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What’s On at the Saturday Farmers Market in May

A behind-the-scenes look at how farm vendors are prepping for the outdoor market season at Evergreen Brick Works.

Greenhouse in winter at Sosnicki Organic Farm
Top image caption: Greenhouse in winter at Sosnicki Organics | @sosnickiorganic on Instagram

Published on April 26, 2021

Farmers at the Saturday Farmers Market are finding people more and more interested in learning about the ins-and-outs of their farming practices — to understand sustainability, ethics, and the supply chain, or good old curiosity!

The Saturday Farmers Market is back outside!

The outdoor market season runs from May to November. Find all your favourite vendors under the Pavilions starting May 1.

With seedlings going in the ground and animals being born, for many Ontario farms, the month of May is all about prep work before the big harvest season in summer and fall. Curious to see what that’s like? We reached out to our vendors to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what they’re up to on the farm right now.

How farm vendors are prepping for the outdoor market season at Evergreen Brick Works

Wheelbarrow Farm

Debbie from Wheelbarrow Farm is excited to be back at the Brick Works this market season! They've just finished up the interior of their new, large greenhouse and it's been filling up with seedlings. Some of these seedlings will be for sale at markets and for CSA members, others will grow into delicious vegetables.

Joyfully Organic Farm

Liz from Joyfully Organic Farm says spring has been busy! They shared some photos with us to give you a sneak peek of what’s to come.

Garlic sprouting in the field at Joyfully Organic Farm
Garlic emerging in the fields at Joyfully Organic Farm.

Planted in the fall before, the first crop to emerge outside is garlic. Liz is happy to report it’s coming in beautifully this year.

Seedlings in the greenhouse at Joyfully Organic Farm
Seedlings in the greenhouse at Joyfully Organic Farm.

They have seeded their first round of awesome crops in the greenhouse, which have now sprouted and are looking so lush!

Buschbeck Farms

Nicole from Buschbeck Farms just had a busy season of welcoming a few hundred lambs, which means someone going to the barn every few hours (at all hours of the night) to make sure the new lambs have everything they need.

Next is the anticipation of when to start planting. Since they grow all their own feed, this is a crucial and often stressful part of their farming cycle. The next round of lambs will make their appearance in July, then harvest, then more harvest, then more lambs.

It's never ending and always unpredictable. That's part of what makes farming a fun job. You kind of know what's coming and are always hoping for the best. The ebbs and flows of sheep farming are consistent throughout the year.
Nicole from Buschbeck Farms

When people ask Nicole how the pandemic has changed things for them? It really hasn’t. They’re just as busy doing what they’ve always been doing — with more things here and there to continue to do business safely.

Fresh and Tasty Mushrooms

Shannon from Fresh and Tasty Mushrooms is awaiting the arrival of their first greenhouse for plants that are coming to the farm at the end of next month. The space is all cleared and ready for it!

Space for the new greenhouse at Fresh and Tasty Mushrooms
Space for the new greenhouse at Fresh and Tasty Mushrooms.

Bee's Universe

Irina from Bee's Universe is getting their bees ready for pollination. What they’re working on now is something interesting — their process for getting delicious blueberry honey.

Loading bee hives at Bees Universe farm
Loading bee hives at Bee's Universe farm.

First, they bring in the hives from all 30 yards; that’s 40-48 hives per yard. Then, they check, clean, and split out the strong ones. The strong ones go into a truck to be sent to pollinate blueberries in New Brunswick and PEI! 

Almarium Sours

Anne from Almarium Sours says that spring is the most nerve-wracking time of the year.

The warm weather in April and early May—so welcome for our souls—is deadly for fruit blossoms.
Anne from Almarium Sours

The warmer the weather, the more the buds open. The more they open, the more susceptible they are to killing frosts. With frost kill, it is entirely possible to have a beautiful showy blossom season with no fruit to follow. Fingers crossed for the right weather conditions for a fruitful season!

Sosnicki Organics

Jess from Sosnicki Organics says that planning is the essential key to a successful full season. Seeding on time is critical to their success and they’re happy to report that it’s been good so far this spring. They’re planning for lots of weeding to make room for early crops like carrots and beets, making sure their farm workers are safe by planning for the quarantining period, and even starting to get parts in for building two new greenhouses.

Right now, their greenhouses are “brimming with oodles of plants all cozy waiting for their turn to hit the dirt!”

What they’re most excited about? Their strawberry patches, proudly sprayed-with-nothing.