I just typed SEPTEMBER above!!! Can you believe it? This summer season has just flown by. Perhaps it was the long, wet, cold spring (remember? it seems like so long ago we were begging for sunshine and no more rain!). Mother Nature couldn’t seem to get it right – too much rain, then too little for too long, then too much….and now? Let’s just hope the sunshine and heat carry us for a little while longer . Like it or not, our day light hours are about to get shorter , and our summer freedoms will turn back into fall routines.. It’s not all bad, I’m looking forward to cool weather cooking – dusting off the crock pot, and Fall vegetable soups, family dinners with stuffed golden turkeys…
Each year on the Labour Day long weekend our family has a tradition of making several large batches of fresh salsa. We buy hampers and hampers of local romas, onions, garlic, jalapenos and herbs. It takes an entire day, but we enjoy the freshness through the winter . What do you or your family do to perserve our amazing summer bounty? I’d love to hear your perserving secrets!
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Featured Vendor – From The Meadow
Thanks to everyone who came out to support the “A Little Lemon Goes a Long Way” table at the market last week. Isabelle and Emma were able to raise $735.41 to aid Goderich. Such a great accomplishment!
– Sara Paradis (Isabelles Mom)
This Weeks Vendors
From The Meadow
Janis & Mark Harris
McSmiths Organic Farm
Great Lakes Farms
Dancey Family Farm
Koscik Greenhouse Tomatoes
Berry Hill Fruit Farm
Lotus Thai Restaurant
The Dutch Bakery
Uncle Dad’s Pizza
Talbotville Berry Farm
Oegema Turkey Farm
Frisa Farm Fresh Eggs
Palmers Maple Syrup
-Deli & Fresh Meats
– Shitake Mushrooms
Desserts and More
The Harvest Table
From the Meadow
Janssen Farm Market
The Holey Stone Faerie Company
Empire Valley Farms
Krista Miller Cake Artist & Baker
Our Weekly featured vendor From The Meadow
From the Meadow specializes in the creation of natural healing products made from the highest quality ingredients using no chemicals, preservatives, dyes or petroleum products. The herbs contained in our creams are personally hand picked and produced on our farm in southwestern Ontario. From the Meadow has been in business for 11 years and would never be a success without the ongoing support from our dedicated customers. From the Meadow grew with the initial intent of
helping people with aches and pains, skin conditions and minimizing stress. It is our goal to continue to move forward in our quest to promote healthy, chemical free-products. Learn more about things you put on your skin!
COMMON CHEMICAL INGREDIENTS IN SKIN CARE PRODUCTS:
Please keep in mind that when you use ANYTHING on your skin or hair , ALL of the ingredients absorb into your body. Skin absorption is so potent that an increasing number of medicines are in patch form.
1) Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, and Ethyl Paraben- Some combination of these synthetic ingredients are in almost EVERY skin and hair product made today. Widely known to be highly toxic and cause allergic/skin reactions. Companies use this dangerous ingredient, because it is extremely cheap and extends the shelf life of the product by inhibiting microbial growth.
2) Propylene Glycol -This Petroleum by-product is a synthetic ingredient used as a humectant. Also used as an INDUSTRIAL ANTI-FREEZE to de-ice airplanes!!! This toxic ingredient causes many allergic reactions. Research data states that through skin contact it can cause “liver abnormalities and kidney damage.”
3) DMDM Hydrantoin – A Petro-chemical used as an ANTI-FREEZE in cars.
4) Sodium Laurel Sulfate – This highly toxic synthetic substance (used for foaming abilities) causes urinary tract, bladder and kidney infections, genital disorders, eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, scalp scurf similar to dandruff, and allergic
5) Synthetic Colors – Labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color number such as FD&C Red 6. These highly toxic substances are usually coal-tar based and have been linked as cancer causing agents.
6) Synthetic Fragrances – Most Products will simply say “Fragrance” which means any combination of the cheapest 200 synthetic, toxic ingredients the company can find. Causes headaches, dizziness, rashes, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritations etc…
7) Triethanolamine (TEA)/Diethanolamine (DEA) – Used to adjust the pH balance, but toxic and causes eye problems, and dryness of skin and hair . DEA has been linked with kidney, liver and other organ damage according to several govern-
ment-funded research. One study found that the topical application of DEA in rodents resulted in anemia, kidney degeneration, and nerve damage to the brain and spinal cord. (Melnick et al., 1994) Even more disturbing was that several
animals died before the study ended. Approximately 200 million pounds of DEA are produced annually in the U.S., most of which goes into personal care products. (USITC, 1990).
8) Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea – Used as a a preservative, but a primary cause of contact dermatitis. You might see these toxic chemicals under the names Germall II and Germall 115, which release formaldehyde at just over 10°.
9) Behentrimonium Chloride – Toxic ammonia compound. Ingestion can be fatal. Concentrations as low as 0.1% can be irritating to the eyes and cause necrosis (tissue death) of mucus membranes.
