Stock up for winter at farmers’ market

There are only three Saturdays left to visit Clover Valley Farmers’ Market and stock up on products you’ll need throughout the winter months.
Bring your own container for your winter supply of honey and maple syrup, both of which will be available in bulk this Saturday (Oct. 15).
Seven Bends Honey Farm will be filling containers with honey for $2.75 per pound while Cornell Farms will be pouring maple syrup for $5.95 per pound.
If you happen to forget your container, see Cheryl Hughes, the market’s Tupperware lady, for a great re-sealable canister or bowl.
Or you might find an antique jar perfect for storing honey at the Grandmother’s Attic booth, where Christina Stoessinger can assist you (everything there is 20 percent off, too!)
Make a list of the items you’ll need for your holiday baking and you’ll find Country Lane Bulk Foods has the assortment of products you’ll need at reasonable prices.
Glazed fruits, raisins, nuts, flour, sugars, and spices will make the loveliest Christmas cakes. Dig out those favourite recipes now before you forget!
Jams, jellies, pickles, and relishes still are in good supply at the farmers’ market but don’t wait much longer to get the best selection. These make great gift basket additions.
Iris Gogosha will be sampling her freshly-made salsa at the market this Saturday, too.
Talk to the bakers about storing their baking, or receiving winter orders. Order cabbage rolls and perogies now for holiday meals and avoid the rush later.
Beef packs can be ordered for the winter months from Cornell Farms. They’ve always got a variety of frozen sausages—tasty for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
And their ground beef is lean for healthy eating.
Meanwhile, the Rainy River Elk Company has elk jerky and snack sticks perfect for hunting packsacks, lunch kits, or Christmas stockings.
If you are starting your Christmas shopping, stop and visit the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce booth this Saturday and pick up one of the perpetual calendars produced to celebrate the centennial of Scott Street.
They are a practical gift to drop in the mail to former Fort Frances residents.
And, this Saturday, Julie Patterson will have a selection of candles—great for seasonal decorating. She’ll have many scents to choose from.
As the market season draws closer to an end, inventory reduction sales appear so stock does not have to store over the colder months. Look for reduced prices on framed prints, mitts, antiques, and collectibles.
There also is a great selection of pumpkins available at the farmers’ market. Large ones great for Jack-o’-lanterns, pie pumpkins perfect for baking, and mini-pumpkins just right for decorating.
The fabulous fall weather has had the gardens growing and growing, so many vegetables still are piled high.
The last market day is Saturday, Oct. 29 when we host “Pumpkin Day.” One of the events that day is a decorated pumpkin “auction.”
This is your chance to get a great decorated pumpkin and support the Riverside Foundation for Health Care at the same time!
Creative, local individuals decorate pumpkins. So if you have an imaginative idea for decorating a pumpkin, please participate in this fun and worthwhile fundraiser.
Contact Deb Cornell (486-3409) and she’ll see that you get a pumpkin.

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