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Maple Syrup is often referred to as the first agricultural crop of the year in Ontario and these  producers work hard to bring the very finest pure maple syrup to you.  and we have two local produces at the Dunnville Farmers’ Market.

Interesting Facts

Maple syrup is a completely natural product with no additives. It is full of minerals and plant proteins.  Filled with Antioxidants

Maple syrup is a superior ingredient to white sugar to increase your antioxidant intake.


Canada  produces over 70% of the worlds demand of Maple syrup

How Maple Syrup is Made


See link below for more video and information on our local Maple Syrup vendors.


Natural Energy Booster

Pure Canadian maple syrup is an all-natural energy booster and sugar alternative that can help provide nutrition before, during and after exercise. That is right regardless of whether you’re an exercise enthuse, a walker, a bicyclist, or a runner or preparing for next marathon, maple syrup is a 100% natural energy source. It  provides  you with simple carbohydrates that are easily broken down by the body into glucose and used for fuel during exercise.

100% Maple Syrup contains beneficial vitamins and minerals, including manganese, riboflavin, zinc and potassium. These vitamins and minerals combined with simple carbohydrates of pure maple syrup will help provide added nutrition to an exercise program.

Cooking with Maple Syrup

maple syrup can be used as a healthy alternative to sugar in a variety of dishes, such as desserts and baked goods (pies and cakes, just to name a few). The natural sweetener also adds depth and complexity to a wide range of entrees, and can be used as an ingredient in glazes, rubs or barbeque sauces for poultry, meat, seafood or vegetables.


Maple Chicken


2 lb (1 kg) chicken pieces

1/3 cup (75 ml) all-purpose flour

1/4 cup (50 ml) vegetable oil

1/2 cup (125 ml) maple syrup

2 Tbsp (30 ml) cider vinegar

2 Tbsp (30 ml) sherry

2 Tbsp (30 ml) soya sauce

2 tsp (10 ml) ground ginger

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp (2 ml) pepper

1/4 tsp (1 ml) paprika



Coat chicken pieces well with flour. In large nonstick fry pan, add vegetable oil. Cook for 5 minutes, browning well, turn often. Arrange in 9" x 12" baking dish. In small bowl, mix together maple syrup, vinegar, sherry, soya sauce, ginger, garlic, pepper and paprika. Pour over chicken evenly. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes to 1 hour, turning once during baking. Cover with foil, if browning too quickly. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley.



Recipe from  http://www.ontariomaple.com/recipes-main-side-dishes

Bran & Maple Muffins


1 cup oat bran

1 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt

3/4 cupbran flakes

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/3 cup chopped dates

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup pure maple syrup from Canada

1/4 cup canola oil

1/4 cup water

1 egg



Preheat oven to 350 °F. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper or silicone muffin liners.

In a medium bowl, combine the oat bran with the yogurt and let sit while preparing the other ingredients. In a medium bowl, combine bran flakes, both types of flour, dates, baking soda and cinnamon. In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, oil, water and egg; add to the oat bran and yogurt mixture. Stir in flour mixture just until combined. Spoon into muffin liners. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the muffin center comes out clean. Remove the muffins from the tin and cool on a wire rack.

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Come for some Sweet Ontario Maple Syrup right hear at the Dunnville Farmers’ Market  Visit with our vendors to find out more about Maple Syrup.

Richardson’s Farm and Market   James Richardson

Houser's Home Grown Produce    Chris Houser

Click on our link to learn more about our Maple Syrup Vendors

How Maple Syrup is Made

Facebook links

James Richardson’s Farm & Market Videos on Maple Production


Check out their facebook page for more interesting facts and tours available on the farm


Meet the Vendor   Chris Houser

Houser's Home Grown Produce | Facebook

Welcome new Board of Directors members

The Dunnville Farmers’ Market Association had their annual general meeting last week and positions have been filled for our Board of Directors.  We have had a few changes to the Board of Directors and  would like to share those changes with you.

