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
November has certainly been a busy month for community building and celebrating local food.
I am going to start with a great project that we were lucky enough to be involved in with the Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands. The Healthy Kids Community Challenge enabled a group of kids to take a 10 week cooking class with Chef mark and helpers Cara and I. Together the kids developed a menu, experienced local food, tasting and creating along the way. After the 10 weeks the kids put on a meal for a group of lucky guests. This was such a great experience and we heard from more than one student that they "didn't know cooking was going to be so much fun”. What a great feeling to be able to watch kids try eating and cooking things for the first time and see their satisfaction and surprise when they finish creating a special dish on their own.
The cooking classes sparked some ideas of our own for March Break Farm to Table Cooking Classes so we will let everyone know when this idea ends up in print.
Just last Friday we got to cater a farm to table lunch at the townships Tourism Summit in Lansdowne which saw a host of interesting speakers and area businesses networking. This was a great opportunity for both new and established businesses to put their heads together and work out ways to promote the fantastic area we live and work in.
This weekend, Saturday , December 2nd Lyndhurst and Seeley’s Bay Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the area SHOP and HOP . A great way to support local, receive giveaways, treats, prizes, plus get some holiday shopping done. After head on over to the town of Delta and celebrate the season with Christmas carols, wagon rides, meals, Delta mill and a stroll through the park to enjoy the lovely display of lights.
Throughout the month we have had the great pleasure of hosting themed supper clubs and cooking classes at Furnace Falls Farm with the focus on bringing people together with local food. This is a great way for new people in the area to meet others or just to get together with friends and relax without the mess and stress. We look forward to hosting your business dinner parties or family get-together in the holiday season and the New Year. Lets bring back those old fashioned traditions of big meals and lots of laughter in a farmhouse kitchen setting. Call us to reserve your party today 613-928-2477.
The community spirit is definitely alive in this area , thanks to all involved to make it a place to be proud of.
Have a great Week
Thanks for supporting local producers
Rick & Wendy & Leigha
Wendy Banks is a 6th generation farmer from Lyndhurst, Ontario. She runs Wendy's Country Market with her husband, Rick Trudeau.