Carol Zarudenec Smith for local2 sault ste. marie
September 16th, 2012 at 10:09pm | Last Updated at 10:11pm
The Farmers Market in Desbarats is an experience for one and all to enjoy. When I attended on Saturday, the place was buzzing with people looking forward to getting the freshest fruits and vegetables possible. These are provided by the Mennonite farmers who live in the district.
As I approached the outdoor market, a couple of white alpacas were in a fenced enclosure from Meadowview Alpaca Farm. They have the most adorable faces. Under the timber pavilion, the owners were selling their wares, wool and such items as knitted scarves and hats to keep you toasty warm.
Mennonites from the community were also busy selling their beans, carrots, corn, cucumbers, garlic, cauliflower, potatoes, green and red peppers, broccoli, garlic, small and large tomatoes, onions, lettuce, zucchini, gourds and melons. They also do well vending their homemade breads, preserves, seasonings and baked goods along with apple juice, peanut butter, jams and honey. Want to save on your electricity bill? They make large wooden drying racks that hold so many clothes, they are definitely worth the meagre price they ask for them. Beautiful homemade blankets covered another table.
Need any garden signs? A woman was selling them for your rows of favourite vegetables. I saw signs for squash, broccoli, cabbage and corn just to mention a few. From the looks of the number in her collection, I’m sure she had one for every known vegetable. She also had a display of adorable plaques that read, Garden of Weedin’ or A beautiful garden is a work of heart. In one basket she had cedar sachets and in another cloth wallets. She displayed a lovely variety of items, something for everyone.
Another vendor was selling maple syrup and baked goods. I couldn’t resist stopping to purchase some of her chocolate fudge.
Inside the arena was a young man selling beef from Penokean Hills Farms. Behind him was a freezer to supply you with your needs. How convenient is that to get your choice of individual cuts of what you want right then and there? Of course, there were more baked items to purchase. Seeing butter tarts I just couldn’t pass up buying a few. She also had a variety of delicious looking pies, cookies, breads and jams. A gentleman was also manning a table with his wife’s goods for sale. There were pies, butter tarts and muffins to make your mouth water.
Before long all these wonderful fresh farm items will no longer be available. I advise you to stock up while the Farmers Market continues, I believe until the end of September, so you can enjoy these tasty vegetables all winter long.