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Jun 27, 2008 03:36 PM

Withrow Park Farmer's Market

Has anyone been there this year? Do they have many vendors and what would I be able to find there?

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  1. Went last week and got asparagus, strawberries (excellent), sugar snap peas (disappointing), bread and baking from St John's Bakery (very good) and basil plants. There were only about 6 or 7 stalls in total including a meat stall. They also have an info booth that has activities for kids. My kids planted beans and coloured pictures. All in all it's a nice outing with the kids, we can walk to it from our place. But if I really wanted to hit a market on the week-end to stock up it would be St Lawrence for me.

    1. I saw but did not buy (at this point) Red Fife flour.

      1. It is generally small but I found some gems last year (not sure if these vendors are back). Every other week there were Mennonites with Berkshire pork. Later in the summer there was a guy with excellent stone fruit - the best peaches and apricots I've had in years. His table is very small, there is no impressive display to the passer-by, but it's about the fruit. Generally a good selection of seasonal vegetables. I don't go expecting to do a full shop but rather to select a few choice items. I live in the area as well, I wouldn't go out of my way to this market.

        1. Well, I haven't been that often this year but I haven't seen the Mennonites with Berkshire pork once - does anyone know if they are still at the market? Also, last year there was a bakery with a wide variety of sweets and flavoured breads and I don't think they were back this year. So overall, the selection actually seems to have gone down this year. The vendor section on the website does not seem to be current either. Still lots of produce, but kinda disappointing overall.

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          1. re: julesrules

            I saw the Mennonites early in the season. Too bad I didn't pick up the pork. But I got some nice summer sausage. Anyhow, I haven't seen them since. And the barkery, that would be St. John's right? Same story, saw them probably more than once, but they've since disappeared.

            Overall, the Withrow market is pretty lame this year.

            1. re: grandgourmand

              No, not Saint John's. They've actually been there every time that I've been this summer. This other baker had a much wider variety of goods. I would still get my baguette or sourdough from St John's but if I wanted something different, this place had stuff like beet bread or saffron leek or sweet potato. They gave the market something unique, since I can get St John's at Fresh from the Farm and elsewhere.
              I want to support the market so it survives, but I get a CSA box so I don't need the veggies. I want the best-tasting, ripest fruit, and I didn't really see that this year either.

            2. re: julesrules

              The Mennonite's (whose name escapes me for the moment) withdrew from East Lynn mid-way through the season for personal reasons. I believe they also sold at Withrow and maybe elsewhere. Hopefully they'll be back next year (their summer sausage was killer).

              1. re: pouletsecret

                Well "Webers pastured meats" or something similar were back this week. And they will be there the next two weeks too. They had mason jars of lard for $5 which seems like a good deal to me (relative to Tenderflake). She said it's a new product and they will see how well it does. They are taking orders for turkey and ducks.

            3. Sad to say but this market sucks. Even sadder because I live one minute away from it and I keep going and hoping. Hardly any vendors, expensive produce and the garlic I got 2 weeks ago was all rotting inside. It seems really poorly managed. I give up.

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              1. re: Mila

                the only thing I've been buying there regularly has been the tomatoes. Not great this year, but that's more to do with the bad growing conditions than anything else.
                Beyond that, a lot of overpriced vegetables, so you have to pick your spots.