Last Saturday was the first St. John’s Farmers’ Market (SJFM) of the season. In the 4 years I have been part of the market with Olivia Canela, the first has always been my favourite. The vendors are giddy with excitement, arriving earlier than usual to set up their tables and the costumers’ enthusiasm is noticeable after the 6-month hiatus.
For me this first day was bittersweet. On one hand I loved seeing my fellow vendors and costumers. We shared stories of what happened during the winter months, talked about the new items for sale and the latest tools that will make our products that much better. On the other hand, this was my last market until the fall. Although, excited with the prospect of spending the next few months in Portugal, I will dearly miss this friendly and dynamic atmosphere that has been such an intrinsic part of my Newfoundland summer.
To hold on to feel of the SJFM this week and beyond, I came home with a few goodies. Food wise, I had an exquisite chocolate cake slice from Le Doyen right there at the market and came home with 2 other. I got some queso fresco from the Five Brothers Artisan Cheese and from the lovely Dell at Olivers Farm, a juicy piece of free-range lamb. Other items include a mini-notebook with a beautiful vintage image by Jane Design, which I plan to carry in my purse to write blog ideas, and a scenery painting that I completely felt enamoured with, by Amber Bonvarlez from Tickle Kids.
If you want to check out the SJFM for yourself, stop by the St. John’s Lion’s Club Chalet every Saturday from 9am to 2pm. It is a great way to meet and support local farmers and artisans.
To all the vendors: Have a great 2012 season!