So this weekend on Friday Cara and I decided to venture out to visit Brantford's Farmers Market together to explore what a local farmers market looked like at this time of year. What we found was better than I had expected! We visited with an open mind and tried put our "farmer-roots" aside as we explore what was offered as "local" and "fresh" food. We were really surprised to see the amount of people who were purchasing their groceries at the market because the market is just across the street from a chain grocery store. We visited with the various farmers and artisans and surprisingly enough, we got so carried away in our discussions that we had to both sit down and figure out what we wanted to actually buy. Even though we quickly discovered that a majority of the food was not from a local farm, we were so pleased with the amount of foods that were locally grown, and the generosity and kindness of the people we encountered at the market. We had the opportunity to ask questions about the foods we bought and we asked some venders where their farms were located. This gave us an opportunity to ask and discover where our foods came from which was both refreshing and exciting. We both were struck with how fun it was to go shopping in an environment with such a welcoming, friendly community. Cara and I really enjoyed cooking together afterwards and we look forward to sharing more recipes with each other and continuing our exploration together!