by Becky Dumais
While spring may not have officially sprung, we can still get our fix of farmer’s markets. Shopping at a farmer’s market is a great opportunity to taste fresh homegrown food. We look forward to buying rhubarb and sweet potatoes in the spring and corn and peaches in the summer. Buying from local growers helps support the farming community and local food has usually been minimally processed.
By making regular visits to the farmer’s market, you might be introduced to foods and produce that aren’t readily available anywhere else, and there’s more of an opportunity to shop at your leisure and chat with the vendors.
Make it a point to visit local farmer’s markets often; you can shop with friends, you’ll get to know local food providers and it’s a fun way for children to learn about food and agriculture (and there are usually great samples, too!).
Terra Greenhouse Winter Market
2273 Dundas St, Burlington
Open: Saturdays (10am – 3pm) until March 23
What’s available: fresh foods, baked goods and crafts.
5408 Derry Road, Milton – Tel: 905-878-6355
Open: year round, call for hours
What’s available: vinegar, eggs, garlic, honey, maple syrup, plums, potatoes, onions, beef, vegetables.
6261 Guelph Line, Burlington – Tel: 289-337-3375
Open: Year round Monday to Sunday (9am – 9pm)
What’s available: chicken, free range eggs, heritage pork, organic market garden, pasture raised eggs.
10715 Guelph Line, Milton – Tel: 905-854-3291
Open: year round, Wednesdays (2:30pm – 7 pm)
What’s available: eggs, maple syrup, meat, other organic staples.