Five Ways to Give Thanks to the Farmer
Get to Know Those Who Grow
Thanksgiving is the time of year when we give thanks for what we have, especially for the food on our table. This year, let’s give direct thanks to the farmers who grow our delicious local and organic eats. Recognizing the connection between the hard working farmers, and the food that’s on our plate, allows us to truly appreciate all that’s been done in order to feed us healthy, sustainable, and good food. Here’s how:
Visit a Farmers’ Market
This is the ultimate way to shop (and the ultimate way to give thanks for all the incredible local and organic food we get to indulge in!). Your purchases directly support the small farmers and your local economy. Farmers’ markets are also a social venue – you get to meet new people in your community while being able to speak to the different farmers face to face. There are markets almost every day in Toronto, but Brick Works and Dufferin Grove are my favourites. Find the one(s) that suit your location and schedule.
Evergreen Brickworks ebw.evergreen.ca/
Get it delivered
I love a delivery service that has relationships with farmers instead of food terminals! I order weekly and love the flexibility plus the outstanding customer service. The service is more expensive, but you are supporting a variety of local farmers and paying for someone to curate the best for you and deliver it to your front door all year round. This service is perfect for someone who doesn’t have time to frequent the market weekly, and you’ll love the recipes they send with the changing seasonal produce too.
Mama Earth Organics www.mamaearth.ca
Go to your local store
Staying away from the big stores and frequenting your independent healthy food stores help support your local farmers. The Big Carrot can be a family event. They have the selection of a “super” market, but have strict standards about what’s on shelf, and they support farmers before the food terminal. You will even find coveted market fruit and veggies in season like fiddleheads and wild blueberries.
The Big Carrot www.thebigcarrot.ca
Grow your own
Pay tribute to our farmers by calling upon their expertise to grow your very own produce garden in your backyard (you’ll also appreciate your food much more when you see how long and how much work it takes to grow a carrot!). We aren’t all blessed with a green thumb (mine is black), so hiring a farmer for your garden yields the best organic crops the season has to offer. Your family will love getting involved (promise) and you may also learn a trick or two from your farmer.
Young Urban Farmers www.youngurbanfarmers.com
Join a CSA
I love buying an entire season of my produce directly from the farmer (at an incredible price). By paying a farmer upfront, you are not only supporting an entire season of ethical and sustainable food systems, but you and your family will enjoy the health, community and environmental benefits of eating fresh, local, organically grown produce. Plus, this is the best source for garlic around.
The Cutting Veg www.thecuttingveg.com