It was another beautiful day on Locke Street. Here’s what you missed out on if you didn’t make it to the market over the weekend.
Here’s a snap shot of our grand opening that happened over the weekend. It was a wonderful day and we are so thankful to all of our customers for coming out to visit and shop local. Also a very big and heartfelt thanks to our friends at the Bread Bar. Bettina, Jeff, Graham and Katrina, your support and hard work is so appreciated by us and by our customers who got to enjoy your tasty samples.
It was a great kick off to the market season and we hope you’ll all come back every Saturday to support our vendors and the local food movement.
(*Above photo courtesy of Ryan McGreal of Raise the Hammer)
Taste of the Market
Thanks again to Bread Bar for the amazing free samples. We handed out green and white pizza featuring asparagus from ManoRun Organic Farm, pork sliders made from Harrington Lane Farm pork topped with arugula from Backyard Harvest, an assortment of breads paired with lavender butter made with Weir’s Lane culinary lavender and apple butter featuring Country Winds Farm’s apples and for dessert raspberry ice cream made by our own Foundry Ice Cream using raspberries from Jerry’s Berries and topped with a amaretti cookie made by Il Convento.
We are so glad to have the award-winning Tawse Winery joining us again this year at the market. Not only do we love their high quality wines, but we also love that they share our commitment to sustainable and organic growing practices, too.
Introducing Tawse Winery
Tawse is a family-owned estate winery situated on the lower slopes of the Niagara Escarpment. Moray Tawse opened the winery in 2005 and Paul Pender currently resides as the winery’s head wine maker. At Tawse they unite traditional wine-making techniques with state-of-the-art technology to create wines of exceptional elegance, depth and character.
Their fruit is harvested from old-growth, low-yield vines and gently handled using natural gravity flow and geothermic energy. They apply rigorous organic and biodynamic methods to every aspect of their wine production and Ecocert and Demeter seals now appear on all Tawse vintages made from their biodynamic vineyards.
Tawse was named ‘Canadian Winery of the Year’ by Canadian Wine Access Magazine in 2010, 2011 and 2012! This is the first time an Ontario winery has won this distinction three years in a row, with a record setting 9 gold medals and winemaker Paul Pender was named Winemaker of the Year in 2011 at the Ontario Wine Awards.
Come out the market every Saturday to sample wines from Tawse and see (rather, taste) for yourself why they have earned their reputation as one of Canada’s most acclaimed wineries.
In the next installment of our Get to Know Your Vendors series we would like to introduce you to the farmers behind La Primavera Farm.
Juan and Joanne Feddes are the father-daughter team that keep La Primavera Farms growing. Since 1954, there have been three generations cultivating the earth and sharing the harvest. With experience in dairy, poultry and flowers, La Primavera brings a variety of experience and wisdom to their work – and to your table. More recently, Joanne introduced a small herd of Highland Cows, and Juan diversified the flower options to what you will find growing today.
Juan’s years of experience (both local and global) guide La Primavera Farms into new territories while ensuring that the flowers, grain fields, poultry and beef are all tended to using current and innovative ecologically-minded methods.
Our grand opening is THIS Saturday! We will be handing out FREE sample dishes made by Earth to Table: Bread Bar with farm-fresh ingredients from the market.
At Locke Street Farmers’ Market we are so proud of the vendors that make up our market. We offer a truly local experience and you never have to wonder where our food comes from or how it was grown because you are buying directly from the farmers and producers themselves. One of the best things about coming out to the market is being able to meet the people who grow and make your food and to ask questions. Know your farmer, know your food, we say.
It is in this spirit that we would like to personally introduce you to the vendors of our market.
ManoRun Organic Farm is located in Copetown near the intersection of Hwy 52 and Governor’s Road. Copetown is situated on the rural border of Ancaster and Dundas – just a short 5 minute drive from either town. Chris Krucker and Denise Trigatti have been farming organically for over 15 years and offer organic vegetables, beef, eggs, jams and pickles through a “farmer to eater” relationship known as Community Supported Agriculture or CSA. The farm is 25 acres in total and includes vegetables, herbs, some fruit, pasture, grain and hay. Most of the work on the farm is done by hand and so that involves lots of help. Chris and Denise work with local staff, intern volunteers and their 4 children to plant, cultivate, harvest the vegetables and go to farmers markets, manage the livestock and bring in the grain and hay crop.
ManoRun Organic Farm is one of the founding members of the Locke Street Farmers’ Market and you will find them at our market every Saturday throughout the season from 9am to 1pm. Be sure to drop by to say hello and don’t miss out on their farm-fresh asparagus this weekend.
Hello market friends!
We hope you’re enjoying all of this Spring sunshine as much as we are. The farmers of our Locke Street market are busy working day and night prepping and planting the land. We can’t wait to see and taste the bounty that 2015 has to offer. And it won’t be long now!
We are officially counting down to our grand opening on Saturday June 13th. You will once again find us in The Locke Street Tire and Automotive parking lot (at the corner of Locke Street South and Herkimer Street). We can’t wait to be back!
In fact, we’re so excited that we’re launching a contest via social media. All you have to do is “like” us on Facebook and “follow us” on Twitter and you’ll be entered to WIN a Spring Bounty Basket valued at $50 that you can pick up right at the market when you visit us on opening day. Looking forward to seeing you at the market soon and to tweeting and posting farm updates in the meantime.
Only 40 days to go!