Calling all vegetable gardeners in #MyHaliburtonHighlands! We’re having a contest!

Calling all vegetable gardeners!

Bok Choi odd veggie contest HCFM 2014 - Karen SloanWe’re having an ‘Oddest Looking Vegetable Contest’ at the market! Bring your oddest/funniest/silliest looking vegetables to the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market tent, (at either market location), on or before July 29th.

Judging will take place at the Head Lake market location in the Village of Haliburton on Tuesday, July 29th

Prizes to be announced soon!  (Fresh vegetables only please!)

 

The Haliburton County Farmers’ Market is seeking local & regional agricultural vendors!

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An FYI from the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market to interested farmers and growers.

We are currently and actively seeking agricultural vendors near the  Haliburton Highlands for both of our market locations!

Agricultural products consist of items such as fruits & vegetables, minimally processed meats, maple syrup, etc.

Interested parties should contact the market manager, Gailon Valleau at: –  Tel: 705-306-0523

Email: incredibleHCFMA@gmail.com (or) Snail Mail:  Box 846, Minden ON, K0M 2K0

Our vendor applications can be found at this LINK  –  Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

 

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

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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.

An ‘incrEdible’ Haliburton County Farmers’ Market update for 2014!

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Spring is just just around the corner and the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market  will be upon us before we know it!

With this in mind, we’d like to share an information update for the 2014 ‘incrEdible’ market season.

A.G.M. & Vendors’ Meeting

Both the A.G.M. & Vendors’ meeting will be held on:  Thurs. May 1st,  7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The location is in the Great Hall of Fleming College,  298 College Drive, Haliburton Village. (Click HERE for map)

Market Dates and Times

  • Haliburton Village market –  This year the market in Head Lake Park will open earlier:  Tuesday, May 20th,  and it will run until Tuesday, October 7th, 2014  – The hours are from  12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Carnarvon marketLocated beside Rhubarb Restaurant (formerly ‘That Place in Carnarvon’), the dates are from Friday, June 20 to Friday, October 10th – The hours are from: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

2014 Vendor Applications

  • To download the 2014 vendor applications, please visit: HERE
  • Completed applications and payment is due on Friday, May 2, 2014.

Please feel free to email us at: incrediblehcfma@gmail.com with any questions, or by telephone at:  705-868-4236

Join us on Facebook & Twitter for updates and information, too!

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(Please share this post with anyone who may be interested!) We look forward to seeing you soon.

Thank you!

Apples and Cranberries at the market, oh my!

Cranberry photoJoin us at the market in Carnarvon tomorrow, Friday, October 4th, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., and the Village of Haliburton, Tues. Oct. 8th, 12 p.m – 4 p.m., where we’ll have fresh cranberries, as well as 3 different kinds of apples, (see below), available for sale while supplies last!

The apples were freshly picked today at Homestead Orchards. You can’t get much fresher than that! The Cranberries are fresh from Johnstons’s Cranberry Marsh.

We also welcome Janine Papadopoulos who will be in Carnarvon tomorrow, and in the Village of Haliburton on Tuesday, October 8th, sharing her great ideas and recipes for using cranberries! Come on out, learn a few new techniques and have some fun!

Jona Gold Apples at Orchalaw Farms in Brampton, Ontario Jonamac Late September Crisp and firm; great for fresh eating, pies, sauce.  A Jonathan/McIntosh cross .
Cortland Apples  at Orchalaw Farms in Brampton, Ontario Cortland Mid to Late September Fresh eating, salads, cooking, great early pie apple, doesn’t brown when cut, low acid, stores in fridge till Christmas. Tart to sweet.
Empire Apples at Orchalaw Farms in Brampton, Ontario Empire Late September or Early October Fresh eating, jelly, sauces, and salads. Stores about one month in the fridge. Somewhat tart.

Haliburton County Seed Library Will Benefit New and Experienced Gardeners

Haliburton in Transition (HINT) and Harvest Haliburton have partnered with the Haliburton County Public Library to bring a seed lending library to the residents of Haliburton County. At the seed library, patrons can check out seeds for free. They then grow the fruits and vegetables, harvest the new seeds, and “return” some of those seeds so the library can lend them out to others.

seed library pic 2 “There’s an avid and growing community of growers in the county and the logical next step for those people is to learn to save seeds and pool their knowledge for the benefit of all growers in the county. We want to develop a seed stock suited to our soils and climate and we want to be certain we’ll have an inventory of seeds suited to our scale of growing,” says Langdon. Proprietary hybrids and genetically modified seed tailored to industrial agriculture dominate the industry to the detriment of heirloom seeds. For centuries people saved their own seed and we’ve got to learn the simple rules of how it’s done and do it again,” says Langdon.

“We were intrigued by this project – the free service and the community collaboration aspects fall within our purview, says Sue Robinson, staff member responsible for community partnerships at the HCPL. She adds, “A quick internet search revealed a number of seed libraries in Canada and the U.S. After speaking with our counterparts at the Grimsby Public Library who run a successful project there, we needed no more convincing to come on board.”

seed library pic 1There’s an educational component to the project as well. Three workshops are planned for July and August. The first workshop on Thurs. July 25th at 6 pm will discuss how to save the ‘easy’ seeds such as herb and flower seeds that are ripening now. The 2nd workshop on Monday, Aug. 12 at 6pm will discuss the three ways to save tomato seeds. The 3rd workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 6pm will consider how to save ‘difficult’ seeds such as squash and cucumber. Community strategies of growing and sharing the harvest to maintain the purity of seed will also be discussed at this advanced workshop. All events will take place at the Haliburton Branch of the Haliburton County Public Library.

Experienced seed savers in the county are encouraged to contact the organizers and offer their help in developing a community of learners and seed savers. Anyone with seeds to donate is also encouraged to drop them off at the library. Anje Hilker has already donated some seed including the locally famous Citron Melon seeds that were grown decades ago in Stanhope. They were found in an old tin in a farm building.

For more information, contact:

Sue Robinson, Community Partnerships & Administration, Haliburton County Public Library

Phone: 705 457 2241; Email: srobinson@haliburtonlibrary.ca

Carolyn Langdon, Haliburton in Transition (HINT)

Phone: 705 286-3966; Email: windfallfoodforest@gmail.com

2013 Haliburton County Farmers’ Market Vendor Application

The Haliburton County Farmers’ Market is seeking vendors and new products/services that fit in the market’s model.

We’re seeking vendors who provide local fruits and vegetables, meat, as well as produce from home gardeners too!

The market is a one-stop shopping experience offering quality local & regional foods, other agricultural products, as well work from a few local Haliburton artisans offering one-of-a-kind items.

Haliburton County Farmers' Market Vendors – Market Vendor Application

Market Rules & Regulations

Interested in becoming a vendor at the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market? Please review the Market Rules, then download and submit a Vendor Application from links provided.

Completed and signed vendor applications are due by March 15th, 2013

Please mail to: Elaine Repath, Market Manager, 2344 Duck Lake Rd., Minden, ON K0M 2K0

Questions?! Please contact:

Angel Taylor: 705-286-4877  ~(or)~ Elaine Repath, Market Manager: 705.457.0991

Email: incredibleHCFMA [at] gmail [dot] com