‘Home for the holidays’ is taking on a different meaning as I write this. Many of us have seen our plans to visit or host family and friends fall apart over the last few days.
We are happy that our online market can help you stay out of shopping malls and supermarkets, and we’re glad to have such a solid online system in place. We will be taking extra precautions to ensure that pickups and deliveries are very safe while we get through this wave.
Plan to buy extra market food this week, because it’s our last market of 2021. We will be closed on December 30th, and the shop will open again on New Year’s Day to kick off the start of the year with orders for Thursday January 6th, 2022!
Our farmers in particular are more than ready for a rest. The hours they put in, no matter what the weather or the season, could not be tallied. Our gratitude goes out to the people who feed us! YOU ARE OUR ROCK STARS!
We are also tremendously thankful for the many transformations of ingredients which our vendors make, turning grain into bread, cabbage into sauerkraut, pulses into tasty curries, fruit into jam, and so much more.
Carole from MotherDough is a fine example of this talent for transformation! She is back this week with lots of fresh-milled fours and delicious baking.
Forbes Wild Foods
Elderflower Syrup is made from the blue black elder (Sambucus nigra) that grows across much of Canada. Elderflower can be used in baking, by adding to a cake mix, or drizzled on ice cream, custard, or yogurt. A tablespoon added to fruit salad gives it an unforgettable bouquet, and will elevate fruit that is slightly under ripe. It is also delicious on crepes or waffles.
It’s Audrey’s last week until spring bringing us the many products of The Greenhouse Eatery. I have to say that she deserves a prize for adapting to change with amazing results! Her first plan was to cook on the spot using her farm’s ingredients. When that didn’t suit the situation, she shifted her focus to high quality fresh vegetables and many specialties including salad dressings and all things garlic, and had a great season by reinventing herself with lovely decorative items, too. We are looking forward to the ideas she will hatch in 2022!
Andreas Buschbeck will be bringing down a load of Marvellous Edibles’ food and Windswept Cider’s drink this week, to give his neighbour Jens a break from driving. The Buschbecks will take a break after this week to get ready for lambing, and return when the time is right.
We will have Ayse and Jens’ veggies for the first two markets of the new year, and then they will also pause for a well-deserved catchup. I don’t say ‘rest’ because I am sure they will do more in their time off than most of us do when we are ‘on’.
Have no fear that we will be short of produce, though! We have plans in place for Nith Valley Organics, the farm of Nathan and Aleta Klassen, to alternate weeks with Aldergrove for a while.
There are still a hundred and one excellent choices for hearty winter eating and generous holiday giving on the site! Have a good look! (add whatever you like!)
From all of us at the market to all of you, warm wishes for a healthy, restful holiday and a Very Happy New Year!
Anne & the Crew