By Jerelyn Craden
Monica Wishnousky is excited and for good reason. This is Norland Farmers’ Market’s (NFM) inaugural year and as NFM chairperson of the volunteer committee and a participating vendor, she looks forward to welcoming visitors come rain or shine, every Friday until Oct. 7, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Ward Memorial Park on Highway 35 in Norland.
“The reason we started the NFM is to provide fresh locally grown, prepared and hand-crafted products, plus information about local services that support the community,” Wishnousky said.
NFM offers The Community Table – a free space for local community groups to provide information, demonstrations and fun for visitors.
Julie Ritchie, NFM committee member said, “We have a covered pavilion for community groups. Some past and upcoming guests include: Land Between Garden, Globus Theatre, Minden Pride, Norland Recreation Centre Volunteer Management Committee, and the Go Vaxx Bus.”
Come and meet NFM’s 14 vendors plus two more starting in August.
The Back 40 Inc.: This small family offers homemade and handcrafted spicy pickled eggs, onions, jalapenos, green beans, pickles, garlic and scotch bonnets pickled in three varieties of hot sauces.
Brenda’s Butter Tarts: All of Brenda’s award-winning butter tarts use a tried and tested family recipe.
Red Door Ranch: They raise cattle, pigs, chickens and holiday turkeys and sells their homegrown pork and beef at the market plus holiday turkeys in October.
DIJU FARM: Is an off-grid and bioethically responsible farm offering limited flavours of infused honey, honey butter, honey cream cheese and honey-based chocolate available at certain times of the year.
Kawartha Kreations: Artistian Liana makes trinket dishes to candle holders from polymer clay, including copper to make jewellery. Also, jewellery with sterling silver, gemstones, and sea glass.
Mochi’s Bakery: They sell cookies, cakes, cupcakes and Japanese milk bread made to order.
Pedal to the Metal’s: The local husband-and-wife team makes original and custom signs ranging from two-feet to 48-feet with a CNC (computer numerical control) machine.
Pillitteri Estates Winery: They proudly continue a family tradition of viticulture and winemaking excellence offering a variety of products including a Farmers’ Market exclusive.
Queen Bee Flower Farms: A small, women-led farm offers mixed bouquets, flowers by the stem, seeds, live plants and flower arrangements.
Rainbow Woods: This seller offers naturally produced products such as Ontario Grade A maple syrup, pasture raised custom-cut freezer lamb available in the fall; free-ranging turkey and chicken available for pre-order; and frozen whole birds, available for pre-order.
Ralph’s Classic Barber Shop: Ralph has been cutting hair for 25 years and offers onsite cuts for kids and cuts, shaves and hair tattoos for men.
Somerville Flower Farm: Courtney and Abe’s small cut flower farm offers fresh cut CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) and DIY buckets of blooms.
Sugar Bee Bakery: The bakery makes custom decorated sugar cookies and delicious treats. Custom orders and holiday pre-sales can be arranged.
W Conspiracy Farms: Monica Wishnousky’s farms offer vegetable seedlings, greenhouse vegetables (first couple weeks of the Farmers’ Market), rhubarb, lettuce, radishes, beets and a variety of herbs and spices. Plus, products made from their own production.
For more information and to become a vendor see www.norlandfarmersmarket.ca