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Last Saturday was another lovely day at the Aurora Farmers’ Market with blue skies and temperatures in the low 20’s. The only thing missing for us was the fact that it was designated as our annual Strawberry Festival but our farmers have no strawberries yet. The cold, wet spring has caused about a two week delay in the usual ripening time. Nevertheless, we continued with our plans for a Special Event, minus the berries, with the Aurora Community Band playing and a draw for a market bag. We are eagerly anticipating the arrival of fresh, local strawberries soon but they may not have a dedicated day to celebrate them this season. As I mentioned previously, we’re going to tell you about some of our long time vendors who haven’t been [...]

By |June 27th, 2019|

Market Musings

After enduring what seemed like a monsoon the last time we were at the Market, this past Saturday was glorious! The sky was blue with temperatures in the low 20’s by mid morning although we faced some pretty gusty winds at times. Believe me, no one was complaining. We were quite busy and Market goers were treated to some lively music courtesy of a trio of buskers. Our Sasha, of Sasha’s Sweets is working on getting us great buskers as often as possible since feedback from the public indicates that people love having music at the Farmers’ Market. If you are interested in busking at the Market, please contact Sasha or any member of the Board. How does your garden grow? This year…slowly…! Yes, it’s been a little soggy and [...]

By |June 13th, 2019|

Market Musings

It was another cold day at the Market on Saturday, particularly in the morning. However the sunshine improved things and brought smiles to peoples’ faces. It can only get better from here, right? Given that, at this point in the season, we have fewer new vendors than usual, we’re going to write about long time vendors you haven’t read about in several years. We’re starting with Mike Howard of Howard’s Farm who is one of the original vendors when the Aurora Farmers’ Market began in 2002. The Howard family has deep roots in Newmarket history. Michael is the 6th generation Howard in this history. Mike’s grandfather, Ken, lived on the Century farm at the corner of Green Lane and Main Street north. There was a maple sugar bush on the [...]

By |June 13th, 2019|

Market Musings, May 16

MARKET MUSINGS It was another cold day at the Market on Saturday, particularly in the morning. However the sunshine improved things and brought smiles to peoples’ faces. It can only get better from here, right? Given that, at this point in the season, we have fewer new vendors than usual, we’re going to write about long time vendors you haven’t read about in several years. We’re starting with Mike Howard of Howard’s Farm who is one of the original vendors when the Aurora Farmers’ Market began in 2002. The Howard family has deep roots in Newmarket history. Michael is the 6th generation Howard in this history. Mike’s grandfather, Ken, lived on the Century farm at the corner of Green Lane and Main Street north. There was a maple sugar bush [...]

By |May 17th, 2019|

Market Musings – May 2019

We’re back! What I mean is that the Aurora Farmers’ Market and Artisan Fair will be opening our outdoor season on Wells Street and in Town Park on Saturday, May 4. We are all hoping that the elusive spring finally will have made an appearance by then. Most of us have had a difficult time enduring the seriously cold winter and can’t wait for the warm, sunny days that spring promises. Unfortunately it seems that we may have to wait a bit longer. Perhaps everyone fervently urging the weather gods to favour us with spring temperatures will make it happen. Although we still will be accepting a few additional applications to the Market, the following list indicates which vendors will be at our Market this year. Farmers: Coopers CSA Farm; [...]

By |April 30th, 2019|

Market Musings – October 4th

Last Saturday, Sept. 29th, was a very busy day at the Farmers’ Market. We celebrated Culture Days with our traditional Soup Fest which always draws a crowd. The chefs’ recipes will be available on our web site. We also hosted our first Thanksgiving Food Drive, together with NewRoads Mazda, called “Stuff a Truck”(a Mazda) which we filled with groceries and raised $1000 for the Aurora Food Pantry! We’d like to thank NewRoads Mazda,all who participated and our Board member, Kris Misiuda, who brought the idea to us and organized and coordinated the event with help from another Board member, Cathy Williams. Let me now introduce you to the two young men behind The Little Farm that Could..Both Micheal and Chris are under 30 and had been doing other things when [...]

