Location: Farmer Market (Map It)
The Quinte West Farmers' Market is located on Front Street along the Trent River waterfront in downtown Trenton.
The Farmers' Market is held annually on Thursdays and Saturdays of each week from the first Saturday in May until the first Saturday in November. Market hours are from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on each market day.
Throughout the season, the Farmers' Market showcases a variety of locally grown produce, home baking, crafts, and entertainment.
Any vendors interested in acquiring a license to take part in the Quinte West Farmers' Market for the 2014 season are encouraged to contact Chris Edwards-Scott, Economic Development Coordinator, for the City of Quinte West.
Two market spaces are made available on any market day for use of City of Quinte West Non-Profit Organizations at no charge. The space will be available for use on a "first come-first served" basis. Reservations must be made in the office of the City Clerk or with the Market Clerk at least one week in advance.
Musicians and entertainers interested in showcasing talent at the Farmer's Market can call the City of Quinte West for more information.
In addition to visiting our Farmers' Market, we invite you to make your way through the scenic byways of Quinte West, a rich agricultural region, with many roadside fruit and vegetable stands and a number of country stores boasting unique local delicacies and treasures. Immerse yourself in the landscape as you tour routes created for food enthusiasts, wine lovers, and antique/art collectors.
Natural Themes offers fruits and vegetables grown chemical free. These are available at the market as they come into season as well as native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses, and ferns from May through October.
All of the produce is grown on Natural Themes farm and unheated greenhouse located at 219 Maybee Rd near Frankford where Bea Heissler and Dan Navrot strive to support natural balance as much as possible. For current listing of produce available check www.navheifarms.com and for native plants, check www.naturalthemes.com
Jeff Grimson runs a local produce farm at 716 Will Johnson Road, Frankford and works in Trenton. J. Grimson Farms is one of a few potatoes farmer in the area and they have a great reputation for the quality of their potatoes They plant them in May and will have the first crop of potatoes available in July.
“In addition to different types of potatoes we sell a wide variety of fruits and vegetables at the Front Street Farmers’ Market, and at our farm gate stand, all of which have been grown by us,” said Jeff Grimson. “We are eagerly awaiting the upcoming 2014 growing season and we look forward to seeing you all again this year.
“During the growing season you can buy vegetables at the market or our roadside stand,” said Grimson. “There are tomatoes, beans, potatoes, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, cantaloupe, onions and the list goes on. All vegetables are grown at the farm.” located at 716 Will Johnson Road, Frankford.
George and Sandra Cote started woodworking as a hobby back in the early 90s, and it has grown from there. George retired from the military and worked at the Beaver Lumber and Sears. Wood working is his blood as his grandfather was a wood worker. Sandra used to decorate bird boxes and window boxes, and do floral displays. Now, she has cut back and concentrates on painting cat and dog dish holders for Christmas.
They both love birds and feed birds in their backyard all winter. Before starting, George researched bird feeds and bird boxes on the internet and come up with his unique designs. He now builds his bird boxes and bird feeders out of natural cedar and his martin boxes out of pine. He says it is best not to paint bird boxes. Cedar does not need preservative and ages naturally. This is better for the birds.
He buys locally harvested cedar and pine from Quinn Forest Products, and Rona provides him with cedar shakes for the roofs.
Their bird feeders range from $15 to $150. George also builds butterfly houses and bat boxes. He will make individual orders, for example, for blue bird boxes. George did a unique order for a number of pine bird house for the Arts Quinte West. Local artists painted the bird boxes. These, now colourful, bird boxes are for sale at the Arts Quinte West Gallery.
Sandra and George show their work at the Front Street Farmers’ Market, and at craft fairs through out southern Ontario. They are members of the Quinte Region Craft Guild, and they organize three big craft shows a year. There are two at the Knights of Columbus Hall, and one at Bayside Secondary School. They make sure all the products are handmade and locally. Crafts include wood, jewelry, knitting, ceramics and candles.
George and Sandra Cote are located at 10 1/2 Devere Gardens, in Trenton. They can be reached at (613) 394-3167.
