Farmers Markets

It’s officially the first day of summer and Ontario growing season is in full swing! If you haven’t already, make sure to check out your local farmers markets for the freshest, healthiest, most local and most sustainable food around.

Here is a list of the bounty Ontario farms have to offer us every month this summer:

Fruits

June: Cherries, rhubarb, strawberries, apples (stored)

July: Apricots, blueberries, cherries, red and black currants, figs, gooseberries, peaches, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon

August: Apples, apricots, blueberries, red and black currants, figs, gooseberries, blue grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, raspberries, watermelon

Vegetables

June: Asian vegetables, asparagus, green and wax peas, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, fiddleheads, field lettuces, greenhouse lettuce, mushrooms, green onions, onions, green peas, snow peas, greenhouse peppers (sweet red, yellow, orange), radicchio, radishes, rutabaga, spinach, bean and alfalfa sprouts, greenhouse tomatoes, wild leeks

July: Asian vegetables, green and wax peas, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, sweet corn, cucumber, garlic, field lettuce, mushrooms, green onions, onions, green peas, snow peas, sweet green peppers, fieldhouse peppers (sweet red, yellow, orange), potatoes, radicchio, radishes, rapini, rutabaga, spinach, bean and alfalfa sprout, summer squash (zucchini, yellow squash), field tomatoes, greenhouse tomatoes, zucchini

August: Same as July, plus eggplant, leeks, parsnips, field peppers (yellow, red, green, hot green, hot red,

And best of all, you can get the healthiest and most naturally raised eggs, chicken, beef and pork; as well as local honey, maple syrup and artisanal made soaps and beauty products.

So skip those over air-conditioned supermarkets and get to know more intimately where your food comes from. Ask don’t hesitate to ask the farmers lots of questions such as:

  • Where is their farm located?
  • How do they raise their animals?
  • Is their cattle pasture fed, grain fed or both?
  • Do their chickens roam freely?
  • What do they feed their hens?
  • What sprays do they use on their produce, or how do they manage potential pests?

We all know that food in season tastes the very best so get out there and get yours because the short growing season will be over before you know it!

For a complete list of farmers markets for Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe check out:
Edible Toronto

and

For a complete list of available produce for each month of the year visit foodland Ontario at:
foodland.gov.on.ca

Posted on Monday June 21, 2010 by Kerri Cooper