First Snow!

Good morning and happy Thursday! We saw our first snow yesterday! Snow may seem scary for plants, but it can actually be less harmful than a hard frost. Of course, it depends on the snow: how much you get, how heavy it is, etc. Frost is often an interchangeable word with freeze. Snow, however, doesn't always come when the temperature is below freezing. We sometimes have light snows that can actually blanket plants and insulate them, protecting them from harsh winter winds. What this week's snow was and did, I haven't heard yet, and besides, every plant reacts differently to different weather conditions. We are often quick to think that winter means a "wasteland" and that nothing could possibly grow, but some plants that we'll continue seeing throughout the next few months are: apples, beets, cabbage, carrots, garlic, leeks, onions, potatoes, squash, turnips, sweet potatoes, and more! And we can't forget about the veg that farmers grow indoors or in creative ways! Remember to ask your farmers what their coming months are looking like and what they are expecting to have at Market. Each answer will be different!

Our Farmers

Speaking of farmers… we have said good-bye (for now!) to three of our farmers: Sungold Market Garden, Entangled Roots and Orchard Hill Farm. Their market seasons have reached an end this year and we are excited to see them back next year! Ellen will be doing some farm-pickups this winter, so make sure to head to her website and place an order, and we’ll be seeing Becky back for a few weeks closer to Christmas with a slightly altered product list!

Applemeadow Organics and Joyce Farms both hope to be at Market this weekend but it will most likely be their last at Market for the year. Some farmers that we’ll see until winter are Greystead Gardens, Janssens Farm Fresh Produce, and Thames River Melons!

So have no fear: the produce will still be here!

Another farmer whose season is changing is Wandering Bee Farm. Dan thinks he will still have flowers at Market this weekend, but it will also probably be the last. Instead of feeling sad about saying good-bye as I’m feeling prone to do, I’m choosing to marvel in our unique climate that brings us an abundance of goods throughout the year and has adapted to the constantly changing conditions so that we always have plenty of food to eat. How wonderful!

Indoor Cooking Classes are Returning!

Something to get excited for is the return of our INDOOR Cooking Classes! Since Thursday Markets are now over and it’s gotten cold, we’ve ended the Outdoor Cooking Classes for the year and found a way to return to doing the classes Indoors. There is NO class this week, but we hope to have our first Indoor Cooking Class next week Saturday at 11AM in the Market Kitchen. Stay tuned for confirmation!

We’ve been working with the Health Unit on this and you can expect a few different things:

  • masks will of course be mandatory for the duration of the class (except for sampling food in a safe manner)
  • proof of vaccination and Covid screening is mandatory as well
  • we will be asking for sign-ups when possible (we’ll provide that link the week prior to each class)
    • space will be limited

Things that are not changing are how wonderful the chefs and food will be, and that the classes will remain free! We can’t wait to see you all back in the kitchen soon!

As we get everything sorted, stay tuned for sign-up links and the announcement of our chefs!

The Holidays are Near

Well, I have to be honest. My spooky candy is gone and my mind’s already thinking about gingerbread and snowflake cookies. Seven more market days of 2021 also means only seven more weekends until Christmas!

With that, means we will start seeing holiday baked goods and décor and gifts at Market soon! For example, November 13th will bring back Joy from Wreaths with Joy, who I’m sure you’re all familiar with! And this Saturday, we’ll have drinking chocolate at Market at Vaka Chocolate, something to warm us all up as the days get cooler.

Not to mention all the delicious holiday baked goods coming SOON!

Saturday Vendor List

This is the list, folks! See who you can find at the Farmers’ Market this Saturday, November 6th from 8am to 1pm! Click on their names to find information on pre-orders and to learn more about their farms and businesses!

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