Horton Farmers Market Newsletter May 12/2012





Welcome Back! 

Mother’s Day weekend is upon us and that means the return of our fabulous community Farmers Market! The anticipication has me reeling – with our long but mild winter still clinging on somedays, May just sort of snuck up on a lot of us. I will just be thankful when my kids only have one season of clothes in their drawers – because maybe then they will close! All jokes aside, it remains to be seen what havoc our stint of summer-like weather in March will have on our local crops. In re-connecting with our farmers in the last month or so, there have been reports of damage all over much of Elgin County and surrounding area. So send all your good growing vibes to all the farmers that were effected by the early fruit blossoming and then multiple frosts that followed. Let’s hope we’ve seen the last of the frost at the very least!

May at the Market is an exciting time. Those of us who have been planning our gardens will be thrilled to see all the vendors who are bringing their best flowers, bedding plants, herbs and vegetable starts. I’ve also heard rumors that McSmiths is picking lots of lettuce from a new hoop house they built to keep up with demand – so yes, fresh local food will be available at the market in May!

In addition to your all-time favourite vendors, we’re welcome a few new faces throughout the season, we hope you enjoy a little new variety.

See you Saturday!

Shawn DeVree

Market Manager




Annual Pancake Breakfast!

Join us for our traditional opening weekend Pancake Breakfast! $5 for adults, $3 for kids. This time the market is joining forces with the St. Thomas Youth Choir. All proceeds will benefit the choir and the Friends of the Market.




So many great vendors this season!

Catering by James Meadows
Elgin Harvest
Meg Intven Art
Janis Harris Flowers
Heritage Line Herbs
St. Thomas Horticultural Society
R-Grow Farms
Talbotville Berry Farm
Frisa Farm
Josie’s Plants & Produce
McSmiths Organic Farm
Krista Miller Cake Artist & Baker
Lotus Thai Restuarant
Wildflowers Tea
From the Meadow
Grammies Creations
The Harvest Table
Desserts and More
Oegema Turkey Farm
Farmgate Markets
Dutch Bakery
Uncle Dads
Kosciks Green House Tomatoes
Greenleaf Gourmet
Seniors Centre
St. Thomas Public Library
Spicers Bakery
Empire Valley Farms
Erie Gardens
Natures perfection
Knitting Ladies
Scissor Kitty
Raw For Pets


Weekly Recipe

Rhubarb Sauce

Rhubarb is one of the perennial foods that people who are attached to a piece of land look to as one of the first signs of spring. It is a humble fruit – tart enough to require sweetening, but in its own way exactly right.

  • 4 cups chopped rhubarb (look for stalks that are mostly red or reddish)
  • 1/2 c. honey or 1 c. sugar
  • 1 T. tapioca
  • 1 t. cinnamon (optional)

Combine. Let stand for 10 minutes or until some juice forms. Heat slowly to boiling. Cool and serve over ice cream. Or try stirring in sliced strawberries or raisins and serve for breakfast or as a side dish, in place of applesauce.

Serves 4

From Simply in Season, by Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert.



On behalf of The Horton Farmers Market Board of Directors, we’d like to give a great big shout out to Relish Elgin. We appreciate the dedication, creativity and long hours put in by Deb & Joanne to complete our new and very much improved website – and in time for opening weekend! Have you seen it yet? Visit it at www.hortonfarmersmarket.ca and tell us what you think. You can find more information about Relish Elgin on their website http://www.relishelgin.ca/



Horton Farmers’ Market is a community-driven market that has been

St. Thomas‘ community connection to the very best in fresh local produce since 1878. As a local, producer-based market featuring seasonal produce and local artisans, all of our farmers live within 60 kms of the market site.



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Market Manager Shawn DeVree




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