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February 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anne Freeman February 13, 2017 @ 2:46 pm

This month marks the launch of the Toronto Public Food Markets Working Group, which will bring together City staff from many divisions, market organizers, and representatives from organizations concerned with food security and local agriculture. By working together, we hope to open up communication, streamline processes, build support and opportunities, and celebrate Toronto as one of the world’s great Market Cities!

Drop by Honest Ed’s the last weekend of the month for the ‘Toronto for Everyone’ Farewell Party. Toronto’s Farmers’ Markets will be represented in a lively, free market zone. 

Keep it local and find a market to love on our list of winter markets!

January 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anne Freeman January 27, 2017 @ 4:31 pm

It’s a New Year, and we’ve got New Products coming to Toronto Farmers’ Markets, and New Farmers ready to join, with sustainably grown produce, fresh flowers, pastured meats, and more. Your support contributes to their success!

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When it comes to a dependable local food supply, farmland preservation, and building local farming knowledge and capacity, we’re all in this together.

December 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anne Freeman December 14, 2016 @ 6:06 am

Celebrate the season with the friendly folks at Toronto’s Farmers’ Markets! Weekly year-round markets are held at Toronto Botanical Gardens, Sorauren Park, Wychwood Barns, Dufferin Grove, Montgomery’s Inn, St. Lawrence North, and Evergreen Brick Works, and there are some winter market dates at Sick Kids Hospital, too. Our List of  Winter Markets includes links, locations and hours.

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We’re fortunate to have expert growers who know how to extend the harvest season as well as how to keep storage crops top quality, so you can keep eating healthy local produce while the snow flies.

Now that Ontario has improved options for ‘small flocks’, we’ve got chicken at more markets, along with pasture-raised pork, beef, duck and other choices. We’ve got fresh eggs, local cheeses and yogurt, as well as tofu and tempeh– no shortage of local protein!

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Market tables are loaded with treats that make wonderful gifts or additions to special menus: chutneys, jams and jellies, maple syrup and honey, baking (including great gluten-free options) wild foods and many other specialties.

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Wishing you and yours Healthy and Happy Holidays!

October 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anne Freeman October 5, 2016 @ 10:24 am

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’!

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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!

September 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anne Freeman September 7, 2016 @ 6:12 pm

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.

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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.

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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?

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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!

July 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anne Freeman July 4, 2016 @ 9:38 am

Welcome to the best tastes of summer! They’re all waiting for you at Toronto’s Farmers’ Markets.

2016-06-04 21.48.45 Hey, Etobicoke, you’ve got a sweet new market! Pop by Sam Smith Park on Saturday mornings and join in the fun.

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Thinking of cycling to market? Have a look at the Polite Peddler FM guide for riders just published by DandyHorse.

June 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anne Freeman June 2, 2016 @ 10:45 am

A decade ago, Toronto had 10 farmers’ markets.  Now we have 3 dozen!
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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!

May 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anne Freeman May 4, 2016 @ 10:37 am

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!
chivesIt’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. 

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April 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anne Freeman April 26, 2016 @ 2:19 pm

Ready, Set, GO! Spring is here!

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Market Farmer Ben Sosnicki planting seeds in the greenhouse for early crops.
(Photo by Jessie Sosnicki)

March 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anne Freeman March 8, 2016 @ 3:34 pm

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

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