For this week’s Monday Funday, I want to take some time to remind us all of something that takes place at least once a week in most cities and towns: the farmers market.
Now, I know that the idea of the market might not seem all that special, but I assure you that it is in its own charming way.
First of all, the market is always full of fresh food (#winning). Secondly, because the majority of markets take place on Saturday mornings, most people there are generally in a great mood. And lastly, the market attracts people from all sorts of cultures, backgrounds and walks of life. You never know who you’ll meet at the market or what kind of experience that person will provide you with. It’s a place where all of us can come together, celebrate our differences and learn from one another.
And that, my friends, is a very special thing.
So, after picking up a delicious Skinny Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks, I happily embarked on my adventure through Toronto’s St. Lawrence Farmers Market.
The St. Lawrence Farmers Market has been in full swing every Saturday morning since 1803. Starting at 5 a.m., merchants and farmers from all over southern Ontario bring their seasonal produce to the market and sell it to customers until the early afternoon.
On top of seasonal produce, you can also find a huge variety of prepared foods at restaurants that are scattered throughout the building. Baked goods, seafood, veal – whatever tickles your tummy’s fancy, this market seems to have it all.
And the shopping doesn’t stop at the food; here, you can find multiple artisans selling all different kinds of knitted clothing, pashmina shawls and handcrafted jewelry.
Of course, the St. Lawrence Farmers Market is larger and more diverse than most. But if your town or city has a market to go to on weekends, I highly recommend checking it out. The food is usually delicious, your business would be benefiting our beloved local farmers and artists, and you could potentially learn something from a new friend. C’mon, what more could you want?
Happy Monday Funday, people, and may the offerings at the farmers market be ever in your favour.