Some New Faces

February 15th, 2017 | Posted by Anita in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

2016, came with some new faces at our market.  With wonderful goods to offer.

  Stone and Shadow was a wonderful new addition Nadia, a vibrant young entrepreneur, offered many unique items, where variety certainly was not lacking.

Her vibrant nature brought a bright spirit to the market each week, and her products were just as bright.

 

Another new face, baring some sweet delectable treats, that were incredibly hard to walk past, came from Rosie’s Bakery.  The aroma was pleasantly intoxicating.

Rosie and Ana, brought another bright spirit to the market, with optimism each week for a good turn out.

 

We had some nostalgia rein in from Veronica who brought us Pop Art and collectibles.  Her pizazz was not only inviting, it was a must for a market like ours.

There was always something fantastical at her stall, and it was definitely a great addition for the gamers at heart.

 

Lilith, a young high school student joined us this year, with a cause.  A great one indeed.  With Round up the Rings, she had set out to make our community aware, that we need to care for our community and the critters that share it with us.

She painted young faces, and made the cutest critters, to raise money for her charity.

 

A studious young entrepreneur approached the market with TeeTime, his silk screen printing would no doubt be a hit at our market.  What a better gift for a special someone than a T-Shirt you got to design and have it printed on site to take with you. Toni brought some new innovations and ideas to our beloved market.

 

A few other new vendors attempted to beat the construction, although, admittedly, we all felt a certain defeat.  We were excited to see new faces, while we still missed those familiar ones, who have stood tall and proud of our market, and some since it’s conception.

Two needles One Hook joined us, and as always bringing some fun and funky crochet items that no doubt were wonderful gifts for those special people in our lives.  Fun, and inviting these ladies (Mandy and Melody), always strived for the market and its greatness.

 

The Sylver Dragon, Roared into the season and brought us unique one of a kind jewelry items.  Some set in a vintage tone, with all the comforts of years past.  Some upbeat and fresh, for those who enjoy something a little more out of the ordinary.  There was always something at Brenda’s table that was eye catching.

 

Nith Valley once again showed each week with a determination that leads by example.  Their fresh organic fruits and vegetables were no doubt gems at our market.  With some of the sweetest strawberries, I had ever tasted.   Always willing to share their unique growing methods, and give a little education about the food you bought.  There were always wonderful suggestions on how to best prepare these delicious foods, which is certainly invited.  I am a food lover, and when food tastes amazing and is fresh, and of excellent quality, you can’t help but stop on by and grab something to add to your next dinner.

 

Our very own Henna 4 You, Came out to join us as well.  We had many emails, regarding when they would arrive last season.  It appears they have quite a fan base.  Bhupi has brought a beautiful art to our market, and although she could not attend, she certainly sent us some wonderful individuals, with great talent.

 

CeresAmbrosia, attended the market, bringing natural soap, bath and body products once again.  With a passion for bringing us back to the ways that nature intended, CeresAmbrosia always strived to deliver a quality product.  We often joked that when it rained at least we would be all clean.  The Civic Square may be covered in luscious bubbles, although nonetheless, we would have a bubbly time at the market. We had for a short time another bubbly soap maker, from the Soap Tailor.  It was fun to see the differences and similarities and to share some trade secrets.

Pillitteri Estates Wines joined us for a short time, although the construction was not about to be merciful.  One of the greatest highlights is tasting delicious wines… mmm.  And where oh where did our sobering coffee guys go from To Bean or Not to Bean, now that certainly is the question.

We missed the TLC that TLC Pet Foods brought for our furry friends.  As they joined us at the beginning of the season, some wonderful news met their owner as they were getting ready to welcome a new addition to their family.  We hope that you will bring back to our market your

There seemed to be less sparkle at the market without Shelly’s Stone Works.  Her pieces are certainly inviting to the eye.  Her hard work and attention to detail and who delivers beautiful pieces of art, you can wear with pride.

