This is a story that we need to treasure; a story we need to share, the beautiful story of where our fruit and vegetables and meat and cheeses come from.
Ontario has one of the richest farmlands in the entire world. We have to celebrate this, champion this way of eating, educate ourselves and our children about this southern Ontario-specific miracle. Seed to table metamorphoses. It is not just a bunch of asparagus spears you grab at the supermarket, it is asparagus that was picked, spear by spear by Carmen and her kids, and Peter and Veronica and Tony and Connor. The hand churned yogurt and harvested honey, It's like when people talk about Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling, yes, it's genius, but when you deconstruct what he did, it's this: he mastered the art of razor-sharp focus and painted that most famous ceiling, stroke by stroke. The food we feed ourselves, our children, our dinner guests needs to be elevated to that level of genius. Every morsel of food and drink that passes our lips was cultivated seed by seed, nurtured moment by moment, so much effort. That's why local/seasonal food tastes so good, you can almost taste the sun, the rain, the wind, the nutrients that these farmers figure out best suits their crops and animals.
Unbeknownst to you, last week you began a journey of 22 weeks. Every week there is something new for you at the market: a new crop, new-to-you music, new farm interns, sometimes an experimental new & limited-run jam. For 22 weeks you and your kids and our community is getting a hands-on alternative food education. Fairmount Park Farmers' Market is not just a place to shop, it's a place to expand your horizons and commune with your neighbours. This week is no exception. We look forward to seeing you!