Tuesday, April 22nd, 2020

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We’ve launched a whole new online store..

Talk about mixed blessings folks….

As a result of the overwhelming support we’ve received, we’re took a little extra time to put the finishing touches on a whole new market store. Our new home with Local Food Marketplace is likely to continue operating after the open air market returns.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation over the last few weeks as we got all the logistical stuff sorted out. Please pat yourselves on the back! So many virtual hugs to one and all!

The online store is run by a dedicated team of farmers, supporters, volunteers and community members doing our best to keep the market alive through the COVID-19 shut downs.

Keeping everyone safe and healthy is crucial. We are proud to be keeping the market alive while also taking strict health & safety measures.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2020

KINGSTON, ON: The province of Ontario has ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses today as the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada surpasses 2,000. Over 500 families rely on the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market for a significant portion of their weekly groceries.

CBC: “Premier Doug Ford… said the list of what constitutes essential and non-essential services and stores will be released Tuesday… he insisted residents will be able to buy food and medicine and other essential products”

Farmers markets are not currently listed as an essential service. Farmers markets provide a crucial service to farmers in providing a local distribution channel for their products – even if physical markets are not possible right now.

The Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market has already closed the open-air market and transitioned to an online ordering pick-up and delivery system to continue to deliver our member’s products.

Farmers Markets are essential components of local food systems. The State of New York recently declared farmers markets an essential service (LINK).

If you want to eat fresh local food this season, now is the time to act!

This is a narrow 12-hour window to ensure locally farmed food can continue to flow through this time. Once the list has been released, it will be up to the regional health authorities to interpret it.

What do I say? Some tips:

You may get a live person or need to leave a message. Explain who you are (consumer, farmer) and why it’s important to you that ALL food-based businesses and farms capable of safe delivery or pickup must be explicitly listed as essential services. Talk about the food sources that you, your family, and your community rely on. Feel free to jot down what you want to say in advance if that helps.

Please take a few moments to make a few calls and e-mails as soon as possible:

  1. Your most connected friends and family members
  2. Your MPP:
  3. OMAFRA
  4. Ministry of Health

Thank you for supporting local food and farmers!

www.memorialcentrefarmersmarket.ca

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To our valued Farmers’ Market Customers:

Thank you for your patience! 

The city and the health unit have been doing a great job at helping us continue to offer stable, safe and healthy access to all your favourite local foods through the coming months.

With this continually changing situation, we’ve decided to go straight to an online ordering system. With possibly over 40 participating farms, kitchens, and artisans, it will truly be a major logistical achievement!

Which means for this Sunday only, March 22nd, market has been cancelled to give us the time to get it all ready. Please contact your favourite vendors directly (See the full vendor list on our website) to request pick-up or delivery of any must-have items.

All that said, we know the market is not *just* a place for food – it is a place of community and connection! We will continue to be available to all of you on Sundays to answer your questions, and keep the discussion going.

Please join market staff and volunteers on Sunday mornings on your social media platform of choice, or e-mail us at  memorialmarketchat@gmail.com with any questions or ideas about how market spirit can continue through these interesting times.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to local food and farmers!!

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Submitted by the market community! Pop by often as we add to the list throughout the colder months. Do you have a recipe to share? Submit it to marketing@memorialcentremarket.ca

