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!

 

To Market, To Market...

Well, we've survived another winter in Ontario (albeit not a particularly bad winter) But when the weather starts (finally) warming up & we creep out into the sunlight and warmth of a late spring, there is a sense of renewal.

Spring has me thinking of market and how quickly it seems that time passes. I can hardly believe that I am in the midst of planning my second market season. The long shot job that I applied for last year has actually become the thing I look forward to most. 

There is something rejuvenating about the early Saturday mornings. Main Street, Georgetown at 5 am is dark, quiet & peaceful, the air is still damp and crisp from the night. My earliest farmers come down and beginning set up, the flower planters being watered. Sometimes a few early morning main street 'regulars' wonder around to watch things being set up. 

There is a buzz that begins as vendors show up to start setting up booths. A natural evolution takes place as the street slowly fills up and our market customers stroll in. The early birds tend to know the vendors well and will often stop for a chat on their way through the market. 

Suddenly, the streets will be full of guests, the surrounding businesses will be open and people are everywhere! Buskers line the streets providing a soundtrack for the shoppers & visitors. There is an energy in the air that seems to happen so organically it always takes me by surprise. 

As quickly as it begins, it comes to a close. The crowds thin out, the vendors pack up. We send out our collection for the food share donations and we wind down for another week. Normal business on Main Street resumes, cars swiftly take over what was just briefly a pedestrian market place and we prepare for another week when it all begins again!

I am look forward to seeing you at the Market this season. Please stop by and say hi to us at the Market Booth. We have lots of fun things in the works and would love to see you there!