Farmer’s markets are a wonderful way to get fresh, organic and local food. Although not all farmer’s markets will have all organic food, many of them provide local produce, which means that your food will take less distance to get from field to table, making them fresher (and have little or no preservatives), taste better and use less fuel to get to your local market. During the summer and early fall months, many farmer’s markets will be filled with lovely summer and fall fruits and vegetables and therefore, will be a lively affair. As a result, I’ve decided to write a few articles on a few of these markets in the city.
A Real Gem: The Evergreen Brick Works Farmer’s Market
The Brick Works Farmer’s Market is open on Saturdays in the summer from 8AM to 1PM
How do I get there?
There is a free shuttle bus provided by Evergreen (the non-for-profit organization that runs Brickworks) outside of Broadview Station. Be warned that dogs are not allowed on these shuttles buses. However, you can also get to Brickworks on foot, on bikes, by the TTC and by car. For more information, refer to this link.
What is there to do at Brickworks?
- Browse through the many stalls of local produce, artisan food, artwork from local artists and some delicious ready-to-eat food.
- Sample some of the various foods, which include cheeses, sausages, bread and chocolate! (Although a must-eat has to be the french fries with sea salt and rosemary. Worth it for $4 a portion.)
- Take a look at the shows and entertainment the buskers and musicians have to offer.
- Go to the dollar store, get a bug net and see if you can catch a fish in one of the ponds. (This “fishing” is just for fun and if you do happen to catch a fish, I think the “catch and release” philosophy applies…)
- Try and find the turtle in the pond.
- Bike or walk around the trails nearby once you’ve finished eating all that delicious food. It almost feels as if you’re not in the city when you’re on them, not to mention it’s completely gorgeous!
- For more information, refer to their website!
A few pictures…
British officers doing drills.
The Brick Works pond is absolutely beautiful and full of fish!
Artisan bread and baked treats! Yum…
You can buy sweet and savoury crepes made with local and organic ingredients from this stand!
Doesn’t that look delicious? It’s healthy too!
These biking and walking trails are really beautiful. Although it might seem weird, but this farmer’s market is definitely way more fun than it sounds.
Pictures by Winnie and Jess