I did not know Harlan Clark – our conversations were generally limited to the weeks price or availability of eggs. I am not a giant breakfast eater so even these conversations were scattered (or scrambled as the case may be).
I frequently saw him from a distance. A lot. Harlan Clark was an egg farmer who, along with his wife Norine worked their egg stand for more than 60 years.
The couple have been a fixture at the market and missed only one weekend at the market over the last 60 years (after Harlan had a heart attack). Their dedication included getting up just after midnight to make it to the early morning Saturday market and tended to more than 1,500 chickens in their flock.
Dana`s earliest memories of Toronto are of buying eggs from the Clarks in her pajamas as she lived close to the market. It’s going to be a different market and he will surely be missed by many who were close to him – and many strangers, like us, who were touched and inspired by their passion.
The family has requested that any donations in his name be directed to the Port Perry Hospital Foundation or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
We ran an earlier post on the Clarks (including a link to a great article from them) in February. If you want to learn more about this amazing couple, click here.