I visited the Weston Farmer’s Market this morning to pick up some eggs and Ontario strawberries. As you can see, I found quite a bit more!
The Gallardia (red and yellow flowers in the top right corner) were only $4, and they’re big healthy plants. It took a lot of willpower to only come home with one plant–I wanted one in every colour (I think there were 5 to choose from). A salmon pink geranium, priced to sell at $1, also jumped into my arms. These are the exact same plants you’d find at garden centres–the folks that sell them at the Weston Market also sell to retailers from the Ontario Food Terminal during the week. It’s a family run operation and they’re nice people. I didn’t buy any of their produce this morning, but they have the best corn, leeks, romaine lettuce, and broccoli at the market.
The Egg Man sells all sizes and colours of fresh eggs, along with an excellent selection of cheeses, from a refrigerated trailer. I’ve been buying from him for years and have not been disappointed.
Asparagus and strawberries have been in my market shopping bag for the past few Saturdays. An assortment of peppers ($3 for the lot), baby cucumbers, and some amazingly sweet nectarines (they had samples, which was really smart, as I was only going to buy a small container until I tasted them. And then I immediately asked for the larger basket!)
Rounding out the haul from this morning is some fresh cilantro (salsa on bean burritos this week!) and a loaf of “Persian bread” (that’s what they call it. All I know is that it’s made with olive oil and there probably won’t be a lot of that loaf left by the time lunch is done today.)
I’ve noticed some new additions to the market this year: a local coffee roaster (you can buy the beans or a freshly brewed cup), someone selling pies, a second roti seller (the first one was pretty good so they’re in for some stiff competition), and a couple selling some amazing looking Greek delights (phyllo wrapped bits of deliciousness!) Besides all of this, there’s a vendor selling freshly grilled back bacon on a bun, as well as other vendors selling honey, maple syrup, and I’m probably forgetting a few other things.
There’s usually a different busker performing every week. This week it was a dulcimer player. Early on in the season (when the only produce to be had is asparagus) the buskers don’t come, and I really miss them. They add a nice atmosphere.
The market is held every Saturday in the Weston GO parking lot from May to October. I highly recommend it!