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2009 Jun 9
To quote from the article Buddy Rich is referring to:

"But free-range doesn't mean the hens are running around outside, oh no. Rather, they're able to run free inside the large barns -- they're not kept in the usual small battery cages. But their beaks are trimmed to minimize destructive tendencies among birds confined in the henhouse."

Take from that what you will, and this is something that might be best moved into the forums.

In my opinion, it's better conditions than what large-scale industrial farming can provide, and I'm willing to pay a premium because the eggs taste better, and because it's from a local farmer.

2009 Jun 9
Actually I would like to comment on the Beking thing, and if anyone can clarify further it would be great. We buy Bekings weekly at the Herb on Wellington and like them for their taste alone, let alone their locality... but if what Ron Eade of Omnivore's Ottawa describes in this blog post is true, the dreaded factory farm description is apt, if not entirely accurate. I would describe it more an organic farm (though I know Beking doesn't claim organic certification), but that ain't saying much as the organic standards on the animal side of things are not that great.

Free-Roaming, doesn't mean they roam around a yard, etc... Big Organic is just as bad a Big Factory Farms in some ways... but that is another topic for another discussion. Nor am I accusing Beking's of deception, the standard is what it is, its just that not many people know what it really means. In any large operation, organic or not, you have beak trimming and being confined to the barn is better than being confined to a small cage.

The blog post I mention is here (see the comment on Bekings further down):

communities.canada.com

This is just one man's description but I assume a respected journalist has visited the farm before commenting...


2009 Jun 8
Irishgal, I have to agree with F&T that your review is not only misleading in speaking to Landsdowne, but also in speaking to Byward Market. You're implying that Byward doesn't have any factory farming, which it does (Savour Ottawa is designed to minimize FF and create more transperancy).

Further, it's stipulated on the market's website that "The promise of the Ottawa Farmers' Market is that all goods sold by the vendors who participate are produced by those vendors. This ensures that the customer wanting to buy locally is able to and is purchasing the freshest meat and produce available while supporting local producers."

As a customer, I have to trust that the OFM has a way of determining that the products sold are local.

I'm curious about evidence supporting your claim that Bekings (who are also selling at Byward) are using factory farming. If you are correct, and they do indeed factory farm and are selling at both Byward and Landsdowne, then your intial claim that Byward discourages factory farming and promotes local goods is unfounded.

I think F&T, myself, and the rest of the users would appreciate some clarification regarding your comments.

NB: I know that I could have just marked the comment as questionable, but like G&T said, there is merit in creating a dialogue, especially when the review speaks to issues such as locavority.

2009 Jun 8
i love this market and go weekly. we usually eat our breakfast here too. here is a run-down of some of my regular vendors that i visit.

Acorn creek garden – lovely lettuce and greens, fantastic selection of unusual peppers and squashes.

Art-is-in bakery – offer huge selection of breads, plus scones, cinnamon buns and donuts. Always has a long line.

Avonmore berry farm – I like their scones, great toasted with butter and jam. The plain scones are better than the whole wheat.

Bearbrook farm – sell cartons of eggs at the main street farmer’s market, sadly not at the landsdowne one. I’m not a big fan of their hot breakfast stall, the eggs tend to get watery sitting in the containers.

Bread lady – no thanks! The focacia was tough and dry, the pizza bun had a strange flavour to the sauce. Not for me.

Bryson farms – love their heirloom veggies! Lots of funny colours and shapes, but the taste is wonderful. Go for the carrots especially.

Carleton growers – I buy fresh flowers every Sunday. My favourite at the lily varieties. The blooms are slow to open and last a solid 10 days. Just beautiful. Recently I bought the dahlias (5 blooms for $10 and have had tons of compliments). The owner is great.

Chamomile Desjardins – my favourite hot sauce. Currently I am loving blue nose.

Four Sisters Food – banana hemp muffin was very dry, more like a hockey puck. My toddler liked it though. I find one of the women always unpleasant and rude.

Glengyle garlic – I always buy my garlic here. The dips are great (but I make my own at home using their garlic).

Hall’s apple market – I love their apples. The cinnamon sugar apple cider donuts are good when hot, but very greasy when they cool off. The plain flavour isn’t for me. The sparkling cider is really good.

Jambican studio gardens – I don’t buy a lot from here, but the owner is the nicest person I have ever spoken to. He is very helpful and will answer any questions about his products to help you cook and serve them at home (which for me is good since I was not familiar with all his varieties of greens).

Kathleen’s Kitchen – the food stall, not the truffle stall. My son loves their squash soup, it is a decent sized bowl, plus fresh bisquit for $4. my husband loves their pulled pork sandwiches, which come with a vinergry coleslaw.

Morrison’s Fudge – go for the Scottish tablet! Plus, lots of free samples 
Ottawa Valley Honey – my favourite honey.

