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Local produce from Holland Marsh at Tottenham Farmers’ Market

July 15, 2022   ·   0 Comments

If you like fresh produce that is locally grown, the Tottenham Artisan and Farmer’s market has vegetables that come from just down the road.

Amanda Eek, from At 60 Aileen farms, along with her partner Matt Reesor, bring fresh produce to the market every week from their farm on the Holland Marsh.

The Marsh, with its dark, nutrient rich soil, is well known as the premier location for growing vegetables in Ontario.

Amanda was “born and raised” in the Holland Marsh and knows all about what it takes to produce vegetables.

“For this week, we have romaine lettuce, green leaf and red leaf lettuce, and we have three kinds of kale,” Amanda explained of what they brought on Sunday, July 10. “The radishes sold out, the Swish chard is all gone. We will have leeks coming out.”

As vegetables grow at different rates through the season, Amanda brings different ones to the market depending what has grown.

“We will bring what we have currently available,” Amanda explained. “Carrots will be a month out for us. Other people might have them already. We’ll probably swap with one of our neighbours so we can bring some out here. We have celery. Carrots and onions are the biggest ones out on the Marsh. We are a garden market. What people grown in their garden – we do that but on a larger scale. We’ll have tomatoes. We’ll have zucchini and squashes. The Marsh grows over 47 types of crops.”

The Marsh has a unique soft soil that makes it perfect for growing vegetables. You may have seen the Marsh as you pass by on Highway 9, but it is far larger than you can see from the highway.

“We’re here every week,” Amanda said. “Later in the summer we’ll be bringing onions, garlic, and leeks, squashes, and corn.”

The Tottenham Artisan and Farmer’s markets takes place every Sunday through the summer at Keogh Park.

It is held in conjunction with the Sunday Concerts in the Park series so it is very enjoyable day for both local residents and visitors.

By Brian Lockhart

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