Top 10 Reasons You Should Choose the Farm Market Over the Supermarket

Top reasons to choose the farm market over the supermarket.

Even if you’re in the heart of the city, it’s worth a drive to your local farm market.  Getting closer to where your food comes from results in the freshest food possible, along with an excellent day out in the sunshine if you opt to pick your own.

While this may seem like work to you, it’s a labour of love. When you pick your own fruits and vegetables, you’re guaranteed the very best, and you’ll appreciate it that much more because the rewards are delicious!

10. Buying Farm Fresh Produce Supports Farmers and the Local Economy.

It’s true. Farmer’s feed families. Help keep our farms strong by showing your support. Feel good about every dollar you spend, because it goes into the preservation of a way of life that sustains us all.

9. Farm Market Produce is the Freshest.

While farm markets sometimes take in fruits and vegetables from other local farms, you can rely that the food is the freshest available. In many cases, it’s mere hours – not days – from field to table.

8. Fresh Produce is More Nutritious.

Experts agree that time and travel reduce the nutritional value of the food we eat. You get more from your food when it travels less.

7. Food from Farm Markets is Safer.

While you must always wash your fruits and vegetables before eating, farm market food is safer to eat. Supermarket produce is often handled much more, traveled farther, and is older.

6. Preserve Precious Farmland for Future Generations.

Supporting local farms in Barrie is one way to ensure that farmland is here to stay. Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. Our land for growing food is a precious resource that we need to protect. Show your support and ensure that farms thrive to ensure the food security for future generations.

5. Fresh Baked Pies. Jams. Preserves. Honey.

Farm Markets source delicious artisanal foods locally, so there’s always something delicious to eat for dessert.

4. Source the freshest Dairy Products at Farm Markets.

Many farm markets also carry a selection of fresh dairy products sourced locally as well. So, stock up on the freshest eggs and artisanal cheese, as well.

3. Fresh Picked Flowers.

Many farm markets carry an assortment of fresh flowers to decorate the table for your delicious summertime feast.

2. Celebrate the Seasons.

Observe the changing seasons by the agricultural calendar. Whether it’s the first berries of spring, or picking out your pumpkin for Halloween, it’s fun to bring the kids and really notice the changing of the seasons.

1. Avoid the Lineups and Parking Lots.

Shopping locally at your farmer’s market is something to be enjoyed, not another chore to do. There’s something to be said for slowing down and simply enjoying the good weather while it lasts.

Have we convinced you yet? Visit a Farm Market near you, before the long, lazy days of summer are over.

 

Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa

Do you need a fun, colorful and tasty appetizer? Try this Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa at your next gathering or celebration! The fun sweet and spicy flavors will impress your guests and this recipe will be a big hit! It’s super simple to make and it’s healthy and delicious!

A bowl of strawberry jalapeno salsa, a bowl of 3 tortilla chips with salsa on them, and a half bowl of tortilla chips

Simple & Satisfying Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa

Yes, I’m still on the salsa kick and what better way to get yourself some important nutrients than with healthy and delicious snacks like Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa!  This quick and easy snack is so full of flavor that I had a hard time photographing it because I just wanted to gobble it up after one bite.  It demonstrates so well that fresh and simple is always super tasty.  When you have prime ingredients you don’t need much to enhance the natural essence – especially something special like fresh, local strawberries from Barrie Hill Farms.

Pint containers overflowing with fresh farm picked strawberries.Strawberries, jalapeno, red onion, cilantro and lime – that’s it.  All complementary yet distinct flavors.  That’s why we love salsa, isn’t it?  Each bite is so full of zest and gusto.   I think there is no end to the types of salsas you can make but I will stop here for a little while.  Or at least until something comes along that begs to be made into another dish that packs a wallop!

a closeup overhead shot of strawberry jalapeno salsa on a white background

Strawberries Are Amazing In Any Dish!

This weekend I’m headed out to the farms to get my hands on loads more fresh strawberries at Barrie Hill Farms.  What do you like to do with your strawberries?  I honestly have a difficult time not gobbling them up on the way home but I used self-control because this year I want to create some fun and unique ways to enhance these delectable treats.  Not only are strawberries an excellent addition to salads, but they are also so much fun in a salsa.  I think that strawberries can be used in so many different kinds of recipes.  Strawberries are sweet and delicious and they bring a unique flavor to any recipe, especially a salsa!  Who doesn’t love a good salsa?  

Strawberries are best picked fresh and can also easily be frozen.  It’s so satisfying picking them from your favorite farm because you know where they come from and you know how they are farmed. Having the knowledge of where your food comes from can really help you eat and live a healthier life with whole foods and delicious fruits.

Do you have a recipe you’d like to share?  Ever made strawberry salsa? Share your creations on Instagram and hashtag #barriehillfarms.   I’d love to hear about what inspires you.  Cheers!

Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa

What better way to get yourself some important nutrients than with healthy and delicious like Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 49kcal
Author: Robyn Gleason @ Simply Fresh Dinners

Ingredients

  • 1 pint strawberries washed, hulled and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion finely chopped
  • handful of finely-chopped fresh cilantro, loosely-packed
  • juice of 1 lime
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to large bowl and toss to combine well. Serve immediately.
  • Note: This does not keep well so eat it all up the same day!

Nutrition

Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 78mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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More Strawberry Recipes from Barrie Hill Farms

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Soup Recipe with Canteloupe

 

When are Strawberries Available at Barrie Hills Farm?A calendar showing when crops are available at Barrie Hills Farm.

