The birds are chirping, the days are getting longer, and our produce growers can see the rhubarb coming back to life. In my cut flower garden at Glenlea Farm, the tulips and daffodils are starting to poke their heads out of the soil. Wayne and Will at Howson’s Pure Maple Syrup and Honey have been busy at work in the maple sugar shack. At Rainbow Terrace Greenhouse and Garden, the greenhouse is toasty warm and baby plants are well on their way to being ready for your home. Calving season has started at Russett Farms. Warmer weather means healthier calves, so the Russetts time all their calving to take place in the spring. Sandra reports they’ve got 16 calves right now and two more on the way soon. At Braelea Acres it’s lambing time! Hope says that most of their lambs are born from February to April. They welcomed 2 more babies yesterday! The days are still chilly, but winter is clearly behind us now.
Spring is a time of new beginnings at the market too. The members of our market management team have been hard at work this winter planning a fantastic market season. We’ve been recruiting and booking musicians, planning special events, and vetting new farm and artisan vendors. We’ve also been working on our advertising strategy for the year which includes this exciting new website! Our Facebook page has been an effective tool for sharing information about upcoming events and happenings at the market, but not all our customers use social media and we wanted a more substantial web presence.
We’ve decided to include this blog component to our website, which will (if you choose to sign up) be delivered to your email inbox regularly, like a newsletter. Here we hope to include information about upcoming events, reports on market happenings, seasonal recipes, opinion pieces, education pieces, and as always, colourful photos to feast your eyes upon! We are so lucky in Campbellford to be well supported by the community – citizens, other businesses, and the municipality. We hope that this website will help us to communicate with our customers and continue to grow and thrive.
Our first Wednesday and Saturday markets for 2018 are Wednesday May 2nd and Saturday May 5th. Please peruse the vendor profiles on our website for details about who will be attending the market this year. And if you haven’t already, we’d love you to sign up for our newsletter so that we can keep you up to date with our goings-on.
Happy spring everyone! We look forward to seeing you at the market soon!