I can’t tell you how excited I am that this Saturday May 29th is the start of the weekly Farmers’ Market at the Evergreen Brickworks.
Evergreen is a national charity whose mandate is to make cities more livable through sustainability and green design. Evergreen has been transforming the former Don Valley Brickworks, a collection of deteriorating heritage buildings, into a thriving urban oasis for city dwellers to enjoy. Final completion date is slated for September 2010. However, in keeping with their mandate, the Brickworks has been home to many cultural and environmental events and initiatives during its transformation – my favorite being the Saturday Farmers’ Market.
The Brickworks Farmers’ Market is a hotspot of activity. The chic Rosedale dwellers as well as Toronto residents from all over the city buzz about the fresh produce, dairy, baked goods, confections and prepared foods. I can’t wait for the fresh local berries, a maple sugar treat from McCutcheon’s Maple Syrup, a fresh empanada from Surkl, perhaps some of Jamie Kennedy”s famous JK Fries, a package of delectable butter tarts from one of the baked goods vendors, to quench my thirst with a little hand pressed lemonade or fresh juice and I always manage to buy some beautiful fresh flowers or fresh lavender on each visit.
There are activities for children. And quite often there is local entertainment and demonstrations on cooking or creating something environmental.
The fields and paths around the Brickworks are fantastic for a lazy stroll or an invigorating ravine walk or run. I usually do one of these before I embark on my Farmers’ Market shopping spree – somehow it makes me feel less guilty. However, even if you choose to go straight to the good stuff you can feel good about the fact that you are supporting a fantastic initiative that is making Toronto a livable, enjoyable and increasingly more sustainable city.
Location: Evergreen Brickworks Farmers’ Market (map)
Days: Saturdays, Beginning May 29, 2010 (end date not slated yet)
Hours: 8 am to 1 pm (under the pavilions, rain or shine)
Photo: Jane Apor
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