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Happy Harvest Season! We hope you’re enjoying Ontario’s beautiful fall bounty.
October is a month of big changes, as many markets go from bustling to ‘see you next year’!
If your go-to market is a seasonal one, we encourage you to look for ways to keep eating local until it returns. For example, customers at Withrow Park Farmers’ Market can sign up for deliveries from Fiddlefoot Farm.
Some markets operate biweekly (Sick Kids) or monthly (U of T Scarborough), and some remain open straight on through. Check our list of year-round markets to see which one could meet all your indoor season local food needs.
If you’re just too far away from a year-round market, consider asking grocery stores (big or small) to bring in more local foods. Sweet Potato in the Junction, Karma Coop in the Annex, For Life in Kensington, and the West End Food Coop in Parkdale are a few examples of stores that support local farmers. After all, we’ve all got to eat all year long!
We’re making headlines….
Councillor Mary Fragedakis has put forward a motion asking City Council to support the formation of a working group on Public Food Markets. We hope this will lead to good things for Toronto!
You can read the Metro News article about this development, and download the text of Councillor Fragedakis’s motion here: public-markets-motion-to-ecdev-oct-2016-final.
What a perfect time of year! Our markets are bursting at the seams with terrific Ontario harvests. Load up, feast on local flavours, and be sure to put some of the bounty in your pantry and freezer for those long winter months.
Best produce right now? Tomatoes of all kinds, peppers, eggplants, late peaches and early apples, grapes, plums, zucchini, corn on the cob, wild blueberries, kale, beans, watermelons…get the idea?
This month, we’ve got the Toronto Garlic Festival to look forward to! Farmers, chefs, specialty vendors and educators will be showing off everything garlic on Sunday, September 18th, from 10 am to 5 pm at Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie.
Hop on the TTC to get there; as they say in The Big Apple,
a nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat!
Welcome to the best tastes of summer! They’re all waiting for you at Toronto’s Farmers’ Markets.
Hey, Etobicoke, you’ve got a sweet new market! Pop by Sam Smith Park on Saturday mornings and join in the fun.
Thinking of cycling to market? Have a look at the Polite Peddler FM guide for riders just published by DandyHorse.
Our markets offer tremendous opportunities for healthy eating, learning about what grows when, trying new foods, coming together with neighbours, and supporting a new generation of farmers and local food producers. We think they make Toronto a better place to live, and we hope you’ll agree! Check our list, and find a market to love!
What’s your favourite spring food? Asparagus, wild leeks, rhubarb, spinach, radishes, fiddleheads, maple syrup….You’ll find all these and many more wonderful tastes of spring at your farmers’ market!
It’s time to catch up on all the news with farmers, vendors and neighbours, and celebrate the return of the growing season with delicious market meals.
Ready, Set, GO! Spring is here!
Market Farmer Ben Sosnicki planting seeds in the greenhouse for early crops.
(Photo by Jessie Sosnicki)
Seed orders are in, repairs to greenhouses are underway, and the paint is drying on new signs for market tables….Spring is just around the corner!
Our local farmers’ market scene continues to expand. Click on the image below to take a look at some highlights from a study tracking farmers and vendors at area markets. You’ll get a sense of the positive developments over the past five years. You can read the full study here: 2016- Tracking Market Farmer Report-web
Happy New Year Everyone! Thanks for contributing to a healthy future through your enthusiasm for local food and farming!
Let’s make it a very LOCAL holiday season! Handmade, homemade, tasty and seasonal treats make the best presents. At Toronto’s year-round farmers’ markets, you’ll find lots to choose from for special meals, too. Our vendors have been busy getting ready….