Anyone who has been in to chat with us knows that we have a passion for local food. So much so that we bought a farm and have started growing our own vegetables and raising our animals for meat and dairy. While having your own farm is not everyone's dream (and some days we question whether it is even our dream!), there are still many ways to enjoy local foods in Kingston.
One spot that we love and have always supported is the Memorial Centre Farmers Market.
The Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market is 100% producer-run. That means the farmers are running the show - which is important because they know all about food and how it is produced.
All products are grown and produced in the Kingston foodshed – within about 100km of the market. This is extremely important to our family. Some farmers markets, even in Kingston, are not all local. If you show early in the morning to a farmers market you can often see corporate food delivery trucks dropping off produce to market stands! Finding blueberries in June and bananas all summer long is a sign that your producer may not be as local as described! This is not what happens at the Memorical Centre Farmers Market. You will only find in season fruits and vegetables. We truly appreciate that the Memorial Centre chooses producers and farms within 100km of Kingston.
The MCFM aims to expand the market share of sustainably-produced food in Kingston. This market will get you eating and enjoying agricultural, craft and ready-to-eat products.
The Memorial Centre Farmers Market is open throughout the year!
The Memorial Centre Farmer's Market is filled with vendors and activities too!
Join a morning yoga class, listen to local musicians and play games (they now have a giant chess board and jenga game!).
The kids can enjoy stories from dedicated volunteers and take part in art activities. They will also love spending time at the park. Afterwards, head over to the outdoor swimming pool to cool down!
All throughout the summer special events are happening as well! Follow the Memorial Centres Farmers Market on Facebook to stay up to date and learn more about what is happening.
Events such as the Zucchini 500 Race, Picnic in the Park and Corn Roast, Kids Play Market and Local Burger Bash will be happening this summer. Check out their CALENDAR for dates.
Do you visit local markets? Which are your favorites?