New West Hamilton Market Grand Opening – TODAY – May 31, 2013 3 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

West Hamilton Mountain Farmers’ today –  May 31, 2013 3 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Located at Olive & Kiwi Fine Foods

The new market is located at 567 Scenic Drive Hamilton L9C 1G9, Hamilton, ON (corner of Scenic Dr & Upper Paradise).  The west Mountain area residents will no doubt take a few weeks to discover this market location but I’m sure will be very receptive to the vendors who are set to begin there.  I spoke briefly with Pat Kozowyk of Baba Link Farms located in Flamborough this morning as she was set to load her car for the journey to Olive & Kiwi Fine Foods and she was excited to be a part of the Grand Opening today, May 31st beginning at 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The participating vendors are below:

Farmers work hard to provide food for our tables.  The Kozolwyk family has been working for almost 60 years.  Here is a bit of their history.

Alex and Betty Kozowyk started farming in Flamborough in 1954. Their farm was a mix of cattle, chickens, pasture, hayfields, raspberries, and vegetables for the family, and flowers for beauty and the hummingbirds. A few acres of the provincially significant, Flamborough Centre Swamp was also included in the farm. These wetland woods are a rich source of biodiversity.

In 2002 Pat Kozowyk and Ernst von der Kall bought a 10 acre portion of the farm. They named it Baba Link Farm, in memory of Pat’s mother, “Baba” Betty. Baba is Ukrainian for Grandmother.

The logo for the farm is based on a Ukrainian folk art design, and is a little like the Bobolink birds that sang all summer in the pasture.

Baba Link Farm is situated where Betty grew raspberries. She was famous for the excellent quality of these berries, which she grew without pesticides or chemical fertilizers. She was organic, years before organic standards came into being.

Alex Kozowyk quietly smiled, occasionally shook his head at some of Pat’s experimental ideas for the farm, but always offered a tremendous amount of support and expertise.

Both Alex and Betty are dearly missed and remembered daily on this beautiful piece of land.

We highly recommend that you visit this market or one of markets listed below. You can visit a market 5 days a week in one or other of our communities.

A Handy List of Farmers’ Markets in Hamilton

List courtesy of Tourism Hamilton. May 23rd, 2013 – Posted in Farmers Markets, Hamilton Now

It’s Market Season in Hamilton!  Visitors and residents alike can take advantage of 7 local farmers’ markets to purchase fruits, vegetables and delectable baked goods.  We’ve compiled a list of farmers’ markets in Hamilton in hopes that you will support our great growers.

 

Tuesday
Downtown Hamilton Farmers’ Market – 7am-6pm (Open year-round)
35 York Boulevard, Downtown Hamilton (New:  Outdoor vendors consisting of local only vendors).
www.hamilton.ca/farmersmarket

Mac Farmstand – 11:30am-4:30pm (Seasonal) 
University Ave and Sterling St, on campus at McMaster University
www.msumcmaster.ca/services-directory/15-mac-farmstand

Wednesday
Ancaster Town Centre- 3pm-7pm (Seasonal) – OPENS JUNE 12, 2013
St. John’s Anglican Church, 272 Wilson St. E., Ancaster
www.ancasterfarmersmarket.com

Ottawa Street  – 7am-3pm (Seasonal)
204 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton
www.ottawastreetfarmers.com

Thursday
Downtown Hamilton Farmers’ Market – 7am-6pm (Open year-round)
35 York Boulevard, Downtown Hamilton
www.hamilton.ca/farmersmarket

Dundas – 3pm-7pm (Seasonal) – OPENS JUNE 6, 2013
Hatt Street and Miller’s Lane, Dundas
www.downtowndundas.ca/dundas-farmers-market.php

Mac Farmstand – 11:30am-4:30pm (Seasonal) 
University Ave and Sterling St, on campus at McMaster University
www.msumcmaster.ca/services-directory/15-mac-farmstand

Friday
Downtown Hamilton Farmers’ Market – 8am-6pm (Open year-round)
35 York Boulevard, Downtown Hamilton
www.hamilton.ca/farmersmarket

West Mountain Farmers’ Market – 3pm-7pm (Seasonal) (open now)
567 Scenic Drive, Hamilton
www.facebook.com/Olive.and.Kiwi

Saturday
Binbrook – 8am-12pm – (Seasonal) – OPENS JUNE 15, 2013
Hwy 56 at the Binbrook Fairgrounds
www.binbrookfair.org/bfm

Downtown Hamilton Farmers’ Market – 6am-6pm (Open year-round)
35 York Boulevard, Downtown Hamilton
www.hamilton.ca/farmersmarket

Central Hamilton Mountain – 7am-1:00pm (Seasonal) (open Now)
Viewpoint Ave. and Mountain Park Ave., Hamilton
http://www.greenbeltfresh.ca/search-results-profile/546

Locke Street – 9am-1pm  (Seasonal) – OPENS JUNE 15, 2013
Locke and Herkimer, Hamilton
lsfm.wordpress.com

Ottawa Street – 7am-3pm (Open year-round)
204 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton
www.ottawastreetfarmers.com

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