the website of the Toronto Farmers'market Network
Sunday September 21st is the day to head to The Toronto Garlic Festival at Evergreen Brick Works. There’s a free shuttle every ten minutes from the parkette by Broadview Station so you don’t Stink and Drive.
This summer there’s a nice way to honour vendors who do a beautiful job of setting up for market, the “Local Bounty” Vendor Display Contest! By taking a photo and sending it, along with the name of the vendor and why their display looks great, anyone can nominate their favourite vendor(s).
Customers who ‘like’ nominated photos on the Greenbelt Foundation’s Facebook Page will be entered in a contest to win market goodie baskets, and the ten vendors who receive the most likes will win $300 each!
Our Farmers’ Markets are the happiest place in town! Every week now, there are new and delicious arrivals. July offers us cherries, raspberries, sweet peas and many other favourite local foods. Markets are buzzing with activities, too, as community groups and not-for-profits share information, musicians entertain, and neighbours catch up on all the news and gossip. Don’t miss the fun! Grab your bike or buggy and come enjoy sweet summer at a TFMN market!
Happy Local Food Week, everyone!
What are your reasons to love local? Here are ten of ours:
- We like food that hasn’t been riding on a truck from thousands of miles away.
- Local food production helps our economy.
- We believe that rural communities are an important part of Ontario’s past and future.
- Ontario’s farmland should be cherished, productive and protected, not gobbled up by urban sprawl while we eat food from afar.
- Direct local sales venues like farmers’ markets are great incubators for small local businesses.
- Farmers’ markets offer tremendous variety, including heirloom vegetables with unbeatable flavour instead of ones selected to withstand long shipping distances.
- We love meeting the people who grow and make our food and learning from them.
- Farmers’ markets bring local communities together.
- Strong demand for what they produce gives farmers a reason to look ahead with hope.
- IT JUST TASTES SO GOOD!
Come on out to a farmers’ market this week and taste our fresh local harvests!
Coming this spring to a market near you: local wine! Many Toronto locations are taking part in a pilot project introducing VQA wine sales at farmers’ markets. St. Lawrence North and Evergreen Brick Works will lead the way, with wineries joining their roster of vendors May 3rd. As the season warms up, you’ll find wine alongside other excellent Ontario products at many more locations. Most markets will feature a rotating team of wineries throughout each month, so customers will have the opportunity to sample and purchase a wide selection of our province’s best wines. Cheers!
Calling all curious eaters! Have a look at this new glossary:
What’s in a Label? A Short Guide to Food and Farming Terms
We tip our hats to the Torontoist this month for writing such a nice post about some of our year-round markets in their ‘Top 10 places to buy local food!
Behind the scenes, every market manager in town is thinking about new projects, additions to vendor lists, and tweaks to make the coming outdoor season even better than last year’s. On the farms, everybody’s seed orders have been arriving, and the first plantings in hoophouses and sun-warmed greenhouses are up, helping to get the jump on spring. Obviously, we can’t promise an early start to the season, but we sure are going to enjoy it when it really does arrive!
There’s an awful lot in the media about what NOT to eat these days, and some of it can get pretty confusing. We’ve got some good news for you. When you come to farmers’ markets, you don’t have to spend a lot of time reading labels and wondering what half the words mean or whether the product you’re looking at should be allowed into your kitchen.
Come get some GOOD, SIMPLE, WHOLE food, from the people who grow and make it. You can take the time you would have spent reading labels, have a conversation with a farmer, baker, or maker of DELICIOUS, HEALTHY, REAL food, and put a good news story on your plate.
Visit our List of Markets page to find times and locations of Toronto’s year-round farmers’ markets.
We’re jumping in early to let you know about some events of interest coming up for fans of markets and organic agriculture in February!
On Sunday, February 2nd, from 10am-2pm the good folks at Le Papillon on the Park will be cooking up over 1 tonne of French Onion Soup to dish out to the community for The Leslieville Farmers’ Market‘s third annual Souper-Bowl fundraiser in support of the market. Bring your own bowl & spoon or bring jars, buckets or whatever sized container you want to fill for the game or Super Bowl party. Pay-What-You-Can donations are gratefully accepted. There will also be the chance to win a weekly veggie box for a month care of Highmark Farm! Note that soup will be brewing outside, so dress warm!
The Guelph Organic Conference is on from January 30th-February 2nd, with a free tradeshow on Saturday and Sunday February 1st and 2nd. Lots of farmers will be heading out there, but there are workshops for home gardeners and organic enthusiasts of all types.
Back in TO later in the month, Canadian Organic Growers Toronto invites you to their 8th annual organic consumer conference The Organic Vision: In Search of Change. Keynote speaker this year is Woody Tasch, Founder and Chairman of Slow Money and author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered. You can view the full roster of speakers at www.cogtoronto.org.
Happy New Year Everybody!
Hope you are breaking out of hibernation and finding your way to some good eating at Toronto’s Farmers’ Markets! It may be the depth of winter, but there are lots to visit.
Down at the roundhouse, Steamwhistle Brewing is hosting a new Winter Farmers’ Market in January and February, every Sunday from 10-2.
Way uptown, check out York University’s market (YUM), on Thursdays from 11-3, January 9th to February 13th and February 27th to April 3rd, on the ground floor of the TEL building.
Other Winter Markets On Now:
Mondays: Sorauren Park
Wednesdays: Montgomery’s Inn (and the first Wed. of the month at UT Scarborough)
Thursdays: Dufferin Grove and Toronto Botanical Gardens
Saturdays: Evergreen Brick Works, St. Lawrence North and The Stop’s Green Barn Market
Please visit our List and Map of Markets for more details and links.