It was the first Saturday back at the Farmer's Market here in Verona since before the holidays. Owen and I went to see which vendors had come out to share the inside space of the Lions Hall. In the summer time, the farmer's market is outside and housed in outer buildings. This is an enduring part of country living and I'm glad to share this with my kids.
|Owen checks out the home made bling|
|preserves of every kind|
|spices and rubs|
|locally grown garlic the size of my fist and kettle cooked popcorn|
The variety of crafters seems richer in the colder weather...quilts and tapestries. Various handmade items for sale, but each one is one of a kind....and every week it changes...
|the vendor we get our tourtiere from, but the kids only know it as the one with the peanut butter balls|
You get to meet who is growing your food, not just knowing where in the province or country it came from. I remember when Noah had a tiny crush on one of the beef farmer's daughters...thinking this is going to make one helluva country song!
The kids will grow up with their own memories of these Saturdays "spent shopping" at the market. The best times we had were just being there....not even shopping...because there always seems to be something different each week. Something to learn...something to see....something to taste...as we always appreciate when vendors offer the free samples....and almost always they win me over and I end up buying.
But its shopping I can feel good about....I'm helping support my local economy....I'm buying food with a very small carbon footprint...I get to meet the people who are growing or raising my food.....I can teach my kids about where their food comes from....and I mostly I get to eat really great stuff!