It’s amazing when you talk to individual vendors at an organic farmers market to discover the diversity of their backgrounds and their products. Of course, it’s no surprise to find fresh, tasty Ontario grown produce from farms like Potager deKanada from Brampton or Boyle Brothers Market Garden in Caistor Centre. But at the TBG Organic Farmers Market on Thursdays you can also find Indian and Mexican spreads and sauces, organic wine and gluten-free baking.
Every Purchase Feeds a Hungry Child
Richa Gupta, for example, owner of Good Food for Good, offers customers a choice of fresh Indian and Mexican sauces and spreads plus a chance to provide a meal for someone less fortunate. Richa, who has an MBA and worked at General Mills for two years before branching out on her own, is on a mission. For every product sold her company donates a meal to help fight world hunger. “We are a social enterprise with simple beliefs: good food & good business,” she says. “We aspire to make good food accessible to everyone, including those who cannot afford it. We also strive to support local farmers, sustainable agriculture and the Ontario economy.” Good Food for Good products are sold at some 30 stores but the TBG farmers market gives people the chance to meet Richa and find out more about her products and views. Visit her website at http://goodfoodforgood.ca for more information and some great recipes using sauces like Butter Chicken, Coconut Curry and Vindaloo and spreads like Mumbai Mint and Oaxaca Arbel. All are gluten free, dairy free and vegan, and contain no additives or preservatives.
If You Eat Organic why Not Drink Organic, Too?
I really didn’t expect to be able to purchase wine at a farmers market but there was Art Reimer of Reimer Vineyards, sitting in a deck chair enjoying the sunshine. Art is one of a group of Ontario vintners taking turns selling their wines at the TBG and other GTA markets. Passionate about his award-winning wines and organic vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Art attends the TBG Organic Farmers Market every three weeks. Find out more including a history of the winery at www.reimervineyards.com
Gluten-Free and Great Tasting
People who are gluten-intolerant or celiac still like to eat great tasting food. Fran Earle, president of Molly B’s gluten Free Kitchen, and her daughter Sherri offer tantalizing baked goods at the TBG Organic Farmers Market every Thursday that are not only gluten-free, wheat-free, sugar-free, egg-free, dairy-free but taste great, too. The daughter and granddaughter of the original Molly attend four markets a week and their products are available in stores and restaurants across Canada. They enjoy answering questions about their products – including the most popular pizzas, pumpernickel bread, brownie bites, lemon tarts and muffins. “We try to educate people about the importance of eating clean,” says Fran. Their mission is to bring the cleanest label to the market, free of additives, preservatives, artificial or ‘natural’ flavourings and colourings and fillers, using organic ingredients whenever possible. Read more at http://www.mollybglutenfree.com/