Of course, we have missed all of our vendors who could not be with us this past season.  We were lost without our Bread Guy from Elora Bakery, who’s bread made me hungry every Thursday, and my Stall was next to his.  Hard to resist the smell of fresh baked bread.  We had not any Jewels Under our Kilt this season, certainly missing out on some high quality, delicious nutty bargains.  Jewels Under the Kilt. We certainly missed those wonderful gem colored carrots of seasons past, and where would we be without Top Market Meats?  And how about our fun loving Looms Bands Guy Corey?  So many of you were missed this season it is so hard to list all of you.   When we snapped pictures there was no one there to say cheese, as Monforte could not join us this past season.  I know I am missing so many more of you.  I hope that we will see everyone this season, as we aim to make this our best season yet.  For those of you I have not listed, my apologies.  I know that there were so many wonderful vendors, and I, unfortunately, can not remember them all by name.

 

The Market cannot thrive without all of you who’s efforts, and wonderful goodies, bring our community so many incredible options to choose form.  Local fresh foods, to enjoy and nourish not only the body but the mind and the soul as well. It was hard to have to tell our customers that many of you could not join us.  Not only missed by your market family, missed by those who drew to the market each week to taste the wonderful foods, and to choose that perfect addition either to their own wardrobe or home, or find that one of a  kind gift for someone who may be hard to buy for.  Let’s bring all of our wonderful vendors back to the Region, and offer our community the very best there is to offer.  Let’s Toast to 2017!

 

 

 

 

Construction Blues

February 15th, 2017 | Posted by Anita in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

 

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2016, was marked with the construction blues.  It was a dark time in the world of the UpTown Waterloo Market.

Although, the market faced the construction head on, attempting with every fiber to remain on the scene each Thursday.

It seemed almost endless as the days and weeks passed us by.

With the halting of construction for some time, upon the discovery of the Corduroy Road, we worried construction might never end.

Although, as the months passed us by rather quickly, the construction vehicles fled, and the road opened once again.

While traffic was often low, we were not going to give up on our beloved market.

 

The heat was hard to beat, and the market did close for some of the much higher temperature days, as many were feeling the ill effects of the weather.

There seemed to be many obstacles for us to face the past season. However, we must strive to make our market thrive once again.

We missed many of our vendors this season past, as we dragged through the construction.  Some of our vendors made every attempt to keep up.

Unfortunately, as some vendors were forced to leave the market for the season. Many of our vendors were looking forward to a new season free from the confines of noise and disruption.

We look forward to a fresh new season and a fresh new start for our market.  We look forward to seeing you all there this upcoming season, to bring our community, the best it has to offer.

 

We hope with all of the support from our wonderful vendors, those who are local farmers and food producers, those whose unique and exquisite craftsmanship, has consistently through the years showed us the many great talents within our community.

We cannot wait to share these wonderful talents and delicious delights with all of you who visit.

The market strives to bring quality food and craftsmanship into the Region of Waterloo, and possibly even beyond its borders.

There are no obstacles that as a community within a community we cannot face together, to make both our market and the region of Waterloo one of the greatest places to be.

 

Applications will be set up in the coming weeks come out and support your local market! We cannot wait to see you all there.

Apple Burritos a Favourite for the Children

February 15th, 2017 | Posted by Anita in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

APPLE BURRITOS

An ideal after school snack

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Preparation Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 20 mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients;

2 Tbsp (25ml) Unsalted Butter

6 Ontario Apples, peeled ( if desired) and cut into thin slices

1 Tsp (5ml) Cinnamon

1/4 tsp (1ml) Ground Ginger

1 tsp (5ml) Cornstarch

3 Tbsp (45ml) Ontario Maple Syrup

4- Large Flour tortillas, preferably whole grain

Topping:

1 Tsp (5ml) Butter Melted

1 Tsp (5ml) granulated sugar

Preparation:

Additional Fillings: (Optional); dried cranberries, raisins, granola, toasted coconut, chopped nuts or chocolate chips.

Additional Toppings: (Optional); Ontario maple syrup, Ontario Honey, frozen vanilla yogurt, or ice cream.

In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add apples begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir cornstarch into maple syrup until dissolved.

Add to apple mixture, stirring constantly until boiling and thickened, about 2 minutes. Divide apple mixture among the tortillas, placing in a row on the bottom third of each.

