A close second to loving all the fresh local food I buy at my favourite Farmer's Market, are all the wonderful conversations I joyously participate in with the people I meet. There's something rather magical about communities coming together to buy local, fresh, *real* food from farmers in Ontario.
Have you been to a farmer's market in our city yet? If you haven't, you don't need to walk, bike or drive very far to get to one. In fact, if you can't make it out on the weekend because you head up to the cottage every Friday night, I have compiled a little list of farmer's markets for the urbanites of Toronto:
Brick Works: Saturday 8-1pm
Liberty Village: Sunday 9-2pm
Sorauren Park: Monday: 3-7pm
SickKids Hospital: Tuesday 9-2pm
Nathan Philip's Square: Wednesday Noon-2pm
Woodbine & Danforth: Thursday 3-7pm
High Park: Friday noon-7pm
If none of these locations suits your fancy, check out NOW mag's list that sorts market's by day - a very useful tool.
A few tips to make your farmers market visit more joyous:
Bring a reusable bag (or two) to carry your groceries. Many farmers will provide plastic, but let's love mama earth and avoid plastic please!
Scope out the market before you make your purchases. You might find a better deal at the other end of the market. So don't do all your shopping in one place.
Check out what's in season this time of year: http://www.foodland.gov.on.ca/english/availability.html and plan your meals accordingly. Meaning, if you know that peaches are in season, then you might want to grab some spelt flour while you are there for a peach crisp!
This past Saturday I went to the Brickworks Farmer's Market on Bayview for what has become my favourite weekend errand on my to-do list. However, it feels more like an indulgence - an errand I actually look forward to all week long. Here are some photos of my tasty finds. EnJOY!
Organic peaches, wild blueberries, shiro plums
Arugula, sprouted beans, organic carrots, green & yellow beans
Mmmmm olives (not local obviously, but from an Ontario farmer nonetheless), crackers that are to die for. I buy these almost every week!!
Need I say more?
Wild Blueberry Spelt Pancakes I made for brunching with my parents this past long weekend (with ingredients I bought at Brick Works of course). I will post the recipe this week.