Local Produce and Farmers Market Guide Released in Mississauga

Although the locavore movement kicked off a few years ago, the thirst for locally grown and cultivated produce has remained fairly strong (boutique food trends aren't going anywhere anytime soon).

Now, anyone in Mississauga (or the Peel Region in general) who wants to buy as much local produce as possible can pick up the 2017 Grown in Peel guide to find out what fruits and vegetables are produced in the region and where to get them.

Interestingly enough, a number of popular foods—think apples, watermelons, beets, pumpkins and more—are grown on Peel farms. The guide features 30 farms, retailers and farmers markets (you know you straight up love farmers markets) in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon. It also boasts a map with information on the seasonal availability of various fruits and vegetables.

"The Region of Peel is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all residents by encouraging the consumption of fresh, flavourful vegetables and fruits," said Dr. Lawrence Loh, Acting Medical Officer of Health. "We've created a handy guide that makes it easy and fun to discover the variety of produce grown right here in our community."

So, where you can grab local product in the city?

According to the guide, you can purchase vegetables at Ecosource #GrownInMississauga at the Meadowvale South Recreation Centre, nursery stock at Springbank Greenhouses (1625 North Sheridan Way) and assorted fruits and vegetables at The Port Credit Farmers Market, the Streetsville Lions Friends and Farmers Market, the Many Feathers Market at 3250 Argentia Road and more.

According to the Region of Peel, the guide is available free of charge at Peel libraries, fairs and municipal buildings. Residents can also request a copy by emailing growninpeel [at] peelregion [dot] ca.

The GrownInPeel.ca website also features an interactive map that lists events happening at local farms and farmers markets.

It also provides the seasonal availability of nearly 50 fruits and vegetables.

As for what's in season right now, you can hit up one of the sellers in the guide to grab asparagus, lettuce, mushrooms, radishes and more. Other products, such as baked goods, cheese, cider, honey, preserves, maple syrup and meats, are available all year round.

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