It’s summer and there’s nothing like farm fresh fruits and vegetables.
Rain or shine, Brampton Farmers’ Market is now open every Saturday in Downtown Brampton from 7am to 1pm until Thanksgiving.
This year, the market has expanded into Ken Whillans Square and Main Street south of John Street and has five new organic farmers who bring an assortment of produce, including organic tomatillos.
Three of these organic farmers are from the McVean start-up farm located in Brampton, which provides a farm incubator program for people from non-farming backgrounds to enter the sector.
McVean is home to many new Canadians who grow food for their communities, including Bhupinder Kaul, who has had great success bringing his diverse crops to the Brampton Farmers’ Market.
Also a part of McVean is Adam Reid from Back to Basics Farm who likes to educate people that farmers feed families and encourages residents to discover the variety of vegetables Brampton offers.
“Seems a lot more personal to me knowing that my naturally grown fresh food will be prepared and eaten by families who care as much as I do on where their food comes from,” says Reid.
New this year, The PIE GUYZ, a local Brampton-based pie shop, will also be at the market each week.
“We specialize in typical English, Irish and Scottish style pies, and it made perfect sense to join the farmers’ market this year since there is a large population of people in downtown Brampton who enjoy these kinds of pies,” says owner Sugith Jagdeep.
The market offers more than just food. Take some time to visit the art in the open artisans and crafters in Garden Square.
Hand-crafted artwork such as paintings, pottery, finely crafted jewellery, ceramics, custom woodworking, unique floral and hand painted designs, and more are on display at the square.
Free parking is available all day Saturday at the four municipal parking garages in the downtown – City Hall, Nelson Square, Market Square and John Street.
For more information, visit www.brampton.ca