Margaret York is a very experienced knitter, and this shows in the quality of her work and her attention to detail. She has been knitting for over 50 year. First, she knitted for her children, then for her grandchildren, and now she knits for her great grandchildren and for the Front Street Farmers’ Market. She spends the winter knitting, in the company of her many cats. By the spring, she has bins of garments, baby blankets and afghans ready for the market.
Three years ago she had heard an announcement on CJBQ about the farmers market in Trenton and thought she would like to go. This is her fourth year at the Front Street Farmers’ Market.
“I have made lots of friends at the market and I enjoy meeting people coming in to the market from all the boats,” said Margaret York. “I have met people from the British Virgin Islands stopping in Trenton, people from North Carolina, from Florida and Savannah. They come to the market early in the morning to buy vegetables. I even sent a tea cosy to Ohio.”
She uses Red Heart yarn for most of her knitting as it washes and dries well. This is important with baby sets and children’s sweaters. She knits slippers using the traditional Phentex yarn as it is hard wearing. Her baby clothes are bright and cheerful. Margaret does not stick to traditional colours for boys and girls as she likes colour. A friend of hers make socks for her to sell at her stall.
If you are looking for a special sweater or something unique for a new grandchild, go to the Front Street Farmer’s Market and find Margaret. If you do not see what you are looking for, Margaret can knit it for you.
Margaret York can be reached at 147 Clair Street, Thomasburg, ON K0K 3H0 or by phone at 613-478-6774.
Marion Wilman loves experimenting in her kitchen and has come up with a delicious range of jams, which she makes from scratch. All the ingredients are on the label. No one taught her to make jam, she taught herself. As well as making jams with sugar, she makes with a special range for people who want to reduce their intake of sugar.
Marion also makes goat’s milk soap. She gets the milk for the soap from her brother who runs the award winning River’s Edge Goat Dairy, near Arthur, Ontario. Her soap is very mild and good for all skin types.
Her baby blankets made with soft flannel are very practical and make an ideal gift for a new infant.
In addition to selling her product at the Front Street Farmers' Market, Marion Wilman works out of her home at 876 Akins Road and can be reached at 613-962-2917.
Carl Richards and his wife Carol have been baking for 35 years. They used to run the popular Wedge and Bottle Restaurant in Frankford. They now bake pies, banana bread and squares for the Front Street Farmers’ Market.
“I wanted something to do as a hobby. I don’t want to sit about and do nothing,” said Carl. Carol and Carl Richards reside in Frankford and can be found at the Front Street Farmers' Market regularly.
Ed Lafleur has been coming to the Farmers' Market for 25 years. He started when he was still working and has kept it up as something to keep him busy. Ed had a long career selling produce at Loblaws grocery stores and while working got to know the local farmers who took vegetables to the store.
After he retired in 1988, he helped the late Doug Flynn with his apple orchard, bagging and selling apples. Now he leases land from his brother at Carrying Place and has his own market garden. Ed Lafleur is well known for his rhubarb, as he has one of the biggest rhubarb patches in the area. He grows and sells two varieties, Valentine with thick, red stalks, and Strawberry, a pink variety with thinner stalks.
As well as in season vegetables from his own garden, Edbnsells fruits and vegetable from local farmers. He has hydroponic tomatoes early in the season, and strawberries he picks at Rodney Moorcroft’s farm. By early July he has new red superior potatoes and white Kennabec, and fresh peas. A couple of weeks later, he has gladioli in wonderful range of colours from lime to purple.
Every week he and his wife Nancy also bake bread and banana bread for the market.
Ed and Nancy Lafleur reside in Carrying Place in the City of Quinte West.
Eva Hilts grew up in the Czech Republic. Her mother was a fabulous cook, so using herbs is second nature to her. Here in Ontario, Eva grows herbs in her garden. She harvests and dries them, and then rubs them to bring out the flavour. She than mixes them with spices and makes her six delicious herb spice combinations.
“Doctors are telling us to use less salt,” said Eva Hilts. “My blends of herbs and spices enhance flavours.”
