Every Saturday, from May-October, local farmer’s and makers gather in the parking lot of the Almonte Public Library to sell their fresh produce, locally raised meats, fresh baking, pottery, woodwork, preserves, maple syrup and much more! The first market was held, in its current location, in 1990. It is open from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. rain or shine.
This year vendors include:
Little Mississippi Juice Company: Local business owner Clare Carty offers cold-pressed juices that are super tasty and also packed with vitamins and nutrients. Clare normally operates out of Carriageway Studios, just off of Mill Street in Almonte. You are free to stop by the studio during her business hours to pick up frozen products as well as pre-order fresh juices. She will also be at the Farmer’s Market every Saturday. You really must try my favourite “Sweet Beet Juice” Pick-up some delicious juice this weekend!
Back Forty Artisan Cheese: Coming all the way from the Hamlet of Mississippi Station, they are a small farm and sheep dairy. All of their raw sheep milk is used to create unpasteurized cheeses. They focus on animal welfare, quality home grown feed and pasture as well as land stewardship. Their high-quality milk is carefully refined into the most delicious cheese!
Grassroots Furniture Company: Clayton based woodworking company Grassroots Furniture focuses mainly on beautiful serving boards and cutting boards. He is also available to handle larger custom commission work. The wood he uses is locally harvested from his bush lot property. He then mills and seasons the lumber himself. Visit him every second Saturday at the Farmer’s Market.
Laine Herbals: If you’re a fan of aromatherapy and essential oils, this is a vendor you won’t want to miss! She describes her inspiration as coming from her “deep love and respect for plants and her experience working with energetic healing modalities”. All of her products are organic, fair trade and locally grown.
Earth’s Mirth: A more traditional Farmer’s Market vendor, Earth’s Mirth have both perennial flower and vegetable gardens in the Village of Lanark. In the spring they offer a large selection of heirloom vegetable, herbs and annual flowers. In the summer months, you’ll enjoy their salad greens, herbs, vegetables and berries. All fresh and locally grown! These are just a few of the amazing local businesses that will have products available at the weekly Farmer’s Market. You can even stop by on Saturday morning with your dull knives in hand – they have a sharpening company every week!. Whatever you decide, be ready to enjoy some wonderful local treats. Just steps from the downtown shopping area, this is the perfect way to begin any summer weekend.