One of my favourite things to do in the summer is to spend Wednesday mornings at the Farmer’s Market at the Wharf in Gravenhurst. Perusing vendors and stocking up on fresh, local produce, is only part of the draw. Whiling away our day at the market is a great activity for moms and babies, and we’ll often meet up with friends there.
But let’s face it, the real reason I go to the market is for the tacos. Fox Foods makes THE best tacos (Rancheroo is my favourite!) and the only reason why I wouldn’t purchase a taco while at the market is in the event they sell out of food, which, disappointingly, is what happened to me last week.
This week, Finn and I visited the market with my mother-in-law, Carole. While she inquired about making a reservation at one of the lakeside restaurants, I noticed a newsstand with fresh copies of Lakeside Magazine. In this issue you’ll find an article written about the Little Sprouts Eco Club, with my photography accompanying the text! I’ve been published again! This gorgeous magazine is free and available in the Muskoka area, so grab yourself a copy!
This month, the Little Sprouts are focusing on “Where’d it grow?” They’ll be tracking fruits and vegetables to see how far items travelled to arrive at our stores. Field trips for the group include visits to a local farm and a trip to the market.
As for our own trip to the market today, as we strolled — or beelined for the taco stand — we bumped into friends and family alike or chatted with vendors along the way. The sun felt warm and there was a fairly gentle breeze coming off the nearby lake. Stopping to nurse Finn under the shade of a tree, we took in the excitement of children playing at the splash pad before heading back out to the crowd of market patrons. We picked up some jars of preserves, fresh tarts, and fawned over the work of artisans, potters and the displays of other vendors.
I’m already looking forward to visiting again next week. What are some of the reasons why you go to farmer’s markets?