Farmers’ market test run at Fairmount

Residents near Gerrard and Woodbine will have the chance to experience what a farmers’ market in their neighbourhood would be like, thanks to the efforts of a self-professed foodie and lover of farms and farmers.

Kim Antonius has organized a one-day farmers’ market at Fairmount Park, beside Bowmore Road School, for tomorrow, Wednesday, May 29, from 3 to 7 p.m. The purpose is “to test the waters and see how things go,” she said.

“I felt it would be a wonderful way to animate the park and bring the community together around food,” said Antonius.

There are a number of farmers booked for the event, as well as a couple of prepared food sellers, children’s activities including cooking and gardening stations, live music, free mulch from the Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association’s Tree Team, entertainment from Centre of Gravity and new entrepreneurs from the Thorncliffe Women’s Committee.

Close to 200 people have confirmed their attendance on Facebook, a good amount of the 300 Antonius is hoping for. With enough positive feedback, she said a permit for a weekly market could be in the works, though the process takes up to six weeks. Some vendors and farmers have already expressed interest in a potential weekly market at Fairmount Park, she said.

So far reaction from the surrounding community has been encouraging.

“We’re getting a lot of positive feedback from the neighbours facing the park,” said Antonius.

Anyone interested in supporting a weekly farmers’ market at Fairmount Park should head to the park, on Gerrard Street East between Coxwell and Woodbine, on May 29 between 3 and 7 p.m. Bring reusable bags for produce, walk or bike if possible, and if planning to eat on site, reusable cutlery and dishes are encouraged.

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Attended the market – it was fantastic. Want to highly recommend that this become an ongoing event in the community!!!!!!!!

I live close to the park and I make regular use of Farmer’s Markets, though by necessity these are located in surrounding areas. This location would be ideal and on my weekly shopping list of things-to-do/place-to-go.

Joan P.

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