Feast your eyes on the delightful world of Kayla's Kitchen! Our story begins with an ambitious and multi-talented entrepreneur, Kayla, who started this culinary adventure in 2019. Picture this: she's juggling the excitement of building a business and the responsibilities of a full-time job at Inovata Foods, all while dreaming of creating something exceptional.
What's her secret recipe, you ask? It's all about the love for homemade goodies and a dash of family values! Kayla wanted to build a business that could become a full-time option while raising her children. Now, who can resist that kind of passion and determination?
At Kayla's Kitchen, it's all about celebrating the bounties of nature and embracing the season's flavours. You'll be enticed by various Jams, Jellies, Pickled Vegetables, and even some Salsas! But wait, there's more - Kayla's creativity knows no bounds. She whips up these delectable delights using fresh produce, often sourced from local farmers. It's like a symphony of tastes exploding in your mouth with every bite!
Now, let's stroll through the bustling Horton Market - Kayla's absolute favourite place! There's an undeniable magic in the air as she chats and giggles with the regulars and fellow vendors. The joy is palpable as she proudly showcases her lip-smacking creations to anyone with an appetite for delicious treats.
But hold on tight, folks, because Kayla has a master plan for this year - she's putting all her pickle-loving passion into pushing the Dill Pickled Eggs into the spotlight! Prepare your taste buds for a tangy explosion of flavours. And guess what? These little bites of heaven are now available at Briwood too! Can you hear the cheers from pickle enthusiasts around the town?
Though Kayla loves all her culinary creations dearly, one star in her estimation shines brighter than the rest - the Pickled Asparagus! It's so irresistibly delicious that customers can't get enough of it. Seriously, it flies off the shelves faster than you can say, "pickle me up!" Consider yourself among the lucky few if you snag a jar of this delightful delight! They may not be Taylor Swift tickets, but a win all the same!
Try this recipe if you have some at home but need to figure out how best to enjoy them! (pickled asparagus, not T-Swift tickets).
So, whether you're a foodie searching for unique flavours or a pickle enthusiast looking to up your pickle prowess, Kayla's Kitchen has got you covered. Every jar is filled with love, passion, and the taste of the season. Come on and join the pickle party - an experience you will want to crave again!
August 3rd is considered National Watermelon Day and for good reason too. Here in Ontario, the watermelon harvesting window runs from July to September, with the peak arriving in August. These delicious fruits are often considered a staple of summer and highly anticipated by melon lovers near and far. While these fruits are typically accessible in large grocery stores outside harvest season, they aren't as sweet, ripe and ready as in summertime!
This melon is entirely unique, from a striped, green outer shell, to the bright red delicious center, and it makes for a perfect way to keep cool and hydrated in summer! Being composed of 92% water, this fruit has an accurate name! Many of our farm vendors are always excited to bring the best watermelon of their fields directly to you through the Horton Farmers' Market. While eating this citrulline-rich fruit on its own is delicious, there are plenty of recipes to help you and your family beat the heat!
A classic recipe and nearly a no-brainer, watermelon juice will help keep you and your family cool. You can make this drink as straightforward or sophisticated as you like. While some prefer drinking the juice with the melon as the only ingredient, others recommend adding lime juice, mint, sugar and even strawberries to sweeten the deal. You can concoct a watermelon lemonade using lemon juice and granulated sugar for a more tangy taste.
Another odd but rather popular way to serve watermelon is found in salads. For a hot summer's day, watermelon is said to pair delightfully with cucumber, basil, lemon zest and feta cheese, making for a crunchy, refreshing appetizer. Not to mention beautiful! The red, green and white colours genuinely pop.
If you still need to chill, this last recipe will cool you down quickly and make a delicious homemade dessert. While it requires an ice cream maker to prepare, this tasty treat will surely be a riot. For those who still want to enjoy a classic dessert but don't have an ice cream machine, watermelon ice pops are always possible and easy for the kids to help with too!
With many possibilities and ways to prepare watermelon this summer, you'll surely return to the market for more! Remember to stay hydrated in the heat, and while watermelon is an excellent water source, sometimes nothing beats a good old bottle of H2O.
Once upon a time, in Southern Georgia, a love story began between Jerry and Cindy. They fell head over heels for a 200-acre pecan orchard.
