It’s November….Do you know where your market is?
We’ve got a good selection of year-round farmers’ markets in Toronto now, so you can keep eating local food straight from our farmers all winter long! Our Winter Markets List will help you find a location that works for you.
Want to introduce someone to ideas about local eating? Have a look at our new page: Ten Suggestions on Eating Local.
This is a month to celebrate bountiful harvests of many crops that are grown in Ontario. Farmers’ markets are full of fruits and vegetables in every colour of the rainbow right now! As the evenings get cooler, it’s the perfect time to turn on the oven and roast some root veggies, bake some potatoes, whip up a pumpkin pie…whatever your comfort food is, you’re likely to find the ingredients at one of Toronto’s farmers’ markets.
Check the schedule of your local market; many seasonal ones wrap up their season in October. Time to look for a year-round market to help you keep on eating local all year!
This is the peak month in the year for selection at Ontario markets. The best of summer crops and the first fall harvests are all there! It’s easy to take this warm-weather abundance for granted, but cool nights, and eventually frost, will slow things down soon. Now is the time to buy in bulk and get some tastes of the season into your freezer or onto pantry shelves. When that good ol’ Ontario winter returns, you’ll be very glad you did.
Announcing: The York Eglinton Farmer’s Market, the first and only Farmer’s Market on Eglinton Ave. West!
The Market will be held every other Friday, starting July 3rd and running to October 16th at the Green P Parking lot, at 1507 Eglinton Ave. W (near Oakwood) from 2pm-7pm.
Celebrate great Canadian eating all month long at Toronto Farmers’ Markets!
There’s a market revival in Cabbagetown! Beginning Tuesday June 30th, from 3-7 pm in Riverdale West Park, you’ll find the market brimming with fresh veggies, fruit, baked goodies, eggs, cheese, poultry, wine and prepared food stalls – all showcasing the goodness of Ontario! Visit www.cabbagetownmarket.ca for more details.
Happy Local Food Week! At 20 farmers’ markets around town, plus FoodShare’s Good Food Markets and other locations, you’ll find ‘I heart T.O. markets’ buttons this month, to help you show your support for the great markets in Toronto. We hope you’ll join in our campaign for positive City policies!
Happy June eating, too! It’s time for asparagus, lettuce, strawberries and more!
Spring has finally sprung! We’ve reached the point when early favourites return to our tables: wild leeks, rhubarb, new crop maple syrup, asparagus, and many, many fresh greens!
Year-round farmers’ markets are shifting outdoors, and most of Toronto’s seasonal markets re-open this month. There are many changes in the works around the city, so check our Markets Listing page later in May. We’ll be updating information as the details get finalized.
So why do markets matter?
According to the Declaration of the 9th International Public Markets Conference held in March 2015, markets are:
- Nexus points linking urban and peri-urban regions…
- Dynamic, inclusive and safe spaces…
- Vital centres of local food systems…
- Avenues for the promotion and preservation of local culture…
- Engines for entrepreneurship…
- Centres of neighbourhoods….
and in Toronto, they’re the funnest, tastiest places to be! Come on out an find a market to love this season!
JOIN WINTER MARKETS IN CELEBRATING 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREENBELT, FEBRUARY 22-28, 2015!
You’re Invited to Enjoy Fresh, Delicious Local Food and Activities
These Toronto and area farmers’ markets will be offering special activities and plenty of locally grown food as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Ontario’s Greenbelt:
Sorauren FM: Monday Feb. 23, 3-7 pm
Montgomery’s Inn FM: Wednesday Feb. 24, 3-7 pm
Dufferin Grove Organic FM: Thursday Feb. 26, 3-7 pm
Toronto Botanical Garden Organic FM: Thursday Feb. 26, 3-7 pm
Evergreen Brick Works FM: Saturday Feb. 28, 9am-1pm
The Stop’s Wychwood Barns FM: Saturday Feb. 28, 8am-1pm
Our farmers’ markets are joining others from across the province to highlight the 10th Anniversary of the Ontario government’s creation of the Greenbelt. At nearly 2 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping fertile farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable. Hope you can celebrate with us!
Calling All Groundhogs! Shake off that winter slumber and come on out to Toronto’s winter markets, the local eating is good!
Lots of market vendors and managers have just returned from the annual Guelph Organic Conference. Here’s an assessment of the changing local food vibe from Cookie Roscoe, manager of The Stop’s Wychwood Barns Farmers’ Market and Sick Kids Farmers’ Market:
I am still feeling the love from the Organic Farmers Conference the last Saturday of January. I feel very lucky to have this conference to go to, so that I can listen in to all the ways that the roots of our food systems are adapting to support us. Located in the heart of the University of Guelph, this is a 4 day workshop- a-thon with about 100 trade show vendors ranging from vegan marshmallow sales to open pollinated seed vendors on through rototiller manufacturers. I always get a little baggie of composted turkey droppings that my houseplants thrive on, and I hang out at the Market Managers Room to talk about markets when I’m not at a workshop.
I’ve been going for 10 years now, and what the “buzz” is about changes slightly every year. When I was first going it seemed a lot of aged farmers and gardeners were moaning about how tired they were and how there were no new farmers coming up through the ranks to take their place. Then, for a few years, there seemed to be a lot of dewy eyed young farmers wondering if it’s worthwhile to buy a tractor or can we not share things like that? This year, I heard quite a few farmers who I know I’ve spoken with in the past say they may very well be ready to make the leap to come to city markets. The trend seems to be that certified organic growers are feeling underappreciated at the smaller markets outside of the city and are ready to drive the extra hours a day to just not have to explain over and over again what the difference is.
This year’s buzz was about all the new little markets that have sprung up across the province in every small town and how they are faring, and how the farmers who go to them feel about it.