You Gotta Make Your Own

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Hello Market Friends:

You can’t go to the movies, you can’t hang around in your favourite café, and all the museums and galleries are closed. What is there to do in this town? If you lived in the country, you wouldn’t have all these options at the best of times! My brother and his wife live on the farm where I grew up, and one of their favourite pastimes is watching CTV. The C stands for Chicken in this case; they sit out back enjoying the activities of their flock of free-range heritage breed chickens. Sometimes you have to find ways to make your own fun! 

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Recently one of my most enjoyable activities has been corresponding with a new market penpal. As is the case with many other loyal market-goers, I have known Maia Waern by face but not by name for years. (Fortunately Nicole is always happy to help me out!) Turns out Maia is a songwriter, photographer and bird watcher who was delighted to grant permission to share a couple of her videos with you. 

 

The first one is called Early This Morning, and it is about backyard birds, surely one of the sweetest forms of at home in the city entertainment. Test your knowledge by watching the video first without sound and naming as many bird species as you can. Then see how well you did by watching it again with the sound on. Take the challenge; it’s fun!

Magic Oven

$10

Ontario tomatoes, sumac, cumin, za'atar - savoury juice for summer cocktails on the patio - 1l jar

Kawartha Broom Co

Piglet Door Hanger

Made with thick black harness leather, brass plated bells, riveted ring and red bow.

The Connection series explores the magic of the world we can't see beneath our feet and in the air. So much of our planet relies on things we don't see and truly understand. All of farming is about keeping the soil healthy so it can support the trees, grasses, shrubs, forbes, in turn the animal that rely on those plants for sustenance, and so on up the food chain. Without the microscopic life in that soil, nothing else can survive. We need to respect the unseen beneath our feet. Unique greeting card of Jennifer's farm inspired artwork on plantable wildflower seed paper. An ideal way to send your feeling and give the gift of plants as well. Each card is 4"x5" and comes with it's own recycled, unbleached kraft paper envelope. Plantable paper is a biodegradable eco-paper made with post-consumer and post-industrial paper waste that is embedded with seeds. (No trees harmed for this paper!) When the paper is planted in a pot of soil, the seeds grow and the paper composts away.

Bees Universe

Pollen Honey

Raw Wildflower Honey Mixed with Ground Bee Pollen

Just like our amazing gelato, but made with kefir! All the benefits of kefir in a frozen format. Made with real fruit, sweetened with organic cane sugar. It's light, delicious, and makes an amazing snack!

Certified Organic, Dark Grade syrup is the Goldilocks for the Maple grading system, niether too sweet nor too strong it strikes a beautiful balance of flavour. A crowd favourite.

Spade and Spoon

Morning Glory Jam

NAMED AFTER THE FAMOUS BREAKFAST MUFFIN, THIS JAM TURNS ANY SLICE OF TOAST INTO A GOURMET GLORY! ALSO WONDERFUL IN A PLAIN YOGURT WITH GRANOLA. INGREDIENTS: ONTARIO CARROTS, ONTARIO PEARS, PINEAPPLE, ORGANIC CANE SUGAR, FRUIT PECTIN, LEMON JUICE, CINNAMON, NUTMEG, CLOVES.

Forbes Wild Foods

Chaga, powdered 150g

Chaga Mushroom is known for both it's range of heath benefits and it's deep, earthy flavor. Usually prepared as a tea or drink it's supporters are many and varied. Carefully gathered and dried, this product will last for years in the cupboard, waiting for use.

All Sorts Acres Farm

Wild Caught Pickerel

Pickerel is one of the most sought after and prized freshwater fish in North America. It is esteemed for its light succulent flavour with a fine, flaked texture.Provided to us by one of Spring Hills Trout partner fisheries. It comes from a wild fishery that is internationally recognized as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council, which means it’s good for the environment and safe to eat.225-350 g on average

Forbes Wild Foods

Elderflower Syrup 245ml

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.

$12.50

Organic Granola Bar with Dark Chocolate 70% cocoa. 6 pieces pack

Urban Harvest

Witch Hazel Hydrosol

60ml Face Toner for all ages. Great for problem and mature skin types

The Great Canadian Outdoor Broom with calming colours is made with a strong 1 1/8 inch blue hardwood handle and blue and turquoise twine. This is a tough broom for sweeping outside and around the home. This broom includes premium gold colour broomcorn. After being used outside, store this broom inside away from the elements, hang or flip the broom to protect the bristles.

Spade and Spoon

Low Sugar Strawberry Jam

Fresh strawberries really come through in this classic low sugar jam. Excelllent on sourdough (with cream cheese or buttered) or try it on your yogart and granola.

