Real Christmas Trees and our Tree Traditions

Happy Thursday! We hope everyone's week is going well. Today, we have a few different things for you! We talk a bit about True North Music and their wonderful virtual concert, our Santa's Workshop, Christmas tree traditions, and a quick update on our skating rink! And, of course, we've got our list of vendor's for this weekend's farmers' market! We'll be uploading a few wonderful holiday recipes to the recipe blog this afternoon, so make sure to check those out for some inspiration!

True North Music - 12 Songs of Christmas Virtual Concert

We are so happy to be a supporter of this wonderful initiative! Local musicians from in and around South Western Ontario came together to put on a fantastic virtual concert – the 12 Songs of Christmas!
Starting last night, True North Music will be performing 12 songs over 12 days to bring you some Holiday Cheer! And all they ask of you, is to make a donation to the London Food Bank through them!
This spectacular event of giving will be sure to bring you some Holiday Cheer! Follow True North Music for updates and video links! Each night at 7pm, a new video will be up on their YouTube Channel. Here’s the link for last night’s video, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town!

Santa' Work Shop is Now Here!

Santa’s Workshop is NOW OPEN! From Thursday, December 10 until Thursday, December 24, come see the Christmas sparkle come alive with an enchanting visual display of Santa’s Workshop right here at the Market!

All the Christmas Magic involves:

  • See a “live feed” of Santa and his elves working away making the toys!
  • Bring your letters to Santa and drop them off in our North Pole mailbox and you’ll receive a letter in return.
  • We will have a special “Children’s Christmas Tree” where we ask kids to create a special ornament at home and then bring it with them to the Market to hang on the Christmas tree and take a candy cane!
  • Take fun photos with the family in Santa’s Workshop! We welcome you to come by and use this as a Christmas backdrop for some memorable pictures!

Santa’s Workshop will be located upstairs on our Mezzanine!

Skating Rink Update!

Our skating rink is slowly coming along! Check out this great photo of the finishing touches being applied! We’re expecting warm weather and rain in the next few days, so stay tuned for when the rink will be open!

Let’s talk Christmas Trees!

As I set up my tree this year, I wondered about our Christmas tree traditions. Where did these traditions come from? Does cutting trees every December impact our environment? What’s it like being a Christmas tree farmer?

Whether or not your holiday traditions include a tree, we found some information that you still might find interesting!

While different peoples across the globe have been using various greens for centuries for a host of reasons – as décor, to keep away evil spirits, as symbols, etc. – it is generally said that the first Christmas tree as we now know it was used about 400 years ago in Germany and was introduced to Canada in 1781 in Quebec by a German immigrant, Baron Freiedrich von Riedesel (you can read more about his family’s story here). While Canadian tree traditions have been adopted from many places and customs, they are generally seen in Canada as a symbol of renewed life and a sense of hope.

But what impact do these traditions have on our environment? Is it negative, could it be positive? The Christmas Tree Farmers of Ontario explain that nearly all real Christmas trees are grown as a crop on tree farms. This means that almost no Christmas trees are cut in the wild, and our forests are not being affected by Christmas tree traditions. This claim is supported by Bert Cregg, an expert from Michigan State University in Christmas tree production and forestry. On these farms, trees are usually only harvested after 10 years and to ensure future harvests, for every tree cut down, about 10 need to be planted. This ensures that about 90% of the farm is always full of trees.

Most of us probably know the benefit of trees of any kind growing anywhere. Trees remove CO2 from the air and create oxygen for us to breathe. They also act as natural air pollution filters. About one acre of a tree farm (or any area densely populated by trees) can remove up to 13 tonnes of airborne pollutants EVERY YEAR. How fantastic is our earth?

Tree farms are also havens for a wide variety of mammal and bird species such as sparrows, chickadees, foxes, coyotes, squirrels, grosbeaks, etc.

What about the disposal of those trees? Well, CTFO explains that most municipalities, London included, collect trees and other greenery décor at the end of the holiday season. We also have various locations (the EnviroDepots) where we can drop them off. The trees are, of course, biodegradable, and will break down naturally and return nutrients to the soil.

Whether you choose a real tree or an artificial one, it’s always interesting to know what’s happening behind the scenes! And most importantly, no matter how you celebrate or what you celebrate, I hope that your traditions help you enjoy the season with as much peace and hope that this time of year can bring.

Who Can You Find at the Farmers' Market this Weekend?

This is the list, folks! See who you can find at the Farmers’ Market this Saturday, December 12th – the second last farmers’ market of 2020! Click on their names to find information on pre-orders and to learn more about their farms and businesses!



Baked Goods:


Check out their websites for more information about their products and to see what’s in season/currently available!

Mark’s Fine Meats will have their sliders available Indoors, and we’ll have complimentary tea from Tea Haus available Outdoors at 10am.