By |October 4th, 2018|

Market Musings – September 20

The Aurora Farmers’ Market and Artisan Fair continues to be treated to beautiful summer weather as we march toward fall. This has translated to busy, bustling days at the Market with people in great moods. There are so many reasons to include a visit to the Market on Saturday mornings, not the least of which is that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. There’s a lot to tell you about today so I’ll launch right into an introduction of our next new vendor, Lisa Weagle, of Whiskey Jack Flowers. This is not only her first year at the Market, but is her first year in business. Whiskey Jack Flowers is a small, independent flower studio that curates one-of-a-kind, seasonal arrangements using 100% locally grown flowers. They offer an array of [...]

By |September 20th, 2018|

Market Musings – Sept. 6

I hope that you all enjoyed a wonderful summer and are ready to return to work and school now that the long Labour Day weekend is over. Of course the summer technically isn’t over until later this month and, for now, the hot, sticky weather remains. This coming Saturday, September 8, will be very busy at the Farmers’ Market as the Town will be hosting the third annual Multicultural Festival in Town Park, beginning at 11 am. Many of our vendors will be staying in place for the afternoon. As well, Natalie Allan will be running another Yoga class from 9:30-10:30 am. Let me introduce her. Natalie Allan is new to Aurora, having moved here to marry her husband, David. They can often be seen in and around Town Park [...]

By |September 6th, 2018|

Market Musings – July 12

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the rest of the summer could be like it was on Saturday-sunny, warm with a slight breeze. Everyone at the Farmers’ Market commented on how awesome the day was. The Market was busy since we were sharing the park with Kerry’s Place and their clients and supporters. Also in the park was Deborah Campo’s Art in the Park as well as Natalie Allan’s Yoga classes. It was an exciting day topped off by the Therapy Seekers band. Our next new vendor I’d like to introduce is Keith Severs of Great Turnings. He grew up in small towns in Ontario until moving to Toronto in 1981 to attend Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology, where he received his Diploma in Horticultural Landscape Technology. After graduation, [...]

By |July 12th, 2018|

Market Musings – June 26

Our second Special Event of the season, Strawberry Fest, took place on Saturday in the rain which caused us some problems. Some of our programming had to be cancelled as we couldn’t ask children to sit on wet benches for Storytime with the library, for example. However, our intrepid band, the Coyotes, were great sports and played almost all morning, right up until the Market closed for the day. We’re very grateful to them. As the season progresses, the farmers have more and more Ontario produce appearing on their tables. You will find strawberries galore, as well as still some asparagus and rhubarb. There are now all kinds of beautiful salad greens as well as sprouts. I brought home some beet sprouts for the first time. Also available were spring [...]

By |June 26th, 2018|

Market Musings – June 13

Another beautiful spring day has come and gone at the Aurora Farmers’ Market and Artisan Fair. Once again, we were busy with customers enjoying the day and the growing array of produce becoming available. Next Saturday is our annual Strawberry Fest and we are expecting several of our farmers to have the first strawberries of the season, which will most certainly bring out the crowds. Our long time vendor, Andy Sampogna, of 19th Avenue Farm, now known as Farm 2 Home, will be arriving at the Market and will be located at the far end of the south pathway near the Larmont Street entrance. He will have a smaller booth than previously but he always has an interesting selection of produce. With his arrival, our complement of full time vendors [...]

By |June 13th, 2018|

Market Musings – May 31

What a gorgeous day it was on Saturday for our Grand Opening of the Aurora Farmers’ Market and Artisan Fair. We enjoyed a hot, sunny day which helped to bring out many people to enjoy the entertainment and extras we provided for our first Special Event of the season. We were treated to music provided by the Therapy Seekers as well as a huge Tiramisu cake, samplers of Mimosas and several great prizes. Other than the band, these treats were all coordinated and provided by our wonderful Council Liaison, Sandra Humfreys. In addition, there were several local dignitaries who attended and brought their congratulations and best wishes for a great market season. Our grateful thanks go to Mayor Dawe, Deputy Mayor Abel, MPP Chris Ballard, Councillor Gaertner, Councillor Kim Councillor [...]

By |May 31st, 2018|

Market Musings – May 16

The first two weeks of the Farmers’ Market have gone well as people became familiar with our new layout. So far, the response has been very positive from shoppers and vendors alike. Many of our regular, full time vendors are already there, but as usual, some of our farmers will arrive a bit later in the spring when they have more produce available. I did receive a newsletter from Willowtree Farm that they now have asparagus and rhubarb ready, so you can expect to see those two popular crops at the Market any day. After that, more and more produce will begin to appear as the season progresses. This year we have several new vendors for you to meet. The first one I want to tell you about is actually [...]

