Horton Farmers Market Newsletter August 18th 2012

It simply cannot be mid-August, can it? Is it just me or are we already cooling down a little? As usual summer is flying by, and so is the 2012 season of the market. If you’ve been to the market in the last couple weeks I am sure you’ve noted that we are jammed packed. August is definitely a month where we celebrate local harvest. Most of the market is filled with overflowing tables of produce. It’s the time we squeeze in as many tables as possible, and see the best, biggest and happiest customer crowds. Happy vendors, happy customers and happy market manager! Did I mention that you’re all stuck with me for another season? (Insert groans or cheers here ;-) )

Have you got your tickets for Fresh Fest yet? The Friends of the Market group will be there on August 23rd serving up some delicious locally flavoured drinks! We’ll have Peach Lemonade (made with Troup Farms peaches), Lavender Lemonade (local lavender from Steed & Company) and Minty Melonade (Melons from R-Grow and Mint from McSmiths). The sweetest part is that all of these drinks will be flavoured and pucker-free thanks to delicious honey from Clovermead. We hope to see you there! Tickets are available this weekend at the market, at several local venues and on their website here.

Have you visited this amazing local attraction? If not, it should be on your must “TO DO” before the cold seasons begin! Thank you Clovermead for delicious honey! Click on the photo to get to Clovermeads awesome website. We had our 7 year olds birthday party there last September, it was a hit!

FRIENDS OF HFM

The Friends of the Market has a vision for Horton – shady umbrellas, additional tables for customers with nice seating, a permanent nook with comfortable chairs for our many senior shoppers. Can you imagine such lovely improvements to the markets atmosphere? We can! We will! with your help! Please support our mission cause in the end we all benefit. Want to be a friend? Email us here.

Check out some of these highlights from this weekends market:

Harris Family Farm: The wedding was a hit! The flowers looked amazing! Thank you again to Lisa and Nicole for looking after the market for us!
This week we have some glads ready for decoration days around the area. We are back with the pastured pork this week too. See you Saturday!

Berry Hill Fruit Farm: Alice has tomatoes, tomatoes and more tomatoes! Lots of onions and peppers too making it a good time to do some preserving. Check out berryhillfruitfarm.ca for a great freezer tomatoe sauce.

From The Meadow: Want to know what our top seller is??? It’s called the SECRET. Looking for a 100% natural organic skin cream for the face? We have it here at From the Meadow.

Its an age defying cream that provides a light lift smooths out fine lines and hydrates the skin. Stop by for a sample and see what the Secret is all about.

Dancey Family Farm:  The fresh Edamame soybeans sold out quickly last Saturday at the Dancey Family Farm table. A larger supply of Edamame will be available this week, as well as many varieties of heirloom tomatoes. With 40 varieties ripening, we have a huge range of sizes, shapes and colors to choose from.

Green Leaf GourmetKim of GREEN LEAF GOURMET would first like to apologize for my absence at last week’s Market due to a back injury. Thank-you for your patience and for the “get better soon”wishes sent my way ~ much appreciated. I missed seeing all of my wonderful customer’s smiling faces. My back is slowly recovering and I am looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday August 25thwhen I return to the Market! See you soon!!
CREATIVE KIDS’ MARKET CRAFT will return to the Market on Saturday August 25th with a fun “veggie” craft and some delicious “End of the Summer” punch! See you then!

Recipe

Mexican Zucchini Bread
by Kim of GREEN LEAF GOURMET
2/3 cup mild olive oil
1/2 cup honey
1 cup currants
3 extra-large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups grated zucchini

3 cups soft organic whole wheat flour( or equivalent substitute)
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 cup organic raw cocoa nibs(optional)
2 teaspoons ground organic cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

Spray 2 standard loaf pans, or line them with parchment paper, and set aside. Preheat the oven to 355°F. Grate the zucchini and set aside. In a food processor blend on medium speed, the oil,honey,currants, eggs and vanilla extract until a uniform consistency. Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa, cinnamon and cayenne and sift them into a large bowl. Add the the liquid mixture and zucchini, and mix just until well blended.
Divide the batter evenly between the 2 prepared loaf pans. Bake for about 1 hour, until a wooden skewer inserted in the middle of the loaves comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack then remove from pans and let cool. Wrap tightly in wax paper. Store unused amounts in fridge or can be frozen if need be. Enjoy!

Who’s Coming?

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

Fabtastic Face And Body Art: Facebook 
McSmiths Organic FarmFacebook Website
Dancey Family FarmFacebook
Debackere FarmsEmail
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 Facebook
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 Harvest: Facebook  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
Steve Ivan Farms Inc.

Winner!

Congrats Charlene Slaats-Gray! 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!

Elgin Harvest

It’s salsa season here at Elgin Harvest. Bushels of local peaches, poblanos, peppers & tomatillos are being processed in small batches to create vibrant sauces you won’t find anywhere else. Come see me inside the market for a sample. Peach & Mint, Tomatillo and Red Salsa all currently available. Can’t make it to the market? See me at the Aylmer Farmers’ Market, at my kitchen in Straffordville or  Sept. 1 at DandyFest!

Do you know I render my own lard to make the pastry for all those delicious tarts? As a certified chef, I have an appreciation for creating as much from scratch as possible, using as many local ingredients as possible. Check out Elgin Harvest on Facebook to see what I’m puttin’ up and cookin’ up.

BELIEVE ARMY visits HFM this weekend!

Believe in friends
The Believe Army was formed to fight ALS and support Steve Barber, a local St. Thomas man. Steve Barber was diagnosed with ALS in 2004 at the age of 25. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disorder that paralyzes the body but leaves the mind intact. ALS is not rare; 350,000 patients have it worldwide. Patients live on average twoto- five years following diagnosis. There is no cure and no effective treatment

The Believe Army is an organization trying to fight the war against ALS based out of St. Thomas ON, Canada. Together we can Seek and Destroy ALS.

The Believe Army’s mission is to assist in research, patient care and awareness in finding a cure for ALS. We currently have more than 250 members that are passionate Army Crew soldiers! We also help to co-ordinate more than 10 ALS events in the St Thomas area every year.
Donations from passionate supporters around the country drive The Believe Army. The pace of research, help for patients and awareness can be accelerated with your help.
As Mahatma Gandhi once said “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Someday, when a cure or treatment is found, each of you can say that you made it possible.

We will be collecting donations and showcasing the Believe Army Crew wear – awesome t -shirts, hats and stickers – all originally designed by Steve at the market August 18th.

Registration pamphletss will also be available for the annual ALS walk, taking place in Pinafore Park, on September 29th.

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