Thursday, September 20, 2012

Farm to Street to Table!

The eye is the pulse of the soul;
as physicians judge the heart by the pulse,
so we by the eye.
          Thomas Adams


I am jolted awake by the sound of coyotes howling I sit up in bed wondering what all the ruckus could possibly be all about. As my eyes adjust to the dim light, I realize I am not back home on the farm, and those coyote sounds are really the wailing of sirens from the street. I lie back down and drift off to dreamland with a smile. I am where I want to be at this moment.


I get up just as the rising sunlight bounces off the apartment building next door; I am excited as I have the whole morning to myself to wander the city of Hamilton. I dress quickly and head down the stairs. I take my time strolling the blocks of little houses made of red brick, with barely a foot between some of them. I notice the woodwork and details of these houses built long ago. They have been snapped up by families over time and redone, most have preserved the original character but some do stand out as semi modern. I find myself fascinated by the round ones with the big colourfully painted wooden porches. The streets are deserted except for the odd person like me out enjoying this crisp cool early morning. I do notice some people pulling little aluminum shopping carts. The yellow and brown leaves litter the beautiful tree-lined streets and I find myself thinking of the bush back home and wondering if all the leaves have fallen yet. I head down to the city center and notice it is a very different scene. Everyone is hustling trying to get stages set up for the big Super Crawl Art Show later tonight.


 I stop at a little Portuguese shop and admire all the colourful overflowing baskets of fresh produce and I chat with an older gentleman who takes the time to explain where the vegetables come from (in this case Niagara) and the different varieties. There is so much to choose from. Living on the farm I guess not all of us really knows where all our produce ends up, we just grow it and ship it off. I did notice that the Ontario peppers here are much cheaper than my grocery store back home per pound. In our grocery stores I usually see the produce shipped in from Mexico much cheaper, this makes me sad. The people of this city are very lucky there is plenty of produce to be found just outside the city this time of year. We are right in the middle of some of the best agricultural land around. With the rich soil, and a favourable climate that can grow just about anything there are lots of markets everywhere, selling anything you could possible desire.


I head over to The Farmers Market tucked neatly in the center of the busy downtown core. I walk through the doors and am amazed at the selections of everything from Ontario honey to Ontario fruits, with everything being freshly grown then brought straight from the farm, or made with fresh Ontario ingredients. Cheeses of all kinds, fresh chicken, pork, beef, and things I had never even heard of. There were fruits and vegetables of every colour and variety. This was truly a healthy shopper’s paradise. The smells floating through the air were unbelievably tantalizing and I found myself wondering what these delicious aromas were and where they were coming from.


I noticed that most of the booths selling fresh veggies, baked goods, eggs, and meats had signs that proudly displayed the name of the farm and its location. Eat Ontario signs were everywhere. I was so proud to be a farmer and see this. This is what it is truly all about, Farmers Feeding Cities. I was so content  just mulling about taking in all the wonderful smells of things cooking, the laughter of farmers chatting with other farmers in the next booth, and watching city shoppers pull their little aluminum shopping carts behind full of fresh veggies and farm fresh goods.


 I think the people in this city are so very lucky to have such a wonderful Farmers Market and so much fresh food to choose from. I am proud to be one of those farmers that feed the cities. I head off into the street to see what other things await me in this now awake and bustling city.

Later.

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29 comments:

  1. we have a great little local farmers market here that i love. there is also a big one in roanoke which is the longest running open air market in virginia...running for over 130 years! aren't they just the best to shop at?!

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  2. Sounds like a nice relaxing place to be right now. I love Farmers Markets but ours has very little produce and we live in Indiana! Farm land everywhere. Enjoy your time alone!

    Cindy Bee

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  3. Makes me want to get out of the city, move to a farm and grow food!

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  4. I just love farmers markets! In the middle of Lancaster, there is a very old, beautiful farmer's market. If you ever come here, you have to visit Central Market. You would love it!! Indeed, it is good to be a farmer, feeding the cities. Something to be proud of!

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  5. Yum..all those vegetables would just be like heaven to me..a lot of ours are shipped in from Mexcio also...where there is no spraying regulations or anything. I don't buy them...would love to access to a farmers market such as this one.

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  6. Look at all those gorgeous veggies! :-)

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  7. Wow..look at all those gorgeous colours and all that healthy food. Almost (I say almost) makes we want to cook lol.

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  8. Love your post and photos and good to hear your take on 'being a farmer' and being awed from the other side of produce ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  9. Farmer's markets are especially glorious this time of year! You should be proud to be a farmer!!

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  10. Wow. What a huge farmer's market...all we really have are small produce stands along the roads...you have to stop at several to get all that you need.

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  11. really awesome to see this part of farming in the city. :)

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  12. Buttons,
    I think Farmer's Markets are so neat. I wish there was one in our area. A few summers ago J and I stumbled upon one in the Big City.

    Sounds like you are enjoying your trip!

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  13. Such fun shots. I like how you showed everything before it was all set up and after.

    http://theapels.blogspot.com/2012/09/ww-isaaks-art-linky.html

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  14. There is nothing like a farmer's market.

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  15. WOW ! That market looks amazing! Have fun with your girls!

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  16. Sounds like you had a fantastic day. I love farmer's markets but with working I don't get to go to them often.

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  17. Woof! Woof! CORN looks so good. Golden Thanks for sharing. Happy Rural Thursday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  18. Nice pictures, I love, beautiful perspectives. Greetings.

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  19. Your photos remind me of Madge's in Seattle -- so much to see and do. How neat to spend some time exploring.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Rural Thursdays. xo

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  20. Looks like a fun place to be.

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  21. Looks like a beautiful market.

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  22. oooohhhh i just love it b, one of my favorite places to wonder around!!

    you should always be very proud!!

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  23. Buttons, just love the vegetables, the fruits, the feel and look of fresh and "junk" free!

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  24. wonderful collection of photos AND food! and i like how everyone in hamilton appears to use the old-fashioned bushel baskets. :)

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  25. I visited the Peterborough Farmers Market last weekend. The variety and prices just blew me away! It was such a thrill to buy lots of goodies to haul home with me. It sure made me realize how little variety we get in the grocery stores.

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  26. Wonderful Wonderful Post B. I felt like I was walking right along side you discusing the wonders of eating local and admiring all the lovely produce.

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  27. I really enjoyed reading about the sounds, sights and smells you experienced B. Roaming through markets is a beaut thing to do... taking in all the hustle and bustle is exciting isn't it :D)

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