February 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anne Freeman February 2, 2015 @ 11:57 am

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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!

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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.