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Taste of the County: A Culinary Showcase


A Culinary Showcase
Taste of Community
Unveiling the Local Flavours at Farm House Market’s Grazing Table Event

In a celebration of community and culinary craftsmanship, The Farm House Market in Amherstburg and Rosa Basile-Marrello, recently played host to a spectacular Grazing Table Event that showcased the finest local products and flavours.

This delightful event not only brought together food enthusiasts and artisans but also highlighted the rich tapestry of local businesses that contribute to the region’s gastronomic scene.

A Symphony of Flavours

The event, held at the charming Farm House Market venue, was a true feast for the senses. The grazing table, meticulously curated by Rosa Basile-Marrello and Elisa Quaggiotto, featured an array of delectable treats that celebrated the bounty of the market’s local producers.

From artisanal cheeses to freshly baked bread crafted by the master bakers at  Blak’s Bakery, each item on the table was a testament to the region’s culinary excellence.

Showcasing Local Artisans

The Grazing Table Event provided a platform for several local establishments to showcase their expertise. Vivace Estate Winery‘s award-winning wines flowed freely, perfectly complementing the assortment of cured meats.

Attendees were also treated to the intricate signature drink Blooming Bubbles — a Hibiscus infused Prosecco.

Community and Collaboration
One of the most remarkable aspects of the Grazing Table Event was the spirit of collaboration and unity that permeated the atmosphere. The Farm House Market, a local farmers’ collective, contributed a cornucopia of fresh organic produce, underscoring the event’s commitment to sustainability and supporting local farmers.

Attendees had the opportunity to engage in creating appetizers with Rosa and gained insights how to arrange these ingredients beautifully on the grazing table, incorporating wooden boards, bowls and platters to create an appealing display.

Beyond the Table

The event was not just a celebration of food; it was also an occasion to appreciate local artistry. Blackstone Flowers, a local florist known for their exquisite arrangements, adorned the venue with stunning floral displays that captured the essence of the region’s natural beauty.

Delicious date bites from Nuts 4 Dates were sampled by our guests.  These scrumptious bite size were loved by all. A must purchase should  you visit the market.

In the heart of Amherstburg, the Grazing Table Event stood as a testament to the vibrant culinary scene that thrives within the region. By highlighting the dedication of local artisans, producers and establishments, the event underscored the importance of community collaboration in creating an unforgettable gastronomic journey.

As attendees mingled, sampled and savoured, they couldn’t help but leave with a newfound appreciation for the flavours that define our local region and the remarkable individuals who bring them to life.

Elisa Quaggiotto proudly displays her famous words “Grown and Raised” on merchandise throughout her store, and it’s so fitting that we should reflect how bountiful and rich our TASTE OF THE COUNTY truly is, and I am so proud to be part of this extraordinary event and community.

Congratulations Farm House Market on your two-year anniversary. We are thrilled you are doing great things in Essex County and we wish you many, many years of success.

Make sure to check out the events happening all month long in August at the Farm House Market.

Here’s a delicious summer salad that was served at the Grazing Table Event.

Watermelon, Feta and Mint Summer Salad:

Ingredients I used:

  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, torn
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large bowl, combine the cubed watermelon, crumbled feta cheese, and torn mint leaves.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and balsamic vinegar until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the watermelon mixture and gently toss to coat all the ingredients evenly.
  • Let the salad sit for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  • Give the salad a final toss before serving. You can garnish with additional mint leaves if desired.
  • Serve chilled and enjoy as a refreshing summer salad!

Note: This salad is best served immediately after preparing to preserve the crispness of the watermelon. If you need to make it ahead of time, you can prepare the dressing separately and toss it with the salad just before serving.

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Farm House Market
Blackstone Flowers 
Vivace Estate Winery 
Nuts 4 Dates

All photos by Rosa Basile-Marrello

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