Summer is in full swing and the September harvest is fast approaching at the Peterborough Farmers Market. The August and September markets will be bursting with all of the produce Ontario has to offer, as well as a large percentage of locally grown items.
If you are not familiar with the farmer’s market here are 7 reasons to set your alarm and check it out on Saturday mornings.
1. Enjoy fresh, seasonal foods.
The local greens, lettuce and garlic are particularly abundant this year and the young beets, radishes, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and leeks are delicious.
2. Discover new foods.
The market offers certain international cuisines such as Mexican, East Indian, Greek and Russian to name a few. It is a great opportunity to try something new.
3. Embrace organic.
The market has small, organic farmers that are offering bok choy, rainbow chard, snow peas and other interesting veggies.
4. Indulge in nutritious foods.
There are a lot of berries to be had and the peaches, plums, pears and apricots are coming in from Niagara. Some vendors are offering berry ciders as well as apple cider and concord grape juice. And even though it doesn’t fall under “nutritious” Kawartha wines can also be bought at the market this year!
5. Support the community, local vendors, and farmers.
The market offers a wide variety of meats, cheeses, eggs and poultry along with maple syrup and honey. There are also bakers offering a wide range of products from bread and bagels to wood-fired pizzas…even vegan and gluten-free desserts.
6. Find unique gifts.
If you are looking for something special for a gift or just for yourself there are wonderful handcrafted and artisan goods from pottery to woodworking and garden ornamental items. There are jewellery makers, handmade toys, knitted goods and lots more. There is something for everyone and sure to be one of a kind.
7. Turn the trip into a social excursion.
It is hard to go to the market and NOT run into someone you know. It is a great way to catch up with friends and do not forget the special events such as Corn and Peach Days and there are always a few buskers around to provide great entertainment.
So set that alarm and check out the Peterborough’s Farmers Market.
Peterborough & District Farmers Market
Located on Roger Neilson Way, Peterborough in the Memorial Centre Parking Lot