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Alexander's Fudge

Alexander’s Fudge is a very new vendor at the market.  Filling in a spot that was vacated in late August, Alexander’s Fudge has been a hit during these last few weeks.  Chris Alexander makes his fudge in his production kitchen located in his home in Smithville.  There are 36 unique flavours including some seasonal favourites such as pumpkin which is available now.  Alexander offers between 12 and 16 different varieties at his market booth each week.  Some favourites are always on hand such as chocolate walnut, chocolate chocolate, dark chocolate – do you see a pattern here?  He also offers a special whereby if you buy four pieces (1 pound) you get two pieces (1/2 pound) free!  Alexander began this business just this year.  He has been in retail and the food service sector for over 30 years.   With regard to making fudge, he explains “I saw an opportunity and went with it – everyone loves fudge!” His wife Brenda lends a hand in this family business getting involved in the artistic part of fudge making by adding the swirls to many varieties.  Fudge making has become a full time business for Alexander who hopes to have a store front presence at some point.  He participates in some other markets, festivals and events in the area.

Blossom Bakery

Blossom Bakery is a small wholesale bakery located on our family fruit farm in Jordan Station.  Everything we do is homemade from scratch and we feature local produce whenever possible especially the fruit grown on our farm.  We are most famous for our flatbread pizzas and veggie tarts which feature fresh toppings and gourmet cheeses.  We make other goodies including scones, sitcky buns, cookies, fruit pies and crisps, and fresh fruit salsas.  We are available in farm stands and gourmet shops in the area and are happy to do special orders.  Our website is blossombakery.ca

Cake Queens

Cindy and Amie Mogford are another hard working couple.  The mother and daughter team decided they wanted to go into business for themselves in August 2011.  As they mulled over what kind of business they could do together, the idea of baking cakes came to mind.  With no formal training, the two decided to go into business as the Cake Queens.  In October 2011, they opened their doors right here in Grimsby and are now approaching their third year at their 76 Main Street West location.  Cindy and Aimee have wanted to join the market for the past two years.  A part time position opened up this year when one of the original market vendors decided to come to the market part time.  This gave the team an opportunity to try out the market as a place to introduce their custom and specialty cake line by showcasing some of their 20 varieties of cupcakes, brownies, cake pops, rice crisps, sugar cookies and shortbreads.  “While our main focus is specialty cakes for weddings, birthdays and seasonal events which can be ordered through the store” says daughter Aimee, we like showcasing our many varieties of cupcakes.  

Concord Mountain Farm

Another nice treat any time at all is Concord Mountain Grape juice.  Jane and Don Kouri have been operating Concord Mountain Farm at RR#2 Beamsville for the past 22 years growing juice grapes, apples, plums, pears, and peaches.  In the summer of 2007 it was announced by the bottler of Welch’s grape juice that the St. Catharines plant would be closing and no longer purchasing grapes from local growers.  Much has been published about the health benefits of grape juice as an anti-oxidant.  In anticipation of health conscious seniors, as well as parents not wanting to give sugary drinks to their children, they began to process their own grapes for juice to be sold at the Grimsby Farmers’ Market.  Their pure, pasteurized grape juice contains no added sweetener and has become a popular local product.  In addition to farming, Don is also a Doctor of Education and full time Professor at Mohawk College.     Located along the side of the Niagara escarpment, Don and Jane provide homegrown fruit and tomatoes at the Grimsby Farmers' Market.  Concord Mountain Farm is becoming quite well know for their homegrown grape juice.

de la terre

Cafe and bakery featuring organic artisan breads and pastries made in-house, organic, local and sustainable agricultural produce, light lunches, artisan cheeses and fair trade coffee and tea. Vist their new location at 3451 King Street in Vineland, they can be reached at www.delaterre.ca

Flat Rock Cellars

Flat Rock Cellars of Jordan, was established in 2003.  Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay are often offered at the market.  “The Pinot is our specialty” states Mareike, granddaughter of the owner of Flat Rock Cellars and obviously very knowledgeable about wines.  Flat Rock attends 5 farmers’ markets in total.  When asked about her experience at markets, Mareike says that sales are increasing every week as more people are becoming regular customers.  She also notes that many of the people that she meets at the Grimsby market come to the Flat Rock Cellars retail store between market days.  “Wine has become a popular gift” according to Mareike as well as being enjoyed by a growing number of people. Mareike takes pride in being able to claim that all their grapes are hand-picked, hand-sorted, and hand crushed.  “We take pride in quality, not quantity” states Mareike.

