Jonathon Liedtke – ourWindsor.ca – Jan. 4, 2013
There’s no doubt that Essex County is home to a bountiful array of local produce grown year round via traditional fields in the summer and greenhouses during the winter.
While there is certainly convenience in shopping at a big-box grocery outlet, ourWindsor wanted to highlight some of the best bets for purchasing food locally.
There’s a plethora of reasons to purchase food which is grown locally, ranging from the fact that you’re helping support local farmers to the fact that food which is purchased closer to where it is grown is often safer to eat, cleaner and sometimes more affordable than their ‘foreign’ counterparts.
Whatever your reason for shopping locally, it is a small difference in your weekly schedule that can make a big difference to those who live in the same city as you and the surrounding areas.
Remark Fresh Markets located at 2727 Howard Ave. E is a one-stop shop for fresh fruit and produce, meats, bread, salads, seafood and everything in between. The brightly lit store features a large selection of high quality food, many of which is grown locally in Windsor Essex.
Fred’s Farm Fresh is located at 2144 Huron Church Road and while they offer a traditional selection of food and produce, what helps to set Fred’s Farm Fresh apart from their competition is their strong online presence. Customers communicate directly with Fred’s Farm Fresh via Facebook and inquire as to sales and prices alike while the store utilizes their social presence to alert customers as to upcoming sales.
Joseph’s Farm Market located at both 2451 Tecumseh Rd West and 6645 Tecumseh Rd East has been operated by the Joseph brothers since spring 1994 and while it started as a fruit stand on the corner of California and Tecumseh, it has grown into a full neighborhood fruit and vegetable market.
Mr. Meat Market is located at 2451 Tecumseh Road West and they offer what they bill as “The Freshest Meat” in the city. The consistently busy store specializes in supplying all different types of meat of every different cut.
Windsor Market Square is located at 2109 Ottawa Street and the all-encompassing facility is a full market which rents out space to tenants. Featuring meat, dairy, produce and seafood from a variety of tenants, the Windsor Market Square is an excellent alternative to the big box stores.
Best Bets: Locally Produced and Sold Produce, Dairy and Meats (ourwindsor.ca)
Jonathon Liedtke is the Features & Opinion Editor for the University of Windsor Lance Campus/Community Newspaper and a reporter for ourWindsor.ca. As a founding member and current Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee, he is committed to representing, connecting, engaging with and advocating for local youth. He is also a member of Windsor’s “Punk with Horns” band The Nefidovs, and as such, is committed to enhancing and sustaining the arts community.
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