2014 opening day at the farmers’ market!! Join us today in the Village of Haliburton!

Haliburton Farmers Mkt. Dysart location - K. Sloan

Join us in the Village of Haliburton, at Head Lake Park to celebrate the market’s 2014 season opener!

12 p.m. to 4 p.m. today!!

We’ll have Celtic music to enjoy, loyalty cards at the HCFM booth, (first come first served), and all of your favourite vendors will be there!

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Cranberries at the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market

This week’s Haliburton County Farmers’ Market focuses on the wonderful qualities, characteristics and taste of the mighty cranberry.

The Oxford English Dictionary indicates that the early New England colonists may have coined the word cranberry from the German “kranebere” – literally, “crane berry.” Some say this is because the flower was considered to like a crane, while others think it’s because cranes were seen to feed on the plant.

The first known use of the word “cranberries” in English occurred in a letter written by the missionary John Eliot in 1647. (Source: Cranberry Harvest: A History of Cranberry Growing in Massachusetts. Joseph D. Thomas, ed. New Bedford, Mass.: Spinner Publications, 1990.)

The cranberry is a Native American wetland fruit which grows on trailing vines like a strawberry. The vines thrive on the special combination of soils and water properties found in wetlands. Wetlands are nature’s sponges; they store and purify water and help to maintain the water table. Cranberries grow in beds layered with sand, peat and gravel. These beds are commonly known as bogs or marshes and were originally formed as a result of glacial deposits.

Cranberries, for the most part, are grown through the northern part of the United States. The major production areas are New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Quebec. Other regions grow cranberries as well, to varying extent, and these include Delaware, Maine, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, as well as the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ontario.

To learn more about cranberries, please visit our ‘Weekly Events Guide” and these other very informative links:
Global Gourmet
Cranberries at Wikipedia
– Cranberry Recipes at Canadian Living

Grains – The Staple Crop

The first cereal grains were domesticated about 12,000 years ago by ancient farming communities in the Fertile Crescent region. Emmer wheat, einkorn wheat, and barley were three of the so-called Neolithic founder crops in the development of agriculture.

Cereals are cultivated for the edible components of their grain composed of the endosperm, germ, and bran. Cereal grains are grown in greater quantities and provide more food energy worldwide than any other type of crop, therefore they are considered staple crops.

In their natural whole grain form they are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, oils, and protein. However, when refined by the removal of the bran and germ, the remaining endosperm is mostly carbohydrate and lacks the majority of the other nutrients. In some developing nations, grain in the form of rice, wheat, millet, or maize constitutes a majority of daily sustenance.

Grains have been a pillar of the human diet since the dawn of agriculture some 12,000 years ago. Whole grains are one of the four key essential food groups according to the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine and even the government food guide recommends eating at least 50 % of grain products in their whole form.
Some grains are deficient in the essential amino acid lysine and that is why many vegetarian cultures, in order to get a balanced diet, combine their diet of grains with legumes. Many legumes, on the other hand, are deficient in the essential amino acid methionine, which grains contain. Thus a combination of legumes with grains forms a well-balanced diet for vegetarians.

Maize (corn) A staple food of people in America, Africa, and of livestock worldwide. A large portion of maize crops are grown for purposes other than human consumption.
Rice is the primary cereal of tropical and some temperate regions
Wheat is the primary cereal of temperate regions. It has a worldwide consumption but it is a staple food of North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Barley is grown for malting and livestock on land too poor or too cold for wheat
Sorghum is an important staple food in Asia and Africa and popular worldwide for livestock
Millet is a group of similar but distinct cereals that form an important staple food in Asia and Africa.
Oats are formerly the staple food of Scotland and popular worldwide as a winter breakfast food and livestock feed
Triticale is a hybrid of wheat and rye, grown similarly to rye
Rye is an important crop in cold climates
Buckwheat is a pseudocereal. Its major use is for various pancake and groats
Fonio is grown as a food crop in Africa
Quinoa is a pseudocereal grown in the Andes

Join us on July 6th from 1-5 pm at the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market where our weekly theme is all about “Great Grains”.
Don’t forget to visit our Weekly Events Guide for more information!
Thank you!