The St. John’s Farmers’ Market is Back: What’s New, What’s Ready and More

What's new, what's there, what's back and better than ever?

Starting June 6th, St. John’s Farmer’s Market is back for its penultimate season at the St. John’s Lions Club on Bonaventure Avenue, before everyone trucks up to the former Metro Bus station in 2017. With over 140 vendors this season, rotating in groups of 50 to 70 vendors every single week, there’s plenty for new and returning marketeers.

WHAT VEGETABLES ARE GOING TO BE THERE?

For non-agricultural types, it’s hard to know what to expect at the Farmer’s Market in June. The season always starts a bit thin before the bounty of fall arrives with potatoes, garlic, leeks, and pumpkin. You can check the Market’s website for the crops calendar to see what you might find and when, but in the early season, you should know that the leafy green reigns supreme. “I’m not even much of a salad eater, but even I’m getting excited about the greens,” says Jeremy Carter of Nagels Hill Agri-Products. In the early season, Carter expects to be harvesting lettuce, spinach, arugula, and radishes from his greenhouses on Mt. Scio Road. With the late spring this year, the planting season has been, in a word, “lousy,” according to Brian Kowalski of Murray Meadows, which is in its third year of operation. Despite the lack of dry soil, the greenhouse at Murray Meadows is still growing plenty of lettuce, kale, cilantro, broccolini, and peashoots, as well as turnips (not rutabagas, they come later), and is planning to have it all ready in time for the Farmer’s Market.

WHAT’S NEW?

“We have over 15 new food vendor applications including Persian-Korean food and seafood products,” says Danilo Gonzalez Diaz, Market Manager for SJFM. Some of the new vendors, confirmed for 2015, include the following:

Beth Pratt Silks:
Hand-painted original scarves, wall hangings, purses and cushion covers. Check out more at bethprattsilks.com.

Coates’ Farm:
New farm on the block offers fresh eggs, root veggies, and more, along with starter plants such as tomato and cucumber.

The Natural Gardener, Inc:
Plant fans can pick up some kelp-based liquid concentrate soil conditioners, designed to boost your plants. They also sell garlic, beets, carrots and rhubarb.

Oh My Cheese:
Fresh gourmet grill cheese sandwiches, with homemade bread, jams, and jellies.

Phil Winters Photo:
Limited edition digital photographic prints of birds, insects, and other wildlife and flowers of Newfoundland. Everything is processed, printed, and matted by Phil himself.

Running the Goat Press:
A micropress located in Tors Cove, by writers and artists from, or located in, Newfoundland and Labrador. They specialize in hand-sewn letterpress-printed and fine trade chapbooks and books.

SassyTuna Studio:
Julie Lewis has been drawing caricatures for over 14 years. That’s over ten thousand faces. “The caricatures take six or seven minutes at most, per face,” says Julie, who makes sure to accentuate people’s best features.

Trinity Coffee Company:
“We are a new, small batch, roast-on-demand coffee roasting company located in Trinity, Newfoundland,” says proprietor Ian White. They’ll be selling their coffee by the pound, and by the cup.

Back and Better than Ever

In addition to the new kids, and the outdoor activities (including Shakespeare by The Sea, Yoga, Tai Chi, magic, and comedy shows, among others), vendors from 2014 are returning with more new products including gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and organic products.

The Jewish Deli is back, and they’re bringing plenty for you to nosh on, while you kvetch about this weather we’re having. Along with the new Rueben sandwich, they’re launching a series of hot sauces this season, including Habanero Peach Sinister Sauce and Pickled NL Cranberry Habanero Hot Sauce, with “Torbay Terror” to follow. The sauces are made using local ingredients including hot peppers from Torbay, cranberries from Grand Falls, and local vinegar (“Manufactured Right Here!” says proprietor Jonathan Richler).

The St. John’s Farmers’ Market will be open from June 6th to December 19th, every Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Lion’s Club Chalet (behind the Remax Centre) on Bonaventure Avenue in St. John’s.

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