A sure sign of spring is the sprouting of area Farmers’ Markets, and here in the East End we are lucky to have several to visit, covering just about every day of the week. Each of these markets offers fresh farm-grown fruits and vegetables.
The East York Farmers’ Market, on the grounds of the East York Civic Centre at Coxwell Avenue and Mortimer, is open Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pick up lots of Ontario-grown produce at this popular venue.
Tuesday afternoons stop in at the Kawartha Ecological Growers Farmers’ Market at Ceili Cottage, 1301 Queen St. E. This one runs from 3 to 7 p.m. and offers a pick your own box program for $25 and up per week. You may also buy individual items such as fresh produce, syrups, jams, eggs, meats and sausages from Sausage Partners. For more information email email@example.com or call 416-406-1301.
The East Lynn Farmers’ Market opens for its fourth season on Thursday, June 2 from 3 to 7 p.m., but the Grand Opening Celebration will take place June 9. Hosted by the Danforth East Community Association (DECA) and the East Lynn farmers, the event includes a ribbon cutting, area dignitaries, music, kids events, clowns and of course delicious fruits, veggies, meats, flowers and baked goods. For more information visit www.my-market.ca, facebook /MyMarketToronto and /EastLynnFarmersMarket, or twitter @MyMarketToronto
On Fridays, take in the BirchCliff Village Farmers’ Market on the grounds of St. Nicholas Anglican Church, 1512 Kingston Rd. Its mandate is Handmade, Homemade, Earthmade, and here you will find fresh produce, fruit, meats, cheese, fresh baked bread, sweet and savoury baked goods, honey, granola, soups and more. Local artisans sell wares such as jewelry, pottery, art, photography, soaps and candles. There is also a market cafe. The market’s hours are 3 to 7 p.m. beginning June 10. For more information visit marketsbythebluffs.com
The Leslieville Farmers’ Market is set to begin on Sunday, June 5, running weekly from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until the end of October. Located in Jonathan Ashbridge Park, at Queen Street East and Woodward Avenue, this new market will feature approximately 21 vendors selling locally and sustainably sourced produce, baked goods, preserves, meats, cheeses and flowers. The opening day festivities will also include live music (featuring Maracatu Mar Aberto, an Afro-Brazilian percussion and song band), children’s entertainment, educational activities and cooking demonstrations. For more information visit www.leslievillemarket.com or follow them on twitter @lesliemarket.