Along with the asparagus, rhubarb and lettuce crops that herald the arrival of spring, farmers’ markets, too, are sprouting up across the city.
Farm-fresh and organic fruits and vegetables, honey, bread, cheese, maple syrup and even wine and beer are just some of the items available at local parks during the spring, summer and right into fall. Many also include live music, theme days, and freshly-prepared dinners.
The community-run Fairmount Park Farm Market set up shop in 2013, providing sustainably-produced and organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, medicinal plants, edible flowers and more. Many vendors offer tips to home gardeners about farming, urban gardening and nutrition. Fairmount Park, 1725 Gerrard St. E. Wednesdays 3-7 p.m. June 3 to Oct. 21.
The East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market was founded in 2007 by the Danforth East Community Association. In addition to fresh produce, this volunteer-supported venue offers children’s activities such as face painting and crafts, live concerts and movie nights. East Lynn Park, Danforth Avenue at East Lynn Avenue Thursdays 3-7 p.m. June 4 to Oct. 15.
The Leslieville Farmers’ Market is beginning its fifth season selling local and seasonal produce. Some of the treats available now include fiddleheads, sprouts, and kale, while preserves, cheeses, and tofu are a sampling of products offered year-round. Jonathan Ashbridge Park, Queen Street East at Woodward Avenue Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 to Nov. 1.
The East York Farmers’ Market has been in business since 1999, offering fruits and veggies, honey, preserves, smoked meats, fresh baking, homemade soaps and more. Visitors can enjoy a barbecue lunch while they shop. East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave. Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.