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Riverdale Farmers' Market in Cabbagetown

Posted by Guest Contributor / August 23, 2012

riverdale farmers market torontoThe defining characteristic of Riverdale Farmers' Market is that you hear it before you see it. There are children playing and laughing, dog-owners chatting, and friends catching up on the grass. Being new to Toronto, I've explored a number of markets this summer, but Riverdale Farmers Market has a community presence that makes it stand out from all the others.

In addition to a great selection of organic, local vendors, Riverdale Park is home to a fantastic splash pad and, of course, Riverdale Farm - a functioning farm within the city.

riverdale farmers market torontoThe Farmers' Market, now in its 12th season this year, is located adjacent to the farm, and the experience of shopping at a Farmer's Market next to a farm is one worth having if you care at all about the origins of our food and food culture. In fact, last year Artists Innovators and Visionaries Toronto ran an episode about the farm and the people who make it possible.

Of course, it's not just about knowing who grows your food, bakes your bread, and raises your meat. It has to be tasty, too. Here are some of the key vendors to check out at the Riverdale Farmers' Market.

riverdale farmers market torontoBest Baa Dairy
Through a small group of sheep milk producers known as Ewenity Dairy Co-operative, Best Baa Dairy purchases their milk to be produced into yogurts, cheeses, and ice-cream. The flock at Best Baa Dairy - who seem to really like their puns - are now two generations strong, and continue to offer a great alternative to traditional milk products.

riverdale farmers market torontoExact Edge
A stand-out vendor if only for their type of service, Exact Edge offers knife and tool sharpening. They charge by type and size of blade. As someone who too often lets her knives dull, I'll be back, blades in hand.

riverdale farmers market torontoHaystrom Farm
If you didn't make it to Prince Edward County for a weekend getaway this summer, this is the next best thing. Come here to for fresh, organic produce, or to stock up on jams, chutneys, and sauces to preserve the summer even after the frost has arrived. Especially notable are their tomato and tomatillo salsas, in varying levels of heat.

riverdale farmers market torontoLPK's Culinary Groove
When I strolled by LPK's, I knew I would be back, again and again. The smell of the sweet potato doughnuts tossed in cinnamon sugar was enough to make my knees buckle. LPK's goes above and beyond using "Certified Local Sustainable" ingredients and buying raw goods from other farmers markets to make their delicious treats (which is reflected in their prices.)

riverdale farmers market torontoOrganic Crepe
Come to the Market hungry, visit Pascal Polibout's stand, leave happy. Here you can find Breton-style crepes filled with traditional fillings, such as egg and cheese, as well as seasonal ones. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available.

riverdale farmers market torontoYing Ying Soy Food
Ying Ying is prolific at farmers' markets in Toronto, appearing at most of the ones that I've attended. Here you'll find their deliciously seasoned artisanal tofu (yes, there's such a thing) in a variety of flavours. Using organic and local soybeans, and a 2,000 tofu-making tradition, the result is coagulated with nigari and free of artificial additives.

riverdale farmers market torontoOf course, this list is far from complete. Chocosol, Feast of Fields Farm, Forbes Wild Foods, and other producers have a strong presence both at Riverdale Farmers' Markets and countless others.

Additional photos:riverdale farmers market torontoriverdale farmers market torontoriverdale farmers market torontoriverdale farmers market torontoWriting by Kaitlin Wainwright. Photos by Kyle Burton.

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Cheryl / August 23, 2012 at 08:37 pm
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What day and hours is it running?
Kyle / August 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm
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Tuesdays from 3-7
Anthony / August 25, 2012 at 04:45 pm
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Trillium Farm has truly organic produce, free range chickens and eggs. Really friendly folks and good prices.
Maggie Panter / April 17, 2013 at 05:20 pm
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When are you opening in 2013?
Robin Burgoyne / May 13, 2013 at 02:26 pm
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Are you having any not food vendors in your market this year. I do house histories and I would be interested in being at the Riverdale Market
James Burchell / August 12, 2013 at 03:44 pm
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Hello,

I am interested in purchasing fresh basil by the plant for my wife as she makes home-made tomato sauce. Is there a vendor at your market on Tuesdays?

Please let me know
thanks
Peter Finch / January 15, 2014 at 12:14 pm
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Rolling Hills Organics has been a certified-organic vendor at Riverdale Farmers Market for many years now, selling pre-washed salad green mixes, fresh herbs and vegetables, grass-fed and grass-finished beef.

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