BY BENJAMIN BYERS
In Oakville’s Downtown Square from June 2 – Oct. 6 there has been a farmers’ market where locals can buy and sell locally produced goods.
Lorraine Thames from Thames River Farm said that people are drawn toward the market for its freshly grown appeal and quality of the product.
“People come from far and wide to buy our produce because they can tell the difference, they are more then willing to pay the price jump when the difference is so noticeable,” she added.
Blyleven Farms was another vendor at this market. Cody Blyleven says quality over quantity is his farm’s motto.
“Our quality of food is much higher than others. There are no pesticides and you know it’s coming locally from our farm,” he added.
Although it was pouring rain this past weekend there was still a strong turnout showing the loyalty of the local shoppers. Some of them came from far distances just for something to do. However, others came for one thing only.
There seemed to be a common interest that brought people to the market, locally grown tomatoes. Most people said that tomatoes were much better than store bought.
With the Farmers Market ending this weekend, the Autumn Harvest begins. The event will take place every weekend in October from 1 to 4 p.m. in Downtown Oakville.
The event will have free hay wagon rides with the last ride at 3:45pm. Doggy Days: Lions Foundation of Canada Guide Dogs from will be there from 1-4 p.m. in the Town Square with their puppies and providing information about their program. Also, with Halloween approaching, the Oakville Historical Society Ghost Walk is just around the corner. The walks take place from Monday to Saturday between Oct. 15 to 30. The event is $12 per adult and $6 for children 12 and under. Infants are free, and no pets allowed.
For more information on these events, check out the Visit Oakville website.