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Monday June 28th, 2010

Posted at 6:35pm

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Essex County Gold by ravenswift from the windsoriteDOTca Flickr pool.

There’s an eating trend on the rise here in Windsor. It started with last year’s success of the newly reinstated Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market, and continued through the year with fresh deliveries from county farmers and the announcement of more markets popping up. Eating locally is getting more and more popular, and living in an area with some the richest soil and most temperate climate in Canada, it’s a logical and easy choice.

If you can’t do your grocery shopping on Saturday mornings (the DWFM runs from 8am to 1pm), then try the Riverside Farmer’s Market on Sundays. Amherstburg introduced a farmer’s market this spring, and the Windsor Market Square on Ottawa is open from 8am to 6pm Tuesday to Friday (as well as on the weekend). Not only that, but fresh and local produce can be acquired at any number of smaller neighbourhood markets, and even from shacks on the side of county roads.

We’re good at growing crops here in Essex County. We’ve perfected the tomato. Our corn is second to none, and back in the day, our fruit trees were worth writing songs about (the Jesuit pear trees, to be specific). So it’s appropriate that the Essex Region Conservation Area would be hosting the Lakeside Locavore Lunch at the historic John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area.

The event is in it’s third year, and will offer a completely local menu for visitors. From the ERCA event webpage“This event highlights Locavore opportunities in Essex County. You can learn more about this movement as you savour an afternoon by the Lake enjoying live music, tasting locally grown foods, a fine array of local fruit wines and more. Also local farmers, food producers and vendors will be on hand to share their specific knowledge about their products, the delicious bounty that our region offers, and the benefits of buying local.”

The event takes place on Sunday, July 18th, with a serving scheduled for 12:30pm, and another at 1:30pm. Tickets are just $20, and are only available in advance. The lunch was sold out last year! Click here to purchase tickets, or for more information call (519) 738-2029 or email [email protected].

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