Farm Markets. They're great any time through the summer, but at this time of year they're just wonderful, a pleasure to visit, brimming with fresh veggies. There are several weekly Farmer's Markets in the area, there are farm stands at the end of lanes, and there are a few commercial farm markets, like Misty Meadows Country Market in Conn, Ontario.
We stopped there on the way to visit our grand-daughter last week, and found it packed with fresh fruit and veggies. We've watched this market grow from the time it was a wagon at the side of the road.
They soon expanded to a store, carrying a lot of goods in demand by the local Mennonite community.
Now they've expanded even further with a big outdoor fruit and veggies stand, carrying both local and Ontario produce. The relatively new Elmira Produce Auction provides a lot of produce from Mennonite farms all over south-western Ontario.
I was tempted to buy a lot more, but we stuck to what we could actually use, especially a large volume of tomatoes for canning (for making sauce in the cold days of winter).
And we got two large baskets of Niagara peaches. The next day they got transformed into jam, syrup and canned peaches! Great for the middle of winter.
I was amused by this 'fence' of sliced cedar trunks and branches, put in place to keep cars from parking too close.
They are actual cedar logs, cut in half, but with a branch left still attached. Somebody went to a lot of work!
I love farmers markets , so much YUMMY freshness . There is a fellow employee at hubbies work who also farms veggies and fruit he brings in lots of goodies in baskets that are stuffed for the employees and they are only $20 per basket and he had a stand at the end of his lane he also lets every own know by a small pamphlet what is in harvest . Our small farming towns here have a farmers markets happening this time of year every weekend ! Lovely photos . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !ReplyDelete
What a great marketplace!ReplyDelete
Those carrots would definitely be one of my purchases!
Happy September, Furry!
We enjoyed visiting the farmers markets during our trips this year. Always fun to see the produce from the different areas of North America.ReplyDelete
Beautiful photos! I love going to farmer's markets. They have one every Wednesday at noon in downtown Portland that I never miss. It's funny to see people in business attire buying fruits and veggies.ReplyDelete
Our fall fair at the Farmers Market is next weekend. I hope I can get there. We don't have as many vendors, but it's fun to see all the people from town and get a few fresh items. - MargyReplyDelete
Novel idea for a fence. Farmers' Markets are increasing in popularity here too, though the roadside stalls seem to be in decline; gone are the days when you could do much of your weekly shop by riding a bicycle around the nearby villages to pick up fruit and veg from farm-gate stalls, often with just an "honesty box" to pop the money in.ReplyDelete
Looks very neat - much more so than the farmers' markets over here! How long does it stay like that? John (above) is right.ReplyDelete
I am ten minutes walk from St. Jacobs farmers' market, to say nothing of the numerous Mennonite farms with a short drive. How do poor city folk live without them?ReplyDelete
Maybe your readers can answer this. Why do women almost universally refer to their husbands as "hubby" or "hubbers (!)" - see the first comment above. It always seems bizarre to me that wives seem hardly ever to use their husband's names. Check comments on other blogs you frequent and you will see that this is almost universally true. I cannot imagine referring to my wife as "wifey" or "the missus." Her name is Miriam and whenever I refer to her on my blog (frequently) that is what I call her. It's her name after all.ReplyDelete
I think it's just a choice of letting them remain anonymous David. I have never used my wife's name, and rarely use my own, though I've changed my copyright mark recently to it rather than my nickname.Delete
The best time of the year for healthy eating!ReplyDelete
Looks like a really nice place to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Lucky it is nearby.ReplyDelete
This time of year, the farmers markets are very busy!ReplyDelete
Wow! Those are some awesome looking vegetables. Such fun to pick out these instead of at the grocery.ReplyDelete
I love to see all those peaches!ReplyDelete
We went to Farmer's Market here last Saturday. Wonderful fresh fruit, vegetables, jam, jelly, home-made bread, etc. And two guys with guitars provided entertainment. I bought peaches, too - beautiful, sweet-smelling, delicious!ReplyDelete
I see David's query about real names .I think it is a privacy or safety reason for so many. About 25 minutes from home, every Friday is a Farmer's Marker at Feilding. As well as fruit and veges, there are flowers, plants, and meat. Home grown is the best, and your photos show amazing displays, those peaches, yummy.ReplyDelete
Looks wonderful. Great colors and everything looks so healthy. : )ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness, I would love to shop at a place like that. But, it would be so hard to chose what I wanted to buy.ReplyDelete
It all looks so good. We frequent our farm stands all summer - kind of sad when the season is over. Love the parking "trees".ReplyDelete
Looks like a great place to shop, those fences are great! :)ReplyDelete