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