In the summer of 1977, Lee & Maria began working the land that our market now calls home. At first, we were just a small homemade booth on the side of Seacliff Dr., much like the small little huts that still dot the roadside throughout Essex County to this day. Over the years a larger booth was built, then a wagon added for corn until finally, it took nearly an hour to put all of the produce away at the end of the night. It was time for a change.
In 2007 Lee got to work. He built the market we now occupy by hand, planing the wood on our walls, hanging the tin, running power and electrical all himself. It started taking a lot less time to close and we could start to expand into more than just fruits and veggies.
Today, over 40 years from that first roadside booth, we now carry a lot more than just fruits and vegetables. Our shelves are lined with artisanal groceries, organic supplements, and locally made frozen meals. We have kombucha on tap, freshly roasted coffee and more surprises every day.
We still carry the best local produce grown on our 30-acre farm and on land throughout Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent. But, now we’re so much more.
Chef Ben with the Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast joins us monthly with a seasonal menu prepared in front of you. Each course is expertly paired with a featured local winery or brewery.
Our cooking classes are an intimate affair with fewer than 30 attendees at each event. It’s a great way to learn tips and tricks from a classically trained chef while enjoying a night out at the farm.
Our market shelves are jammed with products made by local artisans from right here in Essex and Kent counties. Our vendor spotlights give those vendors the opportunity to showcase their products and tell their story.
Our spotlights are held periodically throughout the summer, usually on Saturday’s or Sunday’s. Call the market to inquire if your favourite natural soap market, BBQ Sauce professional, or salad dressing creator will be in the market during your visit. 519-733-9328
Beginning in the summer of 2019 Lee & Maria’s will begin offering walking farm tours. The idea is to allow people to get as close to the actual farming operations that take place at Lee & Maria’s while learning about some of our different growing practices.
Planning is underway and a more detailed explanation of the tours will be posted by the end of May. Tours are expected to be held twice on Saturday and twice on Sunday. Fore up to date details on our farm tours, call the market at 519-733-9328. As details become available we will update this site.