We spent the morning at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market, on Guelph and 7th, near Main Street. This was the grand opening, and despite the pouring rain, vendors agreed the turnout was surprisingly good.
Laura Smith, market coordinator for the Trout Lake Farmers Market, dropped by to show her support. “Neighbourhood support is crucial,” she said. “It has really been positive, which is rare for development applications. This neighbourhood really does want to see good local food and a community event in the neighbourhood.”
Not only does the market provide access to the freshest vegetables and fruit short of a visit to the farm, it also gives people a chance to meet the growers. They’re usually more than happy to tell you about their farming practices and why they care about food.
In our opinion, the more neighbourhood-based farmers markets the better. Eating is a requirement for life and a personal ritual, but it’s also a major factor in health and well-being. We encourage everyone to connect with one of humanity’s most cherished activities–the enjoyment of gorgeous, life-sustaining food.