Life, however, has a way of weaving its twists and turns. As it always does, it led them on a different path, and they eventually sold the beloved farm, bidding farewell to Georgia and venturing back to their roots in Canada after 23 years.
Upon their return, Jerry and Cindy scoured the stores, searching for the same freshness that had enchanted them in Georgia. They couldn't find any pecans that matched the exquisite taste they remembered. Then, a spark of inspiration ignited within them, and Clover Pecan Company was born.
At first, they set out to bring up the freshest pecans directly from the farmers they knew and trusted. These handpicked treasures were meticulously shelled and lovingly brought to Canada, where they found an instant fan base in grocery stores across Ontario. The response was overwhelming, and their pecans quickly earned a reputation.
Buoyed by their success and the joy they brought to pecan enthusiasts, they decided to expand their offerings. The trio of dark chocolate, praline, and cinnamon pecans debuted, becoming an instant hit. These luscious delights were embraced with open arms and quickly became a cherished addition to their growing pecan family.
Their home base, Horton's Farmers Market, is their sanctuary, where the magic of Clover Pecan Company truly unfolded. Jerry and Cindy love sharing their story and captivating visitors with a slideshow of pictures from their Georgia farm. Tales of pecan trees and the fascinating pecan harvesting process left people in awe; many had never thought of the pecan origin story.
With a heartwarming sense of pride, Jerry and Cindy relished the opportunity to share a bit of their life and passion, transporting their market-goers to the beauty and wonder of Georgia. It was their way of bringing a particular part of their Georgia life back up to Canada, a testament to their love for both places they called home.
This year, they're excited to add regular pecan rolls and maple pecan rolls to their repertoire, fulfilling a long-cherished dream. "This year, we're excited to bring up regular pecan rolls along with our maple pecan rolls. It's a dream of mine to be that special treat at Christmas that everyone looks forward to getting. I'll be offering our Christmas gift boxes with a choice of maple or original pecan roll paired up with a couple of bags of our amazing pecans".
Among all the delightful additions, Cindy's favourite will always be the plain pecans. "I absolutely love them! I have a handful every day. They are a nutritional powerhouse! 19 essential vitamins and minerals, high antioxidants, fibre…makes the body happy".
But the magic didn't stop there. Clover Pecan Company had a secret recipe to share - roasted spiced pecans. With just the right balance of heat and sweetness, they will surely be a holiday favourite, evoking memories of Christmas joy and pecan-infused cheer.
So come dear friends, and savour the magic of Clover Pecans, where Georgia meets Ontario in a nutty adventure of flavour and joy. A tale of love, passion, and the art of bringing the finest pecans from one home to another. Clover Pecan Company - the home of Georgia pecans in the heart of Ontario.
Welcome to Howe Family Farms, a vibrant and exciting agricultural venture in the heart of Elgin County. The Howe brothers expertly operate this 5th generation farm - Ryan, Rick, and Kevin, blending tradition with innovation to create a truly extraordinary experience.
The Howe family's farming heritage dates back to the late 1800s, and their dedication to the land has been passed down through generations. As stewards of the farm, they have embraced modern farming practices while staying true to the crops cultivated by their ancestors.
The brothers understand pollinators' vital role in the ecosystem and eagerly embrace initiatives to support their well-being. Each year, the farm's vibrant garden comes alive with a kaleidoscope of pollinator-friendly flowers, creating a buzzing haven for butterflies and bees. In fact, they've even participated in groundbreaking research programs, including tagging monarch butterflies to track migration patterns. Acts like this showcase their love for nature and their dedication to environmental sustainability.
Howe Family Farms stands as a beacon of fresh, local produce. They have everything from sweet strawberries to mouthwatering watermelons and vibrant raspberries to pumpkins and squash!
But Howe Family Farms is more than just a farm. It's a hub of community spirit and connection. The brothers have transformed their humble roadside stand into two bustling farm markets at 11143 Highbury Ave, St. Thomas, and 48556 John Wise Line in Aylmer, ensuring that the surrounding communities have easy access to their products. And let's not forget the infectious energy of the Horton Farmers' Market, "Every year, we are absolutely blown away by the support we receive from our community. Whether they visit our market, spend time Saturday mornings at the Horton Market, send us an encouraging message, leave us a review, or share something delicious from the market with a friend - we appreciate it!"
