COVID-19 took a lot from us, from live music to movie theatres, restaurants to festivals. Of course, there’s always an air of hypberole when discussing this because the harsh reality is that the virus took a hell of a lot more than our silly passtimes, but, this year more than most, we all need a little levity.
And one thing we lost was our beloved farmer’s markets that normally operated all summer long across various parts of the city. Well the bright side of this is that the farmer’s markets are starting to make a comeback as the city edges closer to Stage Three of the re-opening process.
One such place that has been reinstated, and not before time, is the Erin Mills Farmers Market. Interestingly, the Market has a new home at 2520 Eglinton Avenue West on the corner of Eglinton and Erin Mills Parkway, right at the Daniels Arc building, so it isn’t very far away. Right now the Market is only open on Thursdays, from 3 PM to 7 PM and there is paid underground parking available – which you can have reimbursed by the Market staff. And speaking of the Market, if you’re unfamiliar here’s what its all about:
We’re your local food hub. A place to find fresh, local food and a friendly community. The market brings farmers, food and a few non-food artisans and food educators to Mississauga. We care about the transparency of food and you can talk to the vendors about it. Locally grown and produced food sold with transparency by our farmers and producers. Free from antibiotics, hormones, preservatives, and big ecological footprints.
This year, obviously, will be a little different at the Market. Guests are encouraged to wear masks, sanitize, and maintain social-distancing rules, and if you’re really concerned you can order you groceries online and simply pick them up.
There are more than a dozen vendors at the Erin Mills Farmers Market, from which you can buy farm-fresh fruit and vegetables, skin care products, wine, nuts, ice pops, popcorn, jams, sauces, baked goods, and so much more. So life is slowly returning to normal and we’re sure happy to see the farmers markets return, so get out there and support the people who need it more than ever!