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Last day at the Farmers' Market

By Bradford Times Staff

Celebrating the harvest, an array of squash at Lakeview Gardens' booth last year.

Celebrating the harvest, an array of squash at Lakeview Gardens' booth last year.

The Bradford Farmers’ Market has been meeting every Saturday morning, outside the BWG Public Library -  a weekly market providing local produce, as well as special events like the Fall Buttertart Festival.

The Market had already held one highly successful Buttertart Festival earlier in the summer, but you can never have too many buttertarts. After all, buttertarts are considered a Canadian invention, so what better way to celebrate the sesquicentennial year?

That was the rationale behind Bradford’s Fall Buttertart Fest, held Sept. 16 — that, and the fact a number of shoppers missed the first festival and wanted their share of the gooey treats.

So, regular vendors and bakers from around the region rolled up their sleeves and restocked their booths with the classics: plain, raisin, pecan and more.

There were tarts made with maple syrup, tarts made with pure local Innisfil Creek Honey, fiery hot habanero buttertarts offered by the “Pepper People” Lakeview Gardens garden centre, and the sugar cookie crust buttertarts of Laura Vree, the Cookie Queen.

It wasn’t just about the tarts. There was plenty of fresh Ontario produce from Holland Marsh and upland farms, including sweet corn, natural meats and Sheldon Creek Dairy Milk, artisanal cheeses, European meats and more, for shoppers who delight in “eating local.”

But all good things come to an end.  This year’s outdoor season wraps up on Oct. 7, with a Thanksgiving-themed Harvest Festival. Look for pumpkin pies, and other pumpkin treats, and say goodbye to the vendors who have supported this year’s farmers’ market. Outside the Library, 425 Holland St. West, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There are two indoor farmers’ markets planned for this fall that will be held inside the Bradford Library on Nov. 4 and Dec. 9. Watch for details.