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To Make Stone Soup – The Original Stone Soup Story, 1808

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Stone Soup event at Withrow Park Farmers’ Market – Saturday September 24th – Begins at 10:00am.

We have teamed up with the Friends of Withrow Park and Tiffinday Inc. to host a Stone Soup event. Buy an organic veggie from one of our farmers and add to your community soup. Join us in Withrow Park!Withrow Stone Soup

Enjoy a bowl of Stone Soup while listening to the original story.

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“To Make Stone Soup” – The Original Stone Soup Story, 1808

A traveler, apparently wearied, arrived one morning at a small village that lies to the north of Schauffhausen, on the road toe Zurich, in Switzerland. A good woman sat spinning and singing at the door of her cottage; he came up to her; talked first about the roughness of the roads, and then of the prospect of a luxuriant vintage along the banks of the Rhine: at last he asked her if she had any fire?

stone-soup-ann-mcgovern“To be sure I have! How should I dress my dinner else?”

“Oh, then,” said the Traveler, “as your pot is on, you can give me a little warm water.”

“To be sure I can! But what do you want with warm-water?” “If you will lend me a small pot,” said the Traveler, “I’ll show you.”

“Well! you shall have a pot. There, now what do you want with it?”

“I want, said the Traveler, “to make a mess of stone soup!” “Stone soup!” cried the woman, “I never heard of that before. Of what will you make it?”

“I will show you in an instant,” said the man. So untying his wallet, he produced a large smooth pebble. “Here,” he cried “is the principal ingredient. Now toast me a large slice of bread, hard and brown. Well, now attend to me.”

The stone was infused in warm water; the bread was toasted, and and put into the pot with it. “Now,” said the Traveler, “let me have a bit of bacon, a small quantity of sour krout, pepper, and salt, onions, celery, thyme.” In short, he demanded all the necessary materials.

The good woman had a store cupboard and a well cropped garden; so that these were procured in an instant, and the cookery proceeded with great success. When it was finished, the kind hostess, who had watched the operation with some anxiety, and from time to time longed to taste the soup, was indulged. She found it excellent. She had never before tasted any that was so good. She produced all the edibles that her cottage afforded; and spreading her table, she, with the Traveler, made a hearty meal, of which the stone soup formed a principal part.

soup_transparent-01When he took his leave, he told the good woman, who had carefully washed the stone, that as she has been so benevolent to him, he would, in return, make her a present of it.

“Where did you get it?” said she.

“Oh,” he replied, “I have brought it a a considerable way; and it is a stone of that nature, that if be kept clean, its virtue will never be exhausted, but, with the same ingredients, it will always make as good a soup as that which we have this day eaten.”

The poor woman could hardly set any bounds on her gratitude; and she and the Traveler parted highly satisfied with each other. Proud of this discovery, she, in general terms, mentioned it to her neighbours. By this means the recipe was promulgated; and it was in the course of many experiments at length found, that other pebbles would make as good soup as that in her possession. The viand now became fashionable through the Canton, and was indeed so generally approved, as to find its way to most of the peasants’ tables, where stone stoup used frequently be served as the first dish.

Bibliography

Moser, Joseph. 1806. The Recipe for Stone Soup. The European Magazine, and London Review p. 221-222.


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TD Market Bucks for Withrow Park Farmers’ Market

Leah Leon, WPFM Volunteer/Board Member and Mary Fragedakis, City Councillor, Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth.


City Councillor, Mary Fragedakis and SNAPD magazine join Withrow Park Farmers’ Market Staff and Volunteers to thank TD Canada Trust for sponsoring the TD Market Bucks program. Withrow Market Volunteers created a gift basket brimming with fresh local produce for the staff at their local TD Canada Trust branch (Logan & Danforth). It included sweet corn, Ontario grown nuts, organic peaches, and zucchini to name a few.

We would like to sincerely thank TD Canada TrustThe Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network for this exciting opportunity!

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Murray’s Farm – Withrow Market Farm Tour

Cover Photo By: Laura Bernman | Beautiful Heritage Eggs

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Author: Sarah Elton

Murray’s Farm

There are likely no eggs in Toronto as famous as Murray Thunberg’s eggs. Newspaper articles have been written about them. Chefs buy them for their rich yellow yolks and because they know they come from chickens that have a chance to run about and eat grass and bugs and just be chickens. Celebrated chef Jamie Kennedy has used them in his restaurants–in fact, he was Murray’s first customer when he started his farm. And at Café Fiorentina on the Danforth (re-opening soon at its new location at the top of Logan), you can find a cloud-like quiche that is incredibly delicate and fluffy made from the eggs.

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Murray’s Heritage Eggs off to be graded.

Even if you aren’t a chef, Murray’s eggs are designed to please. Open a carton and you can begin to see why. Murray’s eggs are beautiful eggs–soft whites, warm tans, light blues and even a pale green. Every carton is packed with aesthetics in mind. Because the chickens that lay Murray’s eggs belong to different breeds, they lay different looking eggs from what you find at the supermarket.  When Murray and the women who help him at the egg grading station pack a carton, they make sure the dozen looks its best by artistically placing the different colours.

“People appreciate it. Especially city people, because they’re stylish,” says Murray.

Murray has been farming eggs, along with vegetables such as beans and tomatoes and raising pork too on his farm near Kitchener for the past six years. He left a career in the city to work on a farm after the 2008 financial crisis. He is one of a growing number of people who are turning to farming as a second career. But unlike many city transplants who must struggle to find their way in the countryside when they move, Murray didn’t have to learn how to farm. He’d grown up working hard on his family’s farm in Alberta. It was just a matter of figuring out how to make it work for him today in Ontario.

Withrow Park Farmers Market Heritage Eggs

Photo by Laura Berman

One part of differentiating his business from other farms was to choose to raise the heritage hens that produce those stunning eggs along with heritage breeds of pigs. He’s had so much success that chefs now seek out his products. While they might value the quality of the product, Murray is also conscious of the role he’s playing in the preservation of the genetic material of heritage breeds. By raising old breeds of chickens and pigs, he is keeping alive the gene lines of livestock that not many farmers are raising anymore. And every time you buy a dozen eggs or a pound of pork at the market, you are helping to keep these breeds alive too.

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Murray’s Farm – Withrow Market Farm Tour

Author: Sarah Elton

Photos courtesy: Murray’s Farm Gallery

 

Rise and Shine

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Volunteering at the Withrow Park Farmers’ Market

Author: Julie Ranger

The alarm goes off. It might be earlier than a weekday morning, yet I have little trouble getting out of bed. That the sun has been up for a bit certainly helps, along with the realization that there are about a dozen vendors I’ll be seeing shortly who’ve been on the road for hours already.

For the 3rd year in a row between late spring and early fall, I spend my Saturday mornings volunteering at the Withrow Park Farmers’ Market. As a big city lover and a local food fanatic, spending part of my precious down time in a beautiful park with like-minded people is exactly what I need in order to mentally recalibrate after a tough work week. Having never been the outdoorsy type, preferring urban activity to wilderness adventure, staying in the city most weekends in the summer is a choice I’m very happy to make.

The ‘jobs’ are rather easy – help set up the market’s tents and the craft tables. Stop and chat with the other volunteers. Say good morning to the vendors and ask them if they need help. Once that’s done and the market is open, grab a coffee, something to eat, chat with the other volunteers… and repeat. This is the kind of work I wish I could get paid for!

Interestingly enough, most of our volunteers are not actually from the Riverdale community around Withrow Park. I myself have been living in East York for three wonderful years now. Other volunteers are from the Greenwood-Coxwell area, North York, and even Scarborough. Regardless of what area we call home, what most of us have in common is not being born in Toronto. I’m from Montreal and my husband is from Sarnia. Our motivation to join the market was to get involved in our city and to settle down roots in a place we are invested in. For many other volunteers, coming from countries such as Brazil, India and Pakistan, being involved is a way to learn about Toronto, meet people, and gain work experience.

That’s the beauty of volunteering – it can be equally altruistic and self-serving; I certainly feel I get just as much out of helping as what I put in.

I’ve learned about the Ontario growing season and our local produce; the importance of knowing who grows and prepares our food and how hard they work. I’ve made some really great friends and established strong commercial relationships with vendors whom I now rely on beyond the Market season. I’ve been a reference to fellow volunteers. Some are recent immigrants applying for their first job in Canada others are young adults looking for a career change.

Withrow Market - St. John's BakeryIf those aren’t reasons to get up early every Saturday, then I don’t know what is.

Actually, I do – for the market’s baked goods. Definitely. That reason might be the best of them all.

Withrow Market Farm Tour: Marvellous Edibles Farm

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Author: Sarah Elton

You’ll find Marvellous Edibles Farm in the gentle rolling hills of Grey County, not far from the towns of Meaford and Owen Sound. It’s farm country. There are apple orchards, family farms, beef cattle. Ayse and Jens moved here from Toronto to farm full time six years ago. Together with their now teenage son—and with the help of interns—they grow a wide variety of vegetables, raise pigs, cows and chickens and at their small pond you’ll find ducks too. The farm is certified organic and is teeming with life, including in the soil that they care for without pesticides or synthetic fertilizer. On a sunny summer day, you even can hear the pollinators flying around, making their contribution to producing food too.

On Saturdays, Jens drives down with a truck full of freshly picked produce, eggs from their chickens that live free and roam around, frozen cuts of pork, 100 percent grassfed and finished beef and chicken as well as preserves, fermented pickles, sauerkraut and pies and other baked goods prepared by Ayse in their inspected on-farm kitchen.

This is the kind of farm you support when you do your shopping at Withrow Market.

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Marvellous Edibles Farm: Certified Organic since 2009, (they) grow beautiful organic and often heirloom non-hybrid vegetables planted with the moon phases.

And it’s not only their family farm that you are supporting when you buy directly from a local farmer. When you support local agriculture, you end up strengthening the whole rural economy because of what’s called the “multiplier effect.” That is, when you increase spending it causes an increase in income and consumption that is greater than the initial amount spend. This is why local food dollars are so powerful in rural communities. They circulate and they multiply—because the farmer you are purchasing from supports her own local economy when she uses her income to buy other goods and services in her area. And vibrant rural communities are good for everyone. Small family farms like Marvellous Edibles not only bring us healthy foods to market and fuel the economy, but they provide society with ecological goods and services too. Farms can play a key role in the watershed, in biodiversity conservation and the trees on their land sink carbon.

That’s a whole lot of good packed into some kale, eggs and onions!kale Join us at Withrow Market!

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Iced Greek Mountain Tea with Honey

Refresh your summer with a cold Mediterranean tea brew at The Withrow Park Farmers’ Market.

Now being served at the Withrow Market Coffee Tent by our friendly and dedicated Market Volunteers!

Greek Mountain Tea is naturally caffeine free. It’s a very important part of the Mediterranean diet, with consumption dating back to ancient Greece. The growing environment found in the mountains and hillsides of Greece result in concentrated, flavourful and potent herbs that are hand farmed and hand packed. They are rich in antioxidants, polyphenols and phyto-nutrients, so there is more benefit than just the taste.

51oBy8ppC1LTry our Market Iced Greek Mountain Tea with Honey; Brian Hamlin honey! Available in 12 oz cups. Bring your own traveller mug and get 25 cents off! Limited quantities available every Saturday.

Made with: Greek Mountain Tea (Certified Organic, USDA & European Union), filtered water, and Brian Hamlin’s Toronto Portlands honey.

Stop by our Market Coffee Tent and give it a try! We’d love to get your feedback! Make a Saturday stop at Withrow Park Farmers’ Market (Withrow Park, Toronto, Canada). We’re here every Saturday, 9am-1pm; from the beginning  of June to Thanksgiving, rain or shine.

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Photo: Greek Mountain Tea Harvest. Courtesy  Flickr Creative Commons

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The Greek Mountain Tea brewed fort Withrow Market is certified organic.

A guide to Toronto farmers’ markets

Photo: Bus Kitchen, Local Cafe – Vendor at Withrow Park Farmers’ Market – Source: Withrow Market Volunteer.

Grab Some Good brings fresh produce to TTC stations; plus over 30 local farmers’ markets across the city.

“For people living closer to downtown, fresh, local produce is more accessible at neighbourhood farmers’ markets. And with the recent burst of summer weather, many of the 30-plus seasonal markets have already started – joining the half-dozen markets that run year-round.

We’ve listed many Toronto’s farmers’ markets below. Be sure to check them out before the summer’s over.” 1

Source: A guide to Toronto farmers’ markets

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Buzz Bombs at Withrow Park Farmers’ Market – Market Kids’ Crafts & Activities

We need more pollinators, and Riverdale is a great place to ‘bee’!

