We’ve got a lot of delightful things at markets this winter:
- Steaming cups of hot chocolate or apple cider to welcome you inside, locally roasted coffee to start your morning, and locally crafted herbal teas for a mellow end to the day
- Fresh and flavourful cool weather greens, salad mixes and sprouts from farmers’ greenhouses
- Treats for everyone you love, including beeswax candles, jams, fragrant natural soaps, dried mushrooms, nuts, chocolate and baking
- A broad selection of storage crops from local fields and orchards for delicious feasts
- Well-raised meats, free-range eggs, and artisanal cheeses
- Specialty foods: wild, gluten-free, vegan, heritage, pastured, fermented…. You name it!
No crazy doorcrasher sales or canned music, just plenty of good, healthy, and delicious food brought to you by our local growers, makers and bakers!
We’d like to see Toronto fed with as much local food as possible. By growing hardy spring and fall crops, as well as using excellent storage techniques and season extension methods, market growers are able to provide us with a strong selection of produce through most of the year. Of course, eating local isn’t just about fruits and vegetables; we’ve also got farms producing meats, dairy, preserves and other value-added options, and all kinds of other local food businesses able to keep feeding us while the weather is chilly as well.
A strong local food system requires income for producers all year long, so we encourage you to keep right on attending through the indoor season. We’ve added a List of Winter Markets page to help you find the ones that suit your location and schedule. Here’s to hearty, healthy, local menus ahead!
What a beautiful time of year. Come and join the celebration at Toronto’s farmers’ markets! Everything you need for fall feasts is waiting….
Market tables are sagging under the weight of good harvests! Plan to bring home enough to put some by for delicious winter eating.
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!
Send photos of displays you want to nominate to Chloe Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos of the displays that have already been nominated are on the Greenbelt Foundation’s Facebook page.
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!
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!
Garlic’s up in the greenhouse at Plan B Organic Farms!
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.