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Flat Rock Cellars

Flat Rock Cellars of Jordan, was established in 2003.  Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay are often offered at the market.  “The Pinot is our specialty” states Mareike, granddaughter of the owner of Flat Rock Cellars and obviously very knowledgeable about wines.  Flat Rock attends 5 farmers’ markets in total.  When asked about her experience at markets, Mareike says that sales are increasing every week as more people are becoming regular customers.  She also notes that many of the people that she meets at the Grimsby market come to the Flat Rock Cellars retail store between market days.  “Wine has become a popular gift” according to Mareike as well as being enjoyed by a growing number of people. Mareike takes pride in being able to claim that all their grapes are hand-picked, hand-sorted, and hand crushed.  “We take pride in quality, not quantity” states Mareike.

GreenLane Estate Winery

Located in Vineland, GreenLane Estate Winery will be joining the Grimsby Farmers' Market for the first time this season on alternating weeks.

Grillis Cheese

The Cheeseman, the team of Melanie and John Grills, of Hamilton, got involved in selling local and international cheeses two years ago.  John, who has always had a love for good food and a practiced chef for several years, turns some of his culinary skills into the creation of cheese cake blossoms, brulee, lasagna and cheesy buns.  The Grills stock many cheeses sourced locally from creameries including  Salerno, Upper Canada Cheese, Woodstock and Empire Cheese of Campbellford.  Too numerous to list, his selection of these local cheeses include cheddars, Havarti, flavoured and spiced cheeses, brie, marble, sixteen different varieties of cheese curds, as well as a variety of goat and sheep milk cheeses and curds.  Many of his international cheeses are imported from England and other parts of Europe.  “If a customer wants it, I will try to find it for them”, states Grills who recalls the request for hard Havarti which he searched long and hard for but found it and now carries it.  The Grills are involved with supplying product to several of our local businesses including the newly opened Station One Café and Suzie’s Gluten Free Kitchen as well as putting a 10% off coupon at Teddy’s Bar and grill.  During the winter, the Cheeseman will fill drop off orders which is really handy if you are planning a party or Christmas festivities.  

Hometown Ice Cream

.  Alexa Fraser was a permanent fixture at the market offering her many wild flavours of homemade ice cream.  When she announced that she was selling her business to pursue her first love of theater and joined the Shaw Festival, many ice cream lovers were sure they would never taste her rich ice cream products again.  In the spring, we were are thrilled to learn that Linda and Fred Lundaro bought Home Town Ice Cream and were planning to return to our market.  Linda and Fred, who own a greenhouse business in Vineland catering to the wholesale cut flower market, thought they could expand their creativity and venture into the world of farmers’ markets and direct sales.  Linda uses several of Alex’s original recipes but has also created some new flavours such as caramelized banana with Nutella swirl, balsamic peppercorn, sour cream lime and a chai latte. She is about to launch a watermelon, lemonade sorbet infused with basil and Dillon distillers vodka.  “My husband and the children (aged 9 and 4) are my taste testers” claims Linda. “Everything is homemade” she states including sourcing local growers for fruit for her ice cream.   Linda does 5 markets including Grimsby, as well as special events like Happening at the Forty, and weddings.   

Leaning Post Wines

Ilya and Nadia Senchuk,   a husband and wife team from Grimsby bought their 11 acre farm three years ago and operate as Leaning Post Wines.   Ilya, however is no stranger to winemaking.  Originally from Winnipeg, Ilya became somewhat curious about wine making and moved to Ontario to attend Brock University’s Viniculture program. Upon graduation he was quickly picked up by Daniel Lenko and Foreign Affairs wineries as their wine maker.  Now, the couple buy from selected local growers to make their wines on site.  “We are small farmers helping small farmers” says Nadia who is obviously proud of the work they are doing.  Their own fields have recently been planted with various varieties, however “not all areas produce the best types of grapes for wine making” claims Nadia.  This is one of the reasons that the couple will continue to source the best local grapes to put the “best of Niagara in a glass”!  Grimsby is the only market the couple is attending this year.  They offer five VQA varieties at the market including a Riesling, an Oaked Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and “the Fifty”, an unoaked chardonnay.  When asked about the market experience Nadia says she is enjoying meeting the people at markets, many of whom are now stopping by their retail outlet.  

 

 

 

Neufeld Family Farms

One of the main suppliers of a variety of potatoes at the market is Tom Neufeld of Neufeld Family Farm.  Tom has farmed all his life, growing up on the family farm and then buying his own about 28 years ago.  His wife Mary Anne also has deep farming roots, having grown up on a local fruit farm.  The Neufelds, with the help of other family members operate a market garden producing sweet corn, potatoes and vegetables for the Farmers Markets, as well as cash cropping grains and a growing beef operation.  The Neufeld Family Farm has the designation of “My Pick” which means that every product that they sell has been grown or produced on their farm.  This includes his cuts of beef, potatoes, sweet yellow and white corn, garden vegetables and stone ground flours made from his home grown grains.  The Neufeld Family Farm is located at R.R. #` Vineland.

Rosewood Estate Winery

A new local winery joining the Grimsby market on alternating weeks throughout our season. We look forward to the VQA wines that Rosewood has to offer.

Shriners Creek Kettle Popcorn

Returning again this year with an assortment of freshly popped corn.

Silmaril Farms

Located in the Greenbelt on the Grimsby escarpment, Silmaril Farm offers PYO apples and  freshly pressed pastuerized apple cider at the market. The farm is home to sheep, chickens and turkeys, all of which are raised as "natural fed" without growth hormones, feed additives or by-products. All meat is processed at provincial abbitoirs. Eggs are provincially graded and available throughout the year.  All meat products are vacuum sealed to retain freshness and food safety.

Farm gate sales are available year round. The farm is registered with Foodland Ontario and Home Grown Ontario by meeting their standards of production. Visit the farm at www.silmarilfarm.ca or email for product availability at mseaborn@silmaril.on.ca

Wine Route Antiques

The love of old craftmanship is the focus of Wine Route Antiques, located on Kemp Road East in Grimsby.  Each week Georgette brings an assortment of functional and decorative items to sell, providing additional interest and variety at the market.

 




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