With a little help from Friends

WHOAH! Its been a challenging year to say the least and we all can use a little help, right?! Thank you to the Haliburton County Development Corporation for your support of the Farmers’ Market this season – you have helped us to keep the market safe so that our community can continue to have access to healthy, local food! There are not enough thank yous for that, actually. Big virtual hugs all ’round!

Farmers’ Market version 2.covid

Remember when farmers’ markets looked this way …? Today’s reality has put a dowright, dirty smack-down on the pre-covid, get-to-do-what-ya-wanna-do vibe of a farmers’ market. Traditionally, farmers’ markets have always been a place to congregate, grab a coffee, see a familiar face, sit and have a good ol’ chit-chat. Maybe even have breakfast or something super delicious for lunch. A place where a community comes together to support and celebrate its local food system.

Well, exit stage left that ideal farmers’ market vision and enter stage right farmers’ market version “2.covid”. Its a noticebly different scene: one that limits conversation, limits the distance between you and your neighbour, limits the number of your favorite people and pets you are bringing to the market… and the list goes on. We know it’s a hard go right now – and literally – its a hard ‘go’ as in ‘get in then get going’ at farmers’ markets everywhere. But folks, its for the sake of our safety, and that is a darn good thing.

Another darn good thing..? Despite the new rules&regs of Covid-19, our community continues to visit us week after week to show their support for our hard working vendors and volunteers. And all while respecting our new norm of operations. Its crazy times people. Crazy times! So we want to say ‘THANK YOU’ for still supporting us, for your kindness and your patience as we all adjust to this farmers’ market version 2.covid.

We hope to continue to see you (albeit briefly!) at the market throughout the summer! Please check out our Covid Shopping Rules for more information about your visit to the market. Stay kind, and safe.

Market Season 2020

We will be opening on Saturday June 13th from 10am to 2pm at the Minden Fairgrounds!

Pre-ORDER from your favorite vendor or shop right at the market! See our Vendors lists for details. Some of our vendors who are not participating yet this season can also be reached to make alternative arrangements for orders!

COVID-19 Safety Protocols will be in place at the market!


The dreaded C word. Its impacted all our lives in more ways then we could have ever imagined. Needless to say, it is affecting the operation of farmers’ markets across the province too. Boo. Please know though that, amidst all the uncertainty, the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market Association is working tirelessly together with Public Health, municipal councils and its vendors to help get the market off and running in a safe and healthy way for all in season 2020.

Because of all the moving parts and intricate details of planning for a market in such unstable and unprecendented times, we will have to delay the opening of our locations (again, boo.) BUT, we will keep you, our wonderful, faithful shoppers, posted on future dates and goings-on for this upcoming season. We will persevere and be back together soon (in an appropriately socially distant way, of course!). Until then, take care.


Cold weather warm up

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Baby its cold outside! Warm up with this awesome Middle-Eastern Style Lamb Chili recipe courtesy of our vendor Angel Taylor from the Nest Egg Farms! For more info on the Nest Egg visit Our Vendors page.

Middle-Easter Lamb Chili

1 lb minced lamb
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground clove
1/2 tsp ginger (fresh or ground)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp curry
1 tsp salt
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup dried apricots – chopped
2 chopped sweet potatotes
1 onion – chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup red lentils
2 – 3 cups beef broth
dash of hot sauce to taste
1 tbsp honey
1 can chick peas
1 tsp fresh ground coriander seeds

Combine and cover the mnced lamb and spices and let sit overnight or for for several hours in the fridge. Saute the onion in olive oil and add minded lamb. Cook until no more pink shows. Add the other ingredients and bring to a boild. Let it simmer for 1 1/2 hours or so. Then EAT!!!

Check Out Harvest Haliburton’s Food Business Page


Thinking of opening a food business in Haliburton County?
Already have a food business and looking to expand or adjust?

Harvest Haliburton, one of our amazing community partners, has some great resources on their website found here. They also have a directory of local inspected commercial kitchens, and tons of research that they have completed for Haliburton County food and agriculture. Follow them on facebook to stay informed about their valuable work!