Melting away in all this HEAT? Come to the MARKET

where all the “COOL” kids are!

Wowsa. We’ve been struck with some major heat and humidity this week! Mix that in with spotty torrential downpours, and while the humans are hot, sweaty and complaining this is great for growing food! This weekend we see another farm returning to the market (Debackere) and next weekend the always-cheery R-GROW. It’s hard to believe it’s already July, but the bounty at the market is proof-positive we’re headlong into another great season. Expect lots of greens, blueberries and the LAST of the cherries to be loading the tables on Saturday.

Last October we welcomed Lynn Ogrizlo, Author of The Ontario Table cookbook. Many of our loyal market goers were able to purchase her book as well as sign the table cloth she brought along. We are thrilled to announce she will be joining us again this October! You can see what she has been up to on her website here. Her new ezine is both beautiful and informative. See you in October Lynn!
Here’s a highlight from her site that we feel is worth mentioning. Most of you reading this are already living this challenge, and our hope is that by seeing these figures you’ll have a greater insight on how important supporting local is!

$10 + 1 Week = $2.4 Billion

If every household in Ontario spent $10 a week on local food, we’d have an additional $2.4 billion in our local economy at the end of the year. Keeping our money circulating grows those dollars to $3.6 billion and creates 10,000 new jobs.
Need some more reasons to buy local?

Check out some of these highlights from this weekends market:

Oegema Turkey FarmTurkey Schnitzel.  It’s nutritious, low fat, delicious and ready to eat in 10 minutes.   Serve it alone with a salad or steamed vegetables; or on a bun with lettuce, tomato and mayo.   Make turkey schnitzel part of your summer menu.  As always, it’s available at the market this week.

Berry Hill Fruit Farm: Everything is growing at Berry Hill Fruit Farm! Alice will have beets, green & yellow beans in three litre baskets. Orders can be made for larger quantities at the market or by calling the farm 519 765-1752.  Also bringing raspberries, blueberries. See you at the market!

From The Meadow: Scrub up time…time to buff off the old and let the new be revealed. Let our gentle sugar scrubs go to work. Finish off with a whipped body butter…my summer favorite is Mango. Body butters are avaliable in Apple,Peppermint,Pumpkin or Mango. This week mix and match 2 for $18.50.

P.S. New Lip Smoothies are in!!!

Harris Family Farm: All the flowers are loving this hot summer weather. Sunflowers are blooming daily and snaps have started in full force!
We love supplying the Horton Farmer’s Market customers with the freshest local flowers around.
Did you know that this is our ‘after work’ jobs. Janis is an Optician and Mark is a Welder by day. We love being flower farmers so much. Even Cameron loves his part, he helps pick the flowers and feed the pigs and you will catch him helping cutting the wrapping paper and handing stickers at the market. Pretty good for a 2 yr old!
We are so happy with our growing number of customers for our pastured pork sausage and bacon. So many new and repeat customers every week.

McSmiths Organic Farm: The season has been going good at McSmiths.  Every week we seem to have a new vegetable to bring to market.

This shows the diversity of organic farming. We pick on Thursdays and Fridays ..then  drive 5.3kms to the Horton Farmers Market early Saturday morning. We feel the commitment to our customers  to be there. Our slogan has always been “affordable organics for families”Green Leaf Gourmet: This week Kim from GREEN LEAF GOURMET will have a beautiful variety of local, organic and wholesome at her stand inside the Market. You will find French Fruit Tarts, Raspberry Lemonade Squares( sold out quick last week),Local Blueberry Coffee Cakes and more as well as a nice variety of gluten~free baking, salads and more. Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!

Creative Kids Craft
Bring your kids inside for another great kids’ craft with the McCarvell Crew. They also sell some of the best Fresh Squeezed Lemonade for only $1 per cup…amazing!!SUSIQ  Designs: Tribal patterns and animal prints are “hot” this season.  I have bracelets and earrings in these designs.  Add some summer coloured jewelry (orange, yellow, turquoise or lime green) to complete an outfit.  Need some jewelry repaired or earrings to match a piece you already own?  Drop by with your jewelry and we’ll discuss how I can help.
Special – Purchase a bracelet on elastic with the matching small earrings for only $12.00!


Congrats Nicole Granziol! This weeks winner of Market Bucks! Nicole submitted this photo of her market inspired meal from last weekend. Want a chance to win to? Send us your market related photos to or post directly to our facebook page. Congrats Nicole! 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!

PS) When supply such a beautiful image, next time include the recipe and/or an invitation for dinner! 