Their newest crop, raspberries, takes center stage this year. "Growing raspberries is newer to us, and we are so excited to share this year's crop with you! We've been trailing and growing more each year, and this year will be the most we've grown to date. It's a big learning curve trying something new, and we can't wait to hear what everyone thinks of them".
Among their offerings, strawberries hold a special place in the hearts of the Howe brothers. "At Howe's, we take pride in everything we do, but strawberries are our #1. We have been growing them for over 100 years. Now we can offer our customers the finest-tasting strawberries from late May to early November. Throughout the summer, different varieties of berries offer different flavour profiles."
When making the most of their produce, the Howe brothers have a few tips and tricks up their sleeves. Take, for example, their beloved sweet corn. "We find fresh sweet corn is so flavourful it needs nothing (not even butter or salt!!); our favourite is keeping the husks on and roasting it over the fire. Then, we make sure to freeze (quick blanch, cut off the cob, freeze) for the winter! Nothing beats the winter blues like pulling out a bag of flavourful local corn from the freezer and making some creamy corn salsa for tacos in the wintertime!"
Above all, Howe's Family Farm cherishes the profound support they receive from the community year after year. The joy of interacting with individuals who share their passion for quality, flavour, and sustainable farming practices is a constant source of inspiration. Whether it's a visit to the bustling farm markets, a vibrant morning at the Horton Farmers' Market, or the heartfelt messages and reviews received, the brothers are deeply grateful for their community's unwavering encouragement and connection.
So immerse yourself in Howe's Family Farm, where tradition meets innovation. Your taste buds will thank you, and your connection to the land will grow stronger with each bite.
The Horton Farmers' Market is a beautiful place for local artisans, farmers and vendors to come together and share their hard work with the St. Thomas community. With so many unique and fascinating vendors and products, the Market always has something new to enjoy. From expertly grown fresh produce to handmade jewellery and crafts, each vendor brings something new.
If becoming a vendor and part of the Horton Farmers' Market community sounds exciting, this article will briefly outline information about becoming a vendor, what to expect, and how to make the most of your time at Horton.
If you're curious about what being part of the Market entails, you can expect a sense of community. Several vendors like Amelia of Wayward Creations exclaim how the sense of community and support brings them back. Sharon of Creations by Sharon states that she loves the atmosphere that the Market brings, having made several acquaintances and friends with other vendors like her. Through the years, great friendships have begun from the Market, uniting people from all walks of life and different careers and interests.
To begin, the Horton Market is a producer-based market that draws vendors from within a 60km radius to keep things fresh and local. This also means that the available produce is seasonal as our farm vendors' products grow with the season. Some vendors are with us all season long, and others pop in and out as their growing seasons allow. For our non-farm vendors, the producer moniker still applies. While they may not be growing food, items sold must be goods primarily produced by the seller; no resale goods here.
Within the Market Vendor Rules and Regulations, vendors follow a secondary guideline when deciding what to sell: "Don't sell anything you wouldn't want to buy." This concept is simple, but it supports conscientious choices and consistently highlights high-quality goods on market day. Some non-food options for selling can include homemade items such as handmade clothing and accessories, decor and home care items. Think of how wide of an audience can use your item... A good example is Jancat Art; many people love cats and all things cute. Not only does she produce many different designs, but also different products. From stickers to hats, shirts to pins, bags and more, her products can be used by everyone!
It's also important that you are located within the Elgin County area. Our Market is committed to showcasing and providing local vendors, which in the regulations is defined as products and producers from Elgin County or within a 60km radius of the market location, occasionally an exception is made for certain produce items to increase available variety while maintaining a focus on Ontario produce.
Vendors pay their fees if accepted under the application process. With over a dozen options of spaces available, both indoor and outdoor, the Market adheres to fitting a vendor and their products' needs.
Most importantly, ask questions. Suppose something seems unclear to you, or you are curious. In that case, asking questions is critical to a great experience with the Horton Farmers' Market. The market staff is here to help in any way we can. You can find vendor, busker and volunteer information on the Horton Farmers' Market website.
