Whether you live in a large city or a suburban neighbourhood, farmer's markets are found in every type of community across Ontario (and much of Canada and the US, I would assume). I frequent the farmer's market as often as I can and try to visit one at least once a week for my fruit, vegetables and flowers - and sometimes I'm even lucky enough to come home with some cheese and bread as well.
I have put together a list of ideas for how to shop the farmer's market with ease and to make it an enjoyable experience for the entire family.
Take your time - The farmer's market is not a place to rush through. Walk through at a leisurely pace and be sure to point out any new items since the last time your family was there.
Carry Cash - The farmer's market is not a place to use your debit or credit card. Be sure to bring some cash, and even give some to your little shoppers for their own purchases. Encourage them to spend their money on the produce that is most appealing to them.
Go Green - Both in what you buy and what you carry your items in. Banish plastic bags and be sure to bring re-usable totes. If you plan on making the farmer's market a frequent destination for your family, encourage your children's interest by providing them with their own shopping bags (maybe even allow them to personalize the bags with names and decorations).
Experiment - Try new things! Look for a new fruit or vegetable that you or your children haven't tried before and create a meal or a snack using the new, mysterious ingredient. Create an Iron-Chef-style competition for the entire family.
Have lots of fun and you're summer will be more sweeter, and flavourful, with trips to your local farmer's market. Click here for more information on Ontario's farmer's markets and here to find a market near you.