Forty Mile Creek Farm

One of this year’s new faces is Marianna Grzegorczyk from Forty Mile Creek Farm, located right here in Grimsby. Two full acres of the family’s 47 acres escarpment farm are designated to growing heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, exotic vegetables, strawberries and raspberries.  Having moved from Oakville only one year ago, the couple are absolutely loving their agricultural experience.  “I love Grimsby, I love farming, and I love bringing products that I have grown to the market” exclaims Marianna who is very new to both farming and Farmers’ markets.  Marianna, who emigrated from Poland originally is living her “long-time dream to move to the country”.  The couple share in the farm work, Marianna’s husband works full time but offers as much help as possible for the day to day farming routine.  The children have grown up and moved on giving Marianna the opportunity to spend many hours tending her vegetable patch.  The farm is currently producing heirloom tomatoes, pink and yellow tomatoes, sweet black cherry heirloom mini tomatoes, multi-coloured mini tomatoes, beans, purple and white eggplant, cabbage, Swiss chard, beets, radishes, as well as fresh herbs such as celery leaves, parsley and cilantro.  She hopes that next year she can expand the garden to include more fresh herbs and other heirloom varieties of vegetables.  Aside from the vegetable and berry garden, Marianna keeps some Guinea Fowl for predator control (they sound the alarm when predators wander too close), geese and ducks to keep her pond clean and a few chickens to provide her family with fresh eggs.  All of Marianna’s vegetables are grown organically and the farm is in the process of becoming a certified organic farm.  She noted that during the market last week she was approached by a Burlington restaurateur who has now agreed to buy her heirloom tomatoes for use in his restaurant.  Come out and say hello to Marianne, she’d love to share her joy of farming with her new customers, returning customers, and market friends.  

GreenLane Estate Winery

Located in Vineland, GreenLane Estate Winery will be joining the Grimsby Farmers' Market for the first time this season on alternating weeks.

Grillis Cheese

The Cheeseman, the team of Melanie and John Grills, of Hamilton, got involved in selling local and international cheeses two years ago.  John, who has always had a love for good food and a practiced chef for several years, turns some of his culinary skills into the creation of cheese cake blossoms, brulee, lasagna and cheesy buns.  The Grills stock many cheeses sourced locally from creameries including  Salerno, Upper Canada Cheese, Woodstock and Empire Cheese of Campbellford.  Too numerous to list, his selection of these local cheeses include cheddars, Havarti, flavoured and spiced cheeses, brie, marble, sixteen different varieties of cheese curds, as well as a variety of goat and sheep milk cheeses and curds.  Many of his international cheeses are imported from England and other parts of Europe.  “If a customer wants it, I will try to find it for them”, states Grills who recalls the request for hard Havarti which he searched long and hard for but found it and now carries it.  The Grills are involved with supplying product to several of our local businesses including the newly opened Station One Café and Suzie’s Gluten Free Kitchen as well as putting a 10% off coupon at Teddy’s Bar and grill.  During the winter, the Cheeseman will fill drop off orders which is really handy if you are planning a party or Christmas festivities.  

Haist Farms

Cindy Haist or R.C. Haist Farms in Fenwick is new to the Grimsby market although their family business has seen many years at Welland and Port Colbourne markets.  Cindy and her husband operate a fifth generation 50 acre farm in Fenwick, as well as about 50 acres of rented land in the area.  Half that acreage is in sour cherries which goes directly to further processing, while the remaining acreage is planted in peaches, plums, apples, pears and nectarines. “We are the fifth general on this land”, states Haist, “and four of those generations are still alive”.  She and her husband get some help managing the farm from their two grown sons, but still to most of the work themselves.  “We haven’t used any outside workers yet, we just try to do the best we can” says Haist.  When asked about her experience with the Grimsby market, Haist states that she loves this market, the people are so friendly, she has been able to build up a network of returning customers, and the market vendors themselves are very helpful.  R.C. Haist Farms is located at 501 Memorial Drive in Fenwick and have a road side stand for people that want her products throughout the week.

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