Today was the last day of the season for my local farmers’ market. I’m incredibly sad to see it shutter its doors and I feel like spring is an eternity away.
I love taking my kids to the market every Tuesday to try and get them excited about healthy food and to gain an appreciation for those that produce the food we eat.
My neighbourhood market has published the following mandate:
“The Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market mandate is to support and increase access to fresh, local, sustainable, naturally grown and certified organic agriculture. To educate the community in the food they eat, the source from which it comes and how it is grown and/or prepared. We like slow food, not fast food and eating at hearth and home with your loved ones”. TBFM
How can I not be for this? How can I not want to support this and visit every week?
I also appreciate that these vendors work very, very hard and offer fresh seasonal food that is so much better than what I can get at the grocery store and I am happy to see my money go directly to them.
This year we bought a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) plan with Monforte Dairy, a lovely artisanal cheesemaker from Stratford. We will receive a bundle of the most delicious cheese in December and they can count on that revenue. I want to see businesses like this thrive. They deserve to.
I just came across this TED talk. I’m hoping that my kids will be just as passionate about how our food is produced as this 11-year-old. Taking them to our farmers’ market is probably a good start.