Welcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. Consider this your official and personal invitation to join us in completing a small but meaningful achievement. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston a slightly better place to live, work and play. And of course, we also hope that you will feel proud of your contribution and achievement.
This week’s challenge encourages you to:
Buy local. Have you visited the market yet this season? Why the heck not?! This is the time of year to take advantage of everything that Kingston and area farmers and artisans have to offer. For a town our size, we are lucky to proudly boast two regularly operated farmers’ markets during the summer months. From fresh produce, flowers and organic meats to locally made artisanal cheese, jams and other spreads, ygk farmers’ markets have enough to offer to keep your pantry full for the week and then some. In addition, local artists also offer beautifully crafted, handmade items including jewellery, paintings and clothing. The Kingston Public Market at Market Square at City Hall is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8:30am-4pm, with antiques and art on display on Sundays, until November. On Saturdays in July and August you can catch free, live local chef demos in the amphitheatre from 11am-12pm. The Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market continues to grow in its third year and is open every Sunday from 9am-2pm until November 1st. So this week we challenge you to pay a visit to one or both of these markets, not only this week but all summer long. Support our local farmers and artisans and enjoy all the beauty and charm of shopping locally.
Sign up and commit to completing this week’s challenge by commenting below with an “I’m in“, “challenge accepted“, “en garde” or something along those lines. Further, help us spread the word via Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag: #ygkchallenge. As you work towards completing this week’s task, please feel free to lend others a helping hand by providing tips on how you achieved success.