You can say that buying organic is a fad if you like but once you’ve had fresh-off-the-farm food that has been lovingly grown and harvested, you suddenly remember what “real food” tastes like.

First Batch Ontario Strawberries

First Batch Ontario Strawberries

Take a look at these Ontario Strawberries!  Remember? With long stems and a delicate green fringe of leaves, they are nothing like those big watery ones you get at the grocery store you have to cut the top off of.  Since these were the first pick they were a little on the sour side but so tasty! Next week a basket should be going for $5 and you can return the basket from your previous week’s purchase.

Lovell Springs Trout Farms

Lovell Springs Trout Farms

If fruits and veg are not you main priority there is plenty more at the market that will get you excited. Take Lovell Spring Farms for example. Here you can get a one pound rainbow trout dressed for just $6. Plenty for one if you’re a big eater and they sell out fast! Best is to put your name on their order list for the following week. It’s a great system. If you don’t show up by the time you stipulated then they sell your fish – so no phone call needed.

The Twin Creeks Organic Farms

Twin Creeks Organic Farms

Another favorite is Twin Creeks Organic Farms with a whole rang of meats available including a preorder lists for grass feed only beef and lamb as well as pastured corn & soy free pork, poultry and rabbit. Also tempting is their 6 month meat share subscription which comes in two sizes, standard and small. Each month you get a mix of mostly frozen beef, lamb and pork (which can be substituted). Their last share delivery looked something like this: Ground Beef / Stew Beef / Sirloin Steak / Farmer Sausage / Pork Loin Chops / Lamb Chops

Monforte Dairy Co.

Monforte Dairy Co.

Finally, we get to the cheeses. Of course expensive but if you love cheese it’s a great splurge. Also good to note is that Monforte Dairy Co. is very generous with their samples incase you get peckish. I recommend giving their camembert a try. Trust me you will end up buying it.

Ali's Fish Shack

Ali’s Fish Shack

Should get hungrier than samples will provide, you may want to make a stop at Ali’s for some fine roti or fritters. Both come in fish or vegie options that have been sustainably caught or organically farmed.

St. Johns Bakery

St. Johns Bakery

Most days though, I just pick up a loaf of bread to nosh on that will go nicely with my new cheeses.  The Trinity Bellwoods Farmer’s Market is small but as you can see, there are some real gems here. It’s on every Tuesday from 3pm – 7pm. You can find out more info about the vender here at www.tbfm.ca.

 

Jane Collison (12 Posts)

Jane is a digital strategist & engagement specialist. With a masters in Journalism she loves to deconstruct big ideas and shoot analogue photos.