10) Titanium, Zirconium, Benzalkonium, Bismuth, Antimony (*1), Barium (*2), Aluminum, Tin, Chromium, Benzene & PCBs. – According to Dr . Hulda Reghi Clark, all of these ingredients are extremely dangerous. *1 – Breast cancer cases show Titanium, Zirconium, Benzalkonium, Bismuth, Antimony, and Aluminum accumulation in the breast. *2 -Barium is described in the Merck Index as a “caution”. ALL water or acid soluble Barium is POISONOUS! 10ed. P.139, 1983.
This week, Grammies Creations hit a new milestone, over 2000 bottles of pickles made..that’s alot of cucumbers and tomatoes!!! Up for tasting this week will be pickled baby corn, carrots and a new bread and butter pickle. 8 a.m. is early to taste pickles, I know, but well worth a morning pick-me-up
Happy to be back at the market this week! In the spirit of fall we have Pumpkins & Spiders!! Great gift ideas for Harvest & Halloween Lovers!
From The Meadows
We are now into September , unreal. Cant you feel it in the air? After taking last Saturday market day off (for some much needed family time) I quickly realized I missed it. I missed the people, the fellow vendors that are always good for a laugh and chat. The market goers who are faithful regardless of weather and that keep me busy. I missed the wonderful local produce, meats, flowers and teas. The busyness the people watching. So looking forward to market …see you Saturday.
What’s new at Jaydancin & Moonstone?? Just in time for Back to School.. try our new body wash in Peppermint or Lavender Available in regular size and $2 trial size for this weekend only! 5 piece Herbal Facial Kit on special for $15. Many more specials…stop by and take a peek and pick up your free sample of our now world famous soaps!
McSmiths Organic Farm
McSmiths stall will be overflowing with organic produce….just picked and travelling only 5.3 km to the Farmers Market on Saturday. Our regular customers will be glad to see we have “what we are known for!!”…. OUR GREENS????
Mark and Janis Harris
As the summer comes to a close we are happy to say we will still have flowers as long as we can continue to pick them. Glads are a summer flower but we will have them for a few more weeks. The sunflowers will continue too. Finish of the summer with a great meal on the bbq. We will continue to have a supply of our pastured pork. Ask us how you can continue to get it through the winter .
will be away this week (sigh) ~ out of town with Family. Kim will be happy to be back next week to serve her favourite people… Horton Farmer’s Market Customers!!
Next week Kim will be showcasing her unique Sweet Preserves and Savoury Tapenade. Come by for a sample and see what all the commotion is about! These are excellent treats to entertain friends and family with over the cooler months ahead.
She will also have her hand made Foccacia Bread topped with local vegetables and herbs(from Dancey Family Farm and McSmiths Organic Farm) and of course a fine selection of Organic Gourmet Pastry. Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Talbotville Berry Farm
We’re bringing Mums! It’s the last weekend of the summer and it has gone by so fast! The Fall is upon us and that brings you the first Bartlett pears of the season. Tomatoes, peppers, raspberries, salsa, and fresh baked pies are what we will be bringing this weekend. Get your home decorated for Fall with our pumpkins, gourds, and broom corn. Bring your family and friends out to our farm for tractor pulled wagon rides and a corn maze to get lost in! Play our maze game, climb our straw bale pyramid and have fun in our corn pit! Check out Fun Fall Family Weekends at Talbotville Berry Farm! We are your destination for a great farm experience.
Dancey Family Farm
Edamame soybeans will be featured again this Saturday. We will be giving samples, selling paper cones filled with freshly steamed edamame, as well as selling fresh edamame for you to cook at home. They are easy to cook or freeze. Pick up our information sheet for more details about this nutritious, tasty bean.
We will also have a good selection of heirloom tomatoes. Each Friday I sort the harvested tomatoes. With the rain last week a lot of the small tomatoes were split, so I kept these at home and slow roasted them with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt, pepper , sugar and freshly chopped rosemary. We ate some on a bed of rice and I froze the rest. There are lots of recipes, videos and advice on the internet for roasting an assortment of vegetables. This week I also roasted peppers, eggplant and Judy’s shitake mushrooms. Delicious!
Baked Brie with Caramelized Pear
Submitted by:Shirley from Talbotville Berry Farm
Sweet pear on creamy baked cheese will have guests coming back for more. Serve with sliced baguette, crisp breads or flatbreads.
This recipe makes 10 servings
1 round (8 oz/250 g) brie cheese
1 tbsp (15 mL) sliced hazelnuts or slivered almonds, toasted
2 tsp (10 mL) butter
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 pear , thinly sliced
Pinch each salt and pepper
1/4 cup (50 mL) pear or apple juice
1 tbsp (15 mL) brandy or pear juice
2 tsp (10 mL) chopped fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp/2 mL dried)
1 tsp (5 mL) packed brown sugar .
Caramelized pear: In nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat; fry shallot, pear , salt and pepper until shallot is softened, about 5 minutes.Add pear juice, brandy, thyme and sugar; bring to boil. Boil, stirring occasionally, until no liquid remains and pear is softened, about 5 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool. Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 24 hours.)Place brie on foil-lined pie plate or in small cake pan; top with pear mixture. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until cheese is softened, about 10 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with hazelnuts