Written by frequent market goer Robyn Salguero
I spent a leisurely evening at the farmers market tonight, sipping cider, chatting with friends, and perusing the colourful offerings artfully displayed on checkered tablecloths and in weathered wooden crates. I think it's one of my favourite summer activities.
I love the people watching too -- folks seem just as thrilled as I am to be freed from the multiple layers of wool socks and underclothes, free to wear flowering skirts and airy shorts and expose sun-starved shouldered to the light. In reusable bags and baskets, on bicycles or with friendly pouches, their arms are laden with irresistible fresh produce and baked goods and craft beer. And always, always, there is the cloth bag slung over a shoulder with leafy beet tops or carrot fronts announcing themselves and waving merrily behind them, bobbing and tickling other patrons as they pass by.
The vibe at the South Osborne Farmers' Market is my favourite in the city. It is so charming and lovely and has a wonderful mix of vendors and attendees. There is live music and refreshing drinks and passionate speakers (tonight's topic was about creating queer community food spaces) and stunning goods. Including those craggy heirloom tomatoes that I can never get enough of.
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