB Weldz Metal ArtEmail Website
From The Meadow: Email  WebsiteFacebook
Spatopia: Facebook Website Email
Scissorkitty: Facebook
Raw For Pets: Facebook Website Email 
Springwell FarmFacebook

McSmiths Organic Farm

McSmiths’ Green Pepper commenting on the hot weather “whewww ,it’s hot!!! The peppers will be joined with the first specialty eggplants of the season along with vegetables for roasting. We have nice size fresh garlic as well

Become a Friend of HFM

The Horton Farmers Market needs YOU! Do you LOVE HFM? Are you a local food enthusiast? Do you want to get more involved?The Market only has one part-time employee, what this means is often HFM misses out on opportunities to sparkle and shine in our community. While we are lucky to be a City supported Farmers Market, our small budget often falls short for little market improvements we’d all like to see happen. The Friends of the Market Fundraising account was created for this purpose.  In order for our beloved market to swell and grow, we need the help of a dedicated market loving volunteers – people like you, vendors, local business owners who like the additional flow of traffic downtown on Saturdays. Everyone has something to contribute.If we have more people, more passion, more presence in the local events/community it would mean more local goodness for the market to grow even more: further job development, community morale, more local dollars staying in our downtown!What would it mean for you?Really, not a lot. The more people we have, the less individually we need to commit to. The minimum would be attending infrequent Friends of the Market meetings.  Meant as an evening to drum up ideas for the market, for fundraising, a general check in and goal setting. However, we do need Friends of HFM members to have a desire to actually DO something at some point – whether it be lending a hand at a fundraiser, attending a networking meeting on behalf of HFM, helping out with simple advertising campaigns, manning a booth at an event etc etc etc.Sound like fun? I think so!

Hope you’ll join us!

For more info message friends@hortonfarmersmarket.ca

Elgin Harvest

Look for the bubbling drink fountain right beside Oegemas! This week Elgin Harvest will be bringing not only fresh baked treats such as maple bacon buttertarts (made with house rendered lard) and honey roasted peach shortcakes (real butter & cream!) but also a savoury summery treat: ratatouille. Ice cold freshly juiced beverages this week are: Blueberry Iced Tea and BACK by popular demand – Strawberry Lemonade!

R-Grow Farm

With all this heat our crops are ripening quickly. We will have lots of melons and sweet corn this weekend for you to take home and enjoy!  Here are a couple pictures of how our melons are picked in the field. Anita is the one loading the melons in the bins! See you Saturday!

Zucchini Salsa

Recipe created by Kim, Green Leaf Gourmet

1 small organic green zucchini, diced
1 small organic yellow zucchini, diced
1 organic green onion, finely sliced
2 medium organic tomatoes, chopped roughly
2 teaspoons finely chopped organic cilantro
2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lime juice
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
fresh ground sea salt and fresh pepper to taste
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed hot pepper or 1/2 fresh small hot pepper minced(optional)

Sauté diced zucchini in 2 tablespoons olive oil, cumin and smoked paprika in a pan over medium heat until slightly soft. Let cool. Pulse tomatoes, cilantro & lime juice in a food processor until nearly smooth. Put in a bowl. Add zucchini to the bowl and add sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Add hot pepper if desired. Enjoy with warm corn tortilla chips or mix into a pasta salad for a delicious seasonal taste. Enjoy!

Harris Family Farm – Local farming Celebs!
Copied from The St. Thomas Times Journal:
Sunflowers a Family Operation
If you find yourself wandering around the Horton Farmers’ Market, wondering why so many visitors have bouquets of sunflowers, look no farther than the Harris family table. Mark and Janis Harris have been market regulars for the past four seasons and now sell about 100 bouquets every week.“(Our flowers) are fresh and local and something that’s different,” Janis Harris says. “We have all different varieties and different types and they’re good quality. They last. Customers will buy them and say that the next week they’re still nice.” The couple purchased Janis’ grandparents’ farm last November and upped their growing area from about 1.5 acres to 3 acres. Besides their 6,500 sunflowers, the Harrises have rows of zinnias, glads, asters, snapdragons and various perennials. Janis’ parents introduced her to growing during her childhood years on their organic vegetable and meat farm –they now set up shop next to the Harris table with their own products — while Mark’s parents are livestock farmers. Shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, the market was already filling up and the Harrises saw their first few customers. One of those customers was St. Thomas resident Carol McConnell who says she buys a bouquet just about every week. “(The sunflowers) are just so awesome….Everybody you see walking around, you’ll see them with the sunflowers.”She adds she enjoys visiting the Harrises and watching their young family grow. She doesn’t know them outside of the market but has seen their two-year-old son Cameron grow from an infant to the two-year-old he is today. The Harrises tell the T-J Cameron is a big help in the operation with his dexterity picking and wrapping flowers. Janis says he also keeps intrusive rabbits away from the plants with stern warnings “not to eat mommy’s flowers.” “He’s been (at the market) every Saturday except the Saturday he was born,” his mother adds. Mark works as a welder and Janis is an optician. They consider the operation their after-work job.

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