Finally, it's Farmers' Market season!
June 2nd marked the first official day of the market at 115 St. George Street in Downtown Oakville. From 8am until 2pm every Saturday, St. George Street closes to vehicle traffic to allow for a true market feel.
If you haven't visited the market before, Rockliffe Properties has some great tips to help you get the most out of your first trip.
The first thing to remember is that all of the vendors are local farmers, butchers, and bakers. They won't have debit machines, so bring cash, and lots of change. The market will have an ATM, but you will be charged a fee for withdrawing money. Also, review the Ontario Fruits and Vegetables Availability Guide so you know what to expect to find at the market.
Bring the Kids
A market is a great place to bring the family. Reluctant eaters may find it fun to pick out the veggies they want to eat, and vendors can often suggest different foods to try. When kids have a hand in picking out what they eat, they are more likely to enjoy it. Plus, the Oakville Farmers' Market always has fun activities for children.
When you are trying to eat healthy, shop at the Oakville Farmers' Market for foods grown locally without pesticides and harvested at the peak of perfection. Buying your produce directly from farmers not only helps them, but also gives you fresher foods free of preservatives.
Beat the Heat
Everything looks so delicious at the market, it's easy to come home with more than you went for. Bring extra bags and don't forget to pack a cooler if you plan to purchase meats, dairy, or eggs.
The Oakville Farmers' Market has a wide variety of vendors to offer visitors everything from fruits and vegetables to wine, flowers, cheese, and more! Don't be shy - feel free to ask the farmers questions about their crops. Local farmers are the perfect resource for cooking instructions, knowing what foods are in season, and discovering what food items pair nicely.
Visit the Oakville Farmers' Market every Saturday until the end of October to enjoy perfectly ripe fruits, veggies, and so much more!