One-Tank Trip for June 20/15
(c) By Jim Fox
There’s something about buying food fresh from the farm, especially from the person who grew it.
This trend is evident in the popularity of farmers’ markets from Kingston’s that opened in 1780 and others that grew as pioneers settled across Ontario.
The number of markets in the province diminished in the 1980s to 60 but there’s a renaissance with three times that number today.
|Paige offers new-crop potatoes from Thorne Farms at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market. (Jim Fox photo)|
“Local business and community groups in every nook and cranny of Ontario are forming community partnerships with municipal governments and farmers, creating a resurgence in farmers’ markets that would make our ancestors proud,” the industry group Farmers’ Markets Ontario says.
New markets are being established and old ones are being revitalized as people discover a more personal shopping experience.