The beginning of fall is a fantastic time of year to visit a local farmer’s market. While most markets are are busy year-round in Ontario, this is an especially popular time because of the array of fresh produce as well as the many seasonal specialties available.
We dropped by the Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market to do some shopping for some home-cooked meals earlier this week. It was great to see such a vibrant food community so close to us. Here’s a look at some of the vendors and their offerings.
Located at the Northwest corner of the park at Dundas and Shaw, the market happens every Tuesday from May to October.
The market features a variety of farm fresh produce, breads, cheeses, canned goods, and even hot prepared meals.
Chard from Chick-a-biddy Acres. The 72 acre farm is located near Peterborough.
Apple cider from Avalon Orchards. Apple picking season has just begun in Ontario and it’s wonderful to get fresh pressed cider!
Organic sourdough bread from St. John’s Bakery. A social enterprise operated by St. John’s The Compassionate Mission in the city’s east-end, they offer handmade French breads, scones, cookies, and other freshly baked goods.
Cheddar Crispies from Evelyn’s Crackers. The crackers are made with locally sourced heritage grains such as red fife.
Coffee beans from Bona Fide Bean Coffee Co. They offer both blends and single origin beans.
Wines from Southbrook vineyards which is located in Niagara-on-the-Lake. They are the first wine estate in Canada to earn both organic and biodynamic certification. A new pilot program this year has made it possible for bottled local VQA wines to be sold at farmer’s markets across the province.
Pickles from Alchemy Pickle Company. In addition to their fermented vegetables and brined pickled goods, they offer carbonated sodas.
Pure organic maple syrup from Forbes Wild Foods. They specialize in sourcing sustainable wild foods primary for restaurants and hotels.
Portobello mushrooms from The Mushroom Man at Waymac Farms.
Edible flowers from Match Box Garden Seed.