If using additional filling, top apples with 2 tbsp (25ml). Roll bottom of tortilla over filling; flip sides over then roll up tightly to close.

Place seam-side down on a baking sheet.

Topping:

Brush tops with melted butter; sprinkle with sugar. Bake in the oven at 425° F ( 220° C) until crispy, about 15 minutes.

Serve warm or at room temperature, sliced diagonally in half with additional toppings if desired.

Nutrients Per Serving:

Protein: 30 grams

Fat: 4.5 grams

Carbohydrates: 26.0 grams

Calories: 151

Fiber: 4 grams

 

What’s in Season and How to Prepare These Delights

February 14th, 2017 | Posted by Anita in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

APPLE WALNUT AND WHITE CHOCOLATE COOKIES

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Preparation Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Servings: 40

Ingredients;

1/2 Cup (125ml) Butter ( softened)

1 Cup (250ml) Packed Brown Sugar

1 Ontario Egg

1-3/4 Cups (425ml) All-Purpose Flour

1/2 Tsp (2ml) of each Nutmeg, and Baking Soda

A Pinch of Salt

1/2 Cup (125ml) Chopped, Toasted Walnuts

4 oz. (125g), White Chocolate, Coarsely Chopped

Preparation;

In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and egg until smooth and well blended.  Combine; flour, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt.  Add to the creamed mixture, mixing well.

Stir in chopped apple, walnuts, and white chocolate. Drop by small spoonfuls, approximately 2 inches (5cm) apart, onto a prepared pan ( parchment paper works best).

Bake at 375° F ( 190 ° C) for about 15 minutes or until golden brown in color.  Let cool on cooling racks.

Nutrients Per Serving: (1 cookie)

Protein: 1 gram

Fat: 4 grams

Carbohydrates: 12 grams

Calories: 97

 

UpTown Market Opening June 2nd

May 19th, 2016 | Posted by Sylvia in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

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UpTown Market will be opening for the season in two weeks, on Thursday, June 2nd, at Waterloo Square. Despite the construction on King Street, we have decided that our best course of action is to stay in our usual location, although we’ll be pushing back towards The Shops somewhat. We will be open Thursdays 3–7pm until the end of October.

We appreciate your support and understanding through the challenges posed by the ION LRT construction. We are looking forward to continued growth once King Street is reopened, especially since the new LRT stop will be very close to the market.

Announcing the 2016 Board

March 22nd, 2016 | Posted by Sylvia in Volunteer - (Comments Off)

The Waterloo Farmers and Crafters Market Cooperative is pleased to announce that our AGM was a success, and we have elected a full board for the 2016 season.

We thank Bhupi Rajput and Shelley Waine for their service on the board, and wish them well in their other endeavours.

Brenda Hodge will continue as treasurer, completing her two-year term in 2017. Nathan Klassen and Kathleen Stahlbaum have each been elected to a second term on the board. Anita D’Hondt, Sylvia Hook, and Mandy Tempest are newly elected board members; all of them have been involved with the market as vendors and/or as volunteers in the past, as well. Board positions and roles will be determined at the board’s upcoming meeting on April 7th.

Several changes to the bylaws were also passed at the AGM, primarily strengthening the coop’s existing rules, and adding a system for handling infractions. You can view the updated policy manual here.

The board has received a number of applications for the position of on-site coordinator, and will be reviewing those in the coming weeks, in order to have that position filled before the market opens for the season in late-May. We are also seeking volunteers for the upcoming market season; whether you’re interested in the behind-the-scenes administration of the market or just want to help with set-up or take-down, we could use your help! Please email us at UpTownMarketWaterloo@gmail.com for more information.

Because of the LRT construction, the coming year is likely to be a challenging one for the market; the board is exploring alternate locations with the city, due to noise and dust concerns with the construction adjacent to the square. Stay tuned for details as the season draws near. The board is aiming to run a pared-down market, focusing on vendor retention and market promotion in the community. We will not be organizing live music (buskers welcome!) or special events for the 2016 season; look for those resuming once we’re through the construction challenges.

