Lots of local produce at farmers’ market

Fresh produce will be piled high on vendor tables at this Clover Valley Farmers’ Market. New potatoes, beans, carrots, beets, lettuces, and onions will be picked this Friday for the trip to the market early Saturday morning.
The highlight at the market last Saturday was the scores of pails of freshly-picked wild blueberries. Rains this spring and summer have resulted in fabulous blueberry harvests and, fortunately, some avid pickers have had extra to sell at the market!
Nothing matches their fresh flavour, except, of course, a wild blueberry pie (you usually can find one of those at the Nighswander Baking booth).
Treat out-of-town guests to a meal made from Rainy River District products. It’s easy to plan a summer lunch or dinner with farmers’ market products.
Start with a salad tossed with local lettuces, green onions, and greenhouse tomatoes. The second course could be beef or beef/wild rice patties on a market bun or a barbecued sausage.
There are several great sausage flavours to choose from at the market.
How about a side dish of perogies or cabbage rolls? Cornell Farm cold cuts could be served with Gerber’s free-range eggs, devilled, and New Bothwell cheddar.
Or try some flavoured Thunder Oak gouda cheese with fresh fruit from the fruit truck.
Choosing a dessert at the market could be a problem—there are too many choices! Fresh fruit pies and cream pies, cookies, cakes, and chocolate turtles.
Mmmmm. There’s something for every palate.
If you haven’t impressed your guests yet, send them on their way with a local foods breakfast!
Again, fresh eggs from Gerbers would fit the menu, tasty smoked bacon from Cornell Farms, home-baked bread (three market vendors are carrying a wide variety of breads), and a local jam or jelly—perhaps red currant or raspberry?
Rainy River District is well-known for its honey and honey is at the market, too, fresh from the hive.
If you need some kitchen assistance, recipe cards featuring Ontario produce, printed by Foodland Ontario, are available free of charge at the farmers’ market table and from vendors.
Enjoy the summer harvest and support your local producers. Think globally and eat locally!

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