As we get farther into the market season, spaces for the current season are minimal. But announcements will come soon regarding future opportunities - so stay tuned!
Near Port Stanley, Ontario, Gully Ridge Farms is found! Greg and Julie, their two children, and faithful canine companions, Willow and Mabel, embarked on a journey back to their roots in 2016. Driven by a shared desire to reconnect with the land and their community, they set out to establish a family business dedicated to cultivating fresh local food that would delight the taste buds of their surrounding communities.
At Gully Ridge Farms, their passion flourished, and they currently tend to three acres of Ontario's finest garlic, with dreams as vast as their fields to expand their offerings in the years to come. But what sets this farm apart is their innovative approach to preserving their precious garlic. They transform the bulbs into a finely granulated powder through a meticulous process of dehydration, ensuring their product's longevity without compromising on flavour.
Gully Ridge Farms infuses its garlic powder with a delightful twist of flavour and spice by introducing dehydrated Ontario peppers into the mix. And for those seeking the ultimate convenience, they also offer minced garlic, expertly blended with love and oil, to add a burst of flavour to their customers' busy lives.
Along their journey, Greg and Julie learned a valuable lesson – the tremendous amount of love and hard work required to bring a business to life. They discovered firsthand the unpredictable nature of Mother Earth, who held the key to their harvest's success, even if it occasionally meant getting stuck in muddy fields. But through it all, their unwavering passion and dedication fueled their growth, and they emerged stronger, ready to share their abundance with the world.
Gully Ridge Farms revels in the friendly atmosphere at Horton, "We love the feeling of working with a family community. Our customers bring us joy. It is always touching when they return and give us positive feedback on our product". It's a heartwarming experience to witness the smiles of satisfaction and the returning faces eager to taste the fruits of their labour once more.
Gully Ridge Farms has a surprise for all the eager shoppers this year. Drumroll, please! They are planning to unveil another flavour of garlic powder. So, keep your taste buds primed and your senses on high alert because something extraordinary is about to hit the culinary scene.
When asked about Gully Ridge Farms ' favourite ingredient, Julie indicates the minced garlic and the renowned powder line steal the show. Customers can't contain their excitement and appreciation for the convenience and flavour these products bring to their home-cooked meals. In a fast-paced world, Gully Ridge Farms is on a mission to make life easier, one delicious garlic-infused dish at a time, and witnessing the smiles on their customers' faces makes it all worthwhile.
Now, let's indulge in some flavourful secrets! Gully Ridge Farms' products boast a robust and aromatic garlic essence. For those seeking an extra punch of garlicky goodness, add their powders at the end of your cooking ventures. Whether it's pasta, stir-fries, or sauces, prepare to have your taste buds dance with delight. And for a spicy twist, "add jalapeño garlic powder to your eggs in the morning," igniting your day with flavourful energy.
Brace yourselves for a crowd-pleasing sensation – garlic powder bread. Of course, unless you're feeling adventurous in your culinary escapades, embrace roasted garlic bulbs spread on a fresh, crusty baguette. The possibilities are endless, and Gully Ridge Farms invites you to explore the realm of roasted garlic with their delightful recipes, conveniently available on their website.
Gully Ridge Farms extends its heartfelt gratitude, "Thank you to all our customers." Your unwavering support and passion for their products inspire them to keep growing, innovating, and spreading the joy of garlic far and wide. So, dear food enthusiasts, let Gully Ridge Farms transport you to a world where the love for nature, community, and incredible flavours intertwine in a symphony of taste.
The Horton Farmers' Market is a beautiful place to find produce, plants and pastries. But what if you're in search of something long-lasting? A gift or souvenir, perhaps? Luckily for you, the Market offers the opportunity to shop with handmade artisan vendors too, and we've got convenient access to an entire downtown of boutiques, shops and more just a short distance away!
If you are looking for adorable little keychains, stickers and textiles, Jancat Art is a must-see! With an assortment of cute mugs, embroidered clothing and pins, all donning her beautiful designs of flowers, little critters and more, her work will brighten your day, especially if you are a cat lover or kawaii fan!
Interested in jewellery? Wayward Creations has a beautiful assortment of earrings, necklaces and more, all handmade and one-of-a-kind! Their unique designs are sure to captivate your visit to the Market!
