Last week we marked the first day of summer with the longest day of the year! It was a beautiful day with the sun rising at 5:40 am and setting at 9:20pm!
With the summer season upon us, farmers markets are finally flourishing. What used to be view of mostly asparagus and rhubarb has turned to an array of a variety of colourful fruits and veggies!
We welcome the month of May with open arms as it brings us closer to summer and it officially marks the start of the first local vegetable of the year: Asparagus!
May is truly the harbinger of a new harvest season for Ontario grown produce. Ontario Asparagus is available from early May to the end of June. For a seasonability availability guide click here.
You can expect that Ontario Asparagus Farmers grow some of the most nutritious, freshest, and good-for-you asparagus! Let's explore some of the facts about why this local vegetable is so good for you.
Saturdays are always full of adventure and bustling with life in the KW community. The Kitchener Market is open for business with its floor full with vendors setting up shop and people taking the streets to their favourite bakery and coffee spot.
It’s a routine—almost like a ritual for many locals.
So when news got around about FourAll’s ice cream tasting at Smile Tiger Roasters, you can imagine the social commotion.
Shopping local products should be a fun and affordable experience for all!
Thanks to Anne Marie Bianco from Amaryllis Gardens, I have four simple tips for you on ways you can support local and stay within budget.
More and more people are buying and eating local--and for good reason too!
It's not only healthier for you but it is better for the environment and our future.
By buying local, you are getting top quality, fresh tasting food, and you are actively supporting local farmers and your local economy.
I have gathered up four of the top reasons why we all should join in this local community and not only have better tasting food but a better lifestyle as well!
The warmer weather, Spring showers, and blooming flowers, only mean one thing: Summer is coming!
And with summer comes outdoor farmer markets; Yay!
Soon we will be surrounded by that familiar lively and vibrant atmosphere that the market stalls full of fresh produce, fruits, meats, and other delicious goodies bring.
But just like farmers and vendors getting their products ready for the Farmer Market season, we need to prepare as well!
And that's why I've made a list of the five things I do before any trip to the market.
If you are a new comer to the growing farmers market and local food scene, then you definitely need to check these tips out!
And if you are a farmers market pro, you may already know some of these tips, but there is no harm in having a little re-fresh after all those winter months, right?
Let's get ready for farmers market season!
Before Top Market Family Farms, people didn’t have a place to find common farmer market goods during the off-season months between November and April.
However, as of January, this little family shop, owned by Farmer Leslie and her husband is home to a variety of different local and Ontario made products all year round!
Nested in the heart of downtown Cambridge, Top Market Family Farms is probably as local as you can get here in Ontario.
We live in a time where indie cafes and hipster local restaurants seem to be taking over the urban scene—one that the Kitchener-Waterloo (KW) community is no stranger to.
With cafes like Matter of Taste, Settlement &Co, and Smile Tiger Roasters, KW is a hub for this booming hipster and millennial subculture.
So it was only a matter of time before someone turned an old building into a modern grocery store with a beautiful and open feel in the heart of downtown Kitchener.
The couple behind the creative initiative were no other than Johnny Kent and Sarah Pepper, downtown-core residents themselves who found that getting groceries was a daunting task.
With more residents moving to the downtown core, and with start-up communities adopting a more bike and walking friendly means of transportation, it was prime time for a local grocer.
Seeing this trend, and knowing they had a strong potential market, J&P seized the opportunity. Now the couple has ownership of a beautiful 5,000-square-foot grocery store that is local and right in the center of downtown for the whole KW community to be part of.
1) Matter of Taste
If you've been to King Street in Downton Kitchener, you may have passed this cozy coffee nook. If you didn't stop by then, you should definitely visit them for your next coffee pick me up. Their coffee is thoughtfully sourced and they sell different types of coffee beans right on location. They have different brews every day that will explode your taste buds. You can taste brews like Costa Rica Tarrazu, Indonesian Sumatra, Caramel Crunch, and Continental Dark. Not to mention they have an amazing Café Dulce that makes me come back every time I need a sweet but strong treat.
If you found that the tomatoes you bought from the farmers market tasted different than those bought from your regular grocery store, you are a not imagining things.
Local tomatoes actually taste better!
Not to mention they are fuller, redder, juicer, and a hella more nutritious for you than the commercialized tomatoes we are used to buying and eating.
It's not only because these tomatoes are actually planted and grown by farmers who truly care for their produce but also because these tomatoes live a full life.