Set the mood! The sweet, subtle aroma of beeswax candles will fill your space with warmth and comfort. 100% Pure Beeswax.

Forbes Wild Foods

Chaga, chunk 227g

Chaga Mushroom is known for both it's range of heath benefits and it's deep, earthy flavor. Usually prepared as a tea or drink it's supporters are many and varied. Carefully gathered and dried, this product will last for years in the cupboard, waiting for use.

Pure 100% beeswax. Researches show that burning beeswax produces negative ions which neutralize odors and purifies the air.

 was pretty happy with my results, but I didn’t know there were Chimney Swifts in Toronto! Here is what Maia told me:

 

“I learned about Chimney Swifts when a developer had to stop plans to tear down the church at the north/east corner of St Clair West and Wychwood because there are Chimney Swifts, which are listed as Threatened under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act, living in the chimney! And at around the same time, my neighbour, whose multiple types of bird feeders are greatly responsible for many of the migrators’ names in my Early This Morning song, casually and kindly corrected me during a lovely sidewalk-to-porch chat, saying that the chattering birds that I called Swallows (in more than one song, I might add) were actually Chimney Swifts. Mind beautifully blown…and lyrics rewritten!”

 

If you are itching for a getaway, Maia’s second video will take you out of town without leaving your chair. 

 

Spending a little time browsing round our website is quite entertaining too, if we do say so ourselves!

 

We have Nith Valley Organics’ outstanding winter veg again this week. Their double-sized bags of greens were snatched up mighty quickly, so you might have to console yourself with one of their Chicken Pies, which are reputed to be amazing.

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One more thing I learned from Maia is that Nathan Klassen, principal farmer at Nith Valley, has an amazing singing voice! She says “his harmonies are hand-on-heart beautiful.” I wonder if we could persuade Nathan to list singing telegrams along with turnips?

I’m sure by now you all know that Plan B is the place to go for Fresh Organic Imports like bananas, limes, and avocados, but I hope they haven’t been pigeonholed in your mind. Maybe give their Plan B Farm Kitchen items a try like their Salsa Verde, Kimchi, or Hot Pink Hot Sauce.

We have a lovely supply of Dry Sour Cherries from GreenFlorin right now. Described by Sarah Brodbar-Nemzer as “sour patch kids for adults!” LaPapampa continues to have four dollars off of four packs of dried mangos if you are looking for healthy snacks! 

Alchemy Pickle Company

Fire Tonic – Apple Cider Vinegar

250 ml This traditional remedy has been used to fortify the immune system against colds & flu. Enjoy straight as a shot or dilute with water. Contains: Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar

Nith Valley Organics

Arugula, 200g

Certified Organic

$13.99

This fertilizer is a combination of black rock phosphate (phosphorus), marl (calcium), and carbonitite (broad spectrum minerals). These nutrients are released slowly, providing long term fertility when combined with composting and rotation planting. Directions: Apply once per year. Mix into garden beds 15 ml (1Tbs.) per square 30 cm (1 square foot) or sprinkle lightly over the lawn in early spring.

Bees Universe

Royal Jelly

Highly nutritious and with potential antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Can be taken orally or applied directly to skin. Requires Refrigeration.

Unique greeting card of Jennifer's farm inspired artwork on plantable wildflower seed paper. An ideal way to send your feeling and give the gift of plants as well.Each card is 4"x5" and comes with it's own recycled, unbleached kraft paper envelope. Plantable paper is a biodegradable eco-paper made with post-consumer and post-industrial paper waste that is embedded with seeds. (No trees harmed for this paper!) When the paper is planted in a pot of soil, the seeds grow and the paper composts away.

A savoury Zucchini Relish with a dash of horseradish. A go-to for BBQ season! Try it on your burgers, sandwiches, cheese and crackers, or toss some in your potato salad

Contains 100% Pure Beeswax.

We have a lovely supply of Dry Sour Cherries from GreenFlorin right now, described by Sarah Brodbar-Nemzer as “sour patch kids for adults!” LaPapampa continues to have $4 off of four packs of dried mangoes if you are looking for healthy snacks!
 

I’m looking at all the variety from All Sorts Acres as I write: PickerelKefirSheep Milk SoapChicken Noodle SoupLamb ChopsFelting KitsPecorino CheeseDryer Balls… Their page looks like a mini farmers’ market inside of our market! Everything Jennifer and Tim bring us is superb and I must assume you will find something on their page that piques your interest! 

Congratulations to James and Jessica on the arrival of Jackson James Harley, born on January 11th. Could this be the first of a third generation of Harley farmers?

Now the birds are calling… 

Until next time,

Anne and the Market Crew