Patisserie Fine Delice Royal – did not like their quiche, very creamy and smooth, I guess I like mine more chunky.

Salty Don – I like his spicy salt blends and have given many as hostess gifts.

2009 Jun 7
Irishgal - To be honest I thought about marking your comment here as "Questionable" but then I thought it might be more worthwhile to engage you in some conversation (educational insight).

You refer to "seconds"... this of course is a somewhat misleading term.

Seconds for example in the manufacturing sector would refer to something that might not be visually appealing (bad dye job), or might not be of the same quality as the manufacturers other products... it might not wear well by standing up to frequent launderings, or perhaps is marked with the incorrect size. All of which would be "inconvenient" to the customer but certainly not life threatening.

Seconds (or as they are actually called... Number 2's) in the food industry is something quite different. No. 1 product is that which has perfect appearance, while No. 2 is say a vegetable with a blemish... but unlike manufacturing, there are strict guidelines in Canada as to the "quality" of food sold... a No. 2 is of no less quality, it just isn't perhaps as visually appealing.

I find the way that you have worded your Review here is very misleading, it is as if you are trying to make it sound as if the product sold at Lansdowne is not of good quality (or perhaps worse).

So although you claim to be a Vendor (and we at OF love feedback from Vendors) I have to wonder why your Review appears to be intentionally misleading to the reader.

2009 Jun 7
We were vendors at Lansdowne last year - Greener GREEN ACRES. They do not make it open or friendly to a lot of LOCAL producers. There are only 28 actual farm producers at Lansdowne. I will be at the Byward market where Ottawa is REALLY promoting Local farmers - unbiased. They are really friendly and helpful because I am not so good at paper work as I am at gardening or roaming the forest. They also send an inspector out to your farm to verify the facts that you are a grower and are really producing what you sell. I heard that a vendor at lansdowne sells his own produce and goes to the warehouse - on the sly - to keep his booth full - could be a rumor though. Watch out for "factory Farm" selling their 'seconds' at the market. Bekings egg farm is one.

2009 Jun 4
A new, and welcome, addition to the market this year is Plum Cake seasonal baked goods. On my way out I noticed her booth and she had macarons! So I made an immediate beeline and scoped things out. We ended up buying 6 macarons, kouign aman, and I think that was it?! Seriously tasty. The filling here is less... buttery/creamy/??? than french baker's, but the flavours/textures were very nice. The rhubarb, and cardamom macarons were awesome. The kouign aman was amazing with coffee & some wild blueberry & rhubarb preserves. I will be back to try some more!

2009 Apr 23
The Ottawa Farmer's Market OPENS for the 2009 Season on Sunday, May 10, 2009. According to their Website www.ottawafarmersmarket.ca

The Market will run Sundays (8 AM to 3 PM) from Opening Day May 10th to November 22nd.

The Thursday Market, will begin June 18th (1 to 6 PM) and run thru to October 8th.

A Saturday Market will be added in the Fall (8 AM to 3 PM) for November 7th, 14th and 21st.

As always there will be a good assortment of fruits, vegetables, meats, and other food items, along with arts & crafts.

Additionally there is this Mandate...

The promise of the Ottawa Farmers' Market is that all goods sold by the vendors who participate are produced by those vendors. This ensures that the customer wanting to buy locally is able to and is purchasing the freshest meat and produce available while supporting local producers.

Also according to the Market's Website there will be some big changes in 2009.

Most notably, it will relocate to a larger space at Lansdowne. The Market will now be in Parking Lot #4, in the area between the North side of the Aberdeen Pavillion, the East side of the Horticultural Building, and Holmwood Avenue.

EVENTS

The Website has not posted as of yet the 2009 Events Schedule but it does mention the following:

OPENING DAY - May 10, 2009
The Monalea Petting Zoo will be there on opening day to welcome you all back to the Ottawa Farmers' Market!

THROUGHOUT THE SEASON
Wagon rides will be available through the Glebe and surrounding areas. Enjoy a ride through the area during your visit. If you live in the area catch a ride to the market or home with your shopping bags.

2008 Jul 25
Theres a new bakery, called delice royal i believe, you can really tell that their products are made with real butter. I bought one of their quiche and it was amazing.

Pour tout ceux et celle qui cherchent des produits de qualité Francais, allez voir la patisserie Francaise Delice Royal.

It reminds me exactly of my trip to Paris, im so glad ive finally found a similar shop!

2008 Apr 29
Thanks Pasta Lover!!

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2006 Oct 23
hey you can get awesome apple butter at the lansdowne market every sunday between 10am and 4pm until the last weekend of october (as in next weekend or wait til spring). i tried it and am going back for a couple of jars to last the winter. at 4 bucks a jar its great price too, but the taste is what matters.
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2007 Oct 23
I bought 1 lb of frozen ground bison here. They (Pykview Meadows) also have burger patties and steaks. I used the meat for tacos-deelish!