If the thought of just-picked fresh spring asparagus has your mouth watering, then I suggest you head on over to the Burlington Mall Farmers’ Market before it’s all gone! While you’re there, make sure to stroll past each of the more than 40 vendors and admire their fresh, colourful, local and delicious products.
The Burlington Mall Farmers’ Market has been playing an important part in Burlington’s history since 1960. Originally located at Central Arena, the market moved locations until it settled at its current home, Burlington Mall, 15 years ago. Ideally situated on the Prospect Street side of the mall, in the parking lot south of Target, the market has plenty of parking and is within walking distance for many local residents. The market is operated by the Burlington Lions Club, who donate proceeds from the operation to those in need.
Each week throughout the season, which runs from early May to late October, the market grows and changes. If you’re at all like me, you’ll love anticipating all the new arrivals (and I’m not talking about sundresses or sandals!). I may have even hounded a farmer from time to time as I
desperately eagerly awaited the arrival of the first baskets of local strawberries. After a long and dreary winter, there are few things more worthy of the wait than a sweet Ontario strawberry.
Following close behind the strawberries will be enticing baskets of deep red raspberries, blueberries and plums, and then the crowning glory of fruit season in Ontario – peaches. If you’ve never experienced the juice of a perfectly ripe peach dripping down your hand and chin, then you have not truly lived. In my opinion, anyway. Try it sometime.
The Farmers’ Market in Burlington should be a mandatory destination this spring and summer. You’ll find a huge array of locally grown and produced fruits and vegetables, preserves, herbs, annuals and perennials, baked goods, meats, cheeses, eggs and more. If you haven’t planted your garden yet, stop by the market to pick up seedlings and you’ll soon have your own backyard harvest to celebrate.
When visiting Burlington’s Farmers’ Market, be sure to bring your reusable bags and cash, and plan to take time to admire what the farmers and vendors are selling. While you’re at it, say hello and thank you, and get to know the farmers who work hard to bring fresh food to your table. When you provide your family with wholesome, fresh, locally grown food, you’re supporting the farmer and your community and strengthening the connection between rural and urban communities. And it doesn’t get much better than that.
Teresa Baerg is a writer, editor and self-confessed word-nerd who loves telling a good story. She is proud to call Burlington home for over a decade. She is passionate about her family, sunshine and palm trees, growing veggies, running and cycling, good books, good food and good coffee. And football. Twitter: @teresabaerg Instagram: @teresabaerg Website: teresakbaerg.com