Milton Farmers’ Market
Toronto - June 8th, 2021 - Since I can remember, Farmers’ Markets have been a summer sensation for my family. So, I was very excited to get out to a Farmers’ Market officially as a Harvest Hunter! It was very much an experience I knew I both wanted and needed.
Especially during these times, I know many people (myself very much included) crave human interaction; whether it be from time with your loved ones, hanging out with your friends, or receiving a gentle smile from a stranger. That’s why markets are the absolute best thing I can think of to satisfy all of the needs this summer: interaction, sunshine, driving with the windows down, and of course, FRESH FOOD.
Driving to the Milton Fairgrounds, which is the new location of the market this year, I drove through downtown Milton which immediately launched me into a complete #mood. Downtown Milton resides on a small strip of Main Street East, however, is cute as can be with a rustic, small-town feel giving me the butterflies. Heading southwest down Main Street East, I hung a left on Bell Street which took me from downtown directly into a suburban neighborhood filled with cute homes and large lots. With another left and a right, I reached the Milton Farmers’ Market.
Upon my arrival at around 9:30am, the parking lot was practically full. Luckily, I found a parking spot as someone else was leaving. As I approached the entrance of the market, I was greeted by a sweet young man keeping count of the crowd. The market was set up in a rectangular format, allowing guests to easily pass by every vendor without missing one. I started from one end and made my way around the entire rectangle, examining the booths and watching as people lined up for goods. I happened to visit the market on the first day of the season, so I could tell the vendors were still getting into their groove, perfecting their set-ups and getting comfortable talking to people face-to-face (or should I say, mask-to-mask) again.
The market showcased a variety of farmers, vendors, florists and artisans from the Milton area. There was a great selection of in-season fruits and vegetables such as apples, asparagus, and rhubarb; as well as preserves, jams, honey and apple cider; breads and baked goods; flowers and plants; meats and cheeses; and ethnic and specialty foods. My favourite part of the morning was my visit to the Tijuana Tom’s booth where I met the couple behind the brand. Tijuana Tom’s is a hot sauce brand boasting sauces made with locally sourced products and inspired by the world (no seriously, you have to hear their story and what inspired them to create the business). I purchased two bottles of hot sauce from the pair, and I am not ashamed to say that both are already done. Hey Tom and Kendra, if you’re reading this, call me. Alex and I would LOVE to do an interview with you to learn more about your business! I highly recommend visiting the Milton Farmers’ Market to pick up some hot sauce if nothing else (however, I can give you many other reasons why you should go).
Nestled in the foot of the scenic Niagara Escarpment, the Milton Farmers’ Market has been bringing farm-fresh goodness and old-fashioned hospitality since 1972. The Milton Chamber of Commerce operates the weekly Saturday morning event from May through October. I can’t wait to visit again to buy more hot sauce, and to see what else all of the vendors have in store throughout the summer!
To learn more about the Farmers’s Market, visit the website.