The Largest Farmers Market in Ontario

Have any of you heard of St. Jacobs Farmers Market? It is said to be the largest farmers market in Ontario.  With hundreds of vendors, this is the place to be on a Saturday morning.

Located in Mennonite country, east of Toronto, here you can find fresh produce as well as clothing and gifts, outlet stores and antique stores.

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Of course, my priority was the fresh veggies! The drive from Toronto was about 1.5h and once we arrived, we were overwhelmed by the large number of people and stalls at the market (including lots of tourists!)

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Despite the crowd (and the cloudy weather), we managed to grab some lunch before we went out on our veggie quest. I took a fresh fish on a bun and my boyfriend took a juicy sausage. After fueling up, we set off to explore the market.

In terms of veggies and fruits, we saw:

-Veggies: lettuce (romaine, green leaf, red leaf, butter), celery, radish, carrots, onions, green and yellow beans, new potatoes (first of the season, sweeter than regular potatoes), kale, parsley, mint, okra, peppers, tomatoes

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-Fruits: peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, currants, gooseberries, black currants and mullberries and apples

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Inside the main market building, we also found fresh cheese, hormone-free meat as well as fresh bread and baked goods:

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After the market, we headed to explore the antique store, Market Road Antiques across the way from the market where we found:

-an old coffee grinder

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-a butter churn

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-a canoe-turned bookshelf

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We also drove around St Jacobs and Elmira, the neighbouring town, where we found beautiful, large farms and lush greenery. How beautiful!

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Upon returning home, here’s everything we picked up:

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As we had lots of veggies, what better way to enjoy their freshness than to juice them.

Here are two new recipes I tried:

MOJITO

-1 mango nectarine (or 1/2 mango)

-1 orange

-1/3 cup fresh mint leaves

-2 limes

-4 stalks of celery

-1 bunch of kale, stems removed

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BRUSCHETTA

-1 large tomato

-2 cloves of garlic

-20 leaves of basil

-4 stalks of celery

-1/2 lemon

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Some other farm fresh meals included:

-Noodles with tomato, basil, garlic and parmesan

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-Hormone-free turkey drumsticks done in a Le Creuset Dutch Oven

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-And to finish it off, fresh raspberries with honey and brandy!

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Have a great week!

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