I love farmers markets. I love Canada. What I don't love is people claiming to be farmers when they are resellers in Ontario farmers markets.
CBC Marketplace explored the world of farmers markets in southern Ontario. Based on my anecdotal research, I've seen produce at markets that clearly didn't come from a local farm. The majority of wares are likely legitimate, but this should be a concern if traveling through Canada.
Given my love of farmers markets, as expressed at BalanceofFood.com, I am spoiled with markets that carry food direct from the farmer. I like that when I see that in Canada.
The rationale in the story is more about giving customers the produce they want even when out of season. That is called a grocery store for a reason.
Also, unlike Americans who whine about the cost of food, Canadians have to worry about that a lot more. So being ripped off is bad but worse when the margin for error is smaller.
photos credit: CBC Marketplace