Archive for July 30th, 2009
Waterloo Region has the best farmers markets I have visited in Ontario or the United States. Fresh, locally grown food is readily available at a reasonable price. The markets are not open every day but it is possible to buy produce directly from farmers in many of the region’s rural areas. Waterloo Region’s Foodlink is an excellent website dedicated to helping people connect to local foods. You can subscribe to their newsletter Local Harvest by email. The two outlets featured in this post are examples of excellence in food freshness and quality. I have visited them more frequently because they are on routes I routinely travel.
T.J.’s Farm Fresh Produce is located on Kossuth Road not far from the Waterloo Wellington Airport. I stopped by this week to get some of their excellent corn, but it will not be ready before August 1st due to the cool wet weather we have had this summer. I picked up fresh zucchini, onions, garlic, beets and cucumbers instead and will return next month for the corn. They have pumpkins and other vegetables available in season.
Herrle’s Market is on Erb Street between Waterloo and St. Agatha. This store has a large selection of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as fresh baked goods and organic meats and frozen food. They usually have at least three varieties of corn available and it is as tasty as the corn at T.J.’s. They also have pumpkins in the fall and have a small outdoor area where children can play.
It is sometimes possible to get vegetables cheaper at a large grocery store, but the freshness and quality of the food from these vendors is exceptional.