Last Sunday, Raj and I visited Square One Farmers’ Market for the first time before they wrap up on November 2nd. This year, the annual Square One Farmers’ Market in Mississauga runs on Sundays (June 1st through November 2nd) from 8AM to 4PM at the Mississauga Central Lions Club and on Wednesdays (July 23rd through October 29th) from 11AM to 8PM at the Mississauga Celebration Square. This farmers’ market is smaller than the St. Lawrence Farmers’ Market and the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market in Toronto. It also features less prepared foods than the ones in Toronto, so don’t expect much of a selection if grabbing breakfast, lunch, or snacks here. Nonetheless, Raj and I had a blast checking out all the fresh foods and chatting with the vendors.
Raj and I absolutely LOVE chilies and anything spicy! So a bushel of habanero peppers for $25 was the first thing that caught our eyes. Perfect for homemade chili sauce!
Although you can’t see it in the picture above, the bees seemed to love COBS Bread! More bees were buzzing around COBS than any other vendor. Their breads are baked fresh daily and any leftover breads are given to local charities. If you are sensitive or allergic to gluten, you can only enjoy the aroma of their breads unfortunately since COBS does not make any gluten-free products. However, all their traditional and artisan breads are free of any preservatives, sugar, dairy, and colouring.
I love squashes for soups. Nothing like a warm bowl of homemade soup as the weather gets colder. Mmm…
Raj and I are always immediately drawn to hot sauces. We just love chilies! So when we spotted the homemade chili sauces at Alphonsa’s Gourmet, we HAD to stop by to pick some up. We learned that most of the ingredients in their products are sourced from the market! It’s always great when companies use local products. The owners were very passionate about their products and ended up encouraging us to sample almost all their products. We tried almost everything (all their hot sauces, the Sweet Ginger BBQ Sauce, the Mango Lime Sauce, the Pineapple Peach Salsa, all four flavours of their homemade hummus, and more).
Although everything tasted great at Alphonsa’s, we ended up getting hot sauces to add to our ever-growing collection. Raj decided on their Fiery Hot hot sauce (the hottest of all four hot sauces) and I decided on their Mango Pepper hot sauce. All their hot sauces are made with Scotch Bonnet peppers. While they are all quite spicy, they all have a nice balance of heat and flavour.
Our last stop at the farmers’ market was a non-profit booth supporting the Greenbelt Foundation. We had a nice discussion about environmental issues with two supporters of the Greenbelt Foundation and we signed their petition to help protect Ontario’s Greenbelt. Our Greenbelt provides farmlands, local produce, forests, wetlands, fresh air, clean water, biodiversity and jobs, so it is important to keep the area protected.
All in all, we had a lot of fun at Square One Farmers’ Market. It was great meeting and chatting with all the vendors. Raj and I are hosting a dinner for friends this weekend, so the excursion was great for healthy dinner menu ideas! We will share what we end up making for the dinner in upcoming posts, so stay tuned!