Raw and Unplugged
May 5 Photo - JP Beauvais from Maxsym Small Engine Repair of Fort Erie to the rescue fixing a purse at the Crystal Beach Makers Market on Sunday May 5

Raw and Unplugged

What started out as a perfect day for the launch of the Market could have quickly turned sour with the loss of power early in the day. But the Vendor community rallied, and JP Beauvais from Maxsym Small Engine Repair in Fort Erie and Will Gilhooley of Budget Bounce in Welland came to the rescue with their generators.


Sandra Peitsch of Sandra Rae’s Cajun Cuisine almost didn’t need power to keep her Jambalaya warm, she sold out in record time. “Next week,” she says, “I’ll definitely make more Jambalaya, and I’ll also be baking some pecan pie.” We can’t wait.


Elizabeth King was left just advertising her baking business for the afternoon, after selling out of her delicate baked goods half way through the day. Offering gluten-free options, her booth was a crowd favourite. Arrive early to get her goodies, or you might be out of luck.


The turnout was so robust, Lee from Vince’s European Deli said “We’ve sold more today than any other day at this Market.” Customers love that he has tasters out, so they can sample his products before buying.


And the backbone of our Market, Harish Patel from Viniki Farms and Greenhouses in Niagara-on-the-Lake went home with a considerably lighter load than when he arrived. As he says, “People come looking for me,” and today was no different. With vegetables, fruit, and herbs, many grown locally in the Niagara Region, the freshness is hard to resist.


Starting Sunday May 12, it won’t get any fresher than Fueled Fresh Smoothies and Vegan Eatery. Opening a booth at the Market is “an opportunity to create more jobs for locals,” says owner Mark Dellamano, and a natural fit for the company, helping Advancing Crystal Beach fulfil our Mandate of improving access to raw nutrition. They’ll be ready with their vegetable and fruit smoothies, and vegan wraps.


Troy Morningstar from Timbers Custom Contracting came equipped with cordless tools, and was able to start the DIY Shed Workshop without a hitch. Week 1 is complete with the platform built. Week 2 will see Troy build the shell and walls. Stop by for a chat, he’ll help you with tips and tricks for your own DIY projects.


Also joining us on Sunday May 12, Roxanne Connors and her sewing machine will be at The Repair Cafe. Gather up your mending, your jackets with the bottomless pockets, and your injured clothes that are minus a button or two, and Roxanne will sew things up for you.


With tremendous support from the community, including Wayne Gates, MPP, and Tom Insinna, Regional Councilor on site for the ribbon cutting ceremony, even with the power glitch, we’re creating a buzz, so join us this Sunday May 12 for more Market excitement, including the electric sounds of Alex Craddock, local musician.

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