Whether weeding through the vegetable garden, or wading through the vendors at over 35 farmers’ markets throughout the GTA, autumn generally marks the end of a bountiful season. For the first time, the Thursday afternoon Organic Farmers’ Market at the Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) will be among a handful of farmers’ markets to remain open throughout the winter, especially in the city’s east end.
The TBG Market runs every summer on Thursday afternoons from 3 to 7 p.m. Due to popular demand, starting on October 17, vendors’ wares and festivities will move indoors for the winter with new market hours, from 2 to 6 p.m. “Over 1000 signatures were collected at the summer market to show support for an all-year organic farmers’ market,” says Shelly Candel, founder of the TBG Market. “The farmers, vendors and community are very excited that TBG is eager to support us – the market has grown beyond being “fair-weather” friends!”
Over the past three years, the TBG Organic Farmers’ Market has been a popular weekly summer gathering for organic food artisans and connoisseurs, alongside café tables and live music in the peaceful botanical garden setting. Fresh offerings typically include a large variety of lettuce greens from Trillium Organic Farm, while The Bee Shop has a flowery array of flavourful honey. Artisanal cheeses, Indian-inspired organic and natural eatables, and vegetarian, vegan and raw fare, using local, seasonal vegetables and fruits, as well as ethically raised beef and poultry, draw the local community to the TBG Market regularly.
Says TBG Executive Director, Harry Jongerden, “Botanical gardens are the natural venues for organic produce and products. All food comes from plants, and our mandate is to demonstrate the importance of plants to all life on earth. We’re very pleased to bring people and plants together in the welcoming atmosphere of an organic farmers’ market.”
There is plenty of free parking onsite at the corner of Leslie and Lawrence. The Organic Farmers’ Market provides an excellent opportunity not only to shop for the healthiest produce and products, but also to meet and speak to the farmers who have made a commitment to organic practices.