Horton Farmers Market Newsletter July 21st 2012

If you haven’t been made aware in previous newsletters, it is pretty easy to assimilate that I am a self-proclaimed Hippy. I talk about environmental concerns, local food, ethical work and producing practices blah, blah, blah, and I also love learning about global warming and what causes it. I was pretty surprised to learn that yesterday we broke a record for heat from 1964! 1964! It was shocking to me that in all this talk of global warming, it was this hot that many years ago. I know global warming goes a lot deeper than just day to day temperature fluctuations, but I still found that facinating.
The good news is Farmers who are able to irrigate their crops are having a fantastic season. Those who are not able to irrigate are praying, hoping, begging, pulling out the voo-doo and doing all the rain dancing they can in hopes that this heat breaks with a gigantic dose of an all day soaking of sweet beautiful rain.
Would it be asking too much if I requested that rain come before the Market Saturday, and end by 8am?

Perspective: It could be worse, it could be -40, right?
Stay cool everyone!

Check out some of these highlights from this weekends market:

Oegema Turkey FarmTry some of our Smoked Turkey Products — Turkey Pepperettes, Bacon, Kielbassa, Jerky, Wieners, Summer Sausage and Oven Roast Turkey Breast. Mmmmm.

Empire Valley Farm: Time to start digging out those jars……….pickling cukes are ready, fresh dill, garlic, tomatoes, cabbage,grape tomatoes from the field…….. Joy’s bringing her easy fridge pickle recipe this week.

From The Meadow: Have you been looking to switch over to an all natural, local, affordable company for your bath and skin care needs…we have you covered from head to toe (literally) We have been growing strong for 13 years. Stop bye and see what From the Meadow can do for you and your family.

Harris Family Farm:  SUNFLOWERS!!!! All of the flowers were very happy to have a good rain last week.
Then the heat is making them EXPLODE! 
There will be tons of floral bounty this week again. Mark will also have lots of our ‘always popular’ pastured pork sausage and bacon.Try out the ‘pretty potatoes’, they will add some great flavour and colour to your dinner.

Green Leaf GourmetGREEN LEAF GOURMET will be away from the Market for the next two Saturdays at a Working Farm for a family vacation. Kim will return on August 4th with an abundance of French Tarts, Preserves, Tapenade, Vegan and Gluten Free Gourmet Delights. I’ll miss all of you while I am away collecting eggs, milking goats and harvesting veggies. Looking forward to see you soon. Kids Market Make-a-Craft will be away for the next two Saturdays while they are at a Working Farm for a vacation with their Mom and Dad. The McCarvell crew will be back on August 4th with a “grow it yourself” Market Craft and some delicious Fresh Squeezed Lemonade and a new “gourmet drink”! See you soon.


Congrats Heather Fisher! 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 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 FarmsFacebookWebsite
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

Elgin Harvest

Don’t sweat the heat! Come by and have a fresh cup of Blueberry or Sweet Cherry Lemonade (when it’s gone, it’s GONE!) or Iced Coffee. We’ll also have lots of other tantalizing goodies!

Market Manager Position

Love the Market? Why not help run it?!  You can also find this job posting here.



The Horton Farmers’ Market Board of Management invites applications from interested individuals for the position of Seasonal Market Manager. This contract position requires a commitment of up to 24 hours per week including weekend and evening hours.

The position begins Aug. 16, 2012 as a replacement for the current Manager, who will be available to give guidance and training, and continues until Nov. 17 following the annual Christmas Market. The position resumes Monday, April 1, 2013 at the same terms and conditions upon successful completion of a performance review.

Reporting to the Horton Farmers’ Market Board of Management, the Seasonal Market Manager shall oversee the operation and maintenance of the Market on a day-to-day basis.  This position requires the successful candidate to have a valid, unrestricted Ontario Driver’s License (minimum Class “G”) and access to a personal vehicle.

A position description is available upon request by contacting msmale@city.st-thomas.on.ca. Please submit a letter of application along with a resume, stating qualifications and experience, to the undersigned by 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2011.

Attn: Shelley Holmes
Chair, Horton Farmers’ Market Board of Management
C/O City of St. Thomas Clerk’s Office
545 Talbot Street
P.O. Box 520
St. Thomas, Ontario N5P 3V7
e-mail: msmale@city.st-thomas.on.ca

Since 1878 Horton Farmers’ Market has been St. Thomas’ connection to community, the earth and the very best in fresh local produce. As a local, producer-based market featuring seasonal produce and local artisans, all of our farmers live within 60 kms of the market site. The Horton Farmers’ Market is located on Manitoba Street, 1/2 block North from Talbot Street (at the Giant Tiger stop light) with plenty of free parking.www.hortonfarmersmarket.ca

Become one of our great ‘Friends of the Market’ Friends of the market is an opportunity for the community to get involved to help promote the market and it’s related activities. Financial donations can be made by anyone, including vendors, market enthusiasts, or community fundraisers. Speak to the Market Manager on market day or by direct contact manager@hortonfarmersmarket.ca  or  519-317-3398

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