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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 Jan Freedman and Shirley Wiedemeyer There are many aspects to “culture” in society, but the culture of food is one of the most celebrated. The Aurora Farmers’ Market and Artisan Fair invites you to celebrate Culture Days on Saturday, September 30 at a Soup Fest honouring Canada’s Sesquicentennial. Market chefs have created delicious soups for your enjoyment, each with a Canadian profile or history. Ingredients will be primarily sourced from the Market and recipes will be posted on the AFM website. Cathy (Catharina’s Café) will be making a Bean and Bacon Soup inspired by a recipe from “Pioneer Village Canadian Settlers Recipe Book”. The Indigenous peoples introduced this soup to early settlers and the simmering smells and taste remind Cathy of the hearty soup her dad used to bring [...]
Last Saturday was another spectacular hot, sunny fall day at the Farmers’ Market. It seems that fall is trying to make up for the deficiencies of this year’s summer. The beautiful day brought out both shoppers and smiles. Let us collectively will this lovely weather to last even longer. This time of year sees the farmers’ tables brimming with produce, all freshly picked and local, except for the fruit which they bring in from the Niagara region. We still have an abundance of corn, alongside cabbage, cauliflower in its many colours, broccoli, beets, potatoes, field tomatoes and so much more. We also have strawberries and now fall raspberries as well as many varieties of apples, pears, some plums and grapes. This is also the time to get your Thanksgiving orders [...]
It is September already! Summer is now a memory and fall is upon us. Temps are cooling and we have apples and pumpkins at the market! Anyone that has been out shopping, Hallowe'en is in full bloom and some Christmas items are available! At The Aurora Farmers Market, we are also on that fall rollercoaster! Our last outdoor market date is rapidly approaching! October 28th is the last outdoor market for the 2017 season! We do have three indoor market dates to tell you about. Some of your favourite outdoor vendors will be there and some new ones. November 11; November 25; December 9. There will be no indoor markets from January to May. Come out and enjoy the drier, warmer confines of the Aurora Armoury Building! See you there! [...]
Despite a very chilly start to the day, this past Saturday turned into a sunny and beautiful day for both the Farmers’ Market and Aurora’s second Multicultural Festival. From 11 am both groups shared Town Park and that worked very well. The variety of multicultural performances brought many families to the park and to the Armoury to sample ethnic food and that meant that the Market was busier than it might have been otherwise. Our vendors were happy to co-operate with the Town of Aurora on this special day. This season Sport Aurora and Activate Aurora has had a booth at the Market. Since much has been written about the group lately, I am going to introduce you to their Executive Director, Laurie Mueller, who is expected to be the [...]
We have been so lucky to have enjoyed beautiful, sunny days and mild temperatures for the last two Saturday markets. Two weeks ago everyone who attended was treated to tasty barbecued local corn cooked by a few of our Town Councillors, John Abel and his wife, Tracy, and Harold Kim. They were assisted by a great friend of the market, Diane Buchanan. For the first time a dunk tank added to the fun and both Councillors were great sports in allowing themselves to be dunked for charity. All together, we raised about $360 for the Aurora Food Pantry. Thank you all. This past Saturday began as a cool morning but gradually warmed and became a truly beautiful day. The increasing warmth brought out the customers and it became very busy [...]
If the sudden downpour could have held off for another 30 minutes or so, it would have been a perfect day at the Market on Saturday. We had a cool but sunny start and the day warmed from there, and the shoppers increased as the weather warmed. There are still lots of strawberries available as well as apricots and a few different types of plums. I saw some cantaloupes at 19th Avenue Farm. There was corn as far as the eye can see and some farmers had more than one type of corn. Although we usually favour the bicolour corn, we’re giving the super sweet yellow variety a taste this time. The availability of all this ripe corn is perfectly timed for next weekend’s annual Community Corn Roast. The next [...]
Once again the Farmers’ Market and Artisan Fair was treated to a beautiful sunny and warm day on Saturday. There was a steady stream of customers, although many people are away on trips or at cottages. I’m told by a few of our vendors that some families stop by the market early on Saturday morning to pick up supplies on their way to the cottage—what a great idea! Each week now seems to bring newly ripened produce. We even have some delicious albeit expensive wild blueberries. I’m trying to think of creative ways to use them in cooking beyond the traditional pancakes or in desserts. Blueberries actually work well with meat too. If I do develop a really interesting recipe, I’ll share it in a future column. The next vendor [...]
We were extremely fortunate to have a lovely sunny and warm day at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday, given all the rainy days we have experienced this summer. We also had an embarrassment of riches with two buskers performing on the same day, due to a scheduling error. It wasn’t our busiest day, but business was steady. Walking around the market, I saw some new produce now available: Wild Blueberries at 19th Avenue Farm along with small yellow plums, raspberries at Oakridges Finest, raspberries and corn at Willowtree Farm and our cherries at Coopers Farm. There were beautiful peas and beans at several of the farmers’ tables This is the time of the season is when so much of what we grow in Southern Ontario begins to appear at Farmers’ [...]
MARKET MUSINGS What an absolutely wonderful Canada Day we had at the Farmers’ Market last Saturday. What you may not realize it that it was an historic day for us. That’s because, since the return of the parade to Aurora, we have always participated in the parade as Canada Day has not fallen on a Saturday, until now. So it was a new experience for us to have a farmers’ market on Canada Day and we didn’t know what to expect. Would people come after the parade or would they drift off to activities elsewhere? Well, people came in droves after the parade and we were extremely busy amid a sea of red shirts. The sun was shining, everyone was smiling, until some of us began to run short of [...]
YES! THE AURORA FARMERS MARKET AND ARTISAN FAIR IS OPEN JULY 1st! Get a fresh, healthy start to your Canada Day 150 celebrations at the Aurora Farmers Market this Saturday starting at 8am. Nothing is more Canadian than fresh Ontario strawberries, sweet peas, broccoli, maple syrup, fudge, scones and of course pea meal bacon sandwiches. Our Artisans have an assortment of wonderful gift and personal items for that special someone. All of which can be found at your Market. Don't forget to wear red and white to show your Canadian pride.
As many of you have noticed, Jan’s Country Pantry has not been at the market regularly this season. That is due to very low energy I’m experiencing because of very low iron. The iron pills aren’t getting the job done, so I will be having some iron infusions in early July and should be much improved after that. Thank you to those of you who have called to inquire about my well being. I hope to be at the market again very soon. The next new vendor I’d like to introduce is Cindy of Omtoria. Cindy was born in Etobicoke and spent her summers and school holidays playing in the forest and lake systems of the Ottawa Valley. Her love of nature and everything natural can be traced to those [...]
Considering the cool and damp weather we have experienced this spring, we were delighted to have a warm, sunny day on Saturday for the Farmers’ Market. We were quite busy as shoppers came to buy their produce, meat and baked items, as well as heirloom vegetable plants and flowers. Once their shopping is completed, most Market patrons make a decision as to which of our vendors will be making their breakfast or lunch. It can be a difficult decision because the aromas are so enticing. If you haven’t yet tried the new Dutch pancakes, I urge you to wait no longer as they are delicious and very different from Pascal’s fabulous crepes—we are lucky to have so many tasty options! The next new vendor I’d like to introduce you to [...]