Celebrate Sauerkraut at the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market

Did you know that Sauerkraut translated means ‘sour cabbage’?

It’s made up of finely shredded, pickled cabbage that’s been fermented with various lactic acid bacteria. Sauerkraut has a distinctive flavour and a long shelf life.

Fully cured sauerkraut keeps for several months in an airtight container when stored at or below 15 °C (60 °F). Neither refrigeration nor pasteurization is required, although these treatments prolong storage life.

According to Wikipedia, German sauerkraut is often flavoured with juniper berries. Korea has offered the world their own version of fermented food called Kimchi. It’s their national dish, and it’s made with other vegetables and a variety of seasonings.

Sauerkraut appeared in China as far back as 2,000 years ago. The Romans mention preserving cabbages and turnips with salt. It’s believed to have been introduced to Europe in its present form 1,000 years later after Genghis Khan plundered China.

This week at the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market, we pay tribute to this age old tradition of fermenting the harvest.

Join us on Friday, September 14th at our Haliburton location as we engage in making sauerkraut, and we share the knowledge and engage with our visitors on how to do this, too! And, if you’d like to learn more amazing facts about this fermented food, please visit our “Weekly Events” page where we’ve added a plethora of information.
We look forward to seeing you on Friday!

Kitchen Garden International
Wild Fermentation
German Food Guide
Make Your Own Sauerkraut

We’re Having a Corn Roast!

There’s nothing better than locally grown Ontario corn, brought from the field straight to the corn cooker! This Friday, August 30th, you’re invited to the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. for an old-fashioned corn roast.
This roast is not only a fundraiser for our market, but a great opportunity to check out the fresh local produce from all of our wonderful local farmers and vendors, as the sun sets on the summer, and the harvest gets into full swing.
We’ll also be offering live music this week too, as we welcome Fiddlers, Beth and Norris Johns who will entertain visitors at the market with their lively Celtic tunes and engaging sounds.

This is the last week the Haliburton Farmers Market will be in our Carnarvon location this season. Next week, September 7th, don’t forget we’ll be located in the Town of Haliburton at Rotary Beach Park, from 2pm – 6 pm. We hope to see you there!

To learn more about Corn, don’t forget to visit our ‘Weekly Events’ page!

It’s Corn Season at the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market!

Corn is a vegetable and each kernel of corn is a seed. Kernels grow on cobs in cylindrical rows. There are a lot of seeds in each ear too as typically, each ear of sweet corn holds 800 kernels, situated in approximately 15 rows.

Sweet corn was the result of a gene mutation in field corn. This mutation occurred in the 1800s when sugar was prevented from entering the kernel and being converted into starch.

When shopping for corn, etiquette should be observed! One faux pas is pulling back husks if you don’t intend to buy the ear. Look instead for signs of freshness – A light pale green stem with silks & ends just beginning to turn brown. Etiquette aside, the husk protects the kernels, keeping them fresh and moist as corn starts losing sweetness as soon as it’s picked.

So, come out to the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market this Friday, August 24th as we celebrate this vegetable that has been cultivated for a millennia. Visit our ‘Weekly Events’ page for more insight into corn, and some fantastic recipes, too!

To learn more about corn, especially about its rich history, please visit these links:
Native American History of Corn
All about maize
The First People’s Corn
Three Sisters Garden
How and Why to Avoid GMO Corn