Summer's End

September is here, and with it is the best of Ontario's late summer harvest. Arguably the best part of the harvest for the entire season!

You'll see seasonal favourites like peaches, nectarines, and berries, as well as plums, and melons of all sorts. You'll find the most amazing cauliflower, celery, cucumber, zucchini, lettuce, sweet corn, parsnips, and the start of squashes and fall goodies. (check out whats in season here)

September is a time of transition, not only for the Market, but for our families and guests. Back to school and end of summer vacations are on everyone's mind. The days are starting to get shorter, and that glorious afternoon fall light is starting to creep in.

Anyone will tell you I am a summer person. The heat, the sun, the bright long days are what I long for all year. However fall market days bring with them some of the most comforting & familiar experiences - flavours like apple pie, preserves and maple start to feel warm and welcoming. They remind me of warm sweaters and cozy crisp evenings spent with friends and family.

You can usually find me with a hot coffee from my friends at Silvercreek (no more cold brew once the thermometer dips) or Heather's Bakery on a cool morning, and breakfast from Sweetie Pies, Rachel's or the Veal guys. 

There are so many amazing things to discover at the Farmer's Market this fall, I hope that you will join us!

Bikes & The Farmer's market

Sunny, summer days, bikes, and the Farmer's market. What a wonderful combination! Imagine coasting through old Georgetown with the freshest local produce in your basket.

We love our local cyclists at the Georgetown Farmer's Market! Whether you're a die hard enthusiast, or a weekend warrior, or a family out for a tour of the town, all are welcome everyday, but especially on Bike it to the Market day on June 25!

On June 25 you can ride to the market, park in the south parking lot in the special & secure bike corral, grab a free pancake breakfast, enjoy demo's, activities, and entertainment for the whole family, including a giant musical bike & our unicycle rider! We only ask that you walk your bike through the market (it gets busy!) and respect the pedestrians and cars that we share our space with.

While you're here please visit with vendors and the businesses along Main Street. Enjoy a fresh cup of coffee, grab your weekly groceries, and check out all of our artisans & local crafters.

Oh, and make sure not to forget to log your km's for the Community Bike Challenge! 

Ride mindful, ride safe & enjoy the day!

 

My Pick Verified and the Georgetown Farmer's Market

The MyPick Verified Local Farmer program is a relatively new initiative by Farmer's Market's Ontario. It is a way of differentiating from local farms who grow & sell their own produce, and resellers who sell produce from the Ontario Food Terminal.

Many markets allow resellers, and sometimes they offer added benefit in providing a greater product offering of produce not native to Ontario (avocados, banana etc.)

While to date many of our farms are not yet MyPick Verified. The Georgetown Farmers Market has very strict rules when it comes to reselling. Our farms MUST grow 70% of the products that they sell. They are allowed to resell up to 30% of produce, but it MUST be Ontario grown and it is strongly suggested that it be sourced from neighbouring farms. (This is why you will not see our farmers selling avocado & banana for example.)

You can rest assured that although they have not yet been verified by Farmer's Markets Ontario. They HAVE been verified by the Georgetown Farmer's Market. 90% of our farmers have been with us for many years. We have a close open relationship. We are able to at any time and do visit the farms. Because many are direct neighbours most of the time you as a consumer know them and have the opportunity to visit them as well.

So, although we are encouraging our farms to participate in the MyPick program it is a choice and it does take time to be certified. It also doesn't come for free.

As with any food issue your best bet as a consumer is to talk to your farmers, ask questions and be proactive about your food choices and finding out what methods best accommodate your personal values when it comes to food.

For more information on the MyPick Verified program visit:

http://www.farmersmarketsontario.com/mypick/index.cfm

Please remember this market season, that Local, Ontario food is the most important foundation of the Georgetown Farmer's Market. Whether MyPick or not, you can be sure all of our farmers are heroes!