Market offers healthy eating options

Press Release

The producers at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market here are pleased to offer the district’s best selection of healthy local alternatives for your dinner plate.
Are you knowledgeable of the nutritional foods available in your community? Start by familiarizing yourself this Saturday at the market.
The best way to start your day is with a healthy breakfast. Choose local products, like Gerbers’ free-run eggs and Nighswanders’ homemade bread, to be confident in your wholesome breakfast.
Free-run eggs provide the customer the comfort of knowing the chicken is raised well (free-run chickens are allowed to roam freely rather than be confined to a small cage).
Nighswanders’ Home Baking is a favourite booth at the market. Add some whole wheat or seven-grain toast topped with homemade preserves from Melissa’s kitchen to your breakfast.
There is a large selection of jams and jellies featuring the many flavours of berries and fruits from Rainy River District.
Or perhaps you prefer honey on your toast! The market’s honey products are from Seven Bends Honey Farm north of Stratton and Eberley’s near Barwick.
“Raw” honey, or unpasteurized honey, contains enzymes which help with digestion (when honey is pasteurized, many of the natural beneficial enzymes are destroyed).
It also is claimed that eating honey from your local area provides some allergy protection. Pollen particles from local plants are transferred through the honey and help build allergy immunity.
Locally-raised beef and elk also can be found at the market.
Cornell Farms, for instance, provides a selection of lean grass-fed beef, which is high in omega-3 and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)—two components reputed to have significant health benefits.
Rainy River Elk Company’s meat products, meanwhile, are a lean and flavourful alternative to your traditional protein choices.
Elk loin is low in cholesterol and has less fat than skinless chicken breast!
Another benefit of farmed elk meat is that it does not have the “gamey” taste associated with wild meat.
While you shop Saturday, sit your children down at the Usborne book display to read and plan summer projects.
There is a grand selection of award-winning educational books for purchase from new vendor Kirsty Sinclair.
Looking to the future, the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market is contemplating hosting a “Garage Sale Saturday” on June 9.
We would appreciate feedback from interested individuals.
Participation cost is $10, with the market taking care of the advertising.
Contact us via e-mail at if you are interested.
The market, located on McIrvine Road just north of Canadian Tire, is open Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
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We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!