BRUSSEL SPROUT & FENNEL MAPLE BACON BAKE
2 pints brussel sprouts, halved
1-2 fennel bulbs, separated into leaves
½ cup walnuts, rough chopped
1 med. onion cut into wedges
2 tbsp. maple syrup
2 tbsp. olive oil
3-4 chopped bacon slices or 1 tbsp. bacon fat
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
4-6 garlic cloves, halved
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Mix solids in large bowl. Combine liquid ingredients. Mix together & stir to coat. Spread evenly onto baking sheet. Bake at 400°F for 30mins or so until edges brown. Stir every 10mins. Add 10min cook time for glass baking pan.
SUNFLOWER SPROUT SMOOTHIE
1 banana
1 apple, chopped
½ cup sunflower sprouts
1 cup baby spinach
1 tbsp. hemp seeds or ground flax
1/2 lemon, juiced
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Combine ingredients in blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
KOHLRABI RADISH & HERBS WINTER SALAD
1 bulb kohlrabi, peeled
1-2 harukei turnips, thin sliced
1/2 small red onion, thin sliced
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Dressing:
Juice of half a lime
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. sunflower or olive oil
1 tsp. sugar
2 tbsp. minced fresh herbs
(cilantro, parsley, rosemary, mint or basil)
Salt, to taste.
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Trim off ends & outer skin from kohlrabi. Grate, or cut into matchsticks. Add with onion & turnip into bowl. Prepare dressing and toss everything together. Refrigerate for 15 min. Taste to adjust seasoning, stir in herbs, and serve.
KALEIDOSCOPE WINTER VEGGIE SLAW
3 cups cabbage, shredded
1 apple, chopped
4 medium carrots, grated
2 tbsp. red onion, finely chopped
2 cups greens (arugula, kale, mustard, etc.)
3 tbsp. chopped nuts (almonds, seeds, pecans, etc.)
4 hakurei turnips, chopped
2 oz old cheddar cheese (optional, grated)
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Dressing:
2 tbsp. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. cider vinegar
1 tsp. honey
sea salt & fresh-ground pepper to taste
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Toss all of the ingredients together. Mix dressing and toss through.
CRISPY GARLIC PERFECT POTATO WEDGES
6 large potatoes cut into wedges
¼ cup sunflower seed or olive oil
1 tbsp. minced garlic
3 tsp. salt (or to taste)
1 tsp. paprika
⅔ cup grated parmesan, set aside
2 tbsp. chopped parsley, set aside
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Mix & pour seasoning over potatoes. Toss to coat. Lay wedges skin side down on large baking tray. Sprinkle on half the parm & bake at 390°F for 35 mins. Turn half way. Check with fork to ensure crisp & cooked through. Sprinkle remaining parm & parsley to finish. Also great with sweet potatoes!

Stay tuned – – more recipes are on the way!

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November 10th

  • Music: the Cork Sniffers
  • Art Activity: Paper chains & Flags (10-1)

November 17th

  • Music: Chris Morris
  • Art Activity: Pine Swags & Garland (10-1)

November 24th

  • Music: Not the Office
  • Art Activity: Pine Swags & Garland (10-1)

BARN DECORATION PARTY!

Sunday November 24th – 3:30-5:30pm 

December 1st

  • Music 10-12: Haley Sarfeld & Anthea Feaver
  • Music 12-2: Barb MacDougall
  • Art Activity: DIY Upcycled Gift wrap & Tags

December 8th

  • Music 10-12: Mellow Lily
  • Music 12-2: Celtic Bards
  • Art Activity: DIY Upcycled Gift Wrap & Tags

December 15th

  • Music 10-12: Craig Jones
  • Music 12-2: Andrew Mack
  • Art Activity: Take-home Ornaments & Decor

HOLIDAY EVENING MARKET!

Thursday December 19th – 4-8pm

  • Complimentary cookies & hot apple cider by The Churro Girl, Knifey Spooney, & Halls Apples
  • Music 4-6: TBA
  • Music 12-2: Fiddle Earth
  • Special Activity: Story Nook by KFPL
  • Get warm by the outdoor fire!

December 22nd – – Decoration Giveaway Day!

  • We’re taking down the barn decorations and sharing them with the community! First come, First Served.
  • Music 10-12: TBA
  • Music 12-2: Fiddle Earth
  • Art Activity: Take-home Ornaments & Decor
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Click here to skip the introduction

Zucchini 500 races happen at dozens (if not, hundreds) of farmers’ markets across the continent. One of our board members got wind of the idea in 2014 via Farmers Markets Ontario and set it in motion. 2019 is our sixth year!

Some fun snaps from races over the years – Click to see full size.

We did minimal research before deciding how to make this zany concept our own. We improvised the rules based on what we thought they should be. To this day we (at least I,) have no idea what the Zucchini 500 rules are at other markets….nor how they spell zucchini!

As you may know, Kingston is blessed with a seriously talented hodge-podge of community arts types and dedicated volunteers….