Saturday June 4th 2016 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm 
BUZZ BOMBS @ WITHROW PARK FARMERS’ MARKET

 

We will be making seed bombs from clay, water and native flowering plant seeds for participants to take home and toss wherever they want to sow flowers that pollinators love.

Great for little kids, bigger kids and adults too!

Meet us at the Withrow Park Farmers’ Market Kids’ Crafts & Activities tent (directly across from the North playground).

BONUS!
We will also be making Bee Hotels using used 2L milk and juice cartons — you know,  Air Bee and Bee! – to make welcoming homes for bees you can take home.

What to bring if you want to make a bee hotel:

Clean 2L milk and juice cartons

These materials will be part of my intervention:

Seeds, clay + water.

It would be great if participants can bring with them:

For bee hotels: clean 2L milk or juice cartons. Please also feel free to bring any seeds you’d like to share for native flowering plants.

 

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sustainable (5) print

 

Hitch up yer wagon and head to our Withrow Park Farmers’ Market kids’ activity tent THIS SATURDAY for our 100in1day.ca intervention: a pop-up to create a small change!
 

Make and take a buzz bomb using clay + seeds. Bring a clean 2L carton and SUSTAINABLE.TO will help you turn it into a bee hotel for friendly pollinators. Air bee and bee!
 

We can’t wait to see you there.
 

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Farmers’ Markets Forever! A Love Story (Part 3) “In Venice and Croatia”

By Roberta Stimac

The European spring of 2008 was just about as wet as it is this year in southern Ontario. We were followed or met by rain pretty much everywhere we went, and even though we caught a sunny break in Aix-en-Provence (see Love Story Part I), we again caught up with the rain (or it with us) in Venice (as you can see in the photo below).

In this part of the ongoing market love story I’ll be taking you on a tour of markets in VeniceItaly, and in Zagreb and BjelovarCroatia.

At many markets I’ve seen on that spring’s Euro travels, crafts and flea markets were a part (even though often set apart) from food markets. One section of the market area would be dedicated to “farmers” (I am using quotation marks since some of the vendors were re-sellers) and other produce vendors, while another section of the market would be dedicated to flowers, crafts, and an assortment of goods (like faux Crocks). In coastal towns it was fun to visit fish markets or see fish mongers’ stands set up in yet another section of the market, and the meat was often set up in another area as well. (The image below is a wooden household items crafts booth at Zagreb’s Dolac farmers’ market.)

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Vendor set up planning is important. As we’ve seen at the Withrow Market, sometimes fried food smells don’t mix well with others, and certain goods like coffee and pastries make better neighbours than soap and cheese. Creating a balance to everyone’s satisfaction can be a fine art and takes great attention to detail. (Below: a fish monger in Venice.)

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Many of the European markets I visited had some sort of infrastructure in place; the Withrow Market like several other Toronto markets are in, well, parks, where there isn’t much infrastructure available (like running water, electricity, and storage) if there is any at all. At Withrow we are lucky that there is some infrastructure and we have access to it, but nowhere near the level as let’s say some of the markets I’ve seen in Venice and Croatia have. But then again, they have fewer markets than Toronto, where market culture has practically exploded (we’re a big city, so should be able to handle it).

Occasionally even the tables were made of fixed masonry (as in Bjelovar): a vendor would generally just show up with their goods and a tent a parasol in the case of open air markets, the table was already provided. In Venice there were a couple of markets: an open air one shown in the rainy photo above (sorry, don’t remember the exact location of it, but if you go to Venice, just get lost in the narrow streets and you’ll find it), a covered one like the fish market (Mercato Del Pesce) near the Rialto bridge, and sometimes even floating produce stands on boats.

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In Zagreb the main market is an uncovered outdoor area, but it also has an adjacent enclosed indoor area (that’s where you can find fish). There is also an additional enclosed space (underneath the open air market, which is elevated) for more produce, prepared foods and meats. Because there is electricity in those venues it’s possible for vendors to have fresh meat and fish. In the case of many outdoor Toronto markets, our vendors mainly sell frozen meats, since we just don’t have the Wattage needed to power refrigerators, and the transportation and moving of the fridges would be a logistical and physical nightmare.(The images below are from Zagreb’s Dolac market. From left to right: the covered fish section, the raised open air section, the enclosed street level section.)

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In my native Bjelovar, the market is covered, with permanent tables, and many of the vendors are still actual farmers (most of them the wives and grandmothers in the family) selling surplus or speciality products like seedlings, or home-made egg noodles.

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I spoke with one vendor who said that farming is becoming increasingly more challenging due to the emergence of giant supermarkets that sell anything and everything (including local produce) seven days a week. Consumerism has arrived in a fervently capitalism-pursuing Croatia, and it will do very well once the country gets out of its economic depression. All “progress” and change come at a cost; let’s hope that the farmers and Croatia’s food culture are not the ones paying the ultimate price.

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Our next stops on this whirlwind virtual tour of Europe will be in Austria and then Germany, with a short trip down a childhood memory lane of treats. Happy strawberry season!1828517

Article and Photos by Roberta Stimac, Withrow Park Farmers’ Market Founder


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Farmers’ Markets Forever! A Love Story (Part 1) “In England & France”

By Roberta Stimac

I love farmers’ markets, I truly do, but in 2008 I had this overwhelming urge to get away. The first year of running a market (never mind all the work that went into organizing it) left me feeling burnt out, and I really needed a break from the market, which was just entering its second season. The market committee and I did the reasonable thing and hired a market manager, who, with the support of committee members, was going to hold the fort until my return, and beyond. The market was starting on May 24, and guess when we were leaving for Europe, dear reader? May 24! (Below is an image from opening day 2008.)

imageWe (my significant other and I) were (almost) fully packed and ready to go after the market, but we had to get through the day first. We were up and at it bright and early, after a restless night due to my brain humming “did I get everything done; think of everything; is the new guy going to be OK?” etc. My sweetheart and I were living in the hope that we’d at least sleep well that night on the redeye to the UK. (As Alexander Pope says in An Essay on Man: “Hope springs eternal…”, he must not have known about screaming babies and uncomfortable economy seats on planes.)

Market opening day went without a hitch, and we made it to the airport on time. After another sleepless night, we landed in London, exhausted, but excited, mostly because we were back on the ground able to move around freely, and in anticipation to hit our hotel room bed. And what was my plan for the first day? To visit one of the London farmers’ markets! The idea was to just grab a cab and go to the nearest Sunday market, but 2 sleepless nights and one crazy busy market day put a stop to that plan pretty quickly. So, sadly, I have absolutely nothing to share about London farmers’ markets, ‘cause I haven’t been. But it’s on my to do list for next time.

We did, however, stop by a market on our way to Oxford and then on to the Dover ferry docks, and here’s also an image of this very old (built in 1627), but very cool market hall in picturesque Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds. (feature photo)

 

I now totally understand J.R.R. Tolkien’s inspiration for the Shire after having been here; green, lush, and beautiful!image

The problem with our little Euro-trip was that we didn’t spend a good chunk of time in any one place. We were in London for 2 nights, then in the Cotswolds for 2 nights, then in Dover for 1 night sleeping at the, what we called, the Bates Motel. (We called the quaint little B&B that, inspired by the fact that even though the B&B was fully booked (we apparently got the last free room), we never saw nor heard a soul; neither a guest, nor the young man’s mother…) We didn’t do any actual farmers’ market visits until we reached Paris, and even then there wasn’t enough time (3 nights) for a decent browse.

Checking the internet upon our return, I remember that at the time there were approximately 90 Paris markets, some of which were food markets (many of them attended by bona fide farmers) and some of which were (and still are) flea markets (which we didn’t visit – there’s only so much temptation I was willing to endure, and no time). There are currently 82 farmers’ or food markets (3 or which are organic), and there is a market open every day of the week. (There’s a neat little pocket book called Markets of Paris I’d like to recommend to all you book, Paris and market lovers out there.)

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If I recollect correctly, the markets are run by the city, who provides and puts up tents and whose staff do the clean up afterwards. I only visited a couple of Paris markets, but can’t remember which ones. At least there are pictures to show you, and maybe one of you readers will be able to identify the locale. (Let us know via our facebook page, where you can also share your market travel stories with us.)

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The next time we stopped at a market was in Aix-en-Provence. Oh man, we just fell in love with that town and its fuzzy fountains.tumblr_inline_mo12ufHVDJ1qz4rgp

There was a flower market and a food market, but also a couple of flea markets one of which was a roadside clothing market with, as far as I recall, nothing but comfy, flowy, white dresses, blouses and pants (nope, didn’t take any photos of that). Since we were blitzing through (3 nights), as in previous places, we did not have a chance to really chat with the locals and find out what farm life and market vending were like for them.

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This was super early June, and the tables were loaded with fantastic produce diversity. This is only a small sampling of the photos I’ve taken (what a feast for the eyes and the senses!).

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We are not big into seafood, but the displays certainly seemed contrary to what we knew about the state of the global fisheries. On the next trip I hope to make time to actually chat with the folks behind the tables.

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The one thing that came across clearly on our trip was that there was a sense of tradition at the markets we visited in France and elsewhere in Europe, while in Toronto, there is a definite sense of newness about markets. For one, many farmers we saw in Europe were older (or perhaps it was just my imagination). Take a stroll through Toronto’s markets and many of the faces you’ll see belong to “young” farmers – a new generation making farming and urbanite hunger for local and seasonal foods work for them.

And here is where I’ll leave you for now, dear reader. The next stop (coming soon in Part II) will be Venice and Croatian markets. With a couple of final stops in Austria and Germany in Part III.1828517


Article and Photos by Roberta Stimac, Withrow Park Farmers’ Market Founder


Subscribe to our Withrow Park Farmers’ Market Newsletter and follow us on social media for the latest updates on special guests, entertainment, Farmer and Vendor offerings, and kids’ activities.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at Withrow Market, please refer to our Market guidelines first, then contact us via e-mail. | Download: Withrow Park Farmers’ Market Guidelines 2016, Email: WithrowMarket@gmail.com. Non-Profit Organizations may request a separate application form.

 

Farmers’ Markets Forever! A Love Story (Part 3) “In Austria & Germany”

By Roberta Stimac

On the last leg of our 2008 European whirlwind tour, we passed through Austria en route to Germany, and stayed over night in a lovely and super reasonably priced little hotel in a beautiful little alpine town called Lienz. It was late spring, so it was easy to get accommodation at a good price; surely the same would not be the case during ski season. This will be only a sketch of what we saw, because we were on a schedule and really just blitzing through, so I’ll have to leave you with many unanswered questions.

Lienz had a street market, which was also their 2 day town market (Friday and Saturday “Stadt Markt”), and whether the folks selling were farmers or not, I unfortunately can tell you not. But we came across a restaurant that was a member of the Slow Food movement (which started in neighbouring Italy), and proudly displayed that fact with a sign.

I took a photo of their message board (on the right, which, for you non German speakers reads: “We have: the best coffee in town (so tell us our customers); best quality wines from Italy, Austria & France; choice cheeses, bacon, prosciutto, salami, pasta, olive oil, grappa; a sense of good humour + always a friendly smile; the best customers in the world!!!”

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If the vendors at the stands were actual farmers, that would explain much about the absence of local produce, and the presence of meats and cheeses. Alpine town, June… the growing season would clearly be relatively short with later starts and earlier endings (no shortage of hay, though, let me tell you, and great pasture for grazing). There was a great choice of cured meat products to pick from and (a potential nightmare for Toronto bureaucrats) vendors set up wine bars in the street! In the morning! (Mind you, it was Saturday, after all.)

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One of my most favourite things I’ve seen in Lienz is this fantastic mobile bake oven. If I could, I would have one build for our market, stat! The other amazing set up solution were these fantastic trailers that turn into instant market stands. How about that Toronto? What a great solution that would be for street food vendors and farmers’ markets.

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Oh, how much more time we would have loved to have spent in this lovely Austrian alpine oasis. How much time we would have loved to have spent everywhere the road took us, really. But we were expected in Germany, and off we went. Our next destination was Neustadt an der Weinstrasse in the Rhineland; wine land central of Germany.

Neustadt was our place to plop and rest up for our so very much dreaded return home. Not that we didn’t or don’t love calling Toronto our home, but it meant getting back to the day to day same old stuff, and we just had such a fabulous time tripping through Europe. We felt that we clearly didn’t see enough, didn’t stay long enough, and didn’t try enough of the local foods. For example, I would have loved to have made a stop in the lovely orchards around Neustadt (it was cherry season – one of my absolutely most favourite fruits!), and would have loved to chat with the growers. But no, on and on we went on our crazy whirlwind tour.

One of the really cool things about this area of Germany is that it benefits from a unique micro climate that allows for the cultivation of almonds (native to the Middle East and South Asia), and every year, the villagers of nearby Gimmeldingen have their annual almond blossom flower celebration (which we, sadly, missed). We did see a couple of produce stands in Neustradt’s centre square, and I believe they featured a mix of local and imported produce. Again: not enough time to linger and explore (argh!). But here are a couple of photos of picturesque Neustadt!

