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April Showers Edition | April 10, 2019

Looking at the long term forecast, it would appear that spring is coming to Lunenburg County (once we get past this latest snow) -- high single digits temperatures and alternating days of rain and sun. Yes, there will also be mud (our sympathies to those with long-haired dogs!), but mud means thaw and the stirring of every growing thing. At Wile's Farm Market, we welcome spring with open doors, fully stocked bakery and market shelves, and a greenhouse full of seedlings drinking in the sun, water, and warmth as we ready them for your garden in the coming weeks.  Please come by. You are welcome here and we thank you in advance for your business this season.

Note: The Garden Centre opens on April 26th.

In This Issue:
Spring Hours
Market Musings
Hot Cross Buns
The Hummingbirds Are On Their Way
What's For Lunch at the Cafe?
In the Zone...
We Take Reservations!
Welcome to Our New Staff

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Spring Hours

We are open 8:30 am to 6:00 pm, 7 days a week.

The Greenhouse is opening on April 26th.

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Market Musings

Thank you and gratitude!

 

These words seem such simple responses to the overwhelming wave of support and comfort the Market staff and I have felt from our Market community and the greater community.  We so appreciate the outpouring of love and kindness we received in response to Peter’s death.  The cards, food, flowers and acts of kindness have given me personal strength to take the necessary steps forward.

 

A special thanks and recognition to our Market staff who got the Market up and running with very little help from Peter and I.

 

We all will miss Peter’s smile and sense of humor but we will use the standard he set for customer service in the months and years ahead.

 

This week I resume my activities at the Market and look forward to seeing you.

 

 

Elspeth

 

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Hot Cross Buns

Do any of you remember this Mother Goose Nursery rhyme?

Hot-cross buns!

Hot-cross buns!
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot-cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons;
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot-cross buns!

Well, we have hot-cross buns at the bakery starting on Friday April 12th through the Easter holiday. Based on a German family recipe, the market staff all concur that these are the finest hot-cross buns that we have ever tasted. Really, the very finest.   

Here's some interesting folklore about hot-cross buns:

"English folklore includes many superstitions surrounding hot cross buns. One of them says that buns baked and served on Good Friday will not spoil or grow mouldy during the subsequent year. Another encourages keeping such a bun for medicinal purposes. A piece of it given to someone ill is said to help them recover. If taken on a sea voyage, hot cross buns are said to protect against shipwreck. If hung in the kitchen, they are said to protect against fires and ensure that all breads turn out perfectly. The hanging bun is replaced each year." (source: Wikipedia)

We can't vouch for their use as a ship-wreck preventative, but we sure can vouch for how delicious they are served up warm out of the oven. With butter, of course!  

We also plan to bake a very special braided German sweet bread for Easter -- plain or filled with raspberry jam. 

 

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The Hummingbirds Are On Their Way

The lovely Ruby-throated hummingbird has began its spring migration north! You can chart their flight on this really cool hummingbird tracking map.

Be prepared for their Nova Scotia touch-down by cleaning your feeders or coming into the market to purchase a new one. We also have pre-packaged food. Remember --  never put red dye in prepared hummingbird nectar, change the nectar every 3 to 5 days, and clean your feeder with a solution of water and vinegar every week. 

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What's For Lunch at the Cafe?

Did you know that we have a daily lunch soup special at the Cafe -- that's a bowl of Evelyn's delicious soup served with one of our fresh bakery-made dinner rolls. Check our Facebook page daily to see what's cooking at the cafe! 

 

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In the Zone...

A common gardening question we get at the market is 'What zone are we?" Natural Resources Canada provides excellent reference information on plant hardiness zones across the country. Click here to check it out. Lunenburg County is Zone 6a which is considered a medium-length grow season. The average last day of frost is May 1 through May 10, however, we all know there can be surprises. Be assured that the seeds and perennials that we offer at Wiles Lake Farm Market are all suitable for growing and flourishing in our zone. Seeds are stocked and displayed in the market store. The greenhouse is open on April 26th. 

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We Take Reservations!

For bread that is! Don't be disappointed because your favorite bread has sold out. Reserve a loaf by calling us at the market (902-543-6082). 

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Welcome to Our New Staff

A warm and enthusiastic welcome to our new staff. Meet Gabrielle May who will be working the store and cash and Alicia Anderson who will be plying her green thumb in the Garden Centre. Gabrielle and Alicia -- we are so happy you have joined us. 

Gabrielle tending our fresh-made doughnuts

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Past Market Newsletters

Please select from the following list to view recent past newsletters, or click here to view the full Market Newsletter archive.

April Showers Edition April 10, 2019
Opening Day 2019 Edition March 29, 2019
Early Spring Edition March 22, 2019
Fall Is In The Air October 24, 2018
An Apple a Day Oct 10, 2018

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