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Strawberry Full Moon Edition | June 8th, 2019

Market Musing

June is known as the month of the Strawberry Full Moon throughout northeastern North America. This full moon was given its name by the Algonquin tribes who saw it as a sign to harvest wild strawberries. Like everything else, the strawberries, it seems, are slow coming this spring. The berry farmers are telling us not to expect ripe fruit until late in the month. How many of us these last weeks have stared longingly out our windows, watched the rain fall, searched the sky for a glimpse of the sun through the fog and clouds? If anything, what this spring has taught us is to be patient. It's a hard lesson after a long winter -- but this we are promised -- warm weather and sunshine will come eventually. No amount of fretting or 'pushing the river' will hurry it along. The season will unfold as it will -- all we can do is be watchful and when it finally does arrive, bear witness to all its loveliness and be thankful for the gifts of food and flowers it will ultimately bestow. The best things are always worth waiting for.

See you at the market. (Lisa, Guest Muser)

In This Issue:
Late Spring Hours
Welcome Back Campers and Cottagers!
Let the Peppers Shine!
Spring Flowering Perennials
What to Plant Now
Spring Fresh and Local in the Market
One Night She Dreamt Of Lemon Pie
Feed Your Plants
Lunch Special

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Late Spring Hours

We are open 8:30 am to 6:00 pm every day, except Fridays and Sundays when we are open until 7:00 pm. Campers and Cottagers, drop by to pick up your weekend treats!

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Welcome Back Campers and Cottagers!

June is here and the campgrounds, beaches, and cottages are opening for the season. We are always so pleased to have our seasonal residents and visitors stop at the market and for many it is an annual tradition to come by for ice cream and groceries. We are especially excited to welcome visitors on their way to Kejimkujik National Park --  it's a true natural and historic wonder just 50 minutes from our door. Check out their website below.

Welcome back to our beautiful part of Nova Scotia. So happy to see you again. We can't promise perfect weather this month -- but we can promise great local food for your picnic table.

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

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Let the Peppers Shine!

Lunenburg County is heating up with the addition of Rudi's Authentic Hot Sauces to our market shelves. Rudi's Nova Scotia made products are a fixture at the Halifax Seaport Market and now they've found a home here. Rudi's makes hot sauces in a variety of flavours and temperatures, from his Mellow Mojo Verde to his mind-bending Bold Chili Scorch. He also offers a zinger of a BBQ sauce What would a Canada Day BBQ be without Hot Sauce? As Rudi likes to say 'Let the Peppers Shine.'

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Spring Flowering Perennials

One of the happy side effects of a long cool spring is that early flowering perennials are experiencing a particularly long blooming season. Rockcress, Trollius (Globe Flower), Creeping Phlox, Columbine, and Leopard's Bane are flourishing and will continue blooming for a number of weeks to come. Plant pansies amid your early perennials and you won't mind a bit that the peonies are taking their own sweet time. We still have a large selection of spring blooming perennials at the Garden Centre.

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What to Plant Now

Yes, the weather has been unseasonably wet and cool, but that doesn't mean you can't start planting veggies. Vegetable transplants (and seeds) that do well when soil and air temperatures are cool include swiss chard, kale, lettuce, radishes, brocollini, brocolli, arugula and more. In fact, the seeds and seedlings in our staff's gardens are germinated and growing. It is a bit too cold for tomatoes and other warm weather plants, but hold on -- the average temperatures are going up!

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Spring Fresh and Local in the Market

After a long winter of imported, canned, and frozen vegetable, the arrival of spring means local produce for your table -- We just picked a barrel full of rhubarb from Elspeth's rhubarb patch. We are also stocking fresh Swiss Chard and Beet Greens from the Jollimore's (based in Laconia) as well as local asparagus, fiddleheads, and spinach. Adopting a seasonal 'farm to plate' approach to cooking is easy this time of year and we can't wait to start cooking.

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One Night She Dreamt Of Lemon Pie

That's Jan, our Cafe team lead. She dreamt of lemon meringue pie and then she came into the market and made a half-dozen -- homemade pastry and homemade lemon curd, fresh whipped meringue. They sold out in an hour. We are going to make more. Promise. Call ahead to check on availabilty. Each mini pie serves two people -- $7.95.

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Feed Your Plants

Remember Audrey II, the alien plant from Little Shop of Horrors? Audrey II had a voracious appetite and a somewhat unorthodox diet. Poor Seymour, he could barely keep her fed. Like Audrey II, your garden annuals and hanging baskets are greedy. To look their best throughout the summer season, you need to fertilize frequently -- once a week is ideal for heavy feeders. If your hanging baskets have been outside during all this rain you should also consider repotting as excess water can leach  nutrients from the soil. Drop by the garden center for Farfard fertilizers and soils custom blended for containers and annuals. Feed your plants now -- before they get any funny ideas!

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Lunch Special

Our lunch special the week of June 2nd through June 9th is a grilled Weber's Ham and Cheese Panini for $8.95.

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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.

The Blueberry Bounty Edition August 15, 2019
Dog Days Edition July 31, 2019
Summertime and the living is easy... July 17, 2019
Salad Days Edition July 3, 2019
Happy Birthday Canada June 28, 2019

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