Fresh Farmers’ Market News – Saturday August 9th, 2014

The Withrow Park Farmers’ Market, In Withrow Park, Riverdale, Toronto, Canada | Saturdays, 9am-1pm, rain or shine!


Saturday, August 9th, at Withrow Market

Greetings Market Friends,

This Saturday we are featuring local garlic, fresh Ontario sweet corn, organic peaches, and mixed vegetable samosas! Check out our full menu of offerings and you are guaranteed to find something to satisfy your palette.

Join us this Saturday and support your local farmers and food artisans.

We’re in Withrow Park, every Saturday, 9am-1pm, until October 25th, rain or shine!

See you at the Market!

John Zeus, Market Manager | Contact:

Don’t Eat Anything Your Grandmother Would Not Recognize As Food!

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This Saturday in Riverdale!

Market Events / Announcements

BUFCO – Arlene and Marc are back this Saturday with their gorgeous, local and sustainably grown cut flower bouquets!

Brian Hamlin, Bee Keeper – Brian will be at Withrow Market later this month.

Murray’s Farm, Manning Canning & Danbrie Farms – We will miss them this Saturday, but we look forward to hosting them next Saturday.

Market Music

We welcome Keats Elizabeth Conlon! – Guitar, alternative folk.

In The Neighbourhood !

The Krinos Taste of the Danforth festival returns this Friday, August 8th, through to Sunday, August 10th, along Danforth Avenue between Broadview and Jones.

Good For You & The Planet!

From The Farm To Your Fork

  • Naturally-raised, pastured meats, beef, chicken & Berkshire pork – Field Sparrow Farms
  • Sheep halloumi and sheep feta – Monforte

Organically Grown & Fresh From The Fields

  • Sweet Corn! Cranberry potatoes, local preserves, and more – Haystrom Farm
  • Summer produce! Red, white, candy-cane and gold beets. Roots and greens! Certified organic – Cookstown Greens
  • Wild Blueberries! Special pricing on larger boxes (for 11 quart baskets please call the farm ahead – see our vendors list). Early clingstone peaches (Garnet Beauty), apricots, plums (early golden and Chiro), strawberries – maybe some fragrant Charlottes! Red Raspberries, Red and Black Currants, Sugar Pears – still crispy so eat them like an apple or allow them to ripen in a brown paper bag on the counter. High Bush Blueberries – cousins of Wild Blueberries. lovely for decorating flans or special desserts – less chewy for smaller children to enjoy. – Feast of Fields Organic Vineyard
  • Garlic, carrots, beets, red onions, kale, garlic, purple beans, salad mix, and more – Healthy Choice Farm
  • Basil, beans, beets, chard, kale, lettuce, onions, scallions, and zucchini. It’s time to get excited for the first of the eggplant and tomatoes, as well as Sorrel! – Fiddlehead Farms
Fresh Local Ingredients, Non-Gmo, Prepared With Love & Care.

Delicious Prepared Foods!

  • New this week! Mixed Vegetable Samosas! Along with their usual offerings, fresh curry, paratha breads, and Bhajiya fries! Local ingredients, prepared fresh, vegan and gluten-free! Take home curry jars (serves three): Chickpea Curry, Lentil Spinach Curry, Mixed Vegetable curry (free tastings available) – Tiffinday
  • Black Bean Burgers, Strawberry Chocolate Date Squares – Earth and City

Freshly Baked Goods – Breakfast & Coffee / Ice Cream & Ice Pops!

  • Ice Cream sandwiches, ice pops and take-home tubs! Ice pops using local fruit bought from Withrow Market! Special flavours include Peaches & Cream, and Raspberry-Mango! – Sweet Sammies Ice Cream Sandwich Co.
  • Freshly baked organic breads, cookies & scones – St. John’s Bakery
  • King Arthur’s Breakfast Brioche – Local Café/”Bus Kitchen”

  • Organic Coffee & Iced Maple Coffee – Freshly brewed, locally-roasted, fair-trade coffee from Coffeecology. Bring your own cup, and get $0.25 off. Try our Iced Maple Coffee made with local maple syrup from Danbrie Farms – Market Community Tent
Local Wine Tastings!

Ontario VQA Wine

We welcome back Rosehall Run Vineyards & Winery. They will be offering their JCR Pinot Noir which has just been named one of the top Pinot Noirs in Canada!  They have won a gold medal through the National Wine Awards of Canada. In fact Prince Edward County and Greer Road where their winery is located has produced the top 3 Pinot Noir wines in the country.

They will also bring their One Rose Rose, a great summer wine and great value at $17.95, along with Cuvee County Pinot, the new 2012 release of JCR Chardonnay and Reisling.

The list of top pinot noirs in Canada include three Prince Edward County wines in the top three scoring positions. Details for the National Wine Awards can be found here:
Crafts & Activities !

For The Kids !

Nothing says summer like a DIY (do it yourself) pinwheel! Stop by and make your own!

Face painting with Dina !

For The Whole Family !

Meet some caterpillars, see some chrysalises, and learn about the remarkable Monarch Butterfly. There will be Monarch-themed colouring pages for the kids, and information about milkweed (monarch caterpillars’ only food), rearing caterpillars, and the reasons why it’s important to support this beautiful creature.
Our beautiful park.

In Withrow Park

Dusk Dances

Shakespeare In The Ruff

Withrow Park Monarch Haven

Who doesn’t love monarch butterflies? But in recent years their numbers have been plummeting, and they need our help.

With the support of our city councillor, Paula Fletcher, Parks Toronto, the Withrow Park Farmers’ Market, and Friends of Withrow Park, plans are afoot to create a Withrow Park Monarch Haven

Come to the Withrow Park Farmers’ Market next Saturday, August 9 (9AM – 1PM) to meet some caterpillars, see some chrysalises, and learn about this remarkable creature and what we can do to help it. There will be Monarch-themed colouring pages for the kids, and information about milkweed (monarch caterpillars’ only food), rearing caterpillars, and the reasons why it’s important to support this beautiful creature.

Planning is in early stages, so bring your ideas about what we can do to make Withrow Park and our neighbourhood a safe haven for monarchs.

Volunteers welcome! If you can help out, please call Melissa Williams at (416) 466-1703.

Stay tuned for future events. Next up: Carol Pasternak, author of Raising Monarch Butterflies: A Step-By-Step Guide for Kids, will come to the Withrow Market for a book signing and information session. Saturday, September 27. 

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