Harvest Market deemed a success

Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

This year’s “Harvest Market” held at Emo Feeds on Saturday, October 10, was deemed a success by organizers. Despite COVID-19 hovering not too far away the Emo Feed Store was a busy place this past weekend. Many people following the COVID-19 protocol to do some shopping in this extremely unique store.
Outside, on the east side of the store was, however, where all the action was taking place. Kim-Jo Bliss’ farm animals were the hit of the celebration for the youngsters of the ‘Harvest Market’ this year. Adults and children alike gathered around the pens to talk to the Bliss family members and to offer their attention to the amazing animals.
Another attraction for the children was the line-dancing workshop offered by Tina Gerber. She spent a few minutes working with the group on some rhythmic exercises before teaching them the various moves which would become part of the dance performance. The adults in attendance showed their appreciation with a warm round of applause.
“This is the kind of activity we wanted to add this year,” stated Sabina Sawatsky organizer of this year’s Market.
Many other attractions helped make the event even more special this year. Simone LeBlanc, from Birch Bark Yarns was in attendance with a fantastic display of information about how wool is skillfully made into yarn
Kim Walters, a teacher at Sturgeon Creek School, spent some time taking some lessons from LeBlanc, on how to operate the spinning wheel. Although a bit tricky, according to Walters, she stuck with it and was soon successfully spinning away.
Gerber’s Mini Market was also a hit with those wanting to purchase some fresh vegetables. Another volunteer was busy making butter, while a group in the same area was selling candy apples. Apples from the Emo Feed Store were also used to press some fresh cider. Many of the visitors also went home with a pumpkin or two from the large display in front of the store.
All in all, it was an extremely special three hour celebration in Emo. Organizers managed to highlight some of the skills and agricultural traditions of our district while entertaining both young and old.
If you missed attending, drop by the Emo Feed Store sometime soon. There you will find all kinds of handcrafted items, unique food products, clothing, toys and much more in the way of special Christmas gifts for your family and friends. With COVID-19 still an issue in the country we are being encouraged to stay home and shop at our local stores. The Emo Feed Store is a place you just don’t want to miss.