The Aberfoyle Farmers’ Market is now open for our second season with another great crop of vendors, products and personalities.
For customers, our focus on real farmers selling seasonal produce has proven to be a big hit. Customers enjoy speaking directly with the grower or producer to learn about how their food is produced and where it is processed. This relationship provides direct feedback to the vendors on their products, helping them to respond quickly to the customer’s needs and preferences.
Our farmers benefit from access to a variety of grants and support programs. Several of our farms have received grants to add ‘value added’ processing to their operations. This modest form of economic development will improve the availability of locally produced products and make these farms more viable over the long term. Another valuable opportunity for our farmers was some timely help on the farm this spring. This spring we helped connect our farmers with the youth of Katimavik program which provided each participating farmer 13 days of help on the farm to get ready for another growing season.
Our vendors and volunteers are also getting behind our community. Our first contribution this year was a donation of $2500.00 to the new Community Park Sign in Aberfoyle. This valuable project, headed up by the Optimist Club of Puslinch, will benefit all community organizations in this area and is great example of community cooperation. In early May, our vendors provided prizes and healthy local fare in support of the Kissing Bridge Trailway. This Trailway provides a great opportunity for the residents of Guelph to reconnect with surrounding farmland as they enjoy the country side. On June 16th our vendors will once again contribute to Sunrise Therapeutic Centre’s Gala event. This year the years Galloping Gourmets event will be catered by our very fine vendors, Allison’s Gourmet Catering. Please help us support this event by buying your tickets early. Ticket details are available on our web site at www.afma.ca
As John Tigchelaar of Tigchelaar Orchards says “we are building something special here and it’s all about community”.