Are these two things, honey and tomatoes, connected?
They were this past weekend. Here is the story: The Black River/Morrison Point Road area is becoming quite well known in the County partly because of Vicki’s Veggies which is about 2 kms down the road from our place. Vicki and her husband, Tim, raise organic vegetables on about 20 acres and have become quite well known in some big Toronto farmers’ markets and they also sell a lot of vegetables in a little heritage store on Morrison Point Road. They hire 8 full time workers each season and also have a number of volunteers from all over join them each year.
Vicki’s biggest events each year are her tomato seedling sale on the May long weekend and her tomato tasting and harvest festival on the Labour Day weekend in September. This year she grew 170 different varieties of tomatoes, most of which were available for tasting and purchase this past weekend. She invites a number of other food and craft vendors to join them for the weekend helping the event to take on quite a festive atmosphere and several thousand people descend on our quiet Morrison Point Road to join in the celebration.
The connection with honey comes from the fact that Vicki invited Andrew to join the vendors at the tomato tasting event this past weekend and sell honey. She had already begun to carry his honey in her store and it was wonderful for Andrew’s bee business to have exposure to the big crowds coming to the tomato tasting weekend. He and Colleen put together an attractive little display and, despite the fact that tomatoes were uppermost on peoples’ minds, they sold a reasonable amount of good, pure Morrison Point Farm honey. Equally important, he made a number of very good contacts including someone who offered him a bee yard in a desirable area. It is good to see their business developing!