Postcards for Thanksgiving Weekend
This long weekend we celebrate the Canadian thanksgiving holiday. We are almost at the end of harvest and this is the last big weekend for the local farmers’ markets. Our markets continue year-round, but many of the outdoor vendors will not return until the spring. In a previous post, I mentioned our biggest market, which is the best I have seen anywhere in southern Ontario, Michigan and upstate New York. (Feel free to advertise a good market in your area!)
The families who operate the productive farms, Mennonites and others, display the abundance of their gardens, fields, workshops and kitchens. Susan, from Susan Gets Native mentioned her brother-in-law, “who syndicates "The Amish Cook" in a few hundred newspapers around the country.”
So on Saturday, I took a good look at the food vendors with their sweet and savoury treats including pies, sausages, fresh and aged cheeses, and maple syrup products. There are other curious offerings such as head cheese, cook cheese, pig tails and sauerkraut for more adventurous palates. This is one of two buildings where indoor vendors are open year round. The other building has a livestock auction and flea market.
My husband, in the bottom left corner, is purchasing some of his favourite summer sausage.
The homemade cinnamon buns are popular. I prefer the hot apple fritters, but could not get near the counter to get a photo. You must wait patiently in a long line for the apple treats.
A young girl works selling corn, potatoes and squash.
Home made furniture is sold from this buggy.
Finally, a mime plays the part of a bronzed soldier, honouring Canadian troops abroad in the Afghanistan mission, and celebrating the peace of our nation.
There will be a big Thanksgiving parade on Monday, and lots of turkey and pumpkin pie.
As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease. Genesis 8:22
For those who are interested in knowing the differences between the Old Order Mennonites of Waterloo and Wellington Counties in Ontario and the Amish, follow this link.
(I hope the large pictures will load...Blogger is being very difficult today!)