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Almonte Farmers Market Blog

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 DECEMBER 13, 2014

Almonte & District Community Centre on 182 Bridge Street 

 in the heart of Almonte

WHERE SHOPPING IS FUN FROM- 9:00am to 3:00pm


The Farmers’ Market continues to proudly boast of its range of locally produced foods, handmade crafts from around the county and regularly scheduled special events for the family. Our growers look forward to this Christmas  Market, where they offer produce in season, and naturally raised meats, with a variety of baked goods,  crafts and ready-to-eat treats in a sociable atmosphere. Bring your family, meet your friends, get to know the vendors, enjoy the local musicians near  Amanda’s Cafe. Treat yourself to one of the tasty lunch menu items Over 25 vendors


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In addition to Back Forty Artisan Cheese and Harwood Estate Vineyards, mentioned in the previous post, we are excited to have these fantastic vendors join us as well.


Rock ‘n Horse Farm will have flour and pork products available.


And Waterfall Soap Shop cold process handmade soaps will be available. Each soap is handmade in small batches for quality control. All soaps are cured a minimum of 4 weeks after being poured, which allows the saponification process to create the best soap for your skin.

Plus you can enjoy some live music for a portion of the day so do come by and say ‘hello’!

In addition to most of our regular market vendors, we have a number of fantastic guest vendors who will be joining us this coming Saturday for our first annual Harvest Market at the Almonte Community Centre (upstairs) from 9 a.m to 3 p.m.


Using traditional old world methods and 100% natural unpasteurized sheep’s milk, Back Forty Artisan Cheese is made by hand in very small batches and then carefully tended to and aged from two to nine months. In our petite fromagerie we produce four delectable cheeses: Flower Station, Madawaska, Bonnechere and our award winning Highland Blue. If you love cheese you are going to love Back 40 cheeses.


What pairs nicely with cheese? Wine! Harwood Estate Vineyards is a completely solar-powered winery, located in Prince Edward County, creating unique and memorable wines including; Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, St Laurent, Cabernet Sauvignon, Marquesa (a port-styled wine) and the multi-award winning Just Desserts.

Stay tuned to find out about our other guest vendors!

This is the final Lanark County Taste Tour for 2014 so be sure to come out and enjoy chef Ken Harper of Moose McGuire’s culinary stylings.

Ken is a leading culinary innovator and educator. In addition to providing eclectic menu planning and catering services for upscale personal, government and corporate events, he also teaches specialty cooking classes throughout the Ottawa region.

Ken began cooking professionally in 1995 in Vancouver at the Dubrulle French Culinary School on Granville Island and later apprenticed at Toronto’s Royal York Hotel for 3 years. He is very happy to bring a fresh new level of cooking technique to the Ottawa pub scene and is coming soon to the Almonte scene as they prepare to take over 385 Ottawa Street (JR’s Restaurant).

Chef BrineHave you ever wanted to learn the basics of canning and preserving, or have you envisioned stocking your shelves with colourful homemade jams and pickles?

Come join Executive Chef Emerie Brine at Waterside, 105 McNeely Avenue, Carleton Place on August 21 at 6:30 pm as he demonstrates the ease and simplicity of canning and preserving. You’ll taste luscious samples and take home a Bernardin bag, brochures and recipes. During Chef Brine’s hour and a half demonstration he will complete three recipes and discuss such topics as high and low acid food groups; the relation between pectin, acid and sugar; and the current recommendations on home canning. You will leave with the know-how and confidence to accomplish any DIY preserving project. This workshop will appeal to gardeners wanting to preserve their summer’s efforts; gift givers wishing to make gourmet jams, salsas, or pickles; or anyone wanting to enjoy year round the bounty from summer and fall farmers’ markets.Waterside’s Vivacraft modern kitchen is the perfect venue for a fun and informative cooking demonstration and tasting session.

The cost is $25. Registration and prepayment are required.

Registration sign-up along with fee can dropped off at two locations: Mill Street Books, 52 Mill Street, Almonte or Dandelion Foods, 451 Ottawa Street, Almonte, or call 613 256-1725 to arrange registration and payment. Registration is limited to 25 participants so register early to avoid disappointment.

There are prizes to be won as well.

This workshop is being sponsored by the Ramsay Women’s Institute. Visit for info on workshop and Chef Brine.

Come help us kick off our 24th Season!

There are a number of new and exciting things going on at the market this year! We are pleased to welcome a number of new vendors to the Almonte Farmers Market so be sure to come down and meet them.
Bring your appetites because we are doing food demonstrations! On Saturday Two Organic Ladies from Lanark, Glennis Harwig of Hawkwood Farm and Janet Duncan of Dunbrae Farm, will choose a selection of available market goods and whip up something amazing and delicious right before your eyes. Stay tuned for more information regarding future demonstrations throughout the season.
Along with your appetites, bring your knives! Nick Moore will be offering his blade sharpening skills at the Almonte Farmer’s Market every third Saturday from May to October.
For those lucky enough to have received our flyer in the mail, bring your coupon with you to the market for a chance to win a Market Basket full of market goodies generously donated by all of our vendors. The lucky winner will be contacted through the week and the basket can be picked up the following Saturday after 9:00am!

We look forward to helping you get your summer started!

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JazzNfusion is bringing a mini jazz-fest to Almonte on Saturday June 7th!
The RetroActives Stage Band, under Musical Director Tony Stuart, will perform some familiar tunes at the Almonte Farmers’ Market, on High Street starting at 10:30 am. This concert is FREE (with the band accepting donations)! So bring the family, enjoy some treats at the market stalls and support our up-and-coming young musicians from Notre Dame High School in Carleton Place. Lawn chairs are a good bring-along!

Join neighbours and friends on Sunday, March 30th, to celebrate the coming of spring.

Enjoy buttered pancakes with lashings of local maple syrup, bacon or sausages, beans or blueberries, juice, coffee or tea. Gluten-free option available.

The doors open at 8 a.m. and will stay open until 12 noon! Come and enjoy a $6 or $8 portion!

Union Hall, 1984 Wolf Grove Road at the corner of Tatlock Road, has been serving the community for over 150 years. The hall is supported by local volunteers and the Town of Mississippi Mills. 

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Al Watson Wooden SpatulasIs there someone on your list who likes to spend time in the kitchen? These beautifully crafted wooden utensils make a perfect gift.

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Pat Watson hand knit toque

Warm, fuzzy and colourful hand-knit toques for all the special people on your list!