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Lately in the press there have been many articles promoting the environmental, economic and health benefits of eating locally grown, sustainable, organic foods. This is not one of those articles. This article is about having FUN taking your kids to some of the local farmer’s markets… right here in and around Mississauga!
Farmers markets are becoming more and more popular and in demand. Where else can you find fresh, seasonal, local, and often organically grown produce – all at a great price? Consumers are becoming more demanding and finding this type of produce at a great price can be tricky. Buying at local farmers markets is the perfect solution. In addition to fresh produce, farmers markets are also a great place to find seedlings, herbs, breads, homemade condiments and even flowers!
Yes taking your Mississauga Kid to the farmers’ markets can prove to be educational. You can review colors and shapes, You can pop in a little math lesson by having little ones counting out the apples while bigger ones can help add up the bill. You can and should encourage your kids to ask the farmers about their products. This helps them develop valuble social skills that they will need in life. But farmers’ markets aren’t just about teaching kids. It’s about having fun too.
Often farmers will let you sample their good. Who doesn’t love sampling a favorite like strawberries or blue berries. It’s even fun to try new things! I remember the first time my son tried a pickle. If you have a little one who hasn’t yet had the pleasure… make SURE you have a camera ready! d a Kids will love sampling and seeing the lovely array of colours that Mother Nature’s bounty produces. They can actually see how produce is grown. Imagine their surprise when they discover what a fresh beet actually looks like!
Shopping at farmers markets also contributes to a greener environment. Think about it, less food is transported which cuts down on the amount of energy and resources needed to do so. Then there’s the packaging and marketing of the food. How much fossil fuel energy is needed for that?
Another alternative to farmers markets is one online company called Wanigan Fruits and Vegetables. Wanigan operates through a website and they specialize in organic, local and seasonal produce to the residents of Mississauga, Aurora, Brampton, Etobicoke, North York, Oakville, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, Toronto and Thornhill. Weekly Wanigan assembles packages of a variety of fruits and vegetables. You, as the customer, log in online and choose which package you would like. Packages range from $25 to $54. Select the package and it will be delivered right to your door. You are assigned a specific time and day of the week, which makes this a great alternative to farmers markets.
So now, as a consumer, you have more than one way to feed your family great locally grown produce. As you and the kids enjoy fresh, local produce at a great price, you also lower your carbon footprint and support Mississauga’s farmers markets. Sounds like a win-win situation!
For the 2012 Mississauga Farmers Markets season, you can visit the following:
- Sherway Gardens Farmers Market: One of Mississauga oldest farmers markets the Sherway Gardens Farmers Market has been in operation for over 20 years. Due to upcoming construction at Sherway Gardens the Sherway Farmers’ Market will be located in the far northeast parking lot, between the North Queen St. and Sherway Rd. entrances, for the 2012 season. Sherway Garden farmers provide a selection of products including but not limited to greenhouse veggies, bedding plants, breads, meats, eggs and more. Open from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM every Friday from May 4 to October. Rain or Shine!
- Port Credit Farmers Market: Second year running starting June 5th. The market will be located in parking lot between Planet Organic and the LCBO. Bring the kids on opening day to see Tiny from Stilt Guys. There will also be face painting and music. Vendors will provide a selection of produce and products including jams, maple syrup, ciders and more. This Farmers Market even has a Port Credit Farmers Market Facebook Page! Open from 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM, every Saturday from June 9 through to September.
- Square One Farmers Market: Operated by the Mississauga Central Lions Club, the GTA’s largest open-air Farmers’ Market is a long-standing annual tradition where over 150 farmers gather every Friday and Sunday. Shoppers at the Square One Farmers Market can choose from a variety of items from homemade preserves, baked goods, fresh flower bouquets, and Ontario’s finest fruits and vegetables. Located in the Square One Mall Northwest Parking lot near Zeller’s you can visit the farmers from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM every Friday and Sunday from June 8 to October.
- Streetsville Farmers Market: Beginning on June 12th to October 16th the Streetsville Lions Club Farmers Market will run every Saturday from June 8th through October 6. 2012 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Featuring fresh local produce and products for your table. A nice location to park the car at the Streetsville GO Station and enjoy a walk around Streetsville before purchasing your produce for the week!
- Mississauga Flea Market: Located in the heart of Mississauga at 3092 Mavis Road the Mississauga Flea Market does have a farmer’s market as well. Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10-5 year round.
- Oakville Place Farmers Market:conveniently located at the Trafalgar Road exit on the Q.E.W. the Oakville Place Farmers Market at the Oakville Place Mall is not in but is close to Mississauga. Open Every Thursday and Saturday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM You’ll find a wide variety of produce, baked goods, flowers, honey and maple syrup.
Mississauga Kids is happy to help promote these markets. If you know of any others, please let us know and we will be happy to update this post!