Locke Street Farmers' Market is looking for volunteers!

The Locke Street Farmers Market is growing and we are looking for key volunteers to be part of the organizing committee for 2013 and beyond.

Heading into its fourth year, the Locke St Market is made up of a small but growing number of vendors and we are looking for folks to help us with various tasks.
As a volunteer, you'll get to know some great local farmers, some of the fantastic local businesses and have an opportunity to see the behind-the-scenes action that make this market work.

Organizing Taste of Locke (a kick-off event for the market, we have local businesses offering appetizers featuring ingredients from the market)

Contact:  Russ, from Backyard Harvest / russohrt@yahoo.ca

FEBRUARY IS FARM MONTH Cooking Demonstrations @ The Hamilton Farmers’ Market Community Kitchen

Check out the schedule of local food cooking demonstrations below - all demos are open to the public, require no registration and are free of charge!

Demos take place Saturdays at 10am and noon!

FEB 2: “Cooking with The City” Demos – Inspirations from The Ontario Table

10am Meet the Community Food Security Stakeholder Committee (CFSSC) Chicken Thyme Pasta is a Hamilton-inspired recipe featured in Lynn Ogryzlo’s The Ontario Table – see how easy and tasty local fare can be!

Noon Cooking with Councillor Maria Pearson, Ward 10 Dessert anyone?  How about some Apple Sticky Toffee Pudding!!  Check out this localized twist on a great British classic!

*Both demonstrations will be presented by Karen Burson (a.k.a. The Eklectic Kitchen), Project Manager at Environment Hamilton for Hamilton Eat Local and The Good Food Box Network

FEB 9: Spotlight on Local Ingredients: after the harvest season, what do you eat?

10am “Cabbage is Cool!”  Come to this kid-friendly cooking demonstration to learn some fun facts about this underappreciated vegetable! Local cookbook author Karen McLaughlin will show you how to prepare a tasty slaw with cabbage, apples and carrots.
*With Karen McLaughlin, blogger and author of the budget-friendly “Cheap Appetit: The Complete Guide to Feeding Your Family for Less Than $400 a Month”
Noon "The Locavore in Winter"  How do you eat local when the fields have been frozen for months?  Hamilton Eat Local will show you how to localize it, even in the chilly month of February!
*With Karen Burson of Environment Hamilton and The Eklectic Kitchen

FEB 16: The Global-Local Kitchen: international flavours & local ingredients
Noon “Hamilton Eat Local’s International House of Pancakery”  Prepare for Pancake Day!  Using local ingredients you can create a world of flavours in your skillet.  Karen will demonstrate a couple of classics and show you a couple of surprising twists.
*With Karen Burson of Environment Hamilton and The Eklectic Kitchen

FEB 23: Exploring Ideas About Farming
10am “An Introduction to Food & Farming for Kids” What does a farm look like and what foods come from farms? Join Kelly for this very visual exploration of a "permaculture" setting showing how foods can come from the trees, shrubs, plants, flowers and animals on a farm.
*With Kelly McKinney, founder and operator of Hamilton’s amazing “Sprout Camp” for kids

Noon “The Lazy Locavore” In Winter  Tips and techniques to help bring local food to your table in a hurry!  See how shopping lists, planning ahead and making the most of what’s best in winter can help you save time, money and maybe even our planet!
*With Karen Burson of Environment Hamilton and The Eklectic Kitchen



Join us for our fourth annual celebration of food and farming in Hamilton.

This year we are presenting a variety of events and all of them are completely free to join, no RSVPs needed!

Feb 2
@the Hamilton Farmers’ Market Community Space 2-4pm

Drop in to connect with Hamilton's local food scene!  Featuring:
  • "The Buzz About Bees" presentation & honey tasting
  • Launch event for Hamilton's newest independent magazine "GUSTO!" with Editor Amy Bonin
  • A book signing with Karen McLaughlin, author of the budget friendly cookbook
  • "CHEAP APPETIT: The Complete Guide to Feeding Your Family for Less Than $400 a Month"
  • Information on Hamilton's Community Food Security Stakeholder Committee (CFSSC) and the HAMILTON FOOD CHARTER
  • Launch of the online version of the "OPERATION SMOOTHIE" handbook
  • Speak with Kelly McKinney of Hamilton's super-awesome and educational "SPROUT CAMP"

Feb 15
FOURTH ANNUAL FARMERS’ FORUM (farmers only, please!)
@The Winking Judge, 7pm

Feb 27
@ the Hamiltton Public Library  7-10 pm

Come join us to learn and share information on one of the most critical topics facing food security in Canada.  Featuring our panel of experts:

Erin Shapero - from Environmental Defence and Local Food Plus, Erin made a name for herself as the Markham City Councillor who put local food on the radar and led the way towards their ground-breaking municipal local food procurement policies!  What role does the Greenbelt play?

Lisa Ohberg - her influential academic research paper "Can Hamilton Feed Itself?" answers this question in ways that may surprise you!  At a time when 60% of our province's food is important, we need to look at the potential consequences of turning our agricultural lands into residential and economic development zones.  Check out her presentation to the food security committee here: http://www.hamilton.ca/NR/rdonlyres/C4E2C50B-E943-4A10-89EC-62B02E5B7D6C/0/OhbergSelfSufficiencyPresentationCFSSCNov72012.pdf

Ella Haley - the outspoken farmer who has made land use and ownership a political hot potato in Brant County shares her perspectives on farmland preservation through the lens of the "land-grab" happening all around her farm, Hearts Content Farmstead.  Should we have concerns about foreign ownership of agricultural lands?

David Carson - of Dundas in Transition and now co-chair of the Community Food Security Stakeholder Committee (CFSSC) talks about sustainability, farmland preservation and what we need to know about the AEGD proposed by the City of Hamilton (also known as The Aerotropolis).  Carson is also one of the citizens most actively engaged in the creation of Hamilton's first FOOD CHARTER.

Wondering what it's all about?  Come to this gathering to find out!  There will be displays set up by community groups, such as The Mustard Seed Cooperative Grocery... get your membership!

All month long on Saturdays at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market Community Kitchen
their FREE Cooking Demonstrations will be part of “FEBRUARY IS FARM MONTH!”
Enjoy the food fun, facts and flavours... there will be samples!  Details TBA right here on the Hamilton Eat Local Blog!


We are working hard to bring you FEBRUARY IS FARM MONTH!  
Details to be announced.
Check back soon!