To The Editor,

From one who lived a 25-minute drive from mid-town Manhattan, and never visited the observation deck of the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty or have never taken the Staten Island Ferry, I know it is easy to put off visiting important attractions in your own back yard.

Which brings to mind the purpose of this rant — that you don’t have to be in the Big Apple to find places of interest and other worthwhile places to visit.

Over the last years, my wife and I have visited the Vankleek Hill Farmers’ Market as often as we can. Not only will you find great things to eat, fresh vegetables and fruit, exotic meat such as wild boar meet, European-baked delicacies, wood-oven baked bread, healthy snacks — my favourite — the oatmeal cookies from Baked on the Hill (you will enjoy meeting Celta or Beth!), home-made soaps, fresh microgreens and much more. If you have a taste for honey, it’s there; looking for your favourite preserve, you may find it; herbs and spices, take your pick . . .

A visit to the market is a social occasion as well. A place to meet and greet old friends and make new ones.

Please don’t hesitate to visit the market when you have the opportunity — you may be surprised what you find there! I recommend it highly.

Thanks to all the vendors, management and board members who foster and organize this lively weekly event.

In closing, try Kevin’s Ice Cream — it is delicious! And say hello to Paul when you arrive at the market. Tell him Jim sent you.

Jim Caputo,
Vankleek Hill

Editor’s note: The Vankleek Hill Farmers’ Market is open year-round, every Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute — indoors during the winter months and outdoors in the parking lot for the summer.