Downtown St. Thomas has you covered if you are still searching for afternoon shopping! Myrtle is a local go-to for everything women's apparel. From jewellery to jumpsuits and all the latest fashion, you'll be ready to explore St. Thomas in style.
Crocker's is the place for you if you're more interested in an array of local vendors, products and merchandise in one location! Crocker's holds multiple local vendors and their merchandise in one location, acting as an indoor mini-market. It's the perfect place to find something for a friend, or even yourself, from beauty care to crafts and decor!
You may have brought your four-legged friend with you to the Market! The outdoor pavilions are dog-friendly, allowing customers to browse with their pups! Want to reward their good behaviour? Stop into Oh My Fur and Whiskers pet supply store at 257 Talbot for your companion's needs! Their large selection of pet foods, toys and accessories is a dream come true for man's best friend and feline alike!
If you're seeking a new style, try Hush Hair Boutique and Hush for Men. Located next door to each other, these salons will have you pampered and trimmed and have everyone looking their best. You'll be ready to hit the town with services including hair care, nail care, facials and more!
With so many innovative retail options downtown, you'll be sure to feel good knowing your support goes straight to the owners, which feeds right back into our local economy, allowing our city to grow and prosper!
On your next visit to the Market, take some time to revisit or discover some local businesses in our downtown! You'll be surprised by what you find, as we've only shared a small sample!
Get ready to indulge in a bubbly tale of skincare bliss with Joy Soap Co.! This family-run wonderland of organic delights sprouted from a quest to heal dry skin and eczema. Frustrated by the lack of affordable options, Marisa Kohler dove headfirst into soap-making research. After some sudsy experiments and a dash of magic, a recipe emerged—skin-soothing, bubble-filled goodness that would make anyone swoon.
With cheers from friends and family, Joy Soap Co. set sail on its business adventure in April 2018. But this is no ordinary enterprise. It's a whole family affair! Husband Jason and the three Kohler kids lend a helping hand, from packaging products to sales on the market scene. This partnership is running a business and raising entrepreneurs all at once. Talk about multitasking!
Joy Soap Co. isn't just about making folks feel fabulous. They're eco-warriors too. Their packaging game is on point with recyclable and compostable materials. No plastic here—Mother Earth approves! And to keep their goodies accessible, they keep prices as low as possible because everyone deserves a skincare treat that won't break the bank.
Oh, and did we mention the warm fuzzies? Joy Soap Co. has a heart of gold. Ten percent of their profits go to helping those in need, near and far. For Marisa and Jason, it's all about giving back and teaching their kids the joy of compassion. Pass the tissues—this story just got sweeter.
Lessons learned? Laughter is essential. When your lip balm melts in summer, you embrace the humour and make an announcement that leaves everyone smiling. And staying humble and teachable is the secret sauce for success and building customer relationships. Those relationships are built with speedy apologies and top-notch service. The small business community? They're the dream team—kind, supportive, and always there to lend a hand.
But let's not forget the star of the show—the Horton Farmers' Market! It's the place where magic happens. Get ready to meet your skincare soulmates, make new pals, and pet some adorable doggos along the way. Watch for exclusive market specials on soap galore and tantalizing combo sets. Trust us; you won't want to miss out!
So, what's the founder's favourite product? That's like asking a parent to pick their favourite child. It's an ever-changing affair, but for Marisa, the eye cream, Tutti Frutti lip balm, and Island Vanilla lotion and soap hold a special place in her heart. Although, she reserves the right to change her mind because variety is the spice of life!
Pro tip time! Want your soap to last longer? Cut that bar in half. Use one half now and save the other for later. It's like having a skincare stash that never runs out. And don't forget to snag a soap dish for your shower—they're affordable and make your soap happy.
So come to the market and introduce yourself to Joy Soap Co., where family love and organic goodness collide. Together, they'll make your skincare dreams come true, one lather at a time.
We've discussed the history surrounding our beloved Horton Farmers' Market over the past 140 years, but what about the history of the downtown we call home? Since its settlement in 1810, St. Thomas has expanded into a modern city and home to 42,000, with remnants of its history scattered throughout.
If you're a local history buff, you will surely enjoy this walkthrough of St. Thomas' best downtown historic spots, with a first stop at the market.