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On the last day of our trip we went to a supermarket, and even though supermarkets were invented in North America, I yet have to see one that will match the set up and product variety of this Globus.

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Of course, I needed to take a stroll down my long neglected kid’s taste-buds-memory-lane and stock up on some of my favourite treats from years so long since passed. In the shopping cart (to one side, not the whole stash is ours), are: Erdnuss Locke (peanut curls – they are kind of like cheese puffs, but made with peanut butter instead), paprika flavoured Frit Stick (similar to hickory potato sticks, but without the hickory flavour), Duplo (similar to Kit Kat bars, but better), Yogurette strawberry yogurt filled chocolate sticks (or chocolate covered strawberry yogurt?), Leibnitz Minis (cookies with and without chocolate cover), DeBeukelaer Prinzen Rolle Chocolate Filled Cookies, and there’s probably some other stuff hidden underneath.

imageSo there you have it, dear reader. Thank you for accompanying me on this virtual 2008 Euro-tour!

The most important impression that I took away was the importance and the fragility of food and food culture. Farmers are important, no doubt about it. It’s a way to make a living, a livelihood, a way to live, period! Throughout human evolution, as we became increasingly sedentary and started to engage in a symbiotic relationship with the plants around us, we globally developed new cultivars and food ways. Globalization (and the globalization of food in particular) has had benefits, but it also has had major costs associated with it. Food globalization in itself is a huge topic, and I am so not going there now, but just as an example: microwaves and instant dinners are increasingly more likely to be found in French homes; the European Union is setting food standards that are changing people’s traditional practices; there are now more invasive species (bugs are a particular concern) making their home in areas in the world where they have no natural enemies and are hard to control; there has been a huge change in the size of the global waistline due to both hunger and processed foods. And the list goes on. But we have a farmers’ market in lovely Withrow Park, and we are proud of both the people who sell there, and the people who shop there. Together we keep food real, and that is why we need farmers’ markets forever.

Some suggested readings for those of you who want to get more into the nitty gritty of food politics: “The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food” by Wayne Roberts, “Stuffed and Starved” by Raj Patel, “Food Politics” by Marion Nestle. 1828517


Article and Photos by Roberta Stimac, Withrow Park Farmers’ Market Founder


Subscribe to our Withrow Park Farmers’ Market Newsletter and follow us on social media for the latest updates on special guests, entertainment, and kids’ activities.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at Withrow Market, please refer to our Market guidelines first, then contact us via e-mail. | Download: Withrow Park Farmers’ Market Guidelines 2016, Email: WithrowMarket@gmail.com. Non-Profit Organizations may request a separate application form.

List of Farmers’ Markets – Toronto 2016

Click on the link below for a complete list of Toronto Markets in 2016. Courtesy of TFMN.CA, the website of the Toronto Farmers’ Market Network.

List of Toronto Markets 2016

 


Follow Withrow Market on social media for the latest updates on special guests, entertainment, farmer and vendor offerings, and kids’ activities.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at Withrow Market, please refer to our Market guidelines first, then contact us via e-mail. | Download: Withrow Park Farmers’ Market Guidelines 2016, Email: WithrowMarket@gmail.com. Non-Profit Organizations may request a separate application form.

Composting Worms and Climate Change

Contributed by Glenn Munroe

You CAN make a difference! If you are concerned about global warming, promote global worming!

Perhaps many of you have heard of the alternative form of back-yard composting known as vermicomposting, or composting with worms. Some of you may already own and operate a little “worm farm”. If you do, you know what a good job these little guys can do in turning your kitchen waste into top-quality plant food.

worm.pngBut this blog is not about how to compost with worms. If enough people are interested, we can certainly provide lots of that type of information in the future. Today I would like to focus on the relationship between composting worms and climate change. I think you will be surprised at the number of climate-related benefits we get from worms. I hope that it will get you thinking about becoming a vermicomposter, or, if you are one already, selling others on the idea.

Here are some of the ways in which compost worms help us to minimize greenhouse gases (GHGs), adapt to unavoidable (and already occurring) climate change, and generally sustain a healthy environment.

First of all, vermicomposting, like regular composting, keeps organic wastes out of landfills. This is very important in protecting against climate change. In fact, removing the organic component of the waste stream from landfills could eventually eliminate the landfill gasses that the Canadian government has estimated are responsible for about 4 per cent of the province’s GHG emissions. To put this in perspective, Ontario has a goal of reducing our emissions by 15 percent (below 1990 levels) by 2020.  As you can see from these numbers, just keeping organic residuals out of landfills could get us a quarter of the way towards our next target.

Secondly, vermicompost can essentially replace fertilizer in your garden and on your lawn. Many people have done this, myself included, with great results! In fact, the latest scientific literature confirms it; vermicompost can match or out-perform synthetic fertilizers. In addition, it is much more effective in this regard than regular compost.

Why is this important with respect to climate?

Fertilizer manufacturing is energy intensive. It accounts, by itself, for another 1 to 2 percentage points of GHG emissions. But that’s not all: the processes by which the raw materials for fertilizer are extracted, the transportation of these materials to the manufacturers, the shipping of the finished products to market and to your home, all result in even more GHGs. Finally, (as if that weren’t enough!), nitrogen fertilizers applied to soil usually release nitrous oxide (N2O), which is an even more potent GHG than methane (310 times the effect of CO2). It is not known exactly how much fertilizer contributes overall to GHG production, but the number is probably at least as high as the one for landfill gases.

Last, but definitely not least, vermicompost fights climate change through its beneficial impact on soils. It increases the level of carbon in soils, a process known as soil-carbon sequestration. This has several direct benefits: first, carbon stored in soils is removed from the atmosphere, which is the equivalent of reducing GHGs; second, that stored carbon increases both the nutrient content and the level of beneficial microbial life in the soil, which make the soil healthier and more resilient to things like changing temperatures and moisture levels; and third, the healthier soils have increased fertility, resulting in more plant growth and eventually more stored carbon (below ground, in roots and soil fungus).

JenniferRafieyanveggiesEvidence for the benefits of vermicomposting are accumulating rapidly in the scientific literature. Progress is slower in the conservative realm of practical agriculture; however, in some countries, such as Cuba and India, the agricultural use of vermicompost is established and growing. You can make a difference here in Canada by trying it out yourself and by telling others about it – particularly your gardening friends (although it works great on lawns and indoor plants, too). You CAN make a difference! If you are concerned about global warming, promote global worming!


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Out of the Yard and Into the Pan

By Tracy MacMaster | Photo by Paul Christensen

With less than a month to go, the first market of the season is almost here. What do we do in the meantime? Look around your yard and garden – or your neighbor’s yard, they will thank you – and harvest some dandelion greens. Dandelions are delicious, high in nutrients, and they are everywhere – it doesn’t get more local than that. Make sure to take dandelions only from unsprayed lots, and be prepared for some puzzled smiles when you ask your neighbors for their weeds.

Green Toad-In-The-Hole

1 big bunch of young dandelion greens, well washed and torn
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
A splash of olive oil
4 slices of good crusty bread – day old is fine
1 tablespoon of butter
4 eggs
Salt and pepper to taste

In a well-seasoned pan over low-medium heat, add olive oil and garlic. Stir in dandelion greens, season with salt and pepper and cook until just wilted through, approximately 2-3 minutes. Remove the greens from the pan.

Tear a hole in the middle of each bread slice. Melt the butter, place the four slices of bread comfortably into the pan and carefully break one egg into each hole. When the whites firm up, flip the slices of bread over and cook just enough to keep the yolks running. Add salt and a healthy grating of pepper. Serve over a bed of the hot greens, and voila, green toad-in-a-hole, for two.

A Fresh New Garden, The Old Fashioned Way

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Photo: My Three Sisters garden in Riverdale, June 2013 – John Zeus

A Native American Garden

With the late arrival of spring in Toronto, many of us “urban farmers” are anxious to start planting our new gardens. Using Companion Planting, where one plant helps the other, a Three Sisters garden is an old fashioned, but very effective Native American farming technique. Unlike modern agri-business – which is based on yields extracted from the land regardless of environmental costs – Native American gardening, which is a form of small-scale farming, enriched the land.

A Three Sisters garden can be planted on a smaller scale. Plant the corn first. When the corn reaches 12 centimetres in height, plant your bean seeds. About a week later, plant your squash seeds. The corn supports the beans, the beans provide nitrogen, and the squash keeps moisture in and shades out the weeds. Urban garden harmony!

The Three Sisters: Corn, Beans and Squash

According to Iroquois legend, corn, beans, and squash are three inseparable sisters who only grow and thrive together. This tradition of interplanting corn, beans and squash in the same mounds, widespread among Native American farming societies, is a sophisticated, sustainable system that provided long-term soil fertility.

The corn supports the beans, the beans add nitrogen and the squash shades out the weeds.
  1. Plant the corn after danger of frost has passed.
  2. Plant the pole beans when the corn is 5 inches high.
  3. Plant the squash seeds one week later.
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Please purchase seeds from a supplier that carries GMO free seeds. We have expert seed vendors at Withrow Market who sell GMO free seeds and are always happy to give you some good planting advice.


Adapted from original sources: Mother Earth News and GMO Free USA 

Music at the Farmers’ Market

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Photo & Video: Courtesy Brian Passmore

On a Saturday morning in Withrow Park, the sounds of people singing and a guitar strumming lends a festive atmosphere as people snatch up fresh produce at the farmers’ market. – Josh, Market Patron

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Performers, Musicians/Buskers. Please Leave Us Your Details Here: Market Music – Contact Us

The Withrow Park Farmers’ Market is proud to offer the opportunity to spotlight local Toronto performers on a slightly larger scale this season, with a new sound amplification permit [1], and promotion through blogs, social media and newsletter. We are seeking a variety of performances and genres. Bookings must be done in advance.

Music performances must be acoustic unless you bring your own sound equipment [1]. We don’t have access to our own on the market site.

Performances should be 30-45 minutes in length per set on market Saturdays and run between 9:00am-12:30pm; be appropriate for a wide range of market patrons (all age appropriate), and also fit with the market feel.

1245694766439408861johnny_automatic_tomato_plant.svg.hiIn order to secure a performance slot, performers must Market Music – Contact Us soon, and be accepted and scheduled by our Market Manager or the Withrow Park Farmers Market Board. Performers will be allowed to sell merchandise and CD’s on site.

The Withrow Park Farmers’ Market reserves the right to not accept acts that are deemed unsuitable.

Interested in sharing your musical talents with the market community?

Please contact us and leave us your details using the form provided below. Be sure to include information about yourself or your band.

Check out this video! Courtesy of Brian Passmore, one of our performers. Brian will be returning to Withrow Market in 2016! Brian Passmore: Road to You from Fotis Kanteres on Vimeo.

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Market Music – Contact Us

Withrow Market In June, Eating Local

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This June we encourage you to eat locally. It’s a great time to celebrate and indulge in the incredible quality, variety and freshness of food produced right here in Ontario.

Support your local farmers and growers, and gratify your palette with fresh seasonal Ontario food. This june make a Saturday stop at Withrow Park Farmers’ Market! Opening June 4th, 2016, we’re here every Saturday, 9am-1pm until Thanksgiving, rain or shine.

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Farmers’ Market Food – Herbed Sliced Steak Salad

By Tracy MacMaster | Photo credit: Paul Christensen

We had a long, cool spring, perfect weather for local lettuce and herbs. Now that it’s hot, salad is the perfect solution to ‘what’s for dinner?”  Don’t heat up the kitchen, take your market produce outside to the grill.

Herbed Sliced Steak Salad with Lime Vinaigrette & Fingerling Potatoes

For the salad:

1 head leaf lettuce, washed and torn

Small bunches of mint, cilantro, and basil, torn

1 Flank steak, generously seasoned with salt and pepper

For the vinaigrette:

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 lime

Pinch of coarse salt, fresh pepper

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

1 pound fingerling potatoes

1 Tablespoon olive oil

Coarse salt, fresh pepper to taste

1 head of garlic, separated into cloves

To prepare the potatoes:  Preheat BBQ to medium high.  Parboil the potatoes until just tender.  Place potatoes in a foil plate, add unpeeled garlic cloves and drizzle with olive oil.  Season the potatoes and garlic with coarse salt and ground pepper, and place on the highest rack for approximately 20 minutes, shaking occasionally.

For the salad: Toss the lettuce and most of the torn herbs in a large bowl, reserving a handful of herbs.  Season the steak with salt and pepper and grill over a medium hot flame until medium rare.  Rest the steak on a heaped bed of the reserved herbs on a wooden cutting board for 5 minutes, and then slice the steak thin against the grain.

