Here in St. Thomas and Elgin County, we are lucky to be a part of such an agriculturally dense and diverse area. All around us are great local businesses, farms, and food producers and we have the special opportunity of celebrating them through our local farmers’ markets. We are lucky to have two large markets in the area: Wildflower Farmers’ Market and Horton Farmers’ Market.
Let’s take a deeper look into both of these wonderful spaces and meet some of the amazing local vendors! Today we begin with the Wildflowers Farmers Market.
A little about Farmers' Markets...
Farmers’ markets follow the structure of Farm-to-table, which means the food you purchase and consume comes directly from its growing source. During the summer and early fall, you are not only able to connect a face to your local food producers, but you can also learn more about your food and how it’s grown/made. This is one of the unique characteristics of farmers' markets that you are not able to experience anywhere else.
Farm-to-table also allows you to get the freshest products and produce in-season. You will also find an array of items not available in your typical grocery stores. Farmers’ markets have an intimate relationship with our local economy as they provide farmers and producers with the opportunity to sell their naturally grown and locally made products. Due to farmers’ markets, we as community members, get to taste real flavours of local produce and products!
This is the time of year where we all come together to support local businesses and make new connections. Not only can you form relationships with vendors, but other community members. There is so much of the farmers’ market community that is beneficial to farms/food producers, but also to you.
Wildflowers Farm Info
About Wildflowers Farmers' Market
Wildflower’s Farmers’ Market is located in rural St. Thomas. The market grounds highlight the beautiful nature which surrounds the property! The space is also used for events such as weddings and yoga as well as being the home to their farm store. The flow of the market is very open, with vendors set up in tents in a circular pattern. There is a great variety of different vendors from St. Thomas and surrounding areas which offer products, from hot sauce, to meat, to local produce.
Customers are also able to enjoy their lovely patio and bar! There are many vendors that sell ready to eat options, so these spots will allow you to absorb the full market experience. Jane and Chuck have done a fantastic job curating an inviting and lively environment. We are so excited for the rest of the market season!
"Locally provided foods are good for the economy. As hosts of the farmers market, we love bringing everyone together and helping others exceed at what they’re doing." - Jane Magri
Learn more from some vendors!
Photos in this post provided by Golden Hearts Collective.
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