by Lorraine Payette, written September 26, 2013
(GANANOQUE, ON) – When we sit down to eat, how many of us truly think about where our food came from? For the most part, we simply consume and assume we have the right to do so without thinking. We may or may not enjoy the meal, we may or may not even notice it as it goes by. Yet every bite has a source, and that source is the farmer.
On September 26, the Farmers’ Market in the Gananoque Town Park tried something a little different. Not only did they conduct business as usual, but they showed their appreciation to those who have shopped with them all season by providing a nourishing meal made from produce from their own farms, kitchens and bakeries. Called a “Harvest Celebration”, it featured a meal of homemade chillies (with or without meat), an array of breads, warm cider and a delicious carrot cake for dessert. Live musical entertainment was provided by Flashback and Mike Bishop.
“This is our way of saying thank you to the community,” said Lisa Flannigan of Bazinga Farm. “Without our loyal supporters, we couldn’t be here throughout the summer.”
The market is always a feast of colour and sights and sounds, flavours and textures, foods and other items ranging from jewellery to treats for our canine friends. Giving thanks to all of us who receive were businesses Bee Happy Honey, Bow Wow Butchers, Roots Down Organic Farm, Barefoot Farm, Ironwood Organic Farm, Gibbons Family Farm, Blossom’s Homemade Goodies, Bazinga Farm and Heart Creations – Follow Your Heart. Whether a solo enterprise, or a work created by an entire family, each was more than happy for all we’ve done for them throughout the season.
There are two more markets before the season closes on October 10. The vendors will be available in Town Park from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays to fill your needs.