Place the warm sliced steak on top of the greens, pour the olive oil and lime juice over the salad and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Serve the potatoes on the side with the broken open cloves of garlic.

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Join us every Saturday in Withrow Park, 9:00am-1:00pm. The Withrow Park Farmers’ Market opens for the 2016 season on June 4th!  We are located in the northeast corner of Withrow Park, 1 block south of Danforth Ave., between Carlaw and Logan, in Toronto’s Riverdale neighbourhood.

Withrow Park Farmers’ Market Opens June 4th!

2016 Season Dates:  June 4-October 8, Saturdays

Spring is in the air, and as we finally start to thaw out and come out of hibernation, it’s hard not to look forward to fresh ontario produce and the return of Toronto’s seasonal farmer’s markets! While it may seem like a long way off with snow still on the ground, in less than two months the Market returns to Withrow Park, in Toronto’s Riverdale.

butterflyWe can’t wait for Market season to begin, which kicks off on June 4th. We have a lot in store for you in 2016, so get ready for another great season! Can you believe this will be our tenth year?!?

Every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine. See you soon!

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Withrow Market – Onions from Healthy Choice Farms

Photos by our Market Volunteers

Scrambled Eggs with Chives

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Patio Season (Almost)

By Tracy MacMaster, photo by Paul Christensen

Despite this morning’s snow, fresh chives are shooting up in my garden. Every year I wait impatiently for enough sprigs of green to cut a good sized handful for scrambled eggs with chives. This event is on par with the first cocktail of the season on your local patio, a sign that winter is truly over for another year. Serve the eggs with a cold glass of wine and hot buttered toast for the full effect. Too bad you can’t get this dish at your local patio bar.

Scrambled Eggs with Chives

1-2 tablespoons of butter
4-6 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons of cream
A large handful of chives, snipped small
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat a well-seasoned skillet over medium-low heat and melt butter.  Beat cream, salt and pepper into eggs and pour into the pan. Stir and add the chives when eggs are almost set.

Serves two, and is marvelous with steamed asparagus.


 

By Tracy MacMaster, a Withrow Park Farmers’ Market Volunteer.

Ethical Animal Farming

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Photo: Farmer Murray at his farm on Southwestern Ontario – Specializes in Heritage Chicken Eggs & Pastured Berkshire Pork.


The Withrow Park Farmers’ Market is dedicated to promoting free-range, humane, organic and hormone-free animal farming. The Market will only host farmers that exercise these practices on their farm.

Smaller family farms exercise humane animal treatment practices and we hope that one day soon ethical farmers will have the share of the food production industry that they rightly deserve. Be knowledgeable about where your food comes from, know your farmer, and support your local farmers’ market!

Visit our list of Farmers & Vendors for the 2016 season.

By John Zeus, a Withrow Park Farmers’ Market Volunteer.


Join us every Saturday in Withrow Park, 9:00am-1:00pm. The Withrow Park Farmers’ Market opens for the 2016 season on June 4th!  We are located in the northeast corner of Withrow Park, 1 block south of Danforth Ave., between Carlaw and Logan, in Toronto’s Riverdale neighbourhood.

Manning Canning – A Withrow Market Vendor

The Withrow Park Farmers’ Market is about more than just delicious, local food. It is also about community and the important connection between producers and eaters. Meet our exceptional market partners! To help you get to know them better, will be featuring one Farmers or Vendor each week this season.

Christine Manning from Manning Canning

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Manning Canning makes an assortment of sweet and savoury jams, jellies, pickles and marmalades.

Tell us about the Manning Canning story…

I started the business four years ago, but it was two years in when I decided to take a leap of faith and quit my full time marketing job. This past November, we opened the doors at Manning Canning Kitchens, a rentable commercial kitchen for other small food producers and a production space for Manning Canning. It’s been an exciting ride!

Why do you love Withrow Market?…

This is my 4th season at Withrow Market and I will always have a soft spot for it. It was my very first market. I still remember that I didn’t even have a tent on my first day it was all so new to me! The customers there embraced me and my product right away. This gave me great feedback on new products, but also boosted my confidence to continue down the path when their reactions were favourable. It’s a great venue to meet customers, other food producers and to engage with the community.

And most importantly, what can we expect to find at your table this weekend?…

There will be a few new products that my regular customers will not have seen including Grapefruit Marmalade with Candied Ginger has been getting good reviews! There will be some of the best seller’s from seasons past as well – Spicy Tomato Jam, Sun Dried Tomato Mustard Jam. Stop by, say hi and try a sample!

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Fresh From The Market – October 18th!

Fresh From The Market

Withrow Park Farmers’ Market – Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Greetings Friends,

You have two more Saturdays to enjoy the Withrow Park Farmers’ Market! Our final two markets of the season are Saturday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Market goers can expect to find most of their favourite vendors selling farm fresh vegetables, meat, dairy and eggs, as well as a variety of local crafts, baked goods, and healthy prepared foods.

Come by this Saturday, bring the family, and stock up on some fresh produce and old favourites. We’ll have the coffee on early.

See you this Saturday!

Locally yours,

John Zeus, market manager | email: withrowmarket@gmail.com

 

What’s New?

Art Market Vendors This Saturday!

Johanne Bartell – Hand knit hats
Heidi Burkhardt – Canadian landscape artist
Louisa LaBarbera – Jewellery designer


Manning Canning is 70% funded on their kickstarter campaign. Help us build the rental kitchen Toronto food producers need! Please check out and share this video.

Cookstown Greens is a family run business that grows certified organic produce. This week they will feature :
  • Fennel Bulbs & Large Leeks
  • Seasonal Roasting Vegetables.
  • Root veggies! Beets, Carrots & Turnips

Brian Hamlin, our favourite Beekeeper will be at Withrow Market for the last time this season. Stock up on local honey this Saturday!

Tiffinday will have Timpa Wheels in featured this Saturday. Available to enjoy at the market, and as frozen packs to take home.

Healthy Choice Farm will bring carrots, beets, leeks, celeriac, red cabbage, butternut squash, cilantro, and lots of garlic for you to buy and store during the winter.

Fiddlehead Farm will have a radish parade of regular, Daikon and Watermelon radishes! Plus, arugula, beets, carrots, chard. kale, kohlrabi, leeks, mesculn, onions, parsley, spinach, and potatoes.

Field Sparrow Farms – pastured beef, pork and chicken. Featuring chicken backs special – $3/bag. They’ll have copies of their Chicken Stock recipe to share! * This Saturday is the last Withrow CSA pick up. More details will come about the November pick up. 

Farmers & Growers This Saturday

Brian Hamlin – urban and rural beekeeper extraordinaire! Brian has several hives across Toronto, including the University of Toronto campus, Toronto Island, and the Portlands.

Haystrom Farm – fresh produce & fruit grown in Prince Edward County

Murray’s Farm – pastured pork, heritage poultry & eggs from the Cambridge area

Cookstown Greens – certified organic produce grown in Thornton (Lake Simcoe area)

Danbrie Farms – maple syrup & value added farm products

Fiddlehead Farm – produce grown in Prince Edward County

Healthy Choice Farm – produce grown on FarmStart’s McVean Farm in Brampton

Field Sparrow Farms – pastured beef & pork

Local Food Vendors This Saturday

Tiffinday Inc. – artisanal vegan Indian fare

The Local Cafe – a bus, a kitchen… it’s both. The product: a variety of decadent sweet and savoury pastries

Earth & City – seasonal smoothies, vegan & raw delights

Monforte Dairy – a plethora of Ontario real cheese

St. John’s Bakery – traditional French-style sourdough breads & other pastries

 

Kids Activities

Embrace the beauty of fall foliage and make paper bag trees with us on Saturday!

Halloween At The Market

Saturday, October 25th
Dress up your kids!
Dress up your pets!

See poster below for more details.

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Special Guests!

We welcome our sustainable transportation advocates: Ward30 Bikes & Ward30 Bikes, who will provide free basic tune-ups! Please let your cycling friends know about this timely service. There will also be free bike maps and information available.

Market Music

Leigh Robinson, hammered dulcimer player!

Fresh Organic Coffee!

Tall 2.00

Large 2.50

$0.25 off if you bring your own cup.

Coffeecology Coffee Jars for sale!

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VQA Wine

Keint-he Winery & Vineyards – Prince Edward County. They will be pouring a unique wine this weekend, 2011 Hillier Blanc!

The Art Market This Saturday

Johanne Bartell is returning with her hand knit hats.

Heidi Burkhardt, Canadian landscape artist.
Toronto jewellery designer, Louisa LaBarbera will be doing a demo on jewellery making.
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Fresh From The Market This Thanksgiving

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Withrow Park Farmers’ Market – Saturday, October 11th, 2014

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A special greeting at Thanksgiving time to express to you our sincere appreciation for your support this market season.

We are deeply thankful and extend to you our best wishes for a happy, safe and healthy Thanksgiving weekend!

What’s New? – Vendor Announcements
Manning Canning
This week, Pickled Silverskin Onions! Each year they hand peel 100lb of onions and pickle them using an old family recipe.
Manning Canning needs helpbuilding a rentable commercial kitchen. They are now 50% funded on the kickstarter campaign with 16 days remaining. Help us build the rental kitchen Toronto food producers need! Please check out and share this video.  This will benefit the local food movement!

Cookstown Greens
Located an hour north of Toronto, Cookstown Greens has been growing organically since 1988. They are a family run business, and grow certified organic produce. This week they will feature:
  • Fennel Bulbs
  • Large Leeks
  • Seasonal Roasting Vegetables. Perfect for Thanksgiving weekend!
  • Root veggies, fresh from fall harvest: Beets, Carrots & Turnips

Haystrom Farm

Lots of fresh vegetables for Thanksgiving dinner! Brussels sprouts, pie pumpkins and plenty of squash, plus their usual veggies, fresh from the fields!


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Gorgeous cut flowers for your thanksgiving table, and organic garlic planting kits!


Feast Of Fields

Sweet fresh apple cider, apples including some Spy variety which are great for Thanksgiving baking! They will also have pears, grapes, a few colourful tomato boxes, strawberries and possibly raspberries!


Field Sparrow Farms
They are having a special on chicken backs this weekend! They’re perfect for making soup or stock. They’ll be $3/bag, and each bag includes two backs.Plus, frozen whole chickens between 4-5 lbs for smaller Thanksgiving celebrations!


Murray’s Farm

Pastured and Heritage Turkeys for Thanksgiving!


Sweet Sammies Ice-Cream Sandwich Co. 

Showcasing Apple Pie and Pumpkin Spice ice cream sandwiches from their harvest collection, along with some classic flavours of ice cream sandwiches and assorted ice cream pints.


The Local Café, “The Bus Kitchen Bakery”, traditional baking from a fully equipped and certified mobile kitchen.Baked goods, savoury, sweet, gluten free, multigrain breads, loaf cakes, cookies, ever-popular granola, and much more!

Vendors Away
Brian Hamlin, Beekeeper is back next Saturday!

Tiffinday is away for Thanksgiving but back next Saturday. Tiffinday’s vegan curry is carried at THE MEAT DEPARTMENT at 207 Danforth Avenue.


All our other vendors will be at Withrow this Saturday.

John Zeus, Market Manager | Contact: withrowmarket@gmail.com

Farmers & Growers This Saturday

Haystrom Farm – fresh produce & fruit grown in Prince Edward County

Murray’s Farm – pastured pork, heritage poultry & eggs from the Cambridge area

Cookstown Greens – certified organic produce grown in Thornton (Lake Simcoe area)

Danbrie Farms – maple syrup & value added farm products

Feast of Fields – Niagara fruit (organic & biodynamic)

Fiddlehead Farm – produce grown in Prince Edward County

Healthy Choice Farm – produce grown on FarmStart’s McVean Farm in Brampton

Field Sparrow Farms – pastured beef & pork

Prepared Food Vendors This Saturday!

 

The Local Cafe – a bus, a kitchen… it’s both. The product: a variety of decadent sweet and savoury pastries

Manning Canning – preserved seasonal flavours

Sweet Sammies Ice-Cream Sandwich Co. – handcrafted ice cream sandwiches & ice-pops made with natural ingredients

Earth & City – seasonal smoothies, vegan & raw delights

Monforte Dairy – a plethora of Ontario real cheese

St. John’s Bakery – traditional French-style sourdough breads & other pastries

Local Food Vendor From The Danforth

Café Fiorentina will be at the market this Thanksgiving Saturday as a special guest vendor with Pain au chocolat, pumpkin tarts, meat tourtieres, Boston Cream and plain beignets, and more.

Market Music

Julie Snider, Celtic violin

Kids Activities

What are you thankful for this thanksgiving? Decorate a magnet with what is special to you and be reminded of it everyday! 

