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Carp Farmers' Market

Volume 21, Number 8                               June 24, 2017       

Maritza Marcantonio, Editor


This Weeks Market!

This Week's Event

Join us this Saturday for our 2nd Annual Carp Herb Festival! With extended market hours from 8am to 3pm, come shop from 90+ local vendors for what is sure to be truly unique local event! Come shop from your favourite Carp Market vendors as well as a group of hand-picked Herb Festival vendors! Enjoy the summer weather as you shop local and participate in our special Herb Festival events. This year's featured herb is cilantro!

Here's a rundown of what you can expect:

• 90+ LOCAL vendors 

• International food court

• Cooking demo

• Salsa Contest! (see our Facebook Page for more details!)

• Keynote speaker Herbalist - Carol McGrath 

• Ask the Herbalist table

• Herb growing info session

• Tea tasting 

• FREE parking

• FREE admission

• Wheelchair accessible

• Pet friendly (all dogs must be kept on a maximum 6-foot leash)

Have you heard about our Salsa Contest?

The Carp Herb Festival Salsa Contest is open to all – customers and vendors!

• 2 winners: 1. Judges Favourite and 2. Fan Favourite!

• Prizes will be awarded to the winners – featuring gift bags filled with items donated by our Carp Market vendors.

• One entry per person. There is no entry fee.

• Please bring a minimum of one liter (or 2-500mL containers) of your homemade salsa in a lidded container.

• Each entry MUST include a list of ingredients. Please categorize your salsa as mild, medium or hot.

• Bring entries to the Salsa Contest Table in the Big Tent from 8:00am to 10:00am, Saturday June 24th. Sampling begins at 10:00am sharp and no entries will be permitted after the cutoff time of 10:00am. Sampling will take place for 3 hours (product permitting) where our customers will vote on their favourite salsa. Our winner will be announced at 1:30pm.

Judging Criteria 

Judges Favourite (Each of these categories is worth 25 points.)

• Uniqueness: Does the salsa recipe show imagination, ingenuity, and/or have a special “theme”?

• Flavour: Does the salsa have good flavor? Do the ingredients work well together?

• Appearance: Is the salsa enticing and attractive?

• Texture: Is the texture appealing? Is it too thick? Is it too runny?

Fan Favourite

The customers attending our Herb Festival will decide the winner of the ‘fan favourite’ salsa category. Our customers will sample the salsas and then vote on their favourite one at our Events Tent. At the end of the sampling session, votes will be tallied.

Information Section

The Carp Farmers’ Market is the largest producer based Farmers’ Market in Eastern Ontario! The Market is open every Saturday from May until the end of October from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. Entrance and parking are free and the market is wheelchair-accessible.

If you would like to receive up to the date news on all upcoming market events, please “like” us on Facebook (Carp Farmers’ Market) and follow us on Twitter (@Carp_Market). You can also follow us on Instagram (@carpfarmersmarket) for fun photos featuring everything you love about the Carp Market!


Upcoming Events

July 1 – CANADA DAY + It’s our Birthday! Come celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday, and our 27th at our BIG birthday bash! There’ll be birthday cake and fun for the whole family including our Canada Day KIDS’ CLUB party!

July 8 – Strawberry Social. Join us for our annual Strawberry Social Fundraiser with the West Carleton Food Access Centre.

July 15 – Bread Day! Join our vendors Wilkies Fresh Baked Bread as they spoil us with delicious bread and compound butter demos!

July 22 - Bee Day! Learn all about the wonderful honeybee with a demo on the importance of bees and honey with our vendors Lacelle's Apiary!

July 29 - Hemp Day + KIDS' CLUB. Join our vendors, the Hemp Cookie Company and learn about the health benefits of hemp. Plus stop by KIDS’ CLUB corner for some fun!


This Weeks Recipe

Black Bean Salsa


In honour of our Herb Festival Salsa Contest here’s a filling and hearty black bean salsa perfect for a summertime snack!