Wow, not only has this past year flown by but also it’s hard to believe how fast the past 10 years have. Rick and I started the Mobile Market delivering to restaurants 10 years ago and during this time, we have seen so many changes to both the growth and availability of local food. For me, seeing this growth and interest in local food brings me full circle back to the way it was in my youth. I get to see a revival of farm fresh food at the very market that my parents started over 40 years ago. Thankfully, this next generation of young people are embracing and even demanding locally grown and made products. They want real experiences with a better understanding of how and where their food comes from. With a keen interest in growing, preserving, and cooking, this younger generation desires a back to the basics lifestyle craving honesty and integrity above all.
It is true to get to the future we need to go back to the past!
In order to keep small to medium size farms, either generational or new young farmers, we need to be conscious of the sustainability of this lifestyle. The choice to farm full time is not always an easy path. Farmers must deal with the daily issues of, repair costs, pests, droughts, floods, and reduced crop prices among the usual issues faced by entrepreneurs alike. The reward though is one that benefits themselves as well as everyone else with the supply of healthy food and a more sustainable community.
I am humbled to be able to work with so many dedicated, extremely hard working producers in our area who make a difference in our community and our lives every day. I am also excited to see the next few generations on our own family farm working together to continue the tradition.
Now, as we add another facet to our business and bring Furnace Falls Farm to fruition we can focus on the importance of our past and help reconnect people to those old-fashioned traditions of a tasty meal and lots of laughter, cooking together, bringing back that community feel in a farmhouse setting. We feel honoured to be able to create a space for you, your family, and your friends to gather and experience moments and memories to last a lifetime.
Of course, none of this is possible without all of you who are making the effort, taking the time and believing that buying local benefits everyone. Thanks for building a relationship with your food, your community and bringing us back to a healthier food system.
A very Happy New Year to everyone
From all of us at
Wendy’s Country Market
Wendy’s Mobile Market
Furnace Falls Farm
Wendy Banks is a 6th generation farmer from Lyndhurst, Ontario. She runs Wendy's Country Market with her husband, Rick Trudeau.