Coming to Market This Week?
Feb 22, 2018

Coming to Market This Week?

Last week, to celebrate Lunar New Year, we put market buck vouchers in lucky red envelopes and gave them away to random visitors. Nicole decided to get more bang for our lucky bucks by asking recipients a bit about why they come to the market. Here are a few of their answers: Shawn: lives in the community, and highly appreciates an all-year organic market Kasia: having access to actual farmers and info about food directly Janine: it’s close by, it’s organic, and she “always gets a laugh from Rodrigo!” Belinda: the farmers! (she said with... Read More


Think Global, Party Local
Feb 15, 2018

Think Global, Party Local

This week, I’ve seen photos of Shrove Tuesday pancake races in London, Valentine’s dinners in fancy restaurants, Carnival parades in Rio, Mardi Gras blowouts in New Orleans, and Olympic sports in Pyeongchang. Lunar New Year celebrations are beginning, too. How are we going to match all this? What can we say that will bring out the crowds, cheering wildly and dancing in the aisles?   The truth is, there are no marketing geniuses behind the market. We just really hope you will come and shop from the farmers and vendors every... Read More


Love Your Market, February 8th, 2018
Feb 8, 2018

Love Your Market, February 8th, 2018

Lots of comings and goings to report this time: Shayne will be setting up in the rinkhouse for DeFloured, so we won’t get to hear Chris‘s full account of their travels until next week. Welcome back to Bees Universe, too! Bye-bye Shared Harvest (for now, that is). Kevin says: “We’re pretty much out [of veg] aside from what we’re holding back in case it gets cold and California doesn’t want to feed us anymore! Message to California: I got carrots, squash, beets, cabbage, black radish, kimchi, saurkraut, hot... Read More


Lots of News for the First Market of February
Feb 1, 2018

Lots of News for the First Market of February

One of our most beautiful products is Kind Organics Cosmic Blend salad mix, which brings so much colourful joy into a salad bowl that I love to take it to potlucks. When there is a pile of edible flower petals at the top of the bag, it’s a feast for the eyes. If you’re curious to see how they do all the remarkable things they do at Kind, have a look at this video made when Curtis Stone visited the farm. You can see Tamas and Sandra‘s son Sasha and farm manager Julian working full tilt, and you’ll be amazed at the scope... Read More


A Few Flavours from Far Away
Jan 25, 2018

A Few Flavours from Far Away

Curiosity about other markets leads me to read newsletters from afar. One that I like is from the Crescent City Farmers’ Market in New Orleans. Right now it’s baffling, reading that they’re short of crabs but the strawberries are coming along nicely IN JANUARY. But I like the spirit of the market a lot, and they often suggest interesting things to cook. I’m including two of their recipes this week. In honour of Sean Lowell‘s return with smoked trout, here’s a tasty-looking salad recipe. Kind Organics should... Read More


No Blues except the Musical Kind
Jan 18, 2018

No Blues except the Musical Kind

Thanks to the market, we can eat like champions on these frosty days and nights. Hearty local fare is just the thing to send any seasonal ailments packing and keep your inner fire glowing. Soups and stews and all things simmered, with enough fresh greens thrown into the mix to remind you that spring will return. There are all the root vegetables, deep-flavoured wild mushrooms, plus bones if you want them for making broth. Don’t forget a few sweet treats, too! We thought DeFloured would be absent, as Chris and Krista have flown the coop,... Read More


The January Thaw
Jan 11, 2018

The January Thaw

Even those who do not fret about Thursday weather have noticed that we don’t always get the lucky breaks, but this week, market day is the warmest one on the chart! To repeat my favourite old timer quotation, as I like to do about this time each year: “I’ve seen t’ousands and t’ousands of Januarys, and I’ve never seen a January without a t’aw.” Yippee! Last week’s outline of who’ll be at market when has changed, so here’s an updated version: Shared Harvest and Plan B are coming... Read More


First Market of the New Year
Jan 4, 2018

First Market of the New Year

A Happy and Healthy New Year to you and yours! It’s time for a fresh start, don’t you think? Whatever resolutions you may be contemplating, I hope the market will be a good fit with them; it’s a place to build positive connections, learn about healthy eating, support small and local, and add fun to your week! Despite the deep freeze, we will have a good crew inside. Some of our vendors will alternate through this stretch, so all can fit. Here are the pairs in the zamboni garage: Shared Harvest gets the ball rolling this... Read More


Turning toward the Light
Dec 21, 2017

Turning toward the Light

LAST MARKET OF THE YEAR! WE RETURN JANUARY 4TH.The Winter Solstice is at 11:27 am on December 21st in Toronto. By the time the market opens, we will be on the other side of the darkest day, and turning toward the light again. Jennifer Osborn of All Sorts Acre is kindly making a stop at her neighbours, the Filsingers‘, to pick up organic cider for us. We plan to have a pot on the stove (with some of Urban Harvest‘s exceptionally good cinnamon sticks tossed in) to share with farmers, vendors, neighbours, friends, and strangers. ... Read More


Come in where it’s Cozy, there’s lots to choose from!
Dec 14, 2017

Come in where it’s Cozy, there’s lots to choose from!

It’s great to hear the reactions of people when they discover the market. Here are first impressions from Jack Harding, a chef and new market fan: “I went on Thursday last week, and was so overwhelmed (in the best way possible). So many farmers, fresh veggies, great ingredients, meats, mushrooms, chocolates, breads, and anything else you could crave. I put together a collection of roasted root vegetables that are all in season, paired with the beautiful cheeses I bought and fresh bread….It included roasted sun chokes, leeks,... Read More