Our friends at Minotaur Games & Gifts thought it was a riot and offered up much of the early sweat and elbow grease. The (sadly no more) Kingston Makerspace agreed that “making stuff with tools” is always an excellent time. We were all very lucky to capture the imagination of Bill Racz at Loyalist Scouting who agreed that their specialized KubKar track was a great fit for the event too, and could prevent the potential disappointment of squash with wayard wheels! Kingston Community Credit Union had an outreach table that first year, and we thought it would be a lark for them to do the “paperwork” at the registration table. With the exception of Kingston Makerspace, those roles remain unchanged!

Those of us who were around the table that first year, came up with this:

  • This is about silly fun and self-expression
  • Must have a building party the day before
  • Must be non-competitive
  • Prize Draws for everyone!
  • Fastest Car wins bragging rights and wears the super-glitzy Zucchini 500 Champion Belt for the remainder of their visit at market.

This is the belt.

We try to add a little something more to it each year.

The race was an instant hit. Everyone loved this unique addition to market. We are in awe each year of the creativity and ingenuity on display.

Over the years, we’ve learned that the exact aerodynamic properties of any given garden zucchini are infinitely varied and therefore unknowable. We are surprised each year by who wins. In 2015, everyone was stunned when the winner was a 3 year old who had made minimal (no) alterations to their vegemobile, save a Playmobil passenger. Folks who try to take this race too seriously, or are “in it to win it” are the most likely to leave disappointed.

Snaps from the 2018 car-making party at Minotaur. Click to see full size.

The Family Survival Kit

Despite (and because of) all the excitement and anticipation that comes with being part of the races, we’ve collected some helpful tips for everyone looking to get the most out of their experience:

  1. Know that it’s happening. We’re doing our best to get the word out and encourage folks to plan to be there rather than stumble across it. Because…
  2. It’s WAY easier to make the car in advance! It reduces the overall amount of time spent at market (especially if your wee’uns can only manage a 20-45min stay) and frees up table space for those who truly stumble across it. Pick up a KubKar kit (or old kubkar) from a (thrift) shop, online, or from market starting July 7th.
  3. Use colourful stuff out of the recycling bin to decorate! Get creative! No need to buy stuff, though we’ll have a great stash of donated supplies to work with at Minotaur & at market.
  4. There will be hot glue guns and sharp things at our maker tables. We have plenty of volunteers available, but we ultimately look to parents and caregivers to help out and assess what they are comfortable with their kids using.
  5. You can always just watch the first year. If you don’t have the time to stay for the whole event, make a point to arrive between 11:00 and 12:00 to admire the artwork and cheer on the racers!
  6. We offer test runs on the track at 10:30am before the races begin. This is the best time to make any last minute adjustments before the races begin in earnest.
  7. The winning heat might run as late as 12:00, which is still a long time to be at market on a hot day… which is another reason to register in advance and make a car at home or at our building party the day before.
  8. Plan to have snacks or eat lunch beforehand. As the races run late morning through lunch time, it’s best to prevent hangry racers by having an early lunch or snacks on hand.
  9. Try to manage your expectations. You never know who is going to win. We take 1 car from each heat into the next round. This means if you happen to share a heat with the winning car, you may be eliminated long before you thought you should be. Be cool, like a cucumber corvette!
  10. Please return the car base. Our die-hard families re-use the same bases each year, but if you aren’t sure from year to year, it’s also easy to return it for someone else to use next year. In turn, we are committed to offering a free event for years to come!

Thank you for reading. Here’s to many more startlingly stunning examples of vegeful vehicular expression!

Register here

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Wear Flowers to Market Day

Sunday May 5th – 9:00am-2:00pm

Market finally moves back outside for the summer season! Visitors are encouraged to celebrate by wearing flowers, flower-print, or anything that makes you feel “springy”. Join local floral artists in the new Art Barn to make flower crowns and garlands. Music by Erin Parker 10am-1pm.

Photo Gallery – RSVP & Share on Facebook

Yoga Class on the Grass

Weekly 10:00-11:00am – Sunday May 12th through October 13th

Join Janati Yoga School at centre of market for a FREE 1-hour yoga class-on-the-grass throughout the summer months. Class is suitable for all levels and abilities. Weather dependent. Follow @memorialmarket on Twitter or Instagram for updates.

Tai Chi on the Grass

Weekly 11:15-12:00pm – Sunday May 19th through October 13th

Join Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi for a FREE 1hr Tai Chi class in the grass every Sunday 11:15-12:15 throughout the summer months. Class is suitable for all levels and abilities. Please dress for the weather. Follow @memorialmarket on Twitter or Instagram for updates.

