Finally, local farmers’ markets are back and providing fresh fruit and vegetables.

Stiver Mill Farmers’ Market opens for another fruitful season, beginning June 2 and running every Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm, until October 8.

The market, which is now in its sixth year, was created by Unionville activist Jeanne Ker-Hornell and Bob Stiver as a means to create public awareness of the Mill’s plight, which had fallen into disrepair. Since 2009, the market has brought together the best of Ontario’s local fruits, vegetables, meat, baked goods, crafts, entertainments, and the market grill. As the market continues to grow with a different mix of vendors, many of the farmers and vendors return year after year.

In addition to the vendors and the market grill, which includes hot dogs and hamburgers cooked by the Rotary Club, there are a number of events throughout the market season. A big highlight is Seniors’ Day, held once a month, in which the first 50 seniors to arrive get a $5 voucher to be used at any vendor. This is an effort to provide individuals with healthy and nutritious food. Other highlights include weekly entertainment.

Bringing together fresh and local food, crafts, and community is truly a great way to spend your summer Sundays. For more information on events, vendors, and the history of Stiver Mill www.unionvillestivermarket.com.

For those who know that the early bird gets the worm, they might want to pick up their fresh fruit at the Main Street Markham Farmers’ Market Saturdays from 8am to 1pm at Main Street and Robinson Street. Visit www.mainstreetmarkham.com for details.