We would like to welcome the following people to the Board of Directors for the Dunnville Farmers’ Market Association.

Sarah Reynolds of Olive’s Heirlooms is now the Vice President.  Sarah has been a valued member of the board for a number of years as a Director.  She has  also been a long-time farm vendor.  Sarah  is also the person who looks after our market day facebook posting and sits on the Marketing and Special Events Committee as co chair.  .

Diane Cumming of Frances & Roy Johnson family farm, has stepped into the position of Secretary.  Diane has been a valued farm vendor for many years.  She is the daughter of Frances and Roy who have been attending the Dunnville Market for about 60 years.  Diane has been on our vendor application committee for a few years now and will continue on that committee.

Diane is filling the vacancy as Secretary,  as Paul Houser made the decision, after holding it for over 25 years, it was time to give it up.  However, Paul is going to continue to serve as a Director and will continue to look after our legacy binder.


Karen Gauthier from KarMichaels Seafood has taken a Directors potion. Karen will also be training this year to take over the daily manager role with the assistance of the Board.  She will also be on the Vendor application committee.

Amanda Croft of Cane 9 kennels dog biscuits is also taking a Director  Amanda will also be joining the Marketing and Special Events committee

They are filling open positions we had with the retirement of two of our members.

They are joining the following returning  Board Members

James Richardson from Richardson’s Farm and Market will continue in the position of President.  James is actively involved in all aspects of the market and sits on a number of the committees.  James has held the President position for a number of years.

Kim Drew from Purple Haven Farm will continue in the position of Treasurer and will continue to co chair the Marketing and Special Event committee.  Kim also looks after the website, and works on  facebook postings along with James and Sarah.

Chris Houser from Houser’s Home Grown will continue to hold a Director Position with the board.  Chris also sits on the Building Maintenance committee.

We would like to welcome them all to the Board of Directors



On behalf of the Dunnville Farmers’ Market Association we would like to take a moment to inform our customers that Laurie Admiral has made the decision to retire from framing and the Dunnville Market.

We would like to take a moment to thank Laurie for all of her work she has done over the many years with our market.  Over the years she has worn many hats in addition to being a farm vendor Most recently her position was Vice President and our daily market manager.  Both these positions she has held for many years.  She will be missed by our board; vendors and we are sure our customers too!  Please help us wish her a happy retirement.  We hope she enjoys all her free time golfing, camping, traveling and relaxing.

Happy Retirement Laurie!



COVID-19 and the Dunnville Farmers’ Market

The opening of the 2020  Farmers' Market Season will be delayed this year until the County reopens the building.  As you are already aware, all County Parks and Pavilions are closed till at least June 27th.  We have been working  on a COVID-19 safety plan for new protocols based on health and safety guidelines set out by the Government  for social distancing, food handling and safety of both our vendors and customers.

The Ontario  Government has included Farms and Farmers' Markets  as essential services.  These are unprecedented times and they call for unprecedented actions.  We are sourcing alternative to create an easier way for our product to be ordered  for local pick-up,  so that you can continue to get fresh produce from our vendors and help support our local farms.

As an alternate at this time  we are suggesting you get in touch directly with our vendors to arrange pick and or delivery.  Our Vendors are list on our website.  VENDORS

Food safety is extremely important to the Dunnville Farmers' Market Board of Directors and it's members. The Board along with our members continue to work hard to ensure the safety of shopping for food, whether online or  at our local farmers’ market building.  A set of protocols are set out for vendors to follow.

Stay tuned,  we will continue to keep you updated.




Thank you for your support last year in attending our Evening Markets.  However, we have decided not to do any Evening Markets for the 2020 market year.

