Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend at farmers’ market

On Thanksgiving weekend, not only is the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market a great place to find the best foods for your special meal, but look for seasonal decorations and take the opportunity to meet and visit with friends.
The Rainy River District Agri-Food Education group will be joining the crew at the farmers’ market this Saturday (Oct. 8) with information, recipes, and crafts using pumpkins.
If you’ve never made a pumpkin pie from scratch, these ladies can give you instructions on just how easy it really is! They’ll have pie pumpkins, paints, and stencils ready for you to decorate and take home.
The Rainy River District Agri-Food Education group is a branch of Ontario Agri-Food Education—a registered charity with a mission to build awareness and understanding of the importance of an agriculture and food system.
The local group promotes agriculture in classrooms and at local events.
They will remind you that the Ontario agriculture and food industry contributes more than $25 billion to the provincial economy and employs more than 640,000 people.
If you are entertaining this weekend, there are lots of wonderful local foods at the farmers’ market. Locally-smoked hams, freshly-dug potatoes, colourful squash, tender cabbage, crunchy carrots, and home-baked breads and pies are the basics you need to cook up a Thanksgiving feast.
They all are available at the farmers’ market.
There also are fresh apples to make homemade apple sauce and fancy desserts to finish meals with flare, as well as free-range eggs, local sausage, and cinnamon rolls for a tasty company brunch.
Feeling adverturesome? Why not try some seasonal flavour with roasted tenderloin of elk (recipes available). Melt-in-your-mouth perogies and tender new cabbage rolls are savoury additions to your meal.
Colourful squash, gourds, and pumpkins of all sizes are striking when used for seasonal decorating. Use of corn stalks and straw bales will help you fashion outdoor displays.
Beeswax candles will help set the mood on these ever-earlier evenings. And pumpkins used for Thanksgiving decoration now can be easily transformed into jack-o’-lanterns for Hallowe’en.
Hot coffee is always on at the market kitchen. Order their lunch “special” and enjoy the pleasant fall weather.
The winner of last Saturday’s free draw was Phyllis King, who won a T-shirt and painting donated by the Fine Line Art Gallery.
Remember to invite Ontario products home this week!

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