Goodbye October, Hello Holly Jolly!

It's November now, and we all know what that season is here! It's so fun seeing Santa's helpers working away on Santa's House on the Rotary Square! Stop by the Market to see all of the improvements done on the house; it's coming together just in time for our Holly Jolly Market.
With all this holiday talk, it's probably a good time to highlight some of our vendor's exciting new advent calendars! The Tea Haus has a tea-themed advent calendar, The Chocolate Factory carries a chocolate advent calendar, and Magpie's Collected Creations has a crystal-themed advent calendar! With so many options to choose from, you'll be sure to find the perfect calendar for your loved ones.
We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who came out to our Annual Pumpkin Patch event this past Sunday. With an amazing turnout and lots of costumes & laughs, it's safe to say this was a Halloween to remember! And who doesn't love the sound of hundreds of kids running through a bouncy castle, dancing and drinking apple cider?
We've got some exciting new talent joining us at the Market next week! Head upstairs to the Mezzanine on Saturday, November 12th, for the Stevie’s Sliders Trombone Ensemble. And if you've been enjoying The London Arts Live Lunchtime Bistro, come by the Market on Wednesday & Sunday during November for more live music from local talent! Local performers will be in our upstairs Mezzanine from 11:30am-1:30pm on Wednesdays and 12:00-2:00pm on Sundays.


This is the list, folks! See who you can find at the Farmers’ Market this Saturday, November 5th! 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!


Come visit the 519Pursuit booth and bring your brand-new socks to donate. The 5th Annual 519Pledge For Socks has returned and volunteers will be present each Saturday at the outdoor Farmers’ Market to collect your donations of brand-new socks until November 12th. We will also have a dropbox located on the main floor on the market at centre court!


You can also consider participating in the 519Pledge For Socks by raising a donation of 519 pairs that will support the overall goal of 100,000 pairs of socks. In the past 4 years the 519Pledge has resulted in a donation of 183,000 pairs of socks supporting 519pursuits community outreach efforts along with 50 other services, shelters and community groups from London-Toronto. 519Pursuit will also have some merch for sale which proceeds will keep their outreach vehicle fueled. Come join the conversation. Look for the tent with the big lantern.


Marque Smith performing on the Rotary Square from 8:30am to 10:30am.

Marque Smith was born and raise in Toronto, Ontario.  He studied classical piano at The Royal Conservatory of Music and jazz piano at Humber College. He has also performed at events honouring such world leaders as Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.


Marque is also a very experienced choral musician who has been a member of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, The Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, The Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus and The Karen Schuessler Singers. He is very active in the musical theatre scene and has been involved in countless shows.


Marque moved to London, Ontario in 2007. He was the recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Governor General for dedicated service to his peers, his community and to Canada.


Marque is the Music Director at Grace United Church, Sarnia.


Mike Trudgen will be performing on the Rotary Square from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Michael Trudgen is an award winning instrumental guitarist for Forest City London Music Award “Fan Favourite 2021”, and 98.1FM’s Made in London April 2017 for his band With A Fox.  He has played stages and festivals from Windsor to Ottawa, and his instrumental music is a fusion of Jazz, Rock, Folk, and a touch Country


This Saturday, join us in the market kitchen for our cooking class hosted by Kimi Abdullah. Kimi will be demonstrating how to make easy, delicious tomato sauces.

Saturday Cooking Class Schedule


Saturday, November 5

  • Kimi Abdullah | Easy Tomato Sauces

Saturday, November 12

  • Himadri Vyas | Indian Breakfast: Upma w/ Coconut Chutney & Masala Chai

Saturday, November 19

    • Melanie Amadasun | Creamy Tomato Parmesan Soup

Saturday, November 26

  • Kimi Abdullah | Small Bites, Big Flavour; Indonesian Veg Fritters, Roasted Cheese, Dates w/ Prasciutto

Doors open at 10:40am, class starts at 11am. No registration is required. First come, first served. 


A side note:

If you are able to, we are asking attendees to bring a donation for the London Food Bank or new socks for the 519Pledge for Socks. It would be greatly appreciated!


Sunday Cooking Class Schedule

Sunday, November 6

  • Kimi Abdullah | Party Desserts

Sunday, November 13

  • Himadri Vyas | Chickpea Coconut Stew with Greens

Sunday, November 20

    • Polina Shadman | Saffron Chicken with Barberry Rice

Sunday, November 27

  • Melanie Amadasun | Chocolate Chip Cookies + Hot Chocolate


Door open at 11:40am. No Registration is required. First come, first served. 


A side note:

If you are able to, we are asking attendees to bring a donation for the London Food Bank or new socks for the 519Pledge for Socks. It would be greatly appreciated!


This Sunday, join us in the market kitchen for our cooking class hosted by Kimi Abdullah. Kimi will be demonstrating how to make some yummy party desserts!


Join us this Saturday for the Sokoni Fall Market!

The SOKONI Monthly Market is a celebration of local Black-owned entrepreneurship. Sokoni is a Swahili word, which means “in the market”, “to the market”, “at the market”.

Discover the flavours, fabrics, and artistry of Black entrepreneurs in London, Ontario. A unique shopping experience for all age groups and cultures — explore, mingle and shop!

Hosted by NCCEEP (Nigerian Canadians for Cultural, Educational and Economic Progress)

Attending vendors:
Seventh Gemstones
Kimi Beulah
Don Conejo Designs
Vybekingz Entertainment
Zee Store
Adelaide Collision
Smiley Comforts
Crafted Crown
Achy’s hair and accessories
Sugar Plum Scrubs
Eight Candles Co
Amsa Yaro Studio
AfroChic Community Couture


Come grab your 2023 Market calendar! Calendars are FREE and full of delicious recipes, courtesy of Growing Chefs! 

Let us know what recipes you try this year! I’m looking forward to the kitchen sink carrot cake and raspberry brie pizza.

Hope to see some familiar faces around the Market this weekend!

-Mary Shanahan