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Home baking a specialty at farmers’ market


Tantalize your taste buds this Saturday at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market on McIrvine Road in Fort Frances. It’s home baking day—with vendors preparing something special for their customers.

The Heatwole Family has been a valued vendor at the market for many years. To accompany their breads, homemade noodles, and cakes, they also sell a great selection of jams and preserves.

Local, hard-to-find favourites—such as high-bush cranberry and chokecherry—are just two of the many different fruits used in their preserves.

This Saturday, they will be offering free samples of everything they bake. Get there early to be assured of a taste.

Meanwhile, Iris Gogosha is well-known around Fort Frances for her quality perogies and cabbage rolls. This traditional Ukrainian fare now appeals to people of all ethnic backgrounds and is packaged conveniently for immediate use, or the freezer.

You can savour her perogies on Saturday to see for yourself why they’re so special. Gogosha also has ready-to-use tasty snack mixture, muffins, and irresistible chocolate turtles.

The Nighswander family also has been a familiar vendor at the market since its inception in the 1980s. Although they offer a variety of baked goods, bread and pies are their specialty.

Particularly tasty this time of year is their variety of rhubarb pies. They have several different types available to suit every taste.

This Saturday, the first 50 customers to Nighswanders’ booth will get a free sample package of baking.

Meanwhile, yummy desserts can be found at Sheri Stamarski’s booth, whose novelty cupcakes are a quick and pleasing finish for a meal. They’re enjoyed by both children and adults alike.

She also is well-known for the many types of preserves and salsa at her booth.

Just like in household cold rooms in the past, there is something for everyone. Her selection of perogies, specialty breads, and cabbage rolls round out the products that Stamarski offers.

If you really prefer to be in the kitchen yourself, preparing your own home baking, stop by the House of Lloyd booth run by Ann Elizabeth Johnson. Many of their products are aimed at making work in the kitchen more pleasurable.

From clay cookers to unusual kitchen gadgets, she has just what you need to make those kitchen tasks easier.

The winner of last week’s free draw of elk summer sausage and beef kabob meat, provided by the Rainy River Elk Company and Rainy River Valley Meats, was Johnny Rogoza.

The winner of five Market Dollars for naming two types of meat that are produced locally was Zelma Frenette.

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