St. Pauls couple are first-year vendors at St. Marys Farmers Market
By Pat Payton
They’re new ‘kids on the block.’
They aren’t kids, but Chris Quick and his partner Amanda Somerville, who live near St. Pauls, are new vendors this year at the St. Marys Farmers Market. Their business is called Cardinals Acres, and they offer fresh products such as garlic, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, peas and cucumbers.
“We grow everything at home, on a small-scale market garden (on one acre of land),” Quick said in an interview with the Independent last Saturday. “It’s our sixth or seventh year gardening.
“We have a couple of big gardens; it’s not like a big farm or anything like that. We’re constantly expanding the gardens every year. We also have a few chickens.”
Cardinals Acres featured mulberries on Saturday and “they sold out in about 20 minutes,” he said with a laugh. “We have a big mulberry tree in the front yard, so we picked as many as we could this week.”
As first-year vendors, Quick said it’s been a learning experience.
“Some things have surprised us and other things have not, but we’re learning,” he said. “One thing that we haven’t sold much of is our head lettuce. I thought when we planted it, it would be a good seller.
“We’re still learning our demographic and our market . . . what people like and what they don’t like. It’s a learning curve.”
Quick says they’re also going to add baked goods and preserves, hopefully starting this Saturday.
Quick and Somerville moved to the area from Toronto about three years ago. He is originally from the Leamington area, while Amanda grew up in Mississauga.
Their business is also on Facebook and Instagram.