Organic Connections sponsored a public awareness event at the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market on October 22, 2011. It was a resounding success, creating awareness of Organic Week, local organic farmers and their products and the Organic Connections organization.
Mark and Mona Gimby organized Savoury Saturday and worked out of the “almost finished” new kitchen space at the Market. Roasted Squash Soup, Roasted Beet Salad and Cinnamon Bannock were a big hit. Thanks to Gene Kessler of Clear Creek Organics for the organic smokies and to Earthbound Bakery for the lovely bread served with the soup. Flour and sugar for the bannock was given to us by Gerry at Steep Hill Coop. Bioriginal donated hemp oil which worked well in the salad, as well as some roasted hemp seed snacks. Dad's Organic Market came on board with 10 heads of beautiful fresh lettuce, balsamic vinegar and they even threw in the pear. Steve Guenther from Living Soil Farms contributed a number of squash, potatoes, beets and pumpkins. We proudly touted their horns.
The folks from The Better Good on Broadway set up a display of organic goods available at their store. 10,000 Villages has just doubled their inventory of organic food. They made up a beautiful basket for display.
People loved the Organic Connections cloth bags and dutifully filled them with The Canadian Organic Grower, editions from 2008 up to present and various brochures, including the “Where to buy Organics” flyer from the Food Miles Committee of the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate.
Canada's National Organic week is an annual week-long celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country. It was begun by Canadian Organic Growers and the Canada Organic Trade Association to showcase the benefits of organic agriculture and it's positive impact on the environment. Hundreds of events are held each year in collaboration with sponsors and partners across the country. Organic Connections was proud to be a part of this national celebration.