Fresh Organic Coffee!

Tall 2.00

Large 2.50

$0.25 off if you bring your own cup.

VQA Wine

Rosehall Run – Prince Edward Country Wine Region.They will be offering their award winning Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, and Rose. All great Turkey wines, along with their Oaked JCR, and Unoaked Hungry Point Chardonnay’s.
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Fresh From The Market – Saturday, September 27th!

 

Fresh From The Market

Withrow Park Farmers’ Market – Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Withrow Park, Toronto, Canada

Hello Friends,

This fall we encourage you to eat locally. It’s a great time to celebrate and indulge in the incredible quality and variety of organic food produced right here in Ontario.

Support your local farmers and growers, and gratify your palette with fresh local food!

Join us this Saturday at the farmers’ market, and experience the freshness of the autumn harvest. We’re here every Saturday, 9am-1pm until October 25th!

Cheers,

John Zeus,  market manager | Contact : withrowmarket@gmail.com

View our full list of Farmers & Vendors

Our Vendor, Manning Canning needs help building a rentable commercial kitchen. This will benefit the local food movement! Please check out and share this video & kickstarter campaign which is now LIVE.

Market & Vendor Announcements

The Local Café, “The Bus Kitchen Bakery”, traditional baking from a fully equipped and certified mobile kitchen, is back this Saturday! Baked goods, savoury, sweet, gluten free, multigrain breads, loaf cakes, cookies, ever-popular granola, and much more 🙂
Monforte Dairy will have Toscano and sheep cheddar this Saturday. It may not be available for a while after this weekend.

Murray’s Farm has Pastured and Heritage Turkeys for Thanksgiving. Order your’s this Saturday for delivery the holiday.


Feast of Fields, Ontario’s first certified organic vineyard and orchard will have fresh Apple Cider!


Away This Saturday

  • Brian Hamlin, local Beekeeper

All our other vendors will be at Withrow this Saturday.

It’s Garlic Season in Ontario! Join us at Withrow and get your local garlic!

Farmers, Growers & Food Vendors

Join us and meet your farmers and growers, the people behind the fresh organic produce, and local food at the Withrow Park Farmers’ Market!

  • Local Garlic!
  • Organic Veggies
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Organic Produce Grown In Ontario
  • Lots Of Organic Greens!
  • Artisan Cheeses
  • Baked Goods
  • Pastured and Heritage Meats
  • Freshly Baked Breads
  • For Your Fall Garden
  • Sustainable Coffee
  • Special Gifts
  • Handcrafted Ice Cream
  • Local Maple Syrup
  • Vegan and Gluten Free Prepared Foods
  • Smoothies
Meet Our Farmers & Food Vendors

Market Entertainment

We welcome Brian Passmore. Singer, acoustic guitar, 9am-1pm.

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Pumpkin Spice sammies from Sweet Sammies…

Special Guest Chef & Vendor From The Danforth

Café Fiorentina’s owner/chef Tina Leckie will be at the market this Saturday as a special guest vendor.

If you like donuts, her Boston Creams with local natural ingredients are sure to surprise and delight!

Our market volunteers will be serving fresh, bold, organic, locally-roasted, fair-trade coffee from Coffeecology. If you bring your own cup, we will give you $0.25 off.

Guest Vendor

Gaia’s Essentials offers all natural skin products that are gentle on your skin, stimulate your senses and are friendly to the planet!

Special Guest This Saturday

Hey Riverdale, welcome to 18Blocks — the neighbourhood’s free online noticeboard, where residents can talk, trade and congregate to improve their community.

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Kids Activities

Celebrate Ontario Garlic season with this week’s kooky craft! Kids can unleash their creativity as we make Garlic Monsters!

Also special guest Carol Pasternak will be at the market from 10-12 to sign copies of her fantastic book: How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids. Families can come by to learn about Monarchs, what we’re doing to help their population recover, and meet this inspiring advocate for Monarchs. She will also have cocoons and butterflies for everyone to see.

Ontario VQA Wine

We welcome Stanners Vineyard, an artisanal, family-owned and operated winery located near the village of Hillier in Prince Edward County. Their 2011 Pinot Noir VQA Four Mile Creek has just been awarded “Best in Show Red” at the Royal Winter Fair! This and their 2012 Riesling, which is a brand new release, will be available at Withrow.

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Fresh From The Market – Saturday, September 20th, 2014

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

Fresh From The Market

Withrow Park Farmers’ Market – Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Withrow Park, Toronto, Canada

Hello Friends,

We have teamed up with the Friends of Withrow Park to host a Stone Soup Campfire. Visit the market this Saturday, and check out the fresh local produce. Buy an organic veggie from one of our farmers and bring it to the campfire to add to your community soup. Enjoy a bowl of hot soup while listening to the original story as told by our resident story teller, Pepper.

Thank you to our community in Riverdale, our vendors and volunteers, and all our market supporters for a great market season!

Join us this Saturday for Stone Soup, and a lot more.

John Zeus,  market manager

Contact : withrowmarket@gmail.com

View our full list of Farmers & Vendors

Market Announcements

Market Corn Roast! Our volunteer Paul will fire up the BBQ for a sweet corn roast. $2.00 per cob to raise funds for our community market.

Beee’n a while! Brian Hamlin, local Beekeeper, will be at the market this Saturday! He’s offering a taste of newly harvested honey from the apiary closest to Withrow Park, the Toronto Portlands.


Murray’s Farm has Pastured and Heritage Turkeys for Thanksgiving. Order yours this Saturday for delivery before Thanksgiving.


Tiffinday’s vegan curry will now be carried at THE MEAT DEPARTMENT at 207 Danforth Avenue. They will still be available at Withrow Market until the season is over.


Haystrom Farm has Roma and San Marzano tomatoes for canning! Order yours, $35 for Roma and $40 for San Marzano tomatoes / bushel-box.


Away This Saturday

  • Manning Canning
  • The Local Cafe, “The Bus Kitchen”

Our market volunteers will be serving fresh, bold, organic, locally-roasted, fair-trade coffee from Coffeecology. If you bring your own cup, we will give you $0.25 off.

Market Music

Leigh Robinson, hammer dulcimer

Cameron Thomson, storyteller, singer, songwriter, guitar, uke


 

Guest Vendors

Leenie’s will be at the market this Saturday! Everyone needs a little ‘Joy’ in their life. Sample Leenie’s Joy lotion or butter.


Ontario VQA Wine

We welcome Broken Stone Winery, from Prince Edward County. Come and enjoy a sample of their favourite wine and fall under the County’s spell.



“To Make Stone Soup”

Farmers & Growers & Food Vendors

Meet your local farmers and growers, and the people behind the fresh food at the Withrow Park Farmers’ Market.View our full list here
  • Local & Organic
  • Produce Grown In Ontario!
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Artisan Cheeses
  • Pastured and Heritage Meats
  • Freshly Baked Breads
  • Your Fall Garden
  • Sustainable Coffee
  • Special Gifts
  • Local Ice Cream
  • Maple Syrup
  • Vegan and Gluten Free Prepared Foods

Special Guest

Earn 7%, Generate Renewable Power, Clean the Air! ZooShare is building North America’s 1st zoo-based biogas plant. Our facility will recycle 3,000 tonnes of animal manure from the Toronto Zoo and 14,000 tonnes of food waste from Canada’s largest grocery chain into renewable power for the Ontario grid, while cleaning the air and returning valuable nutrients to the soil. Learn more and invest: www.zooshare.ca

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Kids Activities

What better way to celebrate the harvest than with corn! Join us for a corn craft and a corn roast this Saturday!

Special Guest

Hey Riverdale, welcome to 18Blocks — the neighbourhood’s free online noticeboard, where residents can talk, trade and congregate to improve their community. After all, a neighbourhood in touch is a community in tune! 18Blocks was created with the desire to build stronger, better connected communities and tighter knit neighbourhoods, so that people who live near each other can discover they share more than a postal code. Meet us at the Withrow Park Farmer’s Market on September 20, 27, and October 1.

Fresh From The Market – Saturday, September 13th

 

Fresh From The Market

Withrow Park Farmers’ Market News

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 Withrow Park, Toronto


The Art Market arrives at the farmers’ market this Saturday. Check out who’s coming : Art Market At The Farmers’ Market In Withrow ParkThank you, to our community in Riverdale, our vendors and volunteers, and all our market supporters, for making this a great season at the market so far!

The Withrow Park Farmers’ Market operates every Saturday, 9am – 1pm, rain or shine until October 25th! We are located in the northeast corner of Withrow Park, 1 block south of Danforth Ave., between Carlaw and Logan.

Join us this Saturday. We have a lot in store for you!

John Zeus,  market manager | Contact: withrowmarket@gmail.com

View our full list of Farmers & Vendors

This Saturday in Riverdale!
Market Announcements

Cookstown Greens

Certified Organic corn, fava beans, tomatoes, and their classic leafy greens!

Manning Canning
Christine is back this week bringing her pickle 3 pack to the market. Get 3 jars of pickles (Manitoba Pickles, Beau’s Honey Beer Pickles and Spicy Garlic Pickles for $18.00). Limited quantities. Plus, Preserved Peaches have returned!
Tiffinday
To their customers who regularly buy jars of curry : Tiffinday curry will now be carried at THE MEAT DEPARTMENT at 207 Danforth Avenue.They will still be available at Withrow Market until the season is over, and they encourage customers to start buying curry jars from the store.They are delighted to establish this relationship with a local business with similar values to their own in supporting local products and local jobs.
Haystrom Farm
Roma and San Marzano tomatoes for canning! You can order yours through Brad at the market – $35 for Roma and $40 for San Marzano tomatoes / bushel-box.

Away This Saturday

  • Brian Hamlin, Bee Keeper is away this Saturday and back later in the month.

Market Music (9am-1pm)Julie Snider, Celtic violin!Julie will share the stage with Chloe Matamoros – “I am 17 years old in Gr.12 at the Toronto Waldorf School. Having always loved to sing, I’ve learned guitar to accompany myself in performing songs I love as well as songs I’ve written”.

Guest Vendors

Soap du Jour – We welcome Patty Eager of Soap du Jour to our market this Saturday. She’ll be bringing her handmade, natural soaps and body products. Her soap contains no animal ingredients.

Special Guests

Friends on the Danforth
Connecting local businesses with local community. Meet your neighborhood businesses that give our community a one-of-a-kind personality. Come out and network, build relationships and help create a local cohesiveness. This Saturday they’re featuring Buns of Steel Boot Camp, and Cruise Holidays, Danforth.

Brewed Organic Coffee

Freshly brewed, locally-roasted, fair-trade coffee from Coffeecology. Brewed by our market volunteers. Bring your own cup, and get $0.25 off. We also sell it in whole bean, for you to enjoy at home.

Ice Pops & Ice Cream Sandwiches

From Sweet Sammies Ice Cream Sandwich Co., assorted ice pops, ice cream sandwiches, and pints of ice cream. This Saturday’s flavours, tba.From The Farm To Your Plate

  • Fresh Heritage & farm fresh eggs, and pastured Berkshire pork from Murray’s Farm.
  • Naturally-raised, pastured meats, beef, chicken & Berkshire pork from Field Sparrow Farms.
  • Pure Canadian, quality Maple Syrup, and maple syrup products and jams from Danbrie Farms.
September 20th Event!

Stone Soup Returns To Withrow!

Saturday September 20

We have teamed up with the Friends Of Withrow Park to host another Stone Soup Campfire! Go to the market to check out the great produce and bring a veggie to the campfire to add to our community soup!
Enjoy a bowl of the soup while listening to the Stone Soup story as told by our resident story teller – Pepper! Save the date!

Good For You & The Planet!
Farmers, Growers & Prepared Food Vendors
Meet your farmers, growers, and the people behind the fresh local prepared food at the Withrow Park Farmers’ Market :  View our full list here

Local & Organic – Grown In Ontario

Farmers and Growers Specializing in Organic Produce

Cookstown Greens – certified organic produce grown in Thornton (Lake Simcoe area)

Feast of Fields – Niagara fruit (organic & biodynamic)

Fiddlehead Farm – produce grown in Prince Edward County

Haystrom Farm – fresh produce & fruit grown in Prince Edward County

Healthy Choice Farm – produce grown on FarmStart’s McVean Farm in Brampton

Murray’s Farm – Heirloom veggies


  • Fresh Wild Blueberries and Wild Blueberry Pies!
  • Peaches (yellow and white), and nectarines
  • Apples and pears
  • Damson plums
  • Blue prune plums and assorted fruit jams
  • Melons, both Musk & Charentais
  • Glorious garlic, organic and locally grown
  • Carrots, beets, and purple beans
  • Celeriac roots, Salad Turnips, and Daikon Radish
  • Mixed zucchini
  • Fresh salad mix
  • Tomato varieties! Heirloom, field beefsteak & lots of cherry varieties!
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Heirloom carrots & other veggies.
  • Delicious sweet corn!
  • Lettuce heads & Napa cabbage
  • Purple & cranberry potatoes.
  • Fingerlings!
  • Lots of fresh greens!
  • Edamame beans!
  • Arugula, Basil, Beans, Chard, Cilantro, Eggplant, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Potatoes, Sorrel, and Zucchini.
  • Cucumbers & pickling cucumbers.
  • Mixed baskets of potatoes.
  • Organic roots and greens!
  • Tomatillos

For Your Home & Garden

The Backyard Urban Farm Co. will have fresh cut flowers, and cold hardy seedlings!