By |May 16th, 2018|

Market Musings – May 2

I know that it is supposed to be spring, but in our neighbourhood, there are still small piles of snow competing with tiny snowdrops popping their pretty heads up in the lawn. We experienced a very long winter which seemed like it would never end. However, the forecast for this week is for lovely, warm spring weather, just in time to welcome the Aurora Farmers’ Market and Artisan Fair back for its outdoor season on Saturday, May 5th. This year, you will find us in Town Park, except for six farmers whose trucks are too heavy to go into the Park. This reconfiguration is in response to those of you who found that our previous lineup of vendors from Mosley to Metcalfe was difficult to navigate, especially with cars exiting [...]

By |May 2nd, 2018|

Market Musings – Nov 23

The first Indoor Market of the fall is behind us and now we’re gearing up for the second one on November 25th. We’d like to thank our vendor, David Heard, for being such a wonderful DJ on November 11th. He gave an amazing, heartfelt speech honouring the lives of the brave and heroic Canadian soldiers who dedicated themselves to protecting the values and freedoms we hold so dear. He also played the Canadian anthem just after 11am as a tribute to our veterans. During the rest of our time at the Armoury, David played a thoroughly enjoyable selection of memorable tunes which brought out the dancing spirit in a number of people. Thank you David for contributing to making our first Indoor Market a day to remember. One of the [...]

By |November 23rd, 2017|

POGO – Pancakes in the Park.

The Aurora Farmers Market and Artisan Fair had the privilege to partner with POGO, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario, for Breakfast in the park on Saturday October 7, 2017. It was a beautiful sunny day to spend eating, playing and shopping in the Town Park. We would like to thank everyone involved to make this event the success it was.

By |November 15th, 2017|

Market Musings – Nov 11. 2017

Now that the Aurora Farmers’ Market and Artisan Fair has ended its 2017 Outdoor Season, we move indoors to the Aurora Armory at the edge of Town Park for a short Indoor Season. The first Indoor Market for this year will occur this Saturday, November 11 from 9am until 1pm. As it is Remembrance Day, we will observe a minute’s silence at 11 am and Taps will be played to honour all the Veterans who unselfishly sacrificed so much for the freedoms which we enjoy today. Let me now tell you about one of the Farmers’ Market’s most colourful vendors and, with complete transparency, one of my best friends. John Abraham, an American born of Lebanese parents, grew up in Worcester, MA in a tightly knit family. They lived in [...]

By |November 9th, 2017|

Market Musings – Oct 26, 2017

This is my last column of the 2017 outdoor season of the Aurora Farmers Market and Artisan Fair. We will close at the end of the market day next Saturday, October 28. We will then move indoors to the Aurora Armoury building for the following three dates: Saturday November 11, Saturday November 25 and finally Saturday December 9. We will return for our usual outdoor season on Saturday, May 5, 2018. This time of year, traditionally, has been our busiest with the autumn harvest bringing an abundance of fall fruits and vegetables. At the same time, there is still a great selection of produce available which has been maturing for some time. For example, last Saturday I saw that the Coopers still had some strawberries as well as the last [...]

By |October 26th, 2017|

Market Musings – Oct 12, 2017

It couldn’t last forever. Our run of beautiful Saturday weather finally came to an end this past weekend, when the Farmers’ Market vendors set up and took down their booths in the rain. Happily, it didn’t rain all day, but enough to keep the shopper’s numbers down. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that the rest of the month remains mild. Now I’d like to introduce another new vendor this year, Sabrina of Organic Yum Yums, who will be at the Market on October 28th. Sabrina and her husband always have enjoyed family gatherings with fresh home cooked meals where she remembers connecting, laughing, and enjoying the moments together. With their many travels, her husband also became an adventurous eater and now they want to pass those same values and memories [...]

By |October 12th, 2017|

Aurora Farmers' Market

Market Location
49 Wells Street
Aurora, Ontario

Mailing Address
14800 Yonge St.
P.O. Box 28576
Aurora, ON., L4G 6S6

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