Kids’ Market

Sunday May 19th – 9:00am-2:00pm

A special market day for the wee ones! Pop by the Art Barn to make believe in a Mini Cardboard Market. Guest vendor Humanitarian Club at École élémentaire publique Madeleine-de-Roybon School will be selling “Pocket Buddies”, their ongoing fundraising project in support of numerous national and international charities. Learn more at the Pocket Buddies project website. Music by Fiddle Earth.

Photo Gallery – RSVP & Share on Facebook

Cycling Week & Bike Parade

Sunday June 2nd – 10:00-2:00pm

Join Frontenac Cycle, Yellow Bike Action and friends to kick-off Ontario Cycling Week! Cycle to market for special freebies and prize draws all day. 10am-1pm Bike Decoration Station at the Art Barn. 10am-1pm Tune-Up Station by Yellow Bike Action. 1pm-2pm Bike Parade (6km via City Park) led by Frontenac Cycle. Music by The Restless Soul Society 10am-1pm.

Local Food Week Celebration

Sunday June 9th – 9:00-2:00pm

Local Food Week takes place in concert with dozens of events at markets across the province. Featuring great family activities like interactive displays, games, and prize draws. Free Cake! Enjoy a slice of maple rhubarb cake prepared by Bread and Butter Bakery, served at 11am! Music by the Kitchen Gypsies 10am-1pm.

Zucchini 500 Races

Sunday July 21st – 9:00-12:30pm

What do you get when you put wheels on a zucchini? A silly Zucchini Car, that’s what! The popular Zucchini 500 race is back and full of silly fun for all ages. Car-making starts at 9am. Races at 11am sharp. Join Minotaur Games & Gifts Saturday July 20th  1-4pm for a Zucchini Car making party at 78 Princess St. All supplies provided free or by donation. Thank you to Loyalist Area Scouts for their help making   this event possible!

Picnic in the Park & Corn Roast

Sunday August 11th – 9:00-2:00pm

This annual BBQ Corn Roast is a celebration of the harvest season! Bring your picnic blankets, baskets and the whole family for games, prize draws, fresh corn-on-the-cob and free watermelon slices for all!

Local Burger Bash

Sunday September 8th – 11:00-2:00pm

Beef, lamb and veggie patties paired with fresh local toppings, buns, sauces, and salad – ALL the ingredients for these special burgers are provided by market vendors. You won’t find any brand-name ketchup at this burger party! Featuring live music & kid’s activities. $10 for your choice of burger, bun & salad. Vegan options available!

Mini-Oktoberfest

Sunday October 6th – 11:00-2:00pm

A truly local, truly mini, Oktoberfest Celebration! Platters featuring sausage, pretzels, mustard, and potato salad provided by participating market vendors. Mini-Beer Garden featuring a beer garden, live music and kids’ activities all day. $10 for your choice of platter & sides. Vegan options available!

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We are giving our vendors a break for the long weekend, so get all your ingredients, treats and fixings for the long weekend on the Thursday night instead!

Featuring a spring-themed barn PACKED with all your favourite local foods fresh produce, meats and alternatives, sauces & preserves, artisan crafts, live music, kid’s activities and more.

MUSIC – A Homegrown Music Festival Preview!
4-5pm Bon Evans
5-6pm Anthea Feaver
6-7pm Nadia Pacey
7-8pm Dympna McConnell

GAMES & PRIZES – For Kids of All Ages!

Scavenger Hunt: Win a Chocolate Bunny & Egg pack from CocoaBistro

Count the Flags: Win a 5-pack of “Animal Snot” from The Sheep Shelf your Natural Neighbour

RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook here.

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For $10 you receive a meat or vegan tasting platter with sausage, pretzel, and selection of toppings and condiments from our market vendors. Grill provided by Friendly Fires Kingston. Cooking & Serving support provided by Black Dog Hospitality Group.

Mini-Beer Garden featuring $5 mini-pints by Mackinnon Brothers Brewing!

Platters will be served from 11:00am until we sell out!

MUSIC:

Chris Giguere 9:00-11:30

Euro Cafe Duo 11:30-2:00

KIDS’ TENT:

Family Activities by Marine Museum of the Great Lakes 


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