Horton Farmers Market Newsletter August 25th 2012

Fresh Fest is tonight! Horton Farmers Market will be there with three fresh local inspired beverages. 100 pounds of fruit were peeled and juiced fresh! 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! If there are left-overs, you may see them for sale Saturday at the market.
PS – Just want to mention – our awesome facepainter Isabelle from Fabtastic will be absent from the market this weekend.

Check out some of these highlights from this weekends market:

St. Thomas Public LibrarySt. Thomas Public Library – We’re celebrating kids of all ages! Be sure to stop by the library’s space with the little ones this Saturday. We’re bringing lots of activities and games from the new “Kid’s Spot” in the Children’s & Teens’ Department of the library. Learning really can be fun! These games are specially chosen to help your child build literacy skills, but the kids will be having so much fun, they probably won’t even notice they’re learning. Also, the Friends of St. Thomas Public Library are bringing lots of books for children, ‘tweens, and young adults. Make some time to browse the book shelves so the learning can continue at home! Don’t forget – you can sign up for a free library card at the market, or upgrade your old, green library card to a new card and key fob for free!

Green Leaf Gourmet:  is happy to be “back” after a very tediously slow back injury recovery. Kim will have some delicious new Seasonal Preserves, Dips and Salads available this weekend. Please stop by her table for a sample of these awesome sweet and savoury treats. There will also be a beautiful variety of French Tarts and Sweet Breads, lovely Squares & Scones and some delectable vegan and gluten~free choices, including a exceptional Energy Bar. All gourmet items are produced using local, organic ingredients and natural sweeteners. Second to none for quality, local, wholesome gourmet choices ~  a perfect way to start your day! See you on Saturday.
Creative Kids Craft
Let’s have fun with veggies! Stop by our tent for Market Craft Fun and take home a super cute veggie “pet”.

McSmiths Organic Farm

A benefit of shopping at the Farmers Market is finding unique items. Produce that you can’t purchase in a supermarket. This week McSmiths have a good picking of Dragon Tongue Beans. These are an Heritage beans orginating from the Netherlands. Some of my regular Foodie customers wait and ask for them every Market Season.

Dragon Tongue beans

Snap off the ends of the beans and wash. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the beans and cook for 3-4 minutes. While the beans cook, fill a large bowl halfway with ice and cold water. When the beans are done, remove the pot from the heat, take out the beans with a slotted spoon and place them in the ice bath for about 3 minutes. Remove the beans from the ice water and lay out to dry on a paper towel or do like me and let them air dry in a colander.

For the vinaigrette, I mixed about 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar with salt, pepper, chopped chives and a dash of sugar. Then I slowly added about 2 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil and whisked everything together. I did this very much to taste. Toss with the beans and serve.

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 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 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 Gourmet: Email 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.
Wales Farm
Susi Q Designs
St. Thomas Public Library Website Facebook Email  Blog

Alzheimer Society visits again – and brings another race car!

Raymond Yeo and RCY Motor Sports are Racing for Memories in support of the Alzheimer Society ElginSt. Thomas
As part of his fundraising and awareness campaign he has again this year 50/50 tickets
The tickets are $5.00 each and 2000 tickets have been printed – the draw is on September 21, 2012
Also! Pennies for Memories Campaign encouraging folks to come to the market and drop off their pennies!
Bring your camera, take a pic with your kiddo and the car :)

Winner!

Congrats Johnny Fansher! 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!

“This photo captures the breakfast that I served this morning to my guest Peter using organic ingredients from Horton vendors.  On the plate is an omelette made with McSmith eggs and spinach, with a homemade salsa using McSmith produce (grilled tomato, grilled red pepper, grilled red onion and minced green onion).  I served it with a side of grilled Harris sausage.”

Dancey Family Farm

What is an Heirloom Vegetable?

Heirloom vegetables are old cultivars that can be grown again next season if the seed or vegetable is saved properly. Lots of opinions exist as to how old the variety must be, but most cultivars are at least 60 years old. The plants are open pollinated by natural means, such as insects and the wind. The seed can be saved from year to year and the characteristics will remain fairly stable, although all plants are adapting to the conditions in which they are grown.

We grow 40 varieties of heirloom tomatoes. Please stop by our table to try some samples on Saturday morning. I’ll also have a good supply of fresh edamame soybeans. All of our produce is field grown, sun ripened and certified organic.

Roasted Tomatoes

Cut cherry and pear shaped tomatoes in half or cut larger tomatoes into chunks. Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, chopped garlic and fresh herbs. Rosemary is my favorite. Make a single layer in a shallow pan and roast at 150°C (300°F) until the tomatoes look cooked, but not black. Cherry tomatoes take about an hour, while chunks of tomato may take twice as long. Use on pizza, in sauces for noodles, as a topping for spaghetti squash or potatoes, in soups, or freeze for use later.

The taste of roasted tomatoes goes with so many other in-season vegetables. Combine the tomatoes with eggplant, onion, peppers and zucchini for a medley of roasted flavors. Be creative and enjoy!

Chris Dancey – Dancey Family Farm

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