Sourcing local food has never been easier!
Finding an assortment of local food from your local farming community all in one place makes Farmers' Markets the consumers best friend.
Spring has arrived (apparently) and the eagerness for nicer weather, sunny days, no snow and fresh food is powerful. The smell of fresh cut grass, the sound of birds chirping, the sight of blooming flowers is filling me with hopeful thoughts of the coming bounty of freshness! The region is a cornucopia of local food! Sourcing local food has never been easier! We are so fortunate to live in a region and area that is so overwhelmingly abundant with food sources! Making a drive out to the country to support one of your local farming families is a great start. We truly appreciate that consumers make the time to come and visit us. We understand too that sometimes time isn't on your side. Enter your local farmers' markets. When you think of a local farmers' market where do you think of? St. Jacob's? Kitchener? Toronto? All good answers but did you know that there are over 180 farmers' markets in Ontario?
Many smaller markets have been popping up in the past years. It is a truly awesome thing to see. We farmers want to provide our communities with our products that we work really hard to produce. We aren't always comfortable or able to welcome you to our farms. For this reason, we love the opportunity to join a local market happening in our area. You can find your week's groceries, and maybe a little extra treat, at most markets. Many of our Foodlink meat partners have started making their presence at some of our local Farmers' Markets along with many long-standing produce farmers.
An abundance of our smaller, quaint towns are starting to host Farmers' Markets for the spring/summer seasons. Last year I was pleased to find one pop up in the park in downtown Bayfield. What an amazing idea. Now, when you are on vacation, you can still find and support local small businesses. Some of the other towns, more local then Bayfield, that are offering Farmers' Markets now are: Rockwood, Elora, Elmira, Stratford, Hespeler, Preston, Galt and Aberfoyle.
I encourage you to keep an eye out for these markets. Many are in the heart of small towns that offer so much more as well. Make a day trip of it and enjoy the bounty of our community. Continue to get to know your local farming families and businesses. Knowing where your food comes from and educating our children about this is so important. We (farmers) are passionate about what we do and we want to be able to offer you the best the land has to offer.