Fresh Local Ingredients, Non-Gmo, Prepared With Love & Care.

Prepared Foods & Local Goodness

Sweet Sammies Ice-Cream Sandwich Co. – handcrafted ice cream sandwiches & ice-pops made with natural ingredients

Manning Canning – preserved seasonal flavours

Earth & City – seasonal smoothies, vegan & raw delights

Monforte Dairy – a plethora of Ontario real cheese

St. John’s Bakery – traditional French-style sourdough breads & other pastries

The Local Cafe – a bus, a kitchen… it’s both. The product: a variety of decadent pastries

Tiffinday Inc. – artisanal vegan Indian fare


Local ingredients, prepared fresh, and many vegan and gluten-free options!

  • Black Bean Burgers.
  • Strawberry Chocolate Date Squares.
  • Wholesome Smoothies.
  • Timpa Wheels!
  • Featured curry, lentil spinach, and curry in take home jars.
  • Bhajiya fries!

Freshly Baked Goods

  • Freshly baked bread!
  • Savoury, sweet, gluten free, and multigrain breads.
  • Loaf cakes, cookies, ever-popular granola, calzones, empanadas, brioche, croissants, pies, tarts, and gluten-free cookies.

Local Featured Cheese

Bringing water buffalo blue and waxed goat Gouda!

Local Wine Tastings

Ontario VQA Wine

Visit the Rosehall Run Winery table. Try their Canadian Wine Award-Gold Medal,  JCR Pinot Noir & Rosehall Vineyard Chardonnay, as well as market favourites, Just One Rose & The Righteous Dude Reisling. They will share information about Fabulous Fall County Events such as Taste! Community Grown, Crystal Palace, Picton September 27.

Kid’s Crafts & Activities

For The Kids

Kid’s Craft Activity : 9am-12pm

“Bahhh … I love ewe …”, says the fluffy sheep you will be making this Saturday at the market.
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Art Market At The Farmers’ Market In Withrow Park

Artists At The Withrow Park Farmers’ Market – Saturday, September 13th, 9am-1pm – Event
Art Market At Withrow Park Farmers' Market

Art Market At Withrow Park Farmers’ Market

Participating in the Art Market this Saturday :

 

Catherine Thomas : The Woodlot

Catherine Thomas is a multimedia artist working with clay and reclaimed wood. Her vessel forms include both abstract and functional work, flower vases, drinking cups and bowls and small containers for cherished objects. She also makes reclaimed and found object birdhouses and wood sculptures. Catherine fires her work in a cross draft wood kiln outside of Toronto

Lynn Heath

“I have worked and played with clay for many years now. I studied in Montreal, the Eastern Townships and Toronto. I have fired with gas and electricity and have experimented with saggar and raku firing. However, functional pottery is really what I am all about. I am inspired when I hear that someone used my goblets for their wedding ceremony, or when they tell me that they start off each day reaching for their favourite mug – the one that guarantees that the day will go well, or when someone bakes apples, from the Heath orchard, of course, in one of the my baking dishes. It is very exciting. This is what clay is all about, it has been for ever and continues to be so for me”. Website : Lynn Heath

Janet Potter :  Mixed Media. Toronto, Ontario and Canada landscapes. Printmaking, textiles and art books

Janet is a Professional Mixed Media Artist who has exhibited her Art Works across Canada and the USA. She is recognized for her Artistic Mixed Media Creations using various mediums, recycle materials and her various process of Japanese Washi Paper. She has also received and International Award for her Japanese Washi Paper Art in the 208 Toronto, Washi Paper Summit plus has one Art Book currently exhibiting in the Maritime Museum in Halifax, N.S. and two Art Books in the Brooklyn Library Art Museum. Janet is currently a Co-Curator for the Member Exhibits at the Women’s Art Association of Canada and an active member of the Artist Network of Riverdale. Website : Janet Potter

Johanne Bartell : Handmade by Johanne

Returning to Withrow Park Farmer’s Market with her hand knit hats. The hats have been popular at St. Jacobs Market, the Leslieville Flea, the Barns Art Market, and various other venues since Johanne’s appearance at Withrow, last September. Any time of year these hats have been sold to people with certain tastes, favourite colours, and for different reasons. See photo below!

Luisa Perez Colby : Little gems by Luisa

A hobby that turned into a small business. A home maker and mother of two, Luisa has been creating and designing jewelry for the past ten years. She has also incorporated accessories such as purses, key chains and aprons to her designs. She takes pride in each piece and loves to see how clients love their acquisition.  Email Luisa Perez Colby at : littlegemsbyluisa@gmail.com

Barbara Lewis : Two Willows Art Studio
Hand painted glassware from glass objects sourced from flea markets and second had stores made into user friendly artful pieces.
Barb Lewis is the owner of B&E Restoration that restores ceramics and antique china. She works for the Artists’ Network, a not-for-profit organization that helps visual artists with their business practice. Barb also helps to organize the Withrow Art Market (WAM) events that happen several times during the market season.  Email Barbara Lewis at : b.showlerlewis@sympatico.ca

Join us, and support your local artists!

The Withrow Park Farmers’ Market – Saturday, September 13th, 9am to 1pm

Hand Made By Joanne - Withrow Park Farmers' Market

Hand Made By Joanne – Withrow Park Farmers’ Market

The bird house

The bird house

 

Thank you, to our community in Riverdale and all our market supporters.

The Withrow Park Farmers’ Market arrives fresh every Saturday, 9am / 1pm, rain or shine!
We are located in the northeast corner of Withrow Park, 1 block south of Danforth Ave., between Carlaw and Logan, in Toronto’s Riverdale neighbourhood.

Top 10 Reasons Why People Shop At Farmers’ Markets

Top 10 Reasons To Shop At A Farmers’ Market!

  1. Local food is fresher and tastier
  2. Enjoy delicious foods that are only available in-season
  3. Strengthen the local economy and keep your dollars at home
  4. Meet the farmers who grow your food
  5. Protect your health and the environment with food produced sustainably
  6. Support farmers who are committed to the humane treatment of animals
  7. Discover new specialty foods/products that will impress your dinner guests
  8. Support the future of family farms and food security in Southern Ontario
  9. Keep good agricultural jobs in your community
  10. Protect natural beauty and green spaces by preserving farmland and the Greenbelt
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Fresh Farmers’ Market News – Saturday August 30th, 2014

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

FARMERS’ MARKET NEWS

Withrow Park Farmers’ Market

Saturday, August 30th, Withrow Park, Toronto


Local summer produce is here! Experience the taste of fresh Ontario organic, and much more.Our farmers’ market arrives in Withrow Park, every Saturday, 9am-1pm, until October 25th, rain or shine!

Join us this Saturday, we have a lot in store for you.

John Zeus,  Market Manager | Contact: withrowmarket@gmail.com

View our full list of Farmers & Vendors

This Saturday in Riverdale!

Market Announcements

St. John’s Bakery and Danbrie Farms are back at the market this Saturday!

Manning Canning is back and will bring their Red Pepper Jelly and Manitoba Pickles, along with their usual favourites.

Away This Saturday : Brian Hamlin, Bee Keeper is away this Saturday.

Market Music (9am-1pm)

We welcome Brian Passmore! Singer, acoustic guitar. About Brian Passmore

Farmers, Growers, Foragers & Prepared Food Vendors

Come meet the people behind the fresh local food, the fabulous fun and the incredible artistry at the Withrow Park Farmers’ Market.  View our full list here

Brewed Organic Coffee !

Freshly brewed, locally-roasted, fair-trade coffee. Brewed by our market volunteers. Bring your own cup, and get $0.25 off. Try our Iced Maple Coffee made with local maple syrup.

From The Farm To Your Plate

  • Fresh Heritage & farm fresh eggs.
  • Naturally-raised, pastured meats, beef, chicken & Berkshire pork.
  • Pure Canadian, quality Maple Syrup, and maple syrup products and jams from Danbrie Farms.

Refresh your palate!

Assorted ice pops, ice cream sandwiches, and pints of ice cream. This Saturday try a blueberry-white chocolate-macadamia nut ice cream sandwich, or Ontario corn & blueberry ice cream!

For Your Home & Garden

The Backyard Urban Farm Co. will have fresh cut flowers, and cold hardy seedlings like kale, chard, bok choy, lettuce and spinach. Also, a variety of herbs.

Good For You & The Planet!

Fresh Fruit

All local and organic

But shop early, fruit sells out quickly.

  • Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries
  • Peaches, yellow and white
  • Apples, pristine, red free, paula red
  • Pears, anjou
  • Red plums
  • Figs
  • Wild Blueberry pies
  • Melons, both Musk and Charentais

Haystrom Farm

Jim’s preserves made with his own farm produce!

Organically Grown Ontario Produce

  • Glorious garlic, organic and locally grown.
  • Carrots, beets, and purple beans.
  • Fresh salad mix.
  • Tomatoes! Field beefsteak & lots of cherry varieties!
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Local Heirloom tomatoes!
  • Heirloom carrots & other veggies.
  • Delicious sweet corn!
  • Purple & cranberry potatoes.
  • Fingerlings!
  • Lots of fresh greens!
  • Edamame beans!
  • Arugula, Basil, Beans, Chard, Cilantro, Eggplant, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Potatoes, Sorrel, and Zucchini.
  • Cucumbers
  • Mixed baskets of potatoes.
  • Certified organic! Red, white, candy-cane and gold beets. Roots and greens!
  • Tomatillos
Fresh Local Ingredients, Non-Gmo, Prepared With Love & Care.

Delicious Prepared Foods

Local ingredients, prepared fresh, and many vegan and gluten-free options!

  • Black Bean Burgers.
  • Strawberry Chocolate Date Squares.
  • Wholesome Smoothies.
  • Timpa Wheels!
  • Lentil spinach curry, and curry in take home jars.
  • Bhajiya fries!

Freshly Baked Goods

  • Freshly baked bread!
  • Savoury, sweet, gluten free, and multigrain breads.
  • Loaf cakes, cookies, ever-popular granola, calzones, empanadas, brioche, croissants, pies, tarts, and gluten-free cookies.

Local Featured Cheese

  • Sun dried tomato and garlic sheep cheddar, and goat Gouda!
Local Wine Tastings

Ontario VQA Wine

We welcome Broken Stone Winery, from Prince Edward County. Come and enjoy a sample of their favourite wine and fall under the County’s spell.

Let your natural beauty shine!

Guest Vendors

Gaia’s Essentials offers all natural skin products that are gentle on your skin, stimulate your senses and are friendly to the planet! Let your natural beauty shine!

Kid’s Crafts & Activities

For The Kids

Kid’s Craft Activity : 9am-12pmOne fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish! Join us as make our own little fishies then go fishing for prizes!

In Our Community

In Withrow Park

Celebrate the end of summer with a community picnic at the north end of Withrow Park. Bring your blanket and dinner to the park on Sunday, August 31st at 6pm.

Come early and participate in the all ages drama workshop offered by Shakespeare in the Ruff at 5pm. The workshop is free but registration is required at : young_ruffians@shakespeare intheruff.com

Stay after you have eaten to enjoy the final performance of Cymbeline by Shakespeare in the Ruff at Withrow. Music begins at 7 pm and performance at 7:30. Pay what you can.

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Fresh Farmers’ Market News – Saturday August 23rd, 2014

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

FRESH MARKET NEWS

Saturday, August 23rd, in Withrow Park, Toronto


Join us this Saturday in Withrow Park and experience a wide selection of local, fresh organic produce and delicious healthy prepared foods made from local ingredients. We are dedicated to connecting you with the people that grow your food! We bring together the best farmers, growers, foragers and food artisans to provide you with seasonal produce and prepared food that boasts incomparable vitality and flavour. We’re in Withrow Park, every Saturday, 9am-1pm, until October 25th, rain or shine!

John Zeus,  Market Manager | Contact: withrowmarket@gmail.com

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This Saturday in Riverdale!

Market & Vendor Announcements

BUFCO

The Backyard Urban Farm Co. is back this week with flowers and cold hardy seedlings like kale, chard, bok choy, lettuce and spinach. They will also have herbs! Four varieties of basil, cilantro, parsley and dill!

