Monday, 1 June 2009
A Visit to Collingwood Farmers Market
This Saturday we headed east to the Collingwood Farmers Market. It's a smallish market, set up in the municipal parking lot at Second and Pine Streets. That's just one block west of Hurontario Street (Hwy 24).
It's early in the season, and it was early in the morning when we were there; it was not that busy. There weren't many vegetable vendors yet, but there was a fair bit of organic produce nevertheless.
The Beaver Valley Flower Farm is just outside Meaford. We had a look at what they had - including some lovely heritage tomato starts - and decided to visit the farm to replace our feeble, feeble tomato seedlings which between bad well water, insufficient light and amateurish gardeners just weren't doing well.
We also picked up some fertilizer from The Natural Way. It turns out the Flower Farm uses his stuff too. It seems expensive, but it's concentrated; a little bit will go a long way.
Looking down the other row of the market. Old Collingwood has some beautiful Victorian architecture. (New Collingwood; well, in our house it is refered to as "the blight".)
Twin Creeks Organic Farm - they have booths at a few markets, including Meaford. They're actually located slightly west of Meaford. We're planning to buy some meat from them - they have beef, pork, lamb and poultry, and you can get it in a CSA plan that sounds very interesting.
Meester Farms had rhubarb and asparagus. No surprise we bought asparagus. Here we also got the sad but not surprising news that they won't have local strawberries for at least a month yet. Things are seriously delayed by the cold, cold spring we have been having.
The Honey House is located in Clarksburg, a small but very interesting village at the south end of Thornbury. We've been to their store; in fact we didn't buy any of their honey because we have a big pail of it already at home.
Tutu's Homemade Sweets look delectable, and were beautifully finished and displayed as well.
For a smallish market, Collingwood has quite a few booths that have crafts - including this one with rustic log furniture.
We finished up our visit with a few spicy pepperettes from this booth. Can't resist them!