Canada Rocks at 151 Years! The friendly vendors at the Codrington Farmers’ Market are rockin’ it too on Canada Day. The growing season has been excellent, and you’ll be impressed with the fresh beets, kohlrabi, lettuce choices, spinach, broccoli, peas and more. Strawberries are at their peak and sell out fast.
Here’s a bonus – especially with the promise of temperatures in the 30’s. The Bakery (Warkworth) is scooping Kawartha Ice Cream at the market! Quesadillas will be featured again too.
Annie is joining us with 8 varieties of wood-fired bread, including Honey Rye made from our honey vendor, Honey for You. There is a great selection of sausage and frozen meat, along with snacks, all kinds of baked goods, tinctures and balms, soaps, maple syrup, well – you get the idea.
Melanie’s flowers are blooming wonderful and wanting to go home with you. The History Guy, Dan Buchanan, will have his new book there - 38 HOURS TO MONTREAL. He’d love to chat with you.
Toast Canada at the end of the Day with a glass of Empire Cider.
Randy Stewart will be providing live music; the Library is open; there are lots of picnic tables. Please join us – 10:00 until 2:00.
Liana Palmer about what is happening at the Codrington Farmers' Market on Sunday:
Oooh, did you say Glovers are bringing new potatoes to the Codrington Farmers’ Market on Sunday? They’ll be a great accompaniment to any of the sausage varieties, the choices of frozen meat, the expanding assortment of fresh produce, and Derick’s wonderful mushrooms. Dessert is covered too: The Bakery will feature babkas, galettes, cinnamon buns, and almond croissants. And, you can’t go wrong with Michael’s freshly picked strawberries. Put a bouquet of Melanie’s flowers on the table, and pour some Empire Cider. How easy is that!
An added enticement this week is Annie’s wood-fired bread. She has a new variety – Buttermilk Rye – along with other favourites: Cinnamon Raisin, Chipotle Green Olive, Cranberry Walnut, and more!
Amanda still has gorgeous plants, along with hummus and granola bars. There are lots of other snacks too. Pour a free coffee, find a picnic table, and enjoy the music of Bruce Croxford, with a guest appearance by the Joyfull Noise Choir.
Wait, there’s more! It’s the last Sunday of the month, so the Artisan Marketplace happens inside the hall. No admission charge, and a wonderful selection of hand-made crafts. And, the big red Fire Truck is joining us. Bring the kids and get pictures of them driving the truck, sort of. As always, the Library branch is open inside the hall. Friends of the Library will be selling raffle tickets outside for the little red wagon full of prizes. Proceeds will help furnish the renovated Library.
Draw date is July 1.
We’d love to see you. Sunday, 10-2 in Codrington.
Liana Palmer about what is happening on Sunday at the Codrington Farmers' Market:
Let’s celebrate Father’s Day at the Codrington Farmers’ Market on Sunday – 10 ‘til 2. Take him to the Century Game Park stall where they will be offering samples of bison and elk, and visit Cranbrook Maple Syrup, The Bakery, Empire Cider – or why not just give him a bunch of five-dollar bills and let him loose!
Take time to meet and welcome our newest vendor, Anne, with Pomarium Renaissance. She will have samples of her delicious, nutritious crabapple juice.
Also this week, representatives from Northumberland County will be doing surveys. Here is what they want you to know: Northumberland County is working on a branding project and is looking for your feedback about what makes our community unique! Stop by their table and share your thoughts by taking the two-minute survey. You could win one of five Bluetooth speakers!
Members of Friends of Brighton Public Library will be selling raffle tickets for their wagonload of goodies – with a value of at least $300. Money raised will be going toward furnishings for the renovated Library.
The Market is bursting with colour and aromas. Live music will get your toes tapping and heart singing. We are thrilled to have the Busker Brothers entertaining this week. Relax at a picnic table with a snack and free coffee. Dad will thank you for making him feel so special.
Weekly post by Liana Palmer:
This is Local Food Week! Let’s celebrate it.
There’s a gorgeous weekend coming up, along with the opportunity to visit the Codrington Farmers’ Market (Sundays 10-2). The market gardeners are bringing more and more home-growns every week. Annie is joining us again this Sunday with tasty choices of her wood-fired bread: Pumpkin Seed, Kalamata Olive, Rustic White, Cranberry & Walnut, Tomato & Herbs, and Thor’s Spent Grain (all the foregoing are vegan), plus Caraway & Onion Rye. She sells out quickly, so come early. There are beautiful plants and flowers too, along with baked goods, meats, snacks, soaps, and much more. Don’t forget there is live music, picnic tables, and free coffee. The Library is open as well (inside the hall) during market hours.
Thinking about small farming operations (and Local Food) – whether produce, honey, cider, eggs, maple syrup, etc. – it is amazing that these entrepreneurs are willing to put in so many hours, so much labour, so much heart and soul, for work that probably doesn’t reward with even minimum wage if all the hours are added up. Pensions? Don’t think so! Paid vacation? Such a dream! But these are the folks who spend their dollars in our communities, not in a foreign country where products found in other retail establishments originate. Our producers ensure that family farms and food security thrive. The food they bring to the Market has traveled a very short distance, and was picked within a day or two. They will talk to customers about their products and production methods. Yes, their products may cost a few quarters, or a couple of dollars more than the massed-produced items in the supermarkets, but wouldn’t you rather know where your food came from, and support your local growers? Can you even imagine not having local food producers?
Because these people choose to keep their acreage for food production, our rural areas are not masses of houses crowded onto tiny lots, with the noise and loss of community that follow. Please, please: support local business – whatever and wherever you are buying.
From Janine McClintock:
Attention nature lovers: Nature Conservancy Canada has a short window of opportunity to purchase the Brighton wetlands (you may know it as the St. Mary's Cement property south of Hwy 64.) This habitat is part of the Presqu’ile Bay Marsh Provincially Significant Wetland and the Presqu’ile Bay Important Bird Area.They need to raise $400 000 by July 1, 2018 to purchase it.
While Presqu'ile Park has the largest protected wetland on Lake Ontario, it's not enough! 72% of Ontario's wetlands are gone due to development and local wetland wildlife need more than one "island" of habitat. Coastal wetlands are also important for mitigating flooding and filtering lake water.
Donations may be made by cheque, stock transfer or credit card. Cheques should be made payable to “Nature Conservancy of Canada” and mailed to NCC at 410-245 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P 3J1. Please indicate either in the memo portion of your cheque, or in a note accompanying your donation, that your gift is for “Brighton Wetland”.
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