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  • SIMCOE ORGANICS FARMERS’ MARKET | OPEN UNTIL THANKSGIVING

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  • THE THREE SISTERS | A STORY BY BOB GRAHAM, PROFESSIONAL STORYTELLER

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    This past Saturday at our Farmers’ Market, we hosted Bob Graham, a professional storyteller. He was gracious enough to share this story with us..

    The Three Sisters
    “According to Iroquois legend, corn, beans and squash are three inseparable sisters who only grow and thrive together. This tradition of interplanting corn, beans and squash in the same mounds, widespread among Native American forming societies, is a sophisticated system that provided long-term soil fertility and healthy diet to generations.

    Corn, beans and squash were among the first important crops domesticated by ancient Mesoamerican societies. Corn was the primary crop, proving more calories or energy per acre than any other. According to Three Sisters legends, corn must grow in a community with other crops rather than on its own – it needs the beneficial company and aide of its companions.

    The Iroquois believe corn, beans and squash are precious gifts from the Great Spirit, each watched over by one of three sister’s spirits, called the De-o-ha-ko, or Our Sustainers. This planting season is marked by ceremonies to honour them, and a festival commemorates the first harvest of green corn on the cob. By retelling the stores and performing annual rituals, Native Americans passed down the knowledge of growing, using and preserving the Three Sisters through generations.

    Corn provides a natural pole for bean vines to climb. Beans fix nitrogen on their roots, improving the overall fertility of the plot with nitrogen for the following year’s corn. Bean vines also help stabilize corn plants, making them less vulnerable to blowing over in the wind. Shallow-rooted squash vines become living mulch, shading emerging weeds and preventing soil moisture from evaporating, thereby improving the overall crop chances of survival in dry years. Spindly squash plants also help discourage predators from approaching the corn and beans. The large amount of crop residue from this planting combination can be incorporated back into the soil at the end of the season, to build up the organic matter and improve its structure.

    Corn, beans and squash also complement each other nutritionally. Corn provides carbohydrates, the dried beans are rich in protein, balancing the lack of necessary amino acids found in corn. Finally, squash yields both vitamins from the fruit and healthful, delicious oil from the seeds.

    Native Americans kept this system in practice for centuries without the modern conceptual vocabulary we use today, i.e. soil nitrogen, vitamins, etc.. They often look for signs in their environment that indicate the right soil temperature and weather for planting corn, i.e. when the Canada geese return or the dogwood leaves reach the size of a squirrel’s ear.

    I gleaned this information from an article by Alice Formiga, American organic gardener.

    Wan Naa kee”

    Bob Graham
    Storyteller
    Orillia, Ontario

    “I am a great believer in not only looking to our past for guidance but listening to those that came before us for understanding. I have been told that the telling of stories is really the oldest profession. A very interesting such story is the following and it captures just how advanced our people of the first nations are and were. I hope you will take the time to reach out for these stories and pass them on by storytelling to the ones you love.”
    - Bob Graham

     

    Bob returns to Simcoe Organics Farmer’s Market on Saturday August 25 at 10am to share stories with adults and kids!

    Simcoe Organics Farmer’s Market | 87 Laguna Parkway, Lagoon City, ON | 9am to Noon | Every Saturday until Labour Day

     

  • FEATURED: ORILLIA PACKET TIMES | JULY 16, 2012

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  • FREE DRAW TOMORROW! (RAIN DATE SATURDAY JULY 14)

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    Simcoe Organics Farmers’ Market

    Due to the rain last week, we will be holding the draw this Saturday July 14. Many great prizes in store, not to mention our ever growing market.

    87 Laguna Parkway, Lagoon City, ON
    9am to Noon

  • PHOTOS FROM OUR OFFICIAL MARKET RING-IN

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    Sharing some of our favourite photos from our Official Market Ring-in on June 30 with you!




  • SATURDAY JUNE 30 | OFFICIAL RINGING IN OF THE SIMCOE ORGANICS LAGOON CITY FARMERS’ MARKET

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    This Saturday, we are looking forward to officially ringing in the market!

    We are honoured to have the following speakers:
    - Bruce Stanton, MP – Simcoe North
    - Garfield Dunlop, MPP – Simcoe North
    - Bill Duffy, Mayor – Ramara Township
    - Bill Kahler, Councillor, Ward 5 – Ramara Township

    Live music performance by solo jazz guitarist, Steve Colilo.

    Visit our facepainter/balloon artist in the Kids’ Corner!

    9am to Noon
    87 Laguna Parkway, Lagoon City, ON

  • WHAT’S ON FOR THE MONTH OF JULY

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    Organics Lagoon City Farmers’ Market
    Every Saturday 9am to noon
    87 Laguna Parkway, Lagoon City, ON

  • PHOTOS FROM OUR GRAND OPENING!

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    A big thank-you to attendees especially market go-ers and vendors. We had a blast and hope you did too!
    Sharing some wonderful memories with you. We hope to see you many more times this summer!

    87 Laguna Parkway, Lagoon City, ON
    Saturdays 9am to noon
    Saturday June 16
    Courtesy of Scott Corman Photography 2012

  • ‘LIKE’ OUR FB PAGE FOR A GREAT OFFER!

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    Like our FB Page to get your coupon to redeem tomorrow at the Grand Opening!
    www.facebook.com/simcoeorganics

    Come one, come all!

    WHEN: Saturday June 16, 2012 from 9am to 12pm
    WHERE: ‘The Mews’ – 87 Laguna Parkway, Lagoon City ON L0K 1B0
    WHAT: Fresh food – Retail – Family fun!

    The Simcoe Organics Farmers’ Market will occur every Satuday after the Grand Opening, from 9am to 12pm.

    Shop
    Eat
    Play – Balloons, bouncy castle and face painting for the kids
    Listen – Live music introducing ‘The Market Farmers’

    www.simcoeorganics.com

    JOINING US:
    – KICX 106
    – 104.1 THE DOCK

    OUR VENDORS:
    – Conscious Water
    - Lovely Heart Studio
    – The Cranberry Man
    – Oro’s Hot Belgian Waffles
    – Nonna Gina’s Italian Sauces
    – Sarah Anne Dipity
    – A Novel Boutique
    – Beehive Design
    – Cedar Cottage Chairs & Such
    – Sunset Gourmet
    – Herbal Haven
    – Jennifer and Frank Vlieger & The Boys on B
    – Casa Nicnac
    – Paul Roddick Honey
    – Cole & Briar Gardening
    – Wooden Spoon Foods
    – Brapples
    – Down a Country Road
    – Organic Fair Trade Coffee

  • FARMERS’ MARKET GRAND OPENING IN LAGOON CITY

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    Our grand opening of the Simcoe Organics Farmers’ Market is this Saturday June 16 at 87 Laguna Parkway, Lagoon City, ON!