A sweet and sticky morning at the Woodstock Farm Market

Annual Maple Fest brings visitors from across New Brunswick

March 31st, 2015 JIM DUMVILLE BUGLE-OBSERVER

The sap is only beginning to run in New Brunswick now, but those on hand at the Woodstock Farm Market on Saturday morning for the annual Maple Fest didn’t mind seeing last year’s sap being used for this year’s sweet treats.

Basketball tournaments in the area, along with the Little Rocks provincial curling tournament being hosted by the Woodstock Golf and Curling Club and the Florenceville Curling Club brought in a few extra visitors to this year’s festival. Market officials said it was one of the largest crowds in the event’s history.

The highlight of the morning for most of the children, and evening a few adults with a sweet tooth, was the traditional maple taffy, created by pouring hot syrup on the snow. With the use of popsicle-style sticks, the quick-cooled syrup can be quickly rolled into tasty candy on a stick.

Hosted by Laurie and Roy McLellan, whose maple products are regularly on sale at the market,the Maple Fest has become a spring tradition at the market.As she poured the syrup on the snow,Laurie quizzed the children about their knowledge about New Brunswick’s famous maple production. Inside the market, visitors had a chance to enjoy a maple breakfast, which included Pam Burpee’s doughnut-shaped pancakes.

Among those enjoying the unique pancakes was Jared McRae Rogers of Riverview.He and his parents were in town for Little Rocks curling and headed to the market after taking part in the tournaments opening ceremonies at the Woodstock Golf and Country Club.

He also took tried out the taffy, as did Tate Braedley of Fredericton Junction. Tate and her parents were visiting the area while she was participating in a local basketball tournament.

GetContentTate Braedley of Fredericton Junction tries the maple taffy at Woodstock Farm Market’s annual Maple Fest on Saturday.

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Laurie McLellan pours the hot syrup to make the sweet maple taffy.

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Jesse Anderson takes a bite of his maple taffy.

All Photos: JiM DuMville/Bugle-oBServer

The Start of a New Chapter!

As appear in The Bugle-Observer ~ February 18, 2015

The start of a new chapter in the life of the Woodstock market

Farm market report Keith Helmuth

A new chapter in the life of the Woodstock Farm and Craft Market has begun. But first, a correction from last week’s report; I gave an incorrect phone number for Pam Burpee. Her correct number is 328-3706.    As reported, Pam is now offering a muffin, coffee, and tea service on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. This makes the Farm Market a new place for coffee klatch groups to get together. Pam is happy to expand this service to other days of the week (except Friday) and will do so on request, which is why it’s important to get her phone number right.

It’s the new chapter in the Farm Market’s life that makes this opportunity possible. The Market now has convenient seating for at least 15 to 20 people depending on the arrangement of tables and chairs.  The muffin, coffee, and tea service was set up as scheduled on Valentine’s Day despite the extremely low morning temperature. The draw for the Valentine’s Day cake was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday and the winner was Portia Lynn. Thanks to the many folks who entered the draw while shopping at the Market last week.

Even though the snow is still piling up and swirling along the river bank, there is always easy parking at the Market, the ground level entrance on the north side is always well plowed out, and inside the Market Building it’s always warm and cozy.

The interior renovations in the Market are now almost complete. Last week added a new shelving unit for used books at one end and a new unit for regional authors’ books at the other end. Several new books from local authors are now on the shelves, including an upbeat illustrated children’s book by Keith Lyon on dealing with  mental illness. The book is titled Princess Madison and Princess Haley. For more information go to  www.keithlyonbooks.com   Book events for Keith Lyon and other regional authors will be scheduled in the future. This is another way the new arrangements in the Woodstock Farm Market can be used for special events.

There is a sad note for the Farm Market this past week as well; long time vendor Dick Cougle passed away. Dick has been well known for his log cabin birdhouses and furniture for children. We will miss Dick’s visits to the Market and remember fondly his contribution to its growing success.

KEITH HELMUTH

One of the founders and a long-time member of the Woodstock Farm Market