Support our local farmers—buy local, buy fresh!

My favourite time of year has arrived. For so many of our local food producers, harvesting across the riding is in full swing.
It provides local residents with the opportunity to enjoy an abundance of fresh vegetables such as tomatoes, beans, peas, corn, potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, asparagus, lettuce, spinach, squash, beets, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, onions and a variety of herbs.
Local producers also offer wonderful fruit selections including strawberries, blueberries, Saskatoon berries, pumpkins, and raspberries.
In addition, local farmers provide eggs, beef, milk, pork, and even elk meat for your culinary pleasure.
Saturday mornings are a hub of activity as vendors showcase their wares at the Thunder Bay Farmers’ Market, the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market in Fort Frances and the Rainy River Farmers’ Market. The Wildwood Farmers’ Market in Atikokan takes place one Friday per month.
In addition to home-grown foods, customers can enjoy tasty pies, breads, cakes, cookies, jams, jellies and pickles from some of the best home kitchens across the riding.
Local consumers are encouraged to consider the benefits of purchasing from their neighbourhood producers. Buying locally boosts the local economy by keeping grocery dollars within the community.
Farmers markets provide the opportunity to support your fellow community members. In addition, local food products are fresh. They do not require extra preservatives to extend their shelf-life in getting to the market from a long distance.
I hope that you and your family will take the time to visit a local farmers’ market in the coming weeks. I have no doubt that you will enjoy the abundance of delicious fresh foods available during the harvest season.

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