Brian Hamlin, Bee Keeper

Brian will be away from the market this Saturday, and back next month.
Next week Brian will guide a Portlands apiary visit of his hives! Meet Brian on Tuesday, August 26th, 6:00pm at 470 Unwin Ave. (The lane to the Portland Energy Centre just off Unwin Ave.) His dark blue truck will be parked there. Leslie Street to Unwin is closed so Cherry Street is the best alternative.

Manning Canning

Christine and her team will be back at the market next Saturday.

Ice Cream & Ice Pops !

Sweet Sammies Ice Cream Sandwich Co.
Refresh your palate! Assorted ice pops, ice cream sandwiches, and pints of ice cream made from real local flavours. This Saturday’s flavours to be announced on Social Media.

Market Music (9am-1pm)

We welcome Leigh Robinson – hammered dulcimer player! Leigh is a Withrow Park Farmer’s Market neighbour, history buff, and a good dulcimer player!

Good For You & The Planet!

Organically Grown Ontario Produce !

  • Tomatoes! Fresh from the farm, field beefsteak & lots of cherry tomatoes! Sweet Corn! Purple & cranberry potatoes as well as some fingerlings. A variety of local preserves, and much more – Haystrom Farm
  • Peaches, pears, apples, raspberries, strawberries, plums, wild blueberries, tame blueberries, and blueberry pies – Feast of Fields Organic Vineyard
  • Fresh greens! Arugula, baby kale, lettuce mix, and sorrel. Basil, beans, chard, cilantro, leeks, zucchini, tomatoes and the first of their potatoes! – Fiddlehead Farms
  • Summer produce! Red, white, candy-cane and gold beets. Roots and greens! Certified organic – Cookstown Greens
  • Carrots, beets, onions, garlic, tomatoes, zuchini, fenugreek, and more – Healthy Choice Farm

From The Farm To Your Fork !

  • Heritage & farm fresh eggs, pastured Berkshire pork, and Heirloom veggies & tomatoes – Murray’s Farm
  • Naturally-raised, pastured meats, beef, chicken & Berkshire pork – Field Sparrow Farms

Pure Canadian Maple Syrup !

Quality Maple Syrup products from their farm to your table – Danbrie Farms

Brewed Organic Coffee !

Freshly brewed, locally-roasted, fair-trade coffee from Coffeecology. Brewed by Withrow Market volunteers with love. Bring your own cup, and get $0.25 off. Try our Iced Maple Coffee made with local maple syrup from Danbrie Farms – Served fresh at our Market Community Tent

  • Regular : 2.00
  • Large : 2.50
  • Iced Coffee : 3.00
  • Maple Iced Coffee : 4.00
Fresh Local Ingredients, Non-Gmo, Prepared With Love & Care.

Featured Cheese !

Monforte Dairy

Sun dried tomato and garlic sheep cheddar, and goat Gouda!

Delicious Prepared Foods !

Earth and City

Black Bean Burgers, Strawberry Chocolate Date Squares, and smoothies.

Tiffinday

Timpa Wheels! Fresh curry, 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).

Freshly Baked Goods !

Local Café/”Bus Kitchen”

Savoury, sweet, gluten free, and multigrain breads. Loaf cakes, cookies, ever-popular granola, calzones, empanadas, brioche, croissants, pies, tarts, and gluten-free cookies.

St. John’s Bakery

Freshly baked organic breads, cookies & scones.

Local Wine Tastings!

Ontario VQA Wine

We welcome Keint-he Winery & Vineyards! Centrally located in Prince Edward County’s wine region, Keint-he produces domestic wines that exhibit European minerality and acidity. The vines are lovingly raised in the limestone rich soils of their three distinct and unique vineyards. They only focuses on those grape varietals that most effectively showcase the terroir of the region. The result is award winning, terroir-based wines that reflect the character of the region in which they were produced.

This Saturday at the market they will have : Chardonnay, Riesling, Rose and 2 Pinot Noirs.

Kid’s Activities !

For The Kids !

Kid’s Craft Activity : 9am-12pm
With a little creativity, a little love and a little magic, you can turn an everyday object like a toilet paper roll into something amazing!
Our Community

In Withrow Park

Celebrate the end of summer with a community picnic at the north end of Withrow Park. Bring your blanket and dinner to the park on Sunday, August 31st at 6pm.

Come early and participate in the all ages drama workshop offered by Shakespeare in the Ruff at 5pm. The workshop is free but registration is required at : young_ruffians@shakespeare intheruff.com

Stay after you have eaten to enjoy the final performance of Cymbeline by Shakespeare in the Ruff at Withrow. Music begins at 7 pm and performance at 7:30. Pay what you can.

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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!

FRESH MARKET NEWS

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: withrowmarket@gmail.com

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: http://www.winealign.com/awards
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.
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Dusk Dances

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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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Farmers’ Market News – Saturday August 2nd, 2014

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

FRESH MARKET NEWS

Saturday, August 2nd, at Withrow Market


Greetings Market Friends,

This August we encourage you to eat locally. From local specialities to fresh produce and wholesome treats, it’s a great time to celebrate and indulge in the incredible quality and variety of food grown and raised right here in Ontario.Support your local farmers and growers, and gratify your palette with fresh Ontario food!

Make a Saturday stop at Withrow Park Farmers’ Market this weekend! 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: withrowmarket@gmail.com

View our full list of Farmers & Vendors

This Saturday in Riverdale!

Market Events / Announcements

Brian Hamlin, Bee Keeper

We welcome back natural beekeeper Brian Hamlin. He started his first hives in 1975 and presently keeps small hives in Toronto, Georgina Island, First Nations and on organic farms in the Peterborough area. Brian will have some honey comb to share with you.

Manning Canning

Manning Canning is back this Saturday with their Angry Picked Garlic, and Cherry Almond Jam, and Tilted Cherries (cherries in a brandy syrup).

BUFCO will not be at the market this Saturday. They will be back next Saturday.

Market Music

David Santandrea, playing classic guitar.

Guest Vendor 

Soap du Jour
We welcome back Patty Eager of Soap du Jour this Saturday. She’ll be bringing her handmade, natural soaps and body products. Her soap contains no animal ingredients.

Good For You & The Planet!

From The Farm To Your Table

  • Heritage and farm fresh eggs / Pastured Berkshire pork – Murray’s Farm
  • Naturally-raised, pastured meats, beef, chicken & Berkshire pork – Field Sparrow Farms
  • Quality maple syrup – Danbrie Farms
  • Peppercorn Toscano! Fresco and halloumi – Monforte

Organically Grown & Fresh From The Fields

  • New this season! Red, white, candy-cane and gold beets. Currently being harvested from the fields – Cookstown Greens
  • Basil, beets, chard, lettuce, green onions, scallions, and lots of zucchini. First seasonal harvest of their flageolet green beans! – Fiddlehead Farms
  • Sweet Corn! Cranberry potatoes, local preserves, and more – Haystrom Farm
  • Green red onions, beets, carrots, fresh dug garlic, kale, green beans, parsley, zucchini, leeks, and more – Healthy Choice Farm
  • Fresh peaches, strawberries, raspberries, apricots, plums and black currants! Wild & “tame” blueberries, wild blueberry pies & jam! Possibly figs – Feast of Fields Organic Vineyard

     

Fresh Local Ingredients, Non-Gmo, Prepared With Love & Care.

Delicious Prepared Foods!

  • Jams & Preserves – Angry Picked Garlic, Cherry Almond Jam, and Tilted Cherries – Manning Canning

  • Featured local curry, paratha breads, timpa wheels, 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

  • Grilled Cheese sandwiches with olive tapenade – Eudora Foods

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

  • Freshly baked organic breads, cookies & scones – St. John’s Bakery
  • King Arthur’s Breakfast Brioche – Local Café/”Bus Kitchen”
  • Strawberry Chocolate Date Squares – Earth and City
  • Ice Cream sandwiches, ice pops and take-home tubs. Special sammie flavours! – Sweet Sammies Ice Cream Sandwich Co.

  • 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 Keint-he Winery & Vineyards to our market.
Centrally located in Prince Edward County’s wine region, Keint-he produces domestic wines that exhibit European minerality and acidity. The vines are lovingly raised in the limestone rich soils of their three distinct and unique vineyards. They only focuses on those grape varietals that most effectively showcase the terroir of the region. The result is award winning, terroir-based wines that reflect the character of the region in which they were produced.

Kid’s Crafts & Activities!

For The Kids!

I LOVE the market, how about you? Stop by this Saturday to make a unique bracelet with a special word, a pattern or even your initials!
This Saturday!

Special Guest

AutoShare is Toronto’s first carsharing network. They are dedicated to providing greater personal freedom and mobility to people living in Toronto; and to reducing carbon emissions and pollution through efficiency and choice. Their goal is to have a shared-vehicle within a 5 minute walk of anywhere in the city; at every TTC station; and at the end of your street. They know that car sharing is crucial to the long term health of our urban environment – and economy.
Stop by the tent to learn about AutoShare as well as the amazing promotions they are offering to Withrow Market patrons.
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Farmers’ Market News – Saturday July 26, 2014

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FRESH MARKET NEWS

Saturday, July 26th, at Withrow Market


From local specialities to fresh produce and wholesome treats, Withrow Park Farmers’ Market is a great way to connect with your community and support our local farmers and growers.  Our market vendors, volunteers, musical performers and guests combine to create a thriving environment.  Connect with our vendors – they are very proud of the hard work they put into their offerings and will happily share their knowledge with you.  Enjoy a unique family experience as Withrow Park comes alive with fresh and local wholesome goodness in the heart of Riverdale.

We’re in Withrow Park, every Saturday, 9am-1pm, rain or shine!See you at the Market!John Zeus, Market Manager | Contact: withrowmarket@gmail.com
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Market Music

Market Entertainment

Market Music

We welcome Brian Passmore, singer, acoustic guitar. 9am-1pm
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Driftwood Theatre  

Driftwood Theatre presents Sing Along Tim – kids of all ages are invited to join in for some sing-along fun! 10:30am-11:15am

A special unscheduled surprise performance by Shakespeare in the Ruff.
Good For You & The Planet!

Organically Grown

  • Beets! All colours! Bunching onions, sugar peas & snap peas – Cookstown Greens
  • Garlic scapes, kohlrabi & squash blossoms – Cookstown Greens
  • Green onions, garlic, scapes, kale, chard, carrots, beets, green beans, sugar snap peas, salad mix, spinach & arugula – Healthy Choice Farm
  • BUFCO will not be at the market this Saturday. They will be back in two weeks
Local Produce & Fresh Fruit!

Fresh From The Fields

  • Amazing early golden plums – blushingly ripe and delicious! Cherries, highbush domesticated blueberries and figs! Raspberries, wild blueberries, currents, apricots, wild blueberry pies & jam. Peaches may be ready too! – Feast of Fields Organic Vineyard
  • Fresh basil, beets, chard, lettuce, scallions and lots of zucchinis – Fiddlehead Farms
  • New potatoes, various lettuce, snap & shelling peas, beets & local preserves – Haystrom Farm
Pastured Meats, Heritage Eggs & Local Cheese & Dairy!

From The Farm To Your Fork

  • Quality maple syrup – Danbrie Farms
  • Naturally-raised, pastured meats, beef, chicken & Berkshire pork – Field Sparrow Farms
  • Heritage chicken eggs – Murray’s Farm
  • Pastured Berkshire pork – Murray’s Farm
  • Chicken sausage in Octoberfest, Mild Italian & Hot Italian! All gluten-free! – Field Sparrow Farms
  • Cheese curds are back! – Monforte
Fresh Local Ingredients! Non-Gmo!

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Local Delicious Prepared Foods!

  • Tasty Appetizers : Timpa Wheels, Bhajiya fries
  • Salads : Chaat Salad
  • Entrées : Mixed Vegetables in a coconut sauce with brown basmati rice.

    Paratha breads stuffed with kale and cauliflower – (all gluten-free) Tiffinday
  • Take home curry jars (serves three) : Chickpea Curry, Lentil Spinach Curry, Mixed Vegetable curry (free tastings available) – (all gluten-free) Tiffinday

  • Grilled Cheese sandwiches with olive tapenade – Eudora Foods

  • Manning Canning will not be at the market this Saturday. They will be back next week.

Baked Fresh Goods – Breakfast & Coffee – Ice Cream!

  • Freshly baked organic breads, cookies & scones –St. John’s Bakery
  • Awesome Granola! – Local Café/”Bus Kitchen”
  • King Arthura’s Breakfast Brioche – Local Café/”Bus Kitchen”
  • Strawberry Chocolate Date Squares – Earth and City
  • Ice Cream sandwiches, fresh fruit Ice Pops & take-home tubs of fresh handmade ice creams and frozen yogurts! ice cream sandwiches (including Strawberry Cheesecake). – Sweet Sammies Ice Cream Sandwich Co.