Become a Friend of HFM

The Horton Farmers Market needs YOU!

Do you LOVE HFM? Are you a local food enthusiast? Do you want to get more involved?

The Market only has one part-time employee, what this means is often HFM misses out on opportunities to sparkle and shine in our community. While we are lucky to be a City supported Farmers Market, our small budget often falls short for little market improvements we’d all like to see happen. The Friends of the Market Fundraising account was created for this purpose.  In order for our beloved market to swell and grow, we need the help of a dedicated market loving volunteers – people like you, vendors, local business owners who like the additional flow of traffic downtown on Saturdays. Everyone has something to contribute.If we have more people, more passion, more presence in the local events/community it would mean more local goodness for the market to grow even more: further job development, community morale, more local dollars staying in our downtown!What would it mean for you?Really, not a lot. The more people we have, the less individually we need to commit to. The minimum would be attending infrequent Friends of the Market meetings.  Meant as an evening to drum up ideas for the market, for fundraising, a general check in and goal setting. However, we do need Friends of HFM members to have a desire to actually DO something at some point – whether it be lending a hand at a fundraiser, attending a networking meeting on behalf of HFM, helping out with simple advertising campaigns, manning a booth at an event etc etc etc.Sound like fun? I think so!

Hope you’ll join us!

For more info message

Simply Yum!
Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella

5 small heirloom tomatoes
Ontario canola oil
2 slices day-old bread torn into small pieces
¼ cup (60 mL) Ontario mozzarella cheese, grated
¼ cup (60 mL) Ontario brick cheese cheese, grated
6 basil leaves, thinly sliced
Ontario salt

Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Slice the tomatoes in half. Take a small slice off the bottom of each tomato half so they won’t roll. Place on a baking sheet, sprinkle with canola oil and season liberally. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with torn bread and then the shredded cheeses. Return to oven to soften the cheese, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven, season and sprinkle with shredded basil leaves.
Serves 4 to 6.

Who’s Coming?

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

McSmiths Organic FarmFacebook Website
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
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 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

Grammies Creations

Fresh batch of Zucchini relish, No Sugar Chili Sauce and No Sugar Pickled Beets.  Next week I should have No Sugar Added Relish.

Elgin Harvest

This week Elgin Harvest is bringing back some of your special requests: Pecan Buttertarts, Four-layer high Coconut Cake, and because they rocked the market, plenty of Elgin Harvest Pop Tarts! The fillings in the pop tarts are Elgin Harvest Preserves, made from as many local ingredients as possible. To cool it all down, we’re not only offering fresh & local strawberry lemonade and raspberry iced tea but iced coffee created with Las Chica’s Don Rey Private Reserve coffee beans. The rich, smooth flavour will give you pep but not make you sweat! Custom orders are always welcome.
Raspberry Pudding
2 small brioche or egg rolls, broken into small pieces
2 cups (500 mL) milk
3 tablespoons (45 mL) ice syrup, honey, or maple syrup
2 tablespoons (30 mL) farm-fresh butter
4 eggs, separated
½ cup (125 mL) sugar
½ cup (125 mL) raspberry jam
2 cups (500 mL) just-picked raspberries
½ cup (125 mL) sugar
pinch cream of tartar
2 tablespoons (30 mL) sugarPreheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Butter 4 large individual ramekins. Pack the brioche into the ramekins so they are half full. In a small saucepan over mediumhigh
heat, bring milk, ice syrup (if using), and butter almost to a boil. It’s ready when tiny bubbles form along the sides of the saucepan. Turn off the heat.
Meanwhile, separate the eggs and beat egg yolks with sugar. Pour the hot milk mixture over the egg yolks slowly, whisking constantly. Pour the mixture over
the brioche and let sit to soak for 5 minutes. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the brioche is golden and puffed up (it will collapse when cooled).
Meanwhile heat raspberry jam with the fresh raspberries for 2 minutes over medium heat. Remove from heat when jam has melted. When the brioche has
a few minutes left in the oven, whisk the egg whites in a very clean bowl with sugar and cream of tartar until they form soft peaks. Spoon the raspberries on
the cooled brioche and top with whipped egg whites. Scatter a little sugar over each, then bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Serve warm. Serves 4.

From Lynn Ogryzlo (author of The Ontario Table cookbook)

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 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

Fabtastic is Fabtastic!

Oh Isabelle, oh Isabelle! How sad the children are when you miss a weekend at the market!
Your talent is not only appreciated but is a staple at our market, the experience of Saturday morning would not be the same without you!
Find Fabtastic on FACEBOOK as this talent can travel to YOUR events!  

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