News from the Farmers’ Market!

I can't believe it's already May! The weather has been wonderful and I can't wait to munch on all the fresh produce that's in season this month. A few of my favourites are asparagus and radishes, and I can't wait to have some rhubarb-strawberry pie. Mmm-Mmm. We also have some exciting news about the Farmers' Market! Access to local food is so important, especially now. Read below for an update, information on this week's virtual cooking class, and, as always, a list of our vendors whose product you still have access to. Enjoy the beautiful weather!

News from the Farmers' Market!

We are excited to share that our first Outdoor Farmers’ Market this year will be on Saturday, May 16th!

It is important, especially now, that we support our local farmers and producers and we are proud to be a link between them and our local community.

The Farmers’ Market will have to operate differently than usual, as the safety of our farmers, producers, customers, and staff is our priority. With approval from the Middlesex-London Health Unit, we will be implementing the following precautionary measures.

– For the time being, the Outdoor Farmers’ Market will not operate as a social gathering and we will have no seating and tables, no entertainment, and no activities or special events. We will be a grocery operation only and ask that you only attend to purchase your essential goods from your local producers.
– We will be limiting your entrance to the market square to Talbot Street where Security will be posted and screening customers, asking them to please sanitize their hands, be respectful of social distancing recommendations, and follow the Outdoor Farmers’ Market’s new safety rules. We will be monitoring the number of people present in the market square, as well as guiding their path towards a safe exit.
– We recommend the use of contactless methods of payment and encourage pre-orders and pick-up at the market whenever possible.
– At this time, the Outdoor Farmers’ Market will only be open on Saturdays from 9-1.

The past weeks have been difficult, but it has made us appreciate our wonderful local community even more than usual! Thank you for supporting your local producers as they continue to amaze us and find creative ways to connect you to their products! We are stronger together.

Thank you, and stay safe!

Bob Usher, CEO/General Manager
Patricia de Wit, Farmers’ Market Manager

Virtual Cooking Class

This weekend, we will be trying something different and won’t be hosting a Live Facebook Cooking Class. Instead, we will be posting a video of the class for you on Saturday! Chef Ankita Vaidya will be joining us again and we will post the recipe on the website for you as soon as it is available!

Thanks so much to everyone who has joined us for our past videos – your support is much appreciated!

CG Farmers' Market Vendors Who are "Open for Business"

Here is a list of our farmers’ market vendors who have created alternative measures for you to access their products.

It is very important at this time, as always, to support local. Please read this post on the best ways to do so!

If you don’t see your favourite vendor’s information here, head to their social media accounts and reach out directly!

Morsels: Lorraine sells a variety of delicious savoury baked goods. Please contact her through email or phone to place an order. You are welcome to pick up or ask for delivery! // 519-642-2391

Helm Baked: Helm Baked brings you home-baked goods that are always delicious and sometimes gluten free and are doing door-step deliveries! You can reach them through email and follow their social media page for new order menus.

Lynch Maple Farms: The Lynch Family has plenty of Maple Syrup on hand at their Farm! Please call them first to make pick-up arrangements. 519-471-7310

Blanbrook Bison Farm: The farm is open by appointment. Contact them in advance to place your bison meat order and pay by e-transfer when possible.

Pillitteri Estates Winery: Terry still has access to VQA wine, so contact her with any requests!

Dave’s Beef & Lamb: Contact Dave to place an order or arrange a pick-up or delivery of your beef and lamb products! 519-666-0626 //

Harvest Moon Trade Co.: They have set up an online ordering system for you to access their wonderful jams, jellies and preserves! Access the link here. They are offering delivery to London and Elgin County every Friday!

Greystead Gardens: Dave and Dominga grow fresh produce on their farm and have set up an online ordering platform! If you are uncomfortable using this site or experience any glitches, contact them through email or phone. 519-872-6096 // 

Sungold Market Garden: The farm is offering weekly seasonal produce boxes for delivery to London! Unfortunately, they have sold out for May, but stay tuned to their Instagram as they develop an online shop on their website.

The Whole Grain Hearth: Their online ordering system is live! Check it out here to get your hands on amazing sourdough bread, among many other delicious things!

The Hot Sauce Co.: Their online store is live! Head to their website for all your hot sauce needs!

The Welsh Baker: Looking for welsh cakes and more delicious baked goods? Visit their website to place your order. They are free local delivery to St. Thomas and London.

FAM Sauces & Catering: If you need FAM sauces, reach out to them via Instagram or email to place your order! They are coordinating pick ups and local deliveries on Saturdays and Sundays.

Thames River Melons: The farm is offering weekly no-contact market box delivered to your door filled with a selection of fresh produce from their farm and neighbouring farms! Read more and order your box from their website!

Orchard Hill Farm: Their online store is coming in May so you can access a wide variety of fresh produce! Stay tuned.