Monday, 22 July 2013
A Visit to Carp Farmers Market
It's been a while since I've been to a new Farmers Market! We were in the Ottawa area over the weekend, though, and Carp Farmers Market was recommended as a place to visit. We arrived a bit late on Saturday morning (it runs from 8 am to 1 pm) and found it in full swing, in the Carp Fairgrounds on the main street.
There is a long, wide space with booths all around, which made it wide open and accessible, even though this was a very busy, popular market.
As you would expect from such a large market, there was a wide array of products. This was actually the only seller of plants that I saw, but they had a great selection of shrubs and perennials.
I'm always excited to find a producer of oil - there are so few small local oil producers. This is Kricklewood Farm, with cold-pressed sunflower seed oil. We tried a sample and just had to buy a bottle. Delicious! Just the thing for salads or delicate cooking.
There are very few cranberry producers in Ontario as well, but Upper Canada Cranberries supplies the Ottawa area at a number of markets.
Buffalo and elk were available, along with turkey and eggs, from Bearbrook Game Meats Inc. Wait, what? Peacock eggs? Wow!
My mom was very interested in this display; in spite of which neither of us got good information about it. I believe though, that it may be a local spinners and weavers association. There was a good selection of high quality artisan crafts at the market; you cannot just rent a booth, you must be selected through a jury process. Like all the products, it's producers only - the market brochure says they are the largest producer based farmers market in Ontario.
There were quite a few vendors of fresh vegetables. This one is Rainbow Heritage Garden, with a rainbow of fresh crunchy roots and greens.
Once we had finished looking around outside, we went inside. Inside was a long key shaped space, in the building seen in the first photograph. A long narrow shed culminated in an wider octagonal space at the front, although we went in the back. This is full of yet more vendors, many of them meat sellers who need access to electricity. There were also a lot of crafts, baked goods, maple syrup... this was a market with everything!
Some of the aforementioned baked goods, from Kym's Old Fashion Bakery in Arnprior.
This is Pork of Yore, about which I will have more to say later as our other little expedition on this trip was to visit the Pork of Yore farm. Their sign in the back says it all - they are all about the all-natural pork! Pastured Tamworth pork, to be precise.
Let's finish up on a sweet note with a little something from Pat's Sweet Temptations. Pat makes all kind of cakes including West Indian fruitcake. Yummers!