My friend Emily S has been raving about the Evergreen Brickworks Farmers’ Market for the year and a half since we met. Emily brings her son Yatel and now new baby Sayen to the Toronto-based market that National Geographic named one of the top 10 geotourism destinations in the world in 2010.
Emily said I would love The EBW and so this morning, I finally dragged my rump out of bed for an 8:45 am pick-up to visit the market with Emily, Yatel, and Sayen. Woah, did I ever have fun.
Evergreen Brickworks is “a community environmental centre that inspires and equips visitors to live, work and play more sustainably.” Aside from the amazing year-round market, EBW has programming designed to help schools, communities, and individuals build green sustainable spaces. In short, Evergreen Brickworks is connecting us with nature and it’s pretty amazing.
Now, back the market. There was maple syrup, bread makers, a rainbow coloured array of vegetables (including Turkish eggplant…new to me), baskets of fruit (blueberries, pears, and peaches seem to be in season), cheese, soaps, lotions, lamb, beef, pork, fish, honey, crepes, muffins, COFFEE!, juices, beet brownies, wine, teas, chocolate, crackers, grains, and much much more.
Going to a Farmers Market naturally helps us learn about what is in season locally. I saw lots of leafy greens, carrots, green onion, onions, peaches, and eggplant. If you’re thrifty, shop around and search for the best vendors. My friend Emily knows exactly where to go for the best deals and has over time, built a relationship with the farmers who giver her a dollar or two off and pack her baskets extra full.
It was cool to see the variety of shoppers who co-exist with the shared goal of trying new food and being part of a greater community of health and environmentally conscious people. I saw about 100 pairs of Hunter boots pushing Uppababy strollers and just as many slightly ripe smelling hippies wearing linen pants.
I thought it was cool to watch kids interact with the food, farmers, and the extraordinary number of extremely cute dogs. Yatel is almost four, but he knows a lot about food and where it comes from. When they get home from the market each week, Emily pulls out all the produce and Yatel tells her what they’ve purchased. Very cool.
I’ll definitely be making EBW’s a Saturday morning destination. Check it out yourself (550 Bayview Avvenue) by foot, bike, car, TTC (28 from Davisville Station), or a Free Shuttle Bus (leaves from Erindale/Broadview just north of Broadview Station). Whichever way you decide to come, just make sure to bring lots of bags and your inner eco-freak.
THE DAILY DL (Dalai Lama)
“Farming is a profession of hope.”
– Brian Brett
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