Saturday September 25th was the highlight event of the 2010 Kerr Village Farmer’s Market season. This was the day we celebrated Corn! We celebrated the fact that Ontario produces a major corn crop and that corn crop goes into a wide variety of products that we eat and drink.
The Wine Ladies, Susanne and Georgia are Oakville’s own, they founded a very entrepreneurial sister team in 2003. Charismatic and entertaining they hosted our “Corn” event held at Coast Bar & Grill. These ladies love live public appearances and brought a film crew with them. They were on site to shoot a video showcasing the Farmer’s Market, Liaison College, Coast Bar & Grill and Tag #5 Vodka. The video will air on October 6th on Susanne and Georgia’s Television show. The video will tie together the story of a community that can bring locally grown Ontario corn, a local Distillery, a local college and local bar together to celebrate and generate awareness for Ontario locally grown corn.
Dianna Iaquinto is the Executive Director and owner of Liaison College Oakville and was the Food Sponsor for our event. She has been bringing her Chef, Paul Hoag and his students to the Kerr Village Farmer’s Market this summer to help visitors and vendors learn more about how to prepare the wide variety of food products grown in Ontario. Dianna and her team have been a wealth of knowledge on the 100 mile diet, and have been instrumental in getting us together as a community.
Liaison College has been working diligently to integrate the college, and the students into the Kerr Village community.
“It’s very good for our students to see and work with local restaurants, vendors and markets”, said Dianna Iaquinto. “The College has been at the market a handful of times this summer, she said, teaming up with Cameron’s Brewery, creating and serving recipes made with beer. Our Chef and his students have also prepared dishes from locally grown produce at the market including eggplant, Raspberries, strawberries and corn. “
Chef Paul is an artist when it comes to food, not only can he create amazing recipes, his presentations are picture perfect! These recipes are posted on the Liaison College Facebook page under the recipes tab. All the recipes from the market this summer are also posted there.
This past Saturday Chef Paul used Tag Vodka as the base for his recipes. Tag Vodka is quadruple filtered sweet corn vodka. www.liaisoncollegeoakville.com
Saturday’s food sampling included Vodka Miso Cod with Cucumber Kim Chee; Spicy Watermelon Ginger Soup in cubes with ginger chips; and Vodka Tiramisu.
Craig Peters owner of Tag Vodka was also the bartender at the event and created the drink pairings that included Cucumber and Rosemary Muddled Caesar, Watermelon and Basil Mohito, with ginger infused Tag Vodka and an Espresso Martina made with Tag No 5 Vodka. Tag No. 5 Vodka. Recipes are available on the website.
One of the things the Minister of Agriculture wanted to improve on was to find ways to bring Chef’s, Restaurateurs, and Farmers together. The Kerr Village Farmer’s Market and the Kerr Village BIA, as a team, have become brokers, bringing together incredible opportunities to provide the venue and the audience for Ontario and locally grown products.
We increased consumer awareness for Ontario Foods, Marketing Boards, Farmers, Growers and Manufacturers. We have increased consumers purchasing, not only direct from the Farmer’s Market, but also through the visitors who are going to Restaurants that are serving locally grown products. Some are taking training programs from Liaison College because they want to become chefs.
The Kerr Village Farmer’s Market is doing something incredibly unique, it’s building a team that includes all levels of the food chain, and if it was not for the continued support from Liaison College, Oakville Campus, this would not have happened.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the remaining two weekends of the Kerr Village Farmers Market as we plan to continue bringing you the freshest fruit and vegetables straight from local farmers.