Her mixes are all salt free and can be used as a healthy substitute for salt.
“It makes cooking much easier if you only have to reach for one jar, rather than having to mix you own herbs and spices,” said Hilts.
Eva loves to cross stitch and she can take a photograph and then embroider a picture from it. She does this with many local land marks. She also enjoys scrapbooking.
Eva resides in Trenton but can be found at the Front Street Farmers' Market every Thursday and Saturday. She welcomes everyone to visit her at the Market!
Four generations of the Kleinsteuber family have been selling at the Belleville Farmers’ Markets. Now Sharon and David Kleinsteuber come to the Front Street Farmers' Market in Trenton as well. They have a 35 acres market garden at their 117-acre farm, near Bloomfield. Their parents still help them look after their garden. They also have a farm gate stand.
Sharon and David grow beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, peas, melons, lettuce, onions, pumpkins potatoes and much more. They also bringcut flowers, bedding plants, hanging baskets, perennials and herbs to the market. They use minimal spray and crop diversity and irrigate as needed.
The Kleinsteuber Farm is located at 1102 County Road, 12 West Lake, Bloomfield.
Last fall, Rebecca Chauhan moved from Edmonton to Trenton with her family. She grew up in Langley, B.C. and Quinte West reminds her of the area.
She left a high powered career as a manager of a big box store and was looking for a business she could manage with young children. She decided to start her own bakery and sell at the Front Street Farmers’ Market. When she was small, her mother taught her to bake and she has been baking ever since. Now, she is passing on these skills to her own children.
“It is very important to support one’s local farmers’ market and to support local businesses, or one loses them,” said Rebecca.
She finds having a stall at the Front Street Farmers’ Market is a good way to run a business for a stay at home mom. Once her children are on holiday she will come to the Thursday Front Street Farmers’ Market as well as the Saturday Market.
Come visit Rebecca Chauhan and family at the Market, as they have lots of goodies to share.
About 15 years ago, Sue Clarke was living in Montreal and she took lessons in tole paint from a great teacher. Tole painting is the traditional folk art of decorative painting on wooden and tin utensils, objects and furniture. Tole painting saw a revival in the 1970s and continues to be very popular. After Sue moved to Trenton she continued to work as a tole painter and now sells her work at the Front Street Farmers’ Market and at craft sales in Ontario and Quebec. Sue Clarke is a member of the Quinte Region Crafts Guild.
For a creative gift or home decor, visit Sue at the market this week!
When her husband was sent to Afghanistan for a term of duty, Tracy Budge wanted to learn something concrete and new, to keep herself occupied. She chose jewelry making and took lessons.
“Jewelry making is inspirational,” said Tracy Budge. “Each stone has its own personality. It is important to have the right tools and imagination.”
She started selling her jewelry made with semi precious stones and sterling silver at the Front Street Farmers' Market last year. You can watch her at work at the market.
If you are interested in learning about making jewelry she gives one-on-one lessons. Feel free to contact Tracey Budge at email@example.com or phone 613 394 8594.
Jessica Weiher is working for West Moira Orchards for the summer before going off to collage to train as a nurse. She will be at the Front Street Farmers' Market through the summer.
West Moira Orchards www.westmoiraorchards.ca is operated by McCaw Farms. It is family owned by Norman, his son Fred and his wife Jennifer, and their children.
West Moira Orchards has a store at 537 West Moira Street, Belleville, K8N 4Z2, which is open from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The McCaws produce beef and chickens as well as growing fruit and vegetables.
You can call (613) 398-8615 to find out about ordering or you can talk with Jessica at the market.
We will continue to update the Front Street Farmers' Market Vendor Profiles as they become available. Please check back regularly.
The City of Quinte West
7 Creswell Drive,
P.O. Box 490
Trenton, ON K8V 5R6
Tel: (613) 392-2841
Fax: (613) 392-0131
TTY: (613) 965-6849
Monday to Friday,
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Christina Edwards-Scott Economic Development Coodinator
(613) 392-2841 x 4416