Cooking up Conversations about Food!

— by Roberta Stimac

Welcome! I’m Roberta Stimac, the Withrow Market founder and project development manager at the Centre for Local Food Initiatives. In case you’re not familiar with us, the Withrow Market is a Toronto farmers’ market that has been growing over the past 6 years thanks to lots of community support. (You can learn more about us here:

In 2012 the Withrow Market ran a little literary contest called Eating Their Words: Culinary Prose that Makes Your Mouth Water. We asked market patrons, foodies and readers (any eater, really) to submit a quote that they found inspiring, and to tell us why they felt inspired. We wanted to have some fun, ignite some conversations about food, and see what happened next. This little project only whet our appetites for more food-focused conversations and community input. Hence, this blog was born.

The blog was hatched with help from and is coordinated by Camille DePutter – a communications and strategy manager at agricultural commodities analysis firm DePutter Publishing. Camille also blogs about food and agriculture at her own blog,

Our regular community bloggers are Peter Visima (a former professional wedding photographer who now shares his life-long passion for photography – and food – through social media channels such as blogging), Lesia Kohut (Founder of LPK’s Culinary Groove, Toronto’s first organic pastry and chocolate shop, known for making vegan and gluten-free taste amazing), and me.

We welcome contributions from guest bloggers, too! If you are interested in sharing a post with us, please send us your ideas – tell us who you are, what you want to write about and why. You can reach us through our Facebook page or email: info[at]

Thanks for reading – we look forward to sharing our passion for food and community with you!

P.S. Each month you will notice that the blog is focused on a general theme. For February, appropriately, that theme is love! Can’t wait to read what our other bloggers have to share on the topic…

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