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It’s only 5 more sleeps until our grand opening on Saturday!
We’re kicking off the season with a Strawberry Social!

There’ll be local seasonal produce, fresh flowers, native plants, baked goods, vegan treats, ice cream and wine from our vendors, plus drinks and food from Bread Bar! And of course strawberries!
And the market runs until 2PM!

Locke Street Farmers’ Market Grand Opening
Saturday June 11th
9AM to 2PM
260 Locke Street South

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We’re delighted to welcome back Luisa of Il Convento this season to the Locke Street Farmers’ Market!

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Luisa Di Marcantonio the founder of the “Il Convento” brand was born in Canada to Italian immigrants from the region of Abruzzo in Italy. Proud of her Italian heritage, Luisa learned to bake and cook from her mama Annunziata and a convent she visited in Italy. Her mama was an inspiration; she cooked everything from scratch including bread, cookies, pastas… Amaretti are a family favourite and a specialty of her mama.

The name “Il Convento” was selected because it embodies real and simple food that was made by the convent and Luisa’s mama. This inspirational “Villa Serena” convent is located in Signa, Italy in the Tuscany region. It was run by Luisa’s great aunt, a nun affectionately known as “Zia Suora”. The meals at the convent were simple, yet spectacular.

PRODUCT LIST:
Cookies
Amaretti – almond, chocolate almond, orange, hazelnut, hazelnut chocolate, coffee flavours
Brutti Ma Buoni – crunchy chewy hazelnut cookie and an almond version
Nocciolini – hazelnut shortbread
Biscotti – Hazelnut chocolate
Biscotti – Hazelnut cinnamon
Hazelnut Brittle
Almond Brittle

Cakes:
– Torta di Mele or Apple Cake – will use local apples and other fruit in season ie pears, peaches, plums…
– Crostata or a window pane cake topped with various jams
– Torta di Gianduia flourless chocolate hazelnut cake

Chocolate:
Salami
Truffles (possibly)
Torrone (possibly)

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We are so pleased to welcome back Ariana and Daniel of The MindFull Kitchen for their second season to the Locke Street Farmers’ Market!

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The MindFull Kitchen is dedicated to providing healthy plant-based, ready to enjoy food. Their delicious products are dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free, and include nut-free options, food that everyone can feel good about eating!

All of The MindFull Kitchen products are artisanal, eco-friendly, and locally made in Hamilton. Owners Ariana and Daniel are mindful of their business practices and environmental impact. They use compostable plastic cups and re-useable mason jars for their packaging.

Their products this season will include:
Granola
Granola bars
Chia parfaits
Rocky Road cookie dough
Brownies
Seasonal fruit lemonade

Check out their website and follow them on facebook and instagram!

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The MindFull Kitchen

Hello market friends!

Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful spring weather!

We are pleased to announce the Locke Street Farmers’ Market’s grand opening is Saturday, June 11th!

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Our farmers are working tirelessly to grow the beautiful bounty for the season! And our food producers are testing and perfecting new recipes! We simply can’t wait for opening day!

You’ll find us every Saturday from 9AM to 1PM in The Locke Street Tire and Automotive parking lot, located at the corner of Locke Street South and Herkimer Street.

We’re thrilled to be back for the new season! Please come out and say hello!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 CollageTawse 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.