  • Organic Coffee & Iced Maple Coffee – Market Community Tent                      
  • Organic, locally-roasted, fair-trade coffee from Coffeecology. If you bring your own cup, we will give you $0.25 off. Try our Iced Maple Coffee! We use local maple syrup from Danbrie Farms. – Market Community Tent
Let your natural beauty shine!

Guest Vendors

  • Gaia’s Essentials offers all natural skin products that are gentle on your skin, stimulate your senses and are friendly to the planet! Let your natural beauty shine!
Kid’s Crafts & Activities!

For The Kids!

Hear ye! Hear ye! All Kings and Queens are welcomed this Saturday to decorate and don a glorious crown! Available while supplies last.

In Withrow Park!

Riverdale Happenings!

Withrow Park Playground Opening Celebration!

Join Councillor Paula Fletcher and Friends of Withrow Park to celebrate the opening of the new playground in Withrow Park! The wading pool will be open and kids will have their first chance to check out the new play equipment.

What: Playground Opening Celebration
Where: Withrow Playground
When: Saturday, July 26th 10:30-11:30

Local Wine Tastings!

Ontario VQA Wine

We welcome Broken Stone Winery, from Prince Edward County. Come and enjoy a sample of their favourite wine and fall under the County’s spell.

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c/o Ralph Thornton Centre
765 Queen St. E.

Toronto, Ontario M4M 1H3

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Withrow Park Playground Opening Celebration!

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Where: Withrow Playground
When: Saturday, July 26th 10:30-11:30
View original invitation as a PDF document : Withrow Playground Opening Celebration!

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Thank you, for supporting local food initiatives!

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Thank you, for being good to our planet.

 

Thank you, to our community in Riverdale and all our market supporters.


The Withrow Park Farmers’ Market arrives fresh every Saturday, 9am / 1pm, rain or shine!
We are located in the northeast corner of Withrow Park, 1 block south of Danforth Ave., between Carlaw and Logan, in Toronto’s Riverdale neighbourhood.

Withrow Market Living – Saturday, July 19th

FRESH MARKET NEWS

Saturday, July 19th, at Withrow Market


Join us this Saturday in Riverdale as we celebrate local food and community. Meet the people behind the sustainable food, the fabulous fun and the incredible artistry at the Withrow Park Farmers' Market. We're in Withrow Park, every Saturday, 9am-1pm, rain or shine!

See you at the Market!

John Zeus, Market Manager | Contact: withrowmarket@gmail.com

View our full list of Farmers & Vendors 

This Saturday In Riverdale!

10 Local Farmers, 9 Prepared Food Vendors, 1 Winery, Special Guests, Wonderful Volunteers, Market Events & More

Market Music – Julie Snider, Celtic violin

Community outreach organization – tba on social media
Pape Library story time – 10:30am-11:15am

Good For You & The Planet!

Organically Grown

  • Beets! All colours! Bunching onions, sugar peas & snap peas – Cookstown Greens
  • Garlic scapes, kohlrabi & squash blossoms – Cookstown Greens
  • Green onions, garlic, scapes, kale, chard, carrots, beets, green beans, sugar snap peas, salad mix, spinach & arugla – Healthy Choice Farm
  • Local cut flowers, outdoor grown! Gorgeous and sustainable! – BUFCO
Local Produce & Fresh Fruit!

Fresh From The Fields

  • Cherries, raspberries, strawberries, wild blue berries, Saskatoon berries, gooseberries & Wild Blueberry Pies – Feast of Fields Organic Vineyard
  • Beets, spring salad mix, sugar snap peas, basil, chard & green onions – Fiddlehead Farms
  • New potatoes, various lettuce, snap & shelling peas, beets & local preserves – Haystrom Farm
Pastured Meats, Heritage Eggs & Local Cheese & Dairy!

From The Farm To Your Table

  • Quality maple syrup – Danbrie Farms
  • Naturally-raised, pastured meats, beef, chicken & Berkshire pork – Field Sparrow Farms
  • Heritage chicken eggs – Murray's Farm
  • Pastured Berkshire pork – Murray's Farm
  • Chicken sausage in Octoberfest, Mild Italian & Hot Italian! All gluten-free! – Field Sparrow Farms
  • Cheese curds are back! – Monforte
Fresh Local Ingredients, Non-Gmo, Prepared With Love & Care.

Delicious Prepared Foods!

  • Jams & Preserves – Strawberry Jam, Rhubarb Vanilla Jam, Raspberry Jam & Ontario Pickled Asparagus – Manning Canning

  • Tasty Appetizers : Timpa Wheels, Bhajiya fries
  • Salads : Chaat Salad      
  • Entrées : Mixed Vegetable curry with Brown basmati rice. Paratha breads stuffed with seasonal vegetables. – (all gluten-free) Tiffinday     
  • Take home curry jars (serves three) : Chickpea Curry, Lentil Spinach Curry, Mixed Vegetable curry (free tastings available) – (all gluten-free) Tiffinday

  • Grilled Cheese sandwiches with olive tapenade – Eudora Foods
Locally Baked Goodness & Organic, Fair Trade Coffee!

Baked Fresh Goods – Breakfast & Coffee – Ice Cream!

  • Freshly baked organic breads, cookies & scones – St. John's Bakery
  • King Arthur's Breakfast Brioche – Local Café/"Bus Kitchen"
  • Strawberry Chocolate Date Squares – Earth and City
  • Ice Cream sandwiches, ice pops and take-home tubs. Special sammie flavour : Italian Job, milk chocolate-hazelnut gelato in chocolate chip cookies, rolled in toasted hazelnuts. – Sweet Sammies Ice Cream Sandwich Co.

  • Organic Coffee & Iced Maple Coffee – Market Community Tent                      
  • Organic, locally-roasted, fair-trade coffee from Coffeecology. If you bring your own cup, we will give you $0.25 off. Try our Iced Maple Coffee! We use local maple syrup from Danbrie Farms. – Market Community Tent                      
What's New?

Market Community Announcements & Events

Withrow Market's Canadian Tire Money Drive!
We are collecting Canadian Tire money which will be used to purchase a cooler for our market. Our volunteers will be accepting donations every Saturday.

Handcrafted Skin Care For The Conscious Spirit!

Guest Vendors

Leenie's Skin Care will be at Withrow Market this Saturday with their hand crafted lotions and butters.

Kid's Crafts & Activities!

For The Kids!

What better way to enjoy a long, warm summer day than building, decorating and floating a cork boat? See you Saturday!

Dhurga from the Pape Library will be visiting for story time from 10:30am-11:15am weather permitting.

In The Neighbourhood!

Riverdale Happenings!

July 19: Summer BBQ with Craig Scott | 1:00 – 4:00 PM | Withrow Park | Free 
Join Craig Scott for his second annual summer BBQ! There will be free food, plus activities for children. All are welcome! The BBQ will feature information booths for local organizations working to build a clean and sustainable Canada.

July 19: Special Event –  After the market! | Bees, Butterflies and Birds Tour at the Brickworks | Saturday, July 19, 2–3pm –  Click here for more information on this 2 part event!

 

Local Wine Tastings!

Ontario VQA Wine

We welcome Stanners Vineyard from Prince Edward County, to our market.

  • 2012 Chardonnay – Aromas and flavours of apple, pineapple, and honey. A chardonnay with intense fruit, a sensuous, rich mouthfeel and excellent length. A full bodied wine with great interest and intrigue!
  • 2011 Pinot Noir – Our traditional approach with minimal handling in the winery has resulted in a wine that reflects the County terroir – floral with bright strawberry flavours, good minerality and finely balanced acidity.
  • 2011 Straw House Red – A blend of cabernet franc and pinot noir – cherry and dill flavours balanced by fine tannins – very food friendly
  • 2012 Cabernet Franc – A new release! Dark cherry and blackberry flavours with pleasing tannins, resulting in an outstanding complex and long-lasting finish. A great sense of purity!
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Our mailing address is:
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765 Queen St. E.

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Locally Fresh At The Market

Healthy Choice Farm at Withrow Market

Photo taken on Saturday, July 12th at Withrow Market. Produce from Healthy Choice Farm, an organic farm in Brampton.

Shopping at Farmers’ Markets vs. Shopping at Supermarkets – Quote

 

Farmers’ markets are a very important part of building an alternative food chain. You’re now eating in a different way. You’re eating less processed food. There is no high fructose corn syrup in the farmers’ market. There are no monoglycerides, no triglycerides. None of those additives are present in fresh, seasonal food. When you start cooking food, as opposed to buying it precooked or processed, both you and the farmer benefit, as a matter of health. – Michael Pollan, Author

Source: Nourishlife.org

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The Withrow Park Farmers’ Market arrives fresh every Saturday from 9am / 1pm, rain or shine!
We are located in the northeast corner of Withrow Park, 1 block south of Danforth Ave., between Carlaw and Logan, in Toronto’s Riverdale neighbourhood.

Love Soup?

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Delicious Daal coming as Stone Soup to Withrow Park Farmers’ Market on Saturday, September 24th! …

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Stone Soup Event Sponsors

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Cookbook Swap
In the theme of sharing brought to us by Stone Soup we’ll be hosting a Cookbook Swap. Swap your old cookbooks for another. Look for the swapping table near our coffee tent from 9am to 1pm.
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Withrow Market is located in Withrow Park. Just 1 block south of Danforth Ave., between Carlaw and Logan, in Toronto’s Riverdale neighbourhood.

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Withrow Makers’ Market

Saturday, October 1st

The Withrow Park Farmers’ Market is hosting a Makers’ Market. butterfly 20+ amazing local artists, makers, and crafters showcasing their talents and creations.

  • Hand crafted charcuterie boards and bird houses to up-cycled fashion, artisan jewelry and natural body care, and more.
  • We’ll also be hosting a craft swapping zone! There is sure to be something for everyone!

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Makers’ Market Vendors

Makers’ Market Event Sponsor

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The Lennie Project

We’ll be holding a collection for cozy wool sweaters to donate to The Lennie Project, a Toronto based make and donate initiative run entirely by volunteers. The Lennie Project makes up-cycled toques & neck-warmers for local shelters & agencies serving newcomers.

Last year over 3,000 were made & distributed! They hope to increase that by 500+ this season. Stop by the both of Nathalie-Roze to drop off your donations. Large sweaters in neutral colours and patterns are most needed but all sizes and colours are welcome.

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Withrow Market is located in Withrow Park. Just 1 block south of Danforth Ave., between Carlaw and Logan, in Toronto’s Riverdale neighbourhood.

Join us on Saturday October 1st (9am-1pm) for our Makers’ Market.

 

Eggs

Photo By: Laura Bernman Beautiful Heritage Eggs: Green, blue, brown and white eggs in one basket.

Photo By: Laura Bernman
Beautiful Heritage Eggs: Green, blue, brown and white eggs in one basket.

Fresh Market News – Opening Day!

Saturday, 9am-1pm in Withrow Park.

 June 4th, Opening Day – Market Newsletter by Chantal Stepa


10 Year Anniversary!

We can’t believe that we’re already celebrating our 10th season! We’ll be having a special tote bag giveaway courtesy of Fatima Bregman of Re/Max Hallmark Realty. Just stop by our coffee tent and ask one of our cheery volunteers! Since it’s a fresh new season you’ll notice that we’re practising some new feng shui. We have made changes to our market layout to incorporate community feedback and growing vendors.


100 in 1 day @ Withrow Market

100in1day Canada is part of a global initiative with the goal to inspire change in cities across the country by compelling residents to activate 100 innovative, thought­provoking ideas into interventions to enhance their city all on one day. Join us for bee hotels, seed bombs & love letters! [READ MORE: UZZ BOMBS @ WITHROW PARK FARMERS’ MARKET]

 


Bikes at the Market!

Free Bike Checks!

Warm weather means it’s bike season and we’ve got just the fix for you. Ward 29 Bikes and Ward 30 Bikes are co­sponsoring a Bike Check & Information Table at the Opening Day of the Withrow Park Farmers’ Market. Get FREE City of Toronto Cycling Maps; Spring Bike Check and Maintenance!

 


Returning Favourites this Saturday!

  • Brian Hamlin
  • Cookstown Greens
  • Fiddlehead Farm
  • Haystrom Farm
  • Joanne Bartell’s and her Knits
  • Manning Canning
  • Mnandi Pies
  • Monforte Dairy
  • Murray’s Farm
  • St. John’s Bakery
  • Sweet Sammies
  • The Local Café (Bus Kitchen)

 

We’re in Withrow Park in Riverdale’s Greektown on the Danforth!

Why not join us this Saturday, 9am-1pm, rain or shine!  We have a lot in store for you!