With your support, we’re looking forward to another great market season!

2016 Uptown Market Annual General Meeting

March 3rd, 2016 | Posted by Kathleen in Events | Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

The Waterloo Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market Cooperative is hosting our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 9th at 6:30 pm at the Seven Shores Cafe and Bakery on Regina St. in Waterloo.

We will begin the meeting by reviewing last year’s successes and challenges, discussing partnerships, reviewing the Financial Report and electing Board members. Many of our Board members are coming to the end of their term and we are looking for some wonderful people to fill their shoes! Members, this is a great opportunity to get your voice heard! We will also be accepting new members at this meeting. You do not need to be a vendor to be a member. The cost is 10$ to become a member of our cooperative.

Following the formal part of the agenda will be an opportunity for members and the general public to discuss the Uptown market – what is working, and what we could improve on for the 2016 season! We are also looking for volunteers, so if you are interested in helping out, we want to see you at the meeting!

This meeting will ultimately serve to help shape the future of the Uptown Market, and provide us with ideas and opportunities for growth so we can serve our vendors, and the broader community, better!

Want to learn more? Want to meet our vendors? Want to ask your questions?

Join us on March 9th!

Please RSVP to let us know you are interested.

Seeking Onsite Market Coordinator

February 2nd, 2016 | Posted by Kathleen in Uncategorized | Volunteer - (Comments Off)
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Do you love the UpTown Market as much as we do?

Even if you are not a vendor, you can get involved in making our our awesome, boutique, sustainable, Artisan food and craft market a central part of the community.

We are currently seeking an On Site Market Coordinator to assist with set up, take down, and troubleshooting during the Market! If you are passionate about local food and farmers’ markets, and want to get involved with a great organization, we would love to hear from you! Check our the posting below for more information on just what the position entails.

Please contact us at uptownmarketwaterloo@gmail.com if you are interested in getting involved!

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Rich & Simple French Onion Soup

January 28th, 2016 | Posted by Kathleen in Recipes - (Comments Off)
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Red onions and cooking onions, like many other root vegetables, are plentiful during the winter. Visit your local farmers’ market and you will likely encounter a bounty of onions…often for a great price! If you love onions as much as I do, you probably love french onion soup too. There’s not much more satisfying than a hot cup of French onion soup (topped with some yummy local cheese and sliced bread!) on a chilly winter day. This version does have bacon on it, but if you’re not a meat eater, don’t fret! We’ll post a veggie version next time around!

Ingredients

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 pound finely chopped bacon
6 cups sliced red and/or cooking onions (if you refrigerate them overnight first, you won’t tear up a much while you cut them!)
4 cloves of garlic (or more!)
8 cups beef broth
1/4 cup sherry
1 teaspoon thyme (fresh or dry will do!)
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh bread, sliced thick (French or Italian is great!)
Sliced swiss cheese (or other cheese, if you prefer)

Directions

  1. Heat butter and oil in a large stock pot until butter melts. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until tender and translucent. Do not brown the onions.
  2. Add sliced bacon and continue stirring until bacon is cooked
  3. Add sherry, beef broth, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Turn on the oven broiler.
  5. Ladle soup into oven safe bowls. Layer each bowl with slice of bread and slice of cheese. Place bowls on a baking sheet and broil until cheese starts bubbling.
  6. Enjoy! Beware, the bowl will be very hot!

 

 

Eating Local in Waterloo Region During the Winter Months

January 15th, 2016 | Posted by Kathleen in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)
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Just because winter has finally arrived doesn’t mean you can’t get great Ontario-grown produce across Waterloo Region! You’ll be surprised to see just how much is available during the winter months! Cold weather crops, the use of green houses and hoop houses and, and availability of storage vegetables like carrot, potatoes and onions mean there is plenty of local produce available during the winter. Just check out Foodland Ontario’s Availability Guide and you’ll see just how much delicious produce you can get during the winter season!

Every week, we’ll be posting a delicious recipe using one or more of the delicious produce items available in Kitchener, Waterloo, and beyond. Check it our on our Recipes page!