 

 

Cantaloupe Strawberry Soup Recipe

This chilled Cantaloupe Strawberry Soup Recipe is not only a beautiful looking soup but it also packs the nutrients and is incredibly easy to make.  You will love this low-calorie smooth soup that could almost pass as a smoothie bowl but also makes for a great lunchtime meal or mid-morning snack!

two bowls of strawberry soup recipe with strawberry in the middle of the soup

A Low-Calorie Cantaloupe Strawberry Soup Recipe

I made PINK soup!  Isn’t it the craziest looking soup you’ve ever seen!?  Once you get past the colour though, you’ll love the flavours.  I expected it to be closer to the cantaloupe colour but seems the red wanted to take over.  I’ve been going a little crazy on my purchase of fresh fruit lately and suddenly found myself with some berries and melon that I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat in time so this recipe was born.

If you can operate a blender or food processor, you can make this tasty, chilled strawberry soup recipe.  No cooking involved.  Just blend all the ingredients and toss in the fridge for a couple hours to firm up.  You may want to blend it longer than I did but I tend to like my soups a little on the thick side.  And, (…I add this hesitantly..) if you really don’t care for Low Fat Greek Yogurt, you can substitute sour cream.  It will taste great but definitely adds some calories.  Just be sure to leave out the honey.  Sometimes though, we just have to go for it, right?

I’m all about limes these days and I loved the zing it added to this soup. I’ve switch my passion for lemons to limes for the moment and there seems to be no end in sight to the possibilities of this zesty little fruit!

What do you do when you have too much fruit on your hands?  I’d love to hear your recipes and suggestions.  Hope your day is a good one. Cheers!

Cantaloupe Strawberry Soup Recipe

A light summery soup with no refined sugar. The combination of melon and strawberries is divinely simple and scrumptious!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooing Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 102kcal
Author: Robyn Gleason @ Simply Fresh Dinners

Ingredients

  • 1 cantaloupe halved, seeded and cut into small chunks
  • 1.5 cups strawberries thickly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Low Fat Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3/4 tbsp minced ginger
  • the juice of half a lime
  • handful of fresh mint leaves
  • thinly sliced strawberries for garnish
  • lime slices

Instructions

  • Combine cantaloupe, strawberries, yogurt, honey and ginger and lime juice in a blender or food processor, blending until smooth. You may have to do this in batches. If you require more thickness, add some additional yogurt and honey.
  • Chill for 2 hours or up to 2 days. Use mint leaves, strawberries and lime slices to garnish.
  • Note: I like to chill my soup bowls before serving to keep the soup cool especially if you’re eating outdoors.

Nutrition

Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 451mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 4685IU | Vitamin C: 82.4mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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bowl of strawberry s

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Recipe courtesy of Simply Fresh Dinners,  A partner with Barrie Hill Farms in bringing fresh recipes to your table.

 

More Berry Recipes from Barrie Hill Farms

Quinoa Lentil Salad with Blueberries

Berry French Toast Casserole

 

When are Strawberries and Melons Available at Barrie Hills Farm?A calendar showing when crops are available at Barrie Hills Farm.

 

 

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade with Rhubarb

This Fresh Strawberry Lemonade with Rhubarb is sure to become a summer favorite! This easy strawberry lemonade recipe features farm fresh fruit for tons of sweet tart flavor.

An up close image of two glasses of easy strawberry lemonade.

Easy Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry rhubarb pie is so popular that it occurred to me that everyone would love strawberry rhubarb lemonade too – and I was right!  The taste test was a big success with friends and family so I definitely wanted to share this for the holiday weekend.

When I cook strawberries it takes me back to my childhood and the annual summer fairs because they taste and smell like cotton candy.  When you add the rhubarb you get that unique sweet-citrusy-sour flavor that seems to have captured the taste buds of so many.   The ice cream/frozen yogurt sauce I made with these ingredients was a big hit with family and friends and it makes a wonderful hostess gift for your summer parties.  Best of all, it takes less than 15 minutes to make!

Boxes of strawberries being carried on a tractor at the farm.

I used fresh picked berries from Barrie Hill Farms for this refreshing lemonade.  They had their annual Strawberry Festival last weekend so these little gems went straight from the field into my kitchen.   So much fun and SO many people!  They had entertainment, clowns, face painting and wagon rides to the fields to pick your own.

A family enjoying a sunny weekend at the farm picking strawberries.

This happy family is going to enjoy all of their strawberries.  I bet they’re making jam too!  Canadians tend to create stampedes to their local farms when we finally get to the warmer months because we’re starved for fresh produce!

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade with Rhubarb

This Fresh Strawberry Lemonade with Rhubarb is sure to become a summer favorite! Make a double batch to serve at a summer gathering -- you won't be bringing any home. If you'd like to use regular sugar instead of agave & honey, use 6 tablespoons of plain white sugar and omit the other sweeteners.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 101kcal
Author: Robyn Gleason

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice about 3 large lemons
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups rhubarb diced
  • 1 cup strawberries quartered
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • ice
  • 1/2 cup strawberries sliced thinly, to garnish
  • handful of fresh mint to garnish

Instructions

  • Squeeze fresh lemons and place juice into large pitcher.
  • Place water, rhubarb, strawberries, agave and honey into medium sized saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer on medium for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool. If you want to speed up the process, place in a stainless steel bowl and put in freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Remove and place mixture in a fine sieve over a bowl pressing to squeeze all liquid from it. Discard solids and add liquids to pitcher with ice and sliced berries. Serve with a fresh mint garnish.

Nutrition

Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 48.4mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Fresh Strawberry Lemonade shown in two glasses with straws.

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Recipe courtesy of Simply Fresh Dinners,  a partner with Barrie Hill Farms in bringing fresh recipes to your table.

 

More Strawberry Recipes from Barrie Hill Farms

Chilled Strawberry Soup

Berry French Toast Casserole

 

When are Strawberries Available at Barrie Hills Farm?A calendar showing when crops are available at Barrie Hills Farm.