Spring is in the air and fresh fruits and vegetables are on our minds. There are numerous economic, environmental and health benefits to eating foods that are locally grown, organic and sustainable. Local Farmers’ Markets provide the most FRESH FOOD which is DELICIOUS and a visit to the market is FUN for kids. Oakville Kids has organized a helpful list for you below to make shopping local easy for you!
Fresh, seasonal, local, and often organic food at a great price is irresistible. Consumers know that this type of product is expensive elsewhere, but at the market the price is always right and the quality is unbeatable. In addition to fresh produce, these are also a great places to find seedlings, herbs, breads, homemade condiments and even flowers!
Taking your Oakville Kids to the Farmers’ Market can be an educational experience. Lessons in counting the stacks of fruit and vegetables or counting money are a possibility. The little ones will love the colours and shapes. The vendors are always excited to tell their story and describe their products. They are always friendly so encourage your little ones to ask questions. This fosters social skills and confidence. Its also FUN. Most often farmers will let you sample their goods. Everyone loves sampling a favorite like strawberries or blueberries. It’s even fun to try new things! Make SURE you have a camera ready as your Oakville Kids try new things!
Shopping at farmers’ markets also contributes to a greener environment! As you and the kids enjoy fresh, local produce at a great price, you also lower your carbon footprint. There are benefits all around to your family, your community and our planet!
Oakville Farmers’ Markets for 2017
The Oakville Farmers’ Market is located at 115 George Street, Oakville, and opens on June 3 and runs every Saturday 8am – 2pm until October 28th. Pick up large-pot perennials and hanging baskets for your garden at the Oakville Farmers’ Market. Stock up on fresh Ontario-grown asparagus, beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, mushrooms, peppers, radishes, spinach and tomatoes. Check when your favourite fruit and vegetables will arrive at Oakville Farmers’ Market on the ‘Ontario Produce Availability’ chart at Farmers Fresh Markets
The Dorval Crossing Civitan Farmers’ Market begins its 2017 season on May 6 and continues until November 25. They are open on Saturday from 8am – 2pm. They are located at Dorval Crossing East (southeast corner of Dorval & North Service Roads, just north of the QEW) in Oakville. They host numerous vendors who sell great Ontario produce like strawberries, raspberries, cherries, peaches, apricots, plums, corn, lettuce, broccoli and tomatoes.