Farmers’ market to celebrate Father’s Day

For Father’s Day weekend, there are activities galore at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market on McIrvine Road in Fort Frances.
As always, there will be great gift ideas for fathers—from pies, perogies, preserves, and plants to garden chairs and chocolate.
Why not pick up some bulk maple syrup, locally-made bacon, and some pancake mix to make your dad a special breakfast this Sunday.
Bulk maple syrup will be available this Saturday (June 18) for $5.95 per pound at the Cornell Farms booth. Remember to bring your own container.
Men love their game meat. On Sunday evening (after the pancake breakfast), barbecue some elk steaks or sausage for supper. Your appetizer could be smoked rainbow trout.
Jerky and “Genuine Elk Sticks” are great shelf-stable products to stick in dad’s tackle box or packsack. At the same time, include in the tackle box fishing jigs from “Jimlin’s” in all colours and sizes.
Wonderful wildlife prints are available from Bob’s Shop, which can be framed to suit your needs. Choose from songbirds, wolves, moose, and fish, or get a favourite family photo framed.
Richard Starkey will custom-make a bracelet of magnetic magna beads to help ease dad’s aches and pains. Talk to him about the effectiveness of this natural remedy, and investigate his bracelets and necklaces suitable for women or men.
Two new vendors have spaces booked this Saturday at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market. You may have seen Neil Johnson with his T & M Fruit truck along the Trans-Canada highway.
He’ll be at the market with cherries, nectarines, plums, strawberries, and grapes. This fruit is mouth-watering and always the best in-season available!
Meanwhile, Erin Rencher of “Erin’s Chocolates” will be in Fort Frances from the west end of the district displaying lovely selections of her chocolates especially made for giving to fathers.
Her display was a hit at the recent trade show.
Each spring and fall, the local Ag Awareness committee comes to the farmers’ market hoping to teach all of us a little more about our food and where it comes from.
The topic this spring is “Where on earth does a pizza come from?”
Adults and children alike can discover how ingredients in a pizza are produced. They can identify the ingredients in a pizza and find out how different pizza ingredients are grown or produced.
While children are absorbed in their activities, adults can review some interesting agricultural facts. For instance, how does the price farmers’ receive for their product compare to 20 years ago?
How have their expenses changed? How much have retail prices of farm products changed?
The Ag Awareness committee is a local chapter of the larger Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc., a charitable organization working to increase awareness of the agri-food industry by providing educational programs and resources.
Winner of the free draw last Saturday was Susanne Veillieux, who took home a book and ceramics donated by Grandmother’s Attic.

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