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From the Farm to the Table

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From the Farm to the Table

Algoma Farmers Markets offer local foods and flavours. • Credit: Free Images

Where to Buy Farm Fresh Produce, Meats and Handmade Products in Algoma

Locally grown farm-fresh products are at your finger tips in Algoma Country

For the non-green thumbs who want farm-fresh organic produce, quality meats and poultry to prepare healthy meals, Algoma's Farmers' Markets are the places to go. Farmers' Markets are a meeting place to celebrate what's local -- which make them an exceptional shopping experience. These open air markets offer a warm, inviting country atmosphere for both locals and visitors staying in the area and go far beyond just essentials like fresh vegetables and meat. In Algoma Country, you'll also find baked goods, handpicked berries, maple syrup products, wood working, Alpaca products and homemade arts and crafts.

fresh green beans peas

Below is the complete list of Algoma Farmers' Markets in Sault Ste. Marie to St. Joseph Island, all along the North Shore of Lake Huron and north to Hearst. At the bottom of the article, you'll find some helpful tips for shopping at farmers markets, and a favourite way to cook new potatoes. If you are interested in farm-gate purchases, you can find more information at www.buyalgoma.ca

Summer Market: June to October
Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm *At the Market Mall
Wednesdays Noon - 5 pm *At Roberta Bondar Pavilion

Open Year Round
Winter & Spring Season Hours
Saturdays 10 am - 2 pm
35 Canal Drive
*hours of operation change seasonally

Mid June to End of September
Saturdays 9 am - 1 pm
Yellow tent beside the Library

June  - Thanksgiving
Saturdays 10 am - 2 pm
*Fall hours begin in September
Johnson Township Community Centre, 1 Cameron Avenue, Desbarats ON

July, August and September
Saturdays 9 am - 2 pm
Iron Bridge Museum

June to September
Saturdays 9 am - 2 pm
Cordukes Historic 12-sided Round Barn

June to October
Saturdays 9 am - 2 pm
Under the Farmers' Market Pavilion on the grounds of the Travel Information Centre

Tips for Shopping at Farmers Markets

  1. Get to know your seasons. Knowing what to expect and what grows in the area makes shopping more efficient.
  2. Go early because the early bird does get the worm! You'll be able to get the best selections, and those limited items that go quickly.
  3. Bring big sturdy bags and cash with small change. Transactions with cash or exact change is much easier.
  4. Be spontaneous. Sometimes it's fun to leave the shopping list at home, or at least be open to trying something new.
  5. Ask an expert. If you find a vegetable new to you, ask the farmer how they like to eat it. You'll get the best tips!

View Algoma Farmers Markets in a larger map 

Cooking New Potatoes: A Tasty Way to Eat Them

One of my favourite childhood memories is wandering my grandparents' farm, exploring their vegetables patches, sampling the raspberries and peas as I walked the paths (I ate plenty of both). New potatoes were always my favourite thing to eat and I've shared the simplest, tastiest way to prepare them:

- New potatoes (freshly harvested young potatoes) should be feel firm and have a smooth, unblemished skin. Make sure to rinse them well and don't peel them.

- Put new potatoes in a pot of salty water and boil gently for about 10 minutes, until tender.

- Drain and shake off excess water. Put the potatoes in a serving dish and toss with plenty of butter and sprinkle with salt and fresh cracked pepper, and fresh chopped chives, or your favourite herb. Serve and Enjoy the fresh buttery goodness!

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