The Vankleek Hill Farmers’ Market

Saturdays year round, 9 am to 1 pm at the Vankleek Hill High School (VCI), 
5814 Hwy 34, Vankleek Hill, ON
Naturally grown fruit and vegetables, naturally raised meat (including chicken, pork, goat, lamb and wild game meat (red deer and wild boar), wood oven baked bread, home style baking, local honey, homemade ice cream, preserves, herbs and spices, prepared foods (Belgian, Jamaican, Thai and Armenian),  garden plants, artisans and much more!! Come f0r breakfast or lunch!
Celebrate the Fall Harvest at the Market – tons of local produce and this Saturday we’re doing a “Let’s Make Kraut” – how to make sauerkraut free workshop with Gudula Bauer from Food Activated, demo starts at 10:30 am .
New to the market The Harvest Garden is serving gourmet breakfast and lunch including French toast, homemade soups, quiche and salads.

Below is this week’s “Fabulous Local Food with Chef Bruce” recipe. All recipes use ingredients from our market vendors. Recipes from past week are under EVENTS and paper copies are available at the market coffee table.

Grilled Trillium Meadows Venison Steaks with Beau’s Farm Table Marzen

Remember the good old 80’s when everything was blackened? Blackened redfish, chicken et al. This recipe harkens back to those days with the exception of being done on a hot BBQ (preferably charcoal). The malty notes in the beer will tame the spices and  the crisp finish will provide some refreshment from the heat as well.

Serves 4 as a main course
Prep time 15 minutes + 1 hour to marinate the venison
Cooking time 20 minutes

For the spice mixture:
5 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons granulated garlic
2 tablespoons smoked sweet paprika
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon granulated onion

In a bowl mix together all the spices and place in an airtight container. You will have more than you need for the recipe but it keeps for up to 3 months

To cook the venison:

4 venison leg steaks
3 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup of the cajun spice
1/4 cup Beau’s Farm Table Marzen
1 clove garlic, minced
In a bowl whisk together the oil, spice and beer. Add the steaks and coat well. Cover the bowl with saran wrap and refrigerate for one hour. 20 minutes before you are going to cook the venison remove it from the fridge.

When ready to cook, start your Traeger Pellet BBQ on “Smoke” with the lid open until the fire is established (4-5 minutes). Set the temperature to High (450°F) and preheat, lid closed (10-15 minutes).

Place steak toward the front of the grill grate for 4-5 minutes on each side for medium rare (place in the middle of the grill grate for a few more minutes if you prefer your steak medium or well). Remove from the grill and let rest for 3-5 minutes.

Sponsored by Glengarry Windows & Doors, Beau’s All Natural Brewing and Trillium Meadows.



“Check in” when you are at the market and “Like” us on facebook to see who is coming Saturdays and for gardening tips and recipes. Help us spread the word about our awesome market!”

If you have any great recipes that you would like to share please send to us and they will be posted on our website and fb page. We’re always looking for new recipe ideas to share on facebook and for our recipe column in The Vankleek Hill Review!

On smart phones type in “Who” in the search box to see a list of vendors who will be at the market or scroll right down this page.

Chef Dominique doing the VKH Market BBQJamie, Rouge River Wood Oven BreadsKaity Badger, Avonmore Berry Farm TableChildren with the Elishka Goat Farm goatsTessie from Gottard FarmGilles and Alana from Elishka Goat Farm

10 thoughts on “The Vankleek Hill Farmers’ Market

  1. Would like to come check out the Farmers Market. Where exactly are you located? Is it indoors? Presuming so.

    Thank you

    • Hi Christine, the market is year round at the Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute (VCI) High School in Vankleek Hill. We are inside the cafeteria of the school during the Winter and outside from May 24th to Thanksgiving weekend, 9 am to 1 pm.

    • Hi Shelagh, Sorry for the late reply, at the time you sent your message we didn’t have anyone selling seedlings. Perennial Plus Plants is back this Saturday with some garden plants and fresh cut flowers. I’m not sure what Victor will be bringing but he usually has some really nice plants at a very good price. Also Elishka Farm will likely have some seedlings.


  2. Hey i am interested in participating in your farmers market i make all natural bath bombs, face wash kids batj fizzies and much more.

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