We will be starting back at the Market in April.   First Saturday will be April 4th. 7am till noon and first Tuesday will be April 7th 7am till noon


This year, for the first time ever, The Dunnville Farmers’ Market  is launching a pop-up   Christmas Evening Market  in partnership with The Dunnville Chamber of Commerce and the 74th Light Up and Santa Parade.  Along with the Salvation Army and The Lion’s Club.   To highlight local Artisans

And the best part: admission is free.

We just ask you bring along a Toy and/or non perishable food item for the Salvation Army.


Please join us on December 1st from 7am-12 noon for a regular market day filled with our regular vendors, then return to join us as we celebrate local artisans at our special Christmas Evening Market from 3-9pm.

We will be showcasing a number of talented local artisans.  These artisans are all local and have a large selection of items for sale from Soap to knitted goods, Baked Goods to jam.

We will be offering a craft centre for the kiddies to be creative while you shop.   Santa will be paying us a visit too!

Lions Club will be there all day selling beautiful pre cut Christmas Trees

Salvation Army will be there collecting toys and non perishable food items for local families in need this Christmas.

Penny Sale, draws and get a FREE cup of lavender Hot Chocolate from Purple Haven or a Hot Apple Cider from Houser’s Farm.

Come see Richardson’s show you how they make Maple Taffy.

Stop by on your way to the Santa Parade and get purchase yourself a bit to eat from Uncle Paul’s then stop by after the parade for a Hot Chocolate.


Customer Appreciation Day September 1, 2018


Event Details:
Join us at the market Saturday September 1st for  our Customer Appreciation Day at the Dunnville Farmers Market from 7am to 12pm.

Come and stock up with local fresh fruits and vegetables, delicious baking, meats, wine, cheese, flowers, Maple Syrup, preserves, personal care items and more.

There will be FREE give-a-ways, filled with fresh produce and products. Draw will happen at 12 pm and because it will be fresh produce we will ask that you please return to pick it before 1 pm the same day.  We will be calling the winners at 12:15pm

Admission is always FREE but donations of canned items for the Food Bank is always appreciated during our Customer Appreciation Day.

Make It A Fresh Day!

Dunnville’s waterfront park, pavilion nearing completion

Expected to be open to public before end of August
Jul 25, 2018 by Shawn Smith The Sachem

News The Sachem article link

If you’re looking forward to Dunnville’s newly constructed waterfront park and pavilion, there’s good news.
On July 25, Haldimand County announced that construction on the project is nearing completion.
“It is exciting to see this project so close to completion,” said Mayor Ken Hewitt. “This has been a complex construction project that has had some unanticipated challenges along the way and has involved the input of many key stakeholders.”

Once the project reaches substantial completion, which is considered to be about 97 per cent complete, construction fences will be removed, and farmers market vendors will move over to the new market building. After the fences come down, there will still be some minor ongoing landscaping work to cultivate and ensure the health of newly planted grasses and plants.
Construction of the waterfront park was initiated in summer 2017; however, the project has been in the planning stages for several years.
The $1.9 million redevelopment of this waterfront property creates a destination for residents and visitors to Dunnville. A once-vacant parking lot and former arena is now a waterfront park with walking paths, green space and a signature pavilion that will be the new home to the Dunnville Farmers Market on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.
Outside of market times, the Waterfront Pavilion will be available to individuals, organizations and groups that wish to rent the space for a special occasion or event.
“I would also like to acknowledge the efforts and contribution of the Dunnville Farmers Market Association to this project,” Hewitt said.
The association quickly raised over $200,000 toward the construction costs of the new building and were an active partner in the overall design of the building.

“The members of the Dunnville Farmers Market Association have worked tirelessly over the past several years on this project,” said James Richardson, the group’s president. “We’ve worked hard knowing that this project will bring opportunities that benefit all of Dunnville and Haldimand County.”
Further information about this project is available on the Haldimand County website.

by Shawn Smith
Shawn Smith is a sports and general assignment reporter with The Sachem and Glanbrook Gazette. He can be reached at [email protected]. Follow The Sachem on Twitter, and Facebook
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