Hello, Friends of the Codrington Farmers’ Market:
Opening Day is just around the corner, Sunday (14th) to be exact, and we can’t wait to see you again. You will recognize our vendors from last year, and we’re delighted to welcome a few new ones too. One is so new she can count her life in days: little Harper Helene was born recently to vendor Jessica who is bringing her fabulous baked goods (along with Harper) to the market for the first time. Also joining us this year is Annie with her wonderful wood-fired artisan bread, and Tina, who will be offering fermented products, spelt pitas, and other food-in-hand items. Eric will be coming a bit later as his shoots poke their way out of the cold, wet ground, bask in the sun, and get harvested.
It’s early in the season so there won’t be a lot of “warm weather” offerings just yet, but you can find local hydroponic tomatoes and cucumbers, plus asparagus (if we make it to Sunday without frost), and the very versatile rhubarb. Be sure to try Andrew’s sauerkraut. It is in a class by itself.
There are lots of good ideas for Mom’s gift too: Honey, Maple Syrup, Re-fashioned clothing, Plants, Flowers, Hand-made Soaps and Lotions, Decorative Wooden Craft Items, Teas, Tinctures, and stress-relieving Empire Cider. Along with pies, Faith is bringing donuts this year too (yum). You could barbecue a very nice meal for Mom using Dorland Beef, Potter Bison, or King Pork, plus Sausage from Glover’s and the other meat vendors.
You can also enjoy snacks on site from Kings Food Trailer (sweet potato fries are my favourite), and dance or just enjoy live music. Terry has an excellent line-up of musicians for the season; you won’t want to miss any. We’ll warm you up with free coffee. Pick up free recipes at the coffee table.
New this year are Artisan Markets which will be held the last Sunday of every month during market hours – inside the air-conditioned (or heated if necessary) hall. There is no charge for admission so check out the quality items.
I could go on and on – but your eyes are starting to glaze over - so if you want to talk some more please find me on Sunday at the Market. Hours are 10 until 2.