Saturday, 11 August 2007

A Visit to the Smithville Farmers' Market

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. We headed out to the Smithville Farmers' Market today, and it has to be said it was a bit of a bust.

Smithville has a number of the ingredients for a successful farmers market: it has a nice old fairground with covered arcades, admittedly now being closed in by some extra-horrible tract homes, but the bones and the parking are there. (The whole area south of Hamilton in general is suffering severely from this blight. Have you seen Binbrook lately?!? But I digress.) It is close to the fruit farms of the Niagara peninsula, and it is in general an area with a rich farming history. The encroachment of the hideous suburbs should at least provide a stream of ready buyers.

The first sign of trouble. Looks nice enough... but where is everybody?

Well, this is it.

Nope, there is no more. What was there was fine; it's just that 8 or 10 vendors do not a farmers market make, especially when none of them has a really comprehensive selection. I guess it's hard to be a farmer when hideous, land-gobbling, gas-guzzling, soulless, ticky-tacky, cookie cutter subdivisions pay so much better.*

This fellow had some really nice wooden lazy-susans, which he made. Alas, we arrived latish and he was down to 3 or 4 rather overgrown zucchini and a couple of spaghetti squash on the veggie front. He did still have some maple syrup.

Some nice-looking perennials and cut flowers.

And there was a clown doing his shopping, which is admittedly not something you see every day. In the end we left with some new apples (Lodi), some eggs, some peaches, and a couple of pepperettes to munch on.

We augmented our meager haul with some corn from a road-side stand, but I suspect it will be time to make a visit to a mid-week market later this week.

*Also, they are really butt-ugly. Did I mention that? But all the houses have a garage shoved onto the front, so that's alright then.

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