Hi there! My name is Karina Flores and I am 23 years old and live in Milton, ON. My friends call me Kari but my vendor and farmer friends call me Sassy! I am a passionate foodie and farm to table advocate for all things grown locally here in Ontario and during the farmers market season, you can expect to find me at a Saturday Farmers Market...or two.
I live in Canada now but I was born and raised in Lima, Perú. Growing up in a South American country really shaped the person I am today. From a young age I was exposed to a world of ingredients, spices, and flavour. Eating real food was a big part of my life and I found myself having an appreciation for fresh and authentic real food experiences.
Since I had a hard time finding this experience in Canada, I left for an exchange in my last year of university and lived in Italy for five months. It was there where The Sassy Tomato was born. Italy reawakened my Latin roots and opened my eyes and taste buds again to what it really meant to eat fresh and local food. There's nothing like a Caprese salad and a pizza in Italy. The freshness of the ingredients just gives their food a taste like no other!
So, when I returned to Canada, I made it my mission to share my passion for better tasting food by exploring Ontario and making our communities aware of the natural resources and local products that we have! My goal is that together we will be educated on the local food movement and will make better and healthier choices as consumers.
This year, I am super excited to be partnering up with some local farmers markets and share the local food experience with others. A big focus for me, The Sassy Tomato, is educating people about knowing where their food came from and most importantly appreciating and eating with the seasons!
Follow my Farmers Market 2018 Season adventure with the Hespeler VIllage Market and learn how you can support your community, eat better, and live a healthier lifestyle! See you on Friday June 8th for opening day!
You can follow me on Instagram: @thesassyytomato and the market @hespelervillagemarket.