Continuing south down Manitoba, you'll arrive at Talbot Street, the city's heart. You'll notice the large, lengthwise building across the road from there- it's hard to miss. This is the Canada Southern Station or CASO Station. (pronounced kay-so.) Constructed between 1871-73, it was the largest of 31 railway stations built in Ontario throughout the 1870s. This station helped St. Thomas grow into the city it is today, gaining fame and attention through railway transportation. It currently holds several local businesses, an open area available to rent for events, and the North America Railway Hall of Fame, a small self-guided museum on the second floor open Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Just across the field, south of the CASO Station, lies a sizable building often overlooked or dismissed. This is the Elgin County Railway Museum! In its heyday, this rail shop held and maintained the rolling stock of railway vehicles that needed repairs. Today, it is a museum perfect for any train enthusiast. It currently houses the Hudson Steam Locomotive 5700, one of only five owned by Canadian National to bear the 4-6-4 wheel pattern.
The next stop is the Railway City Tourism office, located a few blocks west of Manitoba Street on Talbot. The building is a 3/4 replica of the original L&PS Station, which manned the tracks you see outside, which were once part of the London and Port Stanley Rail (L&PS Rail). It was reconstructed on location in 2013 by the St. Thomas Elgin Homebuilders Association. Here, you can see artifacts loaned from the Elgin County Railway Museum, find events and things to do in the area, and purchase souvenirs.
As you walk down Talbot street, pay attention to the top floors of buildings and establishments- some carry a marker indicating the year of their construction. Many of these modern businesses hold so much hidden history in their architecture and walls.
Our final stop takes us to St. Thomas City Hall. First constructed in 1899, the large victorian-style building and clock tower truly stands out. Whilst the original town hall had been built for the village of St. Thomas in 1851, it was ultimately replaced before the end of the decade. In 1909, the St. Thomas ‘free’ or public library was stationed in a building which remains connected to today’s city hall. The original entrance, bearing the year of its completion in stone, remains visible from the western side of City hall on Mondamin Street. In 1974, the building where the library currently resides on Curtis street was completed.
This is a partial list of historical monuments within our city; the few pointed out act as starting points towards learning more about the past. As you go through St. Thomas and the Horton Farmers' Market, recollect the 200+ years of history surrounding you and those who lived, loved and lay in the city we call home.
Historic Photos courtesy of Elgin County Archives
Step into a world of turkey magic at the Turkey Shoppe, nestled in the heartland of poultry perfection. Since 1958, this family farm has been serving succulent turkey delights. In 1992, they opened their on-farm retail store to further spread turkey love. What started as a small venture has blossomed into a buzzing hub of turkey goodness!
What's their secret? They're all about turkey, all the time! The Turkey Shoppe covers every turkey craving, from plump breasts and sizzling sausages to mouthwatering deli cuts. They're the pros for making turkey a delicious part of your everyday meals. Whether you need a quick fix or plan a feast, they have just what you need.
But it's not just about the food—the whole experience sets them apart. With a team of friendly and witty staff, they'll have you laughing your way through the aisles. They love being part of the Horton Farmers' Market, "We love the interaction with our customers and being part of their healthy eating lifestyle." It's a community, and they're proud to be a part of it!
They're turning up the heat this year with their incredible chefs, Ben and Matt. They whip up exclusive heat-and-serve turkey meals every Friday to make your taste buds dance with joy. Follow their social media or website to stay in the loop and never miss a mouthwatering creation when it makes its Horton debut fresh on Saturday Morning!
Now, let's talk about the star of the show: Turkey Schnitzel. "Turkey Schnitzel is always a favourite," this crowd-pleaser is quick, delicious, and oh-so-versatile. Whip it up for a gourmet sandwich, toss it on a bed of greens, or let it steal the spotlight in a fancy dinner. Here's the secret to perfection: preheat a lightly greased pan, sizzle it on medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes per side, and voila! Crispy, tender goodness awaits.
So, whether you're a turkey enthusiast or just starting your poultry adventure, the Turkey Shoppe is your go-to destination for all things turkeylicious. Join the turkey revolution and experience flavour, fun, and a whole lot of gobble-tastic excitement at the Turkey Shoppe—where turkey reigns supreme!