Whistle Stop Chrimstmas Fair 2013

The 5th Annual Whistle Stop Christmas Fair
When: Sunday December 1, 2013
Where: Markham Go Train Station. (214 Main St. North, Markham)
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm.
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This is our 5th fair and this year we will be supporting the Markham Stouffville Hospital’s Expansion Campaign!

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The Whistle Stop Christmas Fair is the perfect place to get all of your Christmas gifts, including; home made preserves, hot sauce, pottery, jewellery, specialty soaps and creams, baked goods including gluten free, christmas cards, artisanal crafts and much more!

We will also be holding a charity BBQ and Bake sale in the parking lot!

Hope to see you there!

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Unionville Farmers’ Market 2013 – Cancelled

We regretfully announce that the Unionville Farmers’ Market for 2013 will be cancelled for the season.  Due to the ongoing construction to restore the Stiver Mill, the market organizers have decided to cancel the market.   Organizers hope to return next season when construction is completed.

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We thank everyone for their support over the past 4 years and hope to see you at our Whistle Stop Christmas Fair in December.

Stay tuned to our website for recipes, guest blogs and everything we are up to during the summer!

Happy July!

Welcome to Sweet Grace & Co.

Check out our guest blog post on ‘Cause You’re Young - “A website for artists and entrepreneurs to connect and carve a name for themselves.”

www.causeyoureyoung.com

Five summers ago my sister and I took a chance on a farmers’ market.   With our parents’ mini van full of muffins, pies & brownies, a deck umbrella to shield us from the sun and a few chalk boards advertising the daily specials, we were ready to take on the self-employed world (well, part time at least).

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Our gluten-free baking adventures began about 10 years ago when our mother was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.  Hoping to lessen her medication intake and improve her mobility, she consulted a naturopath. She was advised to eliminate foods that caused inflammation specifically gluten.

Coming from an Italian/German family that loves to cook and eat EVERYTHING, it was quite a shock when our first ventures into gluten-free baking did not turn out as desired. Cookies with a texture indecipherable from pet rocks and pizzas as sturdy as frisbees from Canadian Tire, were a, thankfully, short-lived reality.

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With a number of culinary disasters, chipped teeth and a few friends still willing to try our new gluten-free recipes — “You HAVE to try it.  This one ACTUALLY tastes good!”–we finally got the hang of gluten-free baking.  A friend suggested that we sell at a local farmers’ market, as at that time gluten-free products, especially good ones, were hard to find.

After a googling and e-mailing blitz, we received an email from one market that was still taking vendors.  We set up a blog, whipped up some crude homemade business cards and presto, we had our own business–one step above a curb side lemon aid stand.  After late nights baking, early morning fighting (over who had to drive) and hot summer days pushing our product, we started to develop a clientele would would seek us out at the market.

After our first market season we learned a lot about how to run our own business.  Hard work, trial and error, GREAT customer service and a good product go a long way.   We also saw how the ‘tire kickers’, who looked insulted at the very thought of trying a sample of a gluten-free brownie, would in time be converted into repeat customers.

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Throughout the years, we have revamped our website, business cards and design (with the help of a friend who happens to be a real deal web  designer www.kbarlowdesign.com) and continue to work on and improve our recipes.  Our new focus is to provide recipes for people to make themselves so they can live a gluten-free life without relying on a box in a grocery store.

Check back each month for new recipes, blog updates and tips and tricks that will make your gluten free life more enjoyable!

Happy Eating!

Unionville Farmer’s Market 2013

Sweet Grace & Co. will be selling at the Unionville Farmers’ Market for a couple of Sunday’s this summer. Stay tuned for dates and check out the market in the mean time. Market opens Sunday June 30, 2013, Station Lane, Unionville Ontario.

Whistle Stop Fair

Whistle Stop Christmas Fair 2012!

This year, the 2012 Whistle Stop Christmas Fair raised $1,100 for the Arthritis Society. Many volunteer hours and teamwork went into this event, which has been held at the Markham GO Station in December over the past four years.
Our thanks go out to everyone who helped to make this fair, which features art, crafts and unique food, the best ever.

Thank you to The Garden Basket in Markham, which sponsored the cafe, and to Nicole Chapman of The Arthritis Society who spoke to visitors throughout the day, giving information about arthritis and the society’s work.

A special thank you to our talented and enthusiastic vendors and to our elves—students from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School in Thornhill. Other volunteers included Patrick Kennedy and Bradley Keen, who manned the barbecue and Brandon Wild and Bob Vopni who provided the music. Thank you also to Councillor Carolina Moretti and her executive assistant Gillian Shaw.
We couldn’t have done it without you!

We look forward to another successful event in December 2013!