5 Reasons to Visit the Farmers’ Market this Summer
Freshen up your Food Shopping!
Did you know we have over 30 farmers’ markets in Toronto that land on every day of the week, and reach almost every corner of the city? Each one has their own unique vibe, but they all aim to provide similar benefits: the freshest food and products, community building and a chance to learn exactly where your food is coming from. Read on to find out what you can gain from visiting our freshest food markets:
The produce is generally much fresher at farmers’ markets than what you will find in grocery stores. If they’re not sourcing locally, grocery store produce may make a long trip from their roots, which can take days if they’re imported from across the continent from California, for example. From a nutrition standpoint, the fresher and more local your food is, the more nutrients the foods will have, and the better the food is for your health.
One of my favourite farmers’ markets in the east end is the Withrow Farmers’ Market at Withrow park (Carlaw + McConnell Ave) because they have live music every week and activities for kids. It’s fun to watch all the little kids bop around to the music. If you need to occupy your kids and get your grocery shopping done, this is the place to do it! Plus, you can grab breakfast and lunch from the food vendors!
Farmers’ markets are usually one of the first places that new products make their debuts. For example, a lot of new food companies have sold and sampled their food at the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market before making it to grocery stores, like Earth + City. As an attendee, you get the first look at a lot of new products and bragging rights that you’ve tried them first!
If you are interested in meeting and connecting with more of your neighbours, this is usually the best place to do it. The friendly faces of the vendors and of other attendees makes for a really warm and welcoming environment. If you or your teens are looking for volunteering opportunities, farmers’ markets are excellent places to bank on hours and network.
Knowing exactly where your food has come from and whose hands have grown it, is not a common experience. You may get the chance to meet the actual farmers themselves or other folks who work on the farms, giving you the chance to pick their brains about their process and all the standards required for organic certification, for example.
Megan Horsley is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist , Blog Writer and Recipe Developer. Megan is passionate about helping her clients discover their best selves with a holistic approach to their wellbeing. With delicious food, movement and thoughts, and enriching lifestyle choices, Megan loves witnessing the transformations unfold. www.meganhorsleynutrition.com
Check out this list of farmers’ markets divided by day of the week: https://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2014/06/farmers_markets_in_toronto_by_day_of_the_week/