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Market Musings

What a shame we had a wet, grey and cool day on Saturday for Culture Days which the Farmers’ Market celebrates with an annual Soup Fest. The weather kept the crowd small but those who came thoroughly enjoyed tasting the Market Chefs’ soups. Cathy of Catharina’s Café made a hearty and spicy red lentil and black bean soup, Pascal of La Brehandaise Catering made a minted pea soup, I made an African peanut soup to honour the setting of One Book One Aurora’s choice, “Sweetness in the Belly”, and one of our sponsors,  Kitchen Living by Duenas, contributed a squash and lentil soup. As always, the tasting table was a popular spot and I think that all the soups disappeared during the tasting. Now here’s an update on one of [...]

By |October 3rd, 2019|

We enjoyed a lovely autumn day at the Market last Saturday. The temperature was moderate and the sun played peek-a-boo with the clouds until it disappeared completely about mid morning. Then, at about 1 pm the sun made a beautiful comeback, just in time for us to pack up, of course. Although the attendance was lighter than it has been, it was still a great day at the Market. We were treated to music by a busker most of the time with a break for our own Aaron Morris. He was joined on stage by another talented musician,  James Brown. Many of you noticed that our beloved chef, Gabriel, was missing. He has experienced some health challenges recently and is in hospital undergoing tests to pinpoint the exact nature of [...]

By |September 19th, 2019|

Market Musings

We have just experienced another lovely day at the Farmers’ Market. While it began as a rather chilly morning, it turned sunny and warm by 11 am and became very busy. Unfortunately, our plans for the Kick Off to our “Stuff the Truck” campaign hit a last minute snag and had to be postponed. Also, our scheduled band cancelled-talk about the best laid plans…. Now, a word about two new vendors this year- Dave and Carina of “Not Just For The Birds” who make the wonderful bird feeders and more. They have lived in Aurora all their lives and both love the outdoors. They like maintaining a beautiful yard and admire the wildlife, especially the variety of birds who regularly visit them. Dave’s birdfeeders had an interesting genesis. Apparently Dave [...]

By |September 5th, 2019|

Market Musings

What a glorious day we had on Saturday for our annual Community Corn Roast. It was sunny and warm with a cool breeze from time to time. There were long line ups at the BBQ for the corn; it seems that the BBQ wasn’t working fully. Nevertheless, the corn was sweet and delicious, the music provided by Dave Pilkey and Steve Falk was great and the face painter and the person creating balloon animals were wonderful. Now a look at the Farmers’ Market from a different perspective. Many of you have the privilege of coming to the Town Park on a Saturday to shop from the many booths of our talented artisans or choosing the perfect item from the farmers to complement your dinner or BBQ. At the same time, [...]

By |August 29th, 2019|

Market Musings

  We’re now just past the halfway point in the season at the Aurora Farmers’ Market and Artisan Fair and it has been going very well. The farmers’ tables are laden with all manner of fresh, local produce with more coming into season every week. Our creative artisans have also been busy designing innovative items to showcase on their tables. There really is something for every taste at the Market. Our next vendor profile is about artisan Moira O’Bryan of “Designs by Moira”. She grew up in a small village in Buckinghamshire, England as an early 1950’s “Baby Boomer”. After high school, Moira attended a teacher training college in London for three years, where she specialized in Primary Education while following a main course of study in Physical Education. After [...]

By |August 15th, 2019|

Market Musings

    What another fine day at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday. Despite the forecast for rain and thunder storms, we enjoyed a beautiful, hot summer day during which there were cooling breezes to make things comfortable. Along with the pleasant weather, we enjoyed music played by a wonderful young couple called,” Sky and Rose”. There were so many positive comments about them from market-goers that we will try to book them for a return visit. This year one of our new vendors is a husband and wife team, Ashley and Richard Casagrande. Richard has a small wood business, Grande Woodcraft, where he makes personalized charcuterie boards and tables, while Ashley creates essential oil roller blends and sells products for chemical free alternatives to everyday cleaning. Richard has always loved [...]

By |August 1st, 2019|

Market Musings

What another fine day at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday. Despite the forecast for rain and thunder storms, we enjoyed a beautiful, hot summer day during which there were cooling breezes to make things comfortable. Along with the pleasant weather, we enjoyed music played by a wonderful young couple called,” Sky and Rose”. There were so many positive comments about them from market-goers that we will try to book them for a return visit. This year one of our new vendors is a husband and wife team, Ashley and Richard Casagrande. Richard has a small wood business, Grande Woodcraft, where he makes personalized charcuterie boards and tables, while Ashley creates essential oil roller blends and sells products for chemical free alternatives to everyday cleaning. Richard has always loved building things [...]

By |July 11th, 2019|

Market Musings

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|

Aurora Farmers' Market

Market Location
49 Wells Street
Aurora, Ontario

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

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