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Meaford Farmers Market Opens

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Meaford Farmers Market returns to Friday for third year.


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Its opening day for the Meaford Farmers Market.

This is the third year for the Friday afternoon and evening event that is held under the Rotary Pavilion at Meaford Harbour.

Market Manager Stephen Vance says its a combination of local food and community fun that features not just food and a chance to speak with local farmers, but  there is good entertainment as well.

He says the market has everything from fresh beef, pork and lamb to organic products along with honey and baked goods.

Vance says unlike other markets which are held on a Saturday morning, they have found the Friday afternoon and evening market appeals to visitors who arrive in town late Friday.

He says this allows them to do their shopping first  and stock up on good local food for the weekend.

Vance says this year they are on the internet for the first time with their new website at www.meafordfarmersmarket.ca

He says that will show weekly vendor updates, seasonal produce availability, news special events, childrens activities and other items of interest.

The Meaford Farmers Market operates from 3 in the afternoon untill 7 in the evening every Friday until Thanksgiving.

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Grey Bruce farmers will be going on a tour this weekend.

A tour bus will leave Elmwood and Durham tomorrow morning for a tour at the farm of Brian and Tracey Atkinson near New Lowell.

They are producers of breeding stock and frozen genetics.

Afterwards, the farmers will tour the Creemore Brewery -- before another tour of the 800 ewe flock and abbatoir of Metheral Meats of Glen Huron.

The tour bus will first leave the Elmwood Community Centre at 7:30 tomorrow morning and then stop behind the Durham Credit Union at 8 o'clock.

If you would like to take the bus -- call Jason Emke at 364-0044 to reserve a seat.

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The skyrocketing rise in the value of the Canadian dollar is bad news for farmers.

The Canadian Wheat Board says wheat prices have been on the rise in the U-S in recent weeks -- but that's not reflected as much here because of the strength in the Canadian dollar.

Kaitlyn Hodgins says every one cent rise in the dollar means a drop of 2 dollars and 50 cents per tonne in grain prices.

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One Pork Marketing official says lower-than-normal hog prices likely have more to do with the economic downturn than the H-1-N-1 flu outbreak.

Manitoba Pork Risk Management Director Tyler Fulton says normally the largest rally of the year occurs in April and May.

In 2007 and 2008, the U-S pork cut-out price usually rallied by 10 to 20 dollars during that time period.

Fulton says the economic downturn is likely a greater factor than fears over swine flu as it has curbed global meat consumption.

 


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