Dads to be in spotlight at farmers’ market

Take your Dad out for a special lunch at Clover Valley Farmers’ Market this Saturday (June 17).
To celebrate Fathers’ Day, Tess Coish of Tess’s Kitchen has planned a fundraising fish fry from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The lunch costs $7.50, and includes deep-fried fish, salads, and baked beans.
The local Easter Seal program will receive $2.50 from each meal sold.
The Easter Seal program has helped Tess’s family deal with travel and treatment costs when special medical services were required for her son. By organizing this luncheon, Tess hopes to raise funds so more families can benefit.
Kiwanis members also will be helping dish out these dinners of Rainy Lake fish.
If your Father’s Day will centre on a meal at home, the local farmers’ market has many delicious gourmet-class meats to barbecue, roast, or specially-prepare as appetizers or entrées, often with recipes to try.
The market features locally-raised beef and elk steaks. Or, with any purchase of meat at the Fairway booth, you get a free hat (another for your father’s collection).
If your Dad is the barbecue boss, he will enjoy a “BBQ Pak” from Dawson Bison Ranch, which includes steaks, patties, and wieners.
Then finish Dad’s special dinner with a homemade pie, a cloud cake, or decorated cupcakes–all carefully prepared by market bakers.
If a meal doesn’t fit into the day’s agenda, Iris Gogosha has gift baskets full of sweet treats decorated in a Father’s Day theme. Elk summer sausage, perfect to take in the boat or packsack, comes with a free Father’s Day card this Saturday.
Seven Bends Honey Farm has “sweetened Northwestern Ontario” for many years but when Rick Neilson isn’t working with his bees, he spends time carving. His whimsical Barn Bark carvings would make a lovely gift for a father who appreciates local artisans.
In this part of the province, many dads are outdoors or sports enthusiasts. At Jimlin’s Fishing Tackle at the farmers’ market, Fred Kozik has announced “all sales will be tax exempt because it is Father’s Day weekend, and children 10 and under get an additional 10 percent off.”
Fred makes and sells jigs and sinkers, as well as distributing a variety of other fishing tackle.
Or look at the southeast corner of the market building for Gerry Martin and his line of custom-made golf clubs and accessories.
Margaret Fontana, hailing from the Ottawa area, has joined the market vendors for the summer months with a beautiful collection of embroidery and quilting. She can provide personalized boat or golf towels for your dad while you wait.
For Dad “the gardener,” a tree–such as a fruit or flowering one–may be the perfect gift. The market continues to have a terrific inventory of plants to wind up the planting season.
To complete his “garden” atmosphere, look for lawn furniture built from local cedar, birdhouses or feeders, pots and planters, along with numerous other yard accessories at the market.
If your dad is a sports enthusiast but prefers the spectator role, see Al McIvor at the north end of the market and his “Home Satellite Systems.” When you buy the first receiver from him, you get the second one for $100 plus an extra month of programming.
Linda Kaczmar correctly answered the question of the week and wins five Market dollars.
The winner of the free draw last Saturday, Karen Jackson, took home baking prepared by Iris Gogosha of “What’s Cooking’ at Gogo’s” and pickles and jelly preserved by Sheri Stamarski.
As always, the market will have a free draw each Saturday so don’t forget to enter!