I was riding my bike by the Humber River last week when it hit me – the summer is coming to a close. Just before 8 PM, I switched on my LED bike lights and sensed a real chill in the air for the first time in what felt like a long time. The bright, blazing, sunshine that seemed to last all day is fading faster lately. The extreme heat on most days makes this season feel longer than it actually is but summers are fleeting here.
We are entering a season that calls for layering and turning inward. Autumn is a season of cooling down, restoration and natural comforts. Cinnamon, warm drinks and hearty stews. Cozy cardigans and gorgeous gourds – count me in!
I am ready to shift gears.
I try to treat each incoming season like the beginning of a new year… with fresh intentions and resolutions. In Autumn, I intend to reduce the amount of waste that I produce by utilizing more reusable products with recycled materials instead of single use products.
Luckily, a couple of our vendors sell products that align with my intention.
Helen Mends has just released new versions of her popular reusable, adjustable masks. Helen is also selling reusable panty liners and menstrual pads with wings for those who are looking to make the switch to sustainable hygiene products. Irina from Bees Universe sells two sizes of high-quality Beeswax Food Wrap – made from cloth and pure beeswax – for an alternative to plastic wrap.
Though Autumn awaits, it is valuable to honour and acknowledge the present moment. Summer is not quite over yet! Reyes Farms still has peaches for sale (get them while they last!), gelato from All Sorts Acres Farms is still best enjoyed outdoors and Sosnicki Organics has plenty of peppers to chose from this week.
Please note that Essa Seedlings, Motherdough Mill and Bakery and Sundance Harvest are away this week.
Wishing you wellness and abundant season ahead!
-Aanastasia and the Market Team