A farmer’s market feast

Last weekend was the first day of the Georgetown Farmer’s Market.

Georgetown farmer's market

It was celebrating its 20th anniversary! For Cheesler and I, it was our first anniversary of living in Halton Hills.

Georgetown farmer's market

My town, Acton, also has its own market, but it is held on Thursdays which can make it difficult for me to get to after work.

Georgetown farmer's market

Our summer weekend routine, ever since we moved into town was to get up early on Saturdays and drive to the Georgetown Farmer’s Market.

Georgetown farmer's market

And last weekend was no exception. We have been subsisting off of grocery store produce for the last 6 months and we were very eager to stock up on fresh, in season vegetables from local farmers.

Georgetown farmer's market

I first discovered my love of markets when we moved from BC to Toronto 5 years ago. We lived in an apartment downtown, which I hated, except for the fact that it was within walking distance of the St. Lawrence Market.

Georgetown farmer's market

We would go every Saturday to the North market and peruse the many vendors, buy some fancy carrots and sausages.

Georgetown farmer's market

But there’s a big difference between the St. Lawrence FM and our new Georgetown FM. The hordes of people!

Georgetown farmer's market

In Toronto, hundreds upon hundreds of people would cram themselves into the market, complete with their enormous baby SUVs, shopping carts and dogs. It was always a total gong show, unless you showed up at 5 am and then it was just Chefs running around to get the best vegetables.

Georgetown farmer's market

But who wants to get up at 4:30 am on a Saturday just to buy vegetables? Not this girl.

Georgetown farmer's market

Georgetown is so much more pleasant. While there are lots of people, its more on the “dozens” scale than hundreds. And if you get there by about 8 am, you will beat all of the baby SUVs. (Editor’s note: I apologize to any parents who read this and are offended by my baby SUV remarks. I am not a parent so I cannot relate, other than to be annoyed at the wheelbarrow-like proportions of your child transportation devices).

Georgetown farmer's market

There are buskers enlivening the atmosphere, making things quite jovial.

Georgetown farmer's market

Buskers of all ages! I always make sure to give the young enterprising musicians a buck or two.

Georgetown farmer's market

There are raffle tickets to be bought, peameal bacon sandwiches to be eaten and even cakes!

Georgetown farmer's market

Not to mention the really great, local produce. I love meeting the farmers, exchanging a few words and hearing them say: “see you next week!” as I skip away with my spinach.

Georgetown farmer's market

Last weekend we picked up some beefsteak tomatoes, a fresh loaf of sourdough, the season’s first strawberries, some fresh soft pecorino cheese, and some local raw honey.

Georgetown farmer's market

Did you know: it is thought that people with seasonal (pollen) allergies can help to alleviate their symptoms by eating unpasteurized honey that was produced in their area? How fascinating is that? It has something to do with the bits of pollen from the trees and flowers in your area that the bees pick up, which makes its way into the honey and therefore into your body, building up some sort of immunity. Does anyone have any experience with this? I would love to hear about it.

Georgetown farmer's market

Once we got home, we were starving, so I immediately set about preparing lunch from our farmer’s market haul.

Farmer's market feast

I made a variation of a BLT, with my home-made bacon, the fresh sheep’s cheese, arugula from my garden and the beefsteak tomatoes.

Farmer's market feast

Farmer's market feast

Heaven, just heaven.

Farmer's market feast

There’s nothing that beats a fresh tomato on a BLT. And my arugula is so crunchy, spicy and delicious.

Farmer's market feast

Farmer's market feast

And what could top off such a fabulous sandwich than strawberries and cream for dessert.

Farmer's market feast

Farmer's market feast

I had some creme fraiche in the fridge to use up – perfect!

Farmer's market feast

As the strawberries were a little early I sweetened them up with some of the raw honey, then added some mint from my garden. Mmmm…I can’t wait until next week!

Farmer's market feast

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3 Comments on “A farmer’s market feast”

  1. Sean Breslin
    June 16, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    Great images…looks fantastic!

  2. June 16, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Love farmer’s markets! Yours looks superb.

  3. June 16, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    I’m a farmer’s market kinda girl. Love it!

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