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The East Lynn Farmers' Market

Posted by Guest Contributor / August 19, 2012

east lynn farmers market torontoThe bustling East Lynn Park Farmer's Market draws a crowd of local residents on Thursday afternoons. Kids with painted faces and armfuls of fresh veggies follow their parents along the 10 or so booths belonging to area farmers. Live musicians entertain, shoppers relax in the grass, and the Kids' Corner usually offers activities such as storytelling or sing-a-longs. The market runs from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., from June until the end of October.

Here are some of the vendors that make up the East Lynn Park Farmer's Market.

east lynn farmers market torontoLoffredo Fruit Farms
Matteo and Angela Russo bring tree-ripened peaches, $8 each, and other fruit from their farm in St. Catharines. But these two offer more than the products from their orchards: "I'm known as the pie and the peach lady," says Angela. Her homemade fruit pies sell for $10 each.

east lynn farmers market torontoGodelie Family Farm
This family farm in Otterville grows an assortment of fruits and vegetables, including standards for a hearty meal: sweet corn, potatoes and beans. Shoppers can also find strawberries and 75 cent zucchini.

east lynn farmers market torontoBosco Farms
These Waterford-based farmers sell a colourful variety of produce that ranges from cantaloupe to onions and carrots. They also sell harder-to-find produce such as zucchini flowers.

east lynn farmers market torontoSun-Ray Orchards
Peaches were all the rage as these fruit farmers from Beamsville sold their first batch of the season in late July, along with strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. They also bake homemade pastries that come in creative combinations like chocolate-raspberry muffins and peach-blueberry pie.

east lynn farmers market torontoCookstown Greens
This Thornton vegetable farmer offers produce that goes beyond standard grocery-store fare. Items include garlic scapes--the curly tops of garlic plants that can be used in salads--and yellow patty pan squash.

east lynn farmers market torontoBees Universe
Bee products including pollen granules and, of course, honey, are available from this Innisfil farmer. Bees Universe also sells free-range chicken eggs and quail eggs (a known delicacy) each at $6 a case.

east lynn farmers market torontoDanbrie Farms
Owned by Jim Thoman, this Milton-based farm sells pure maple syrup at $7 for 250mL, as well as maple jelly and maple sugar. Thoman also sells meat products under the name Farmer Jim's Beef.

east lynn farmers market torontoPrimeridge Pure
This specialized vendor from Markdale sells artisanal cheese and various flavours of cream cheese, including hot chilli pepper and their most popular, the aromatic herb blend, which costs $7.

east lynn farmers market torontoLazy Daisy's Café
Lazy Daisy's Café brings its local, all natural food from Gerrard St. East to East Lynn Park. The café offers a selection of its cookies, tarts, and packaged salads among other treats, all based on the season's harvest.

east lynn farmers market torontoO.K. Farms
O.K. Farms from Waterford runs a colourful booth with yellow and blue plums and plump raspberries among its produce. The year's first pick of apples was on offer near the end of July along with its vegetables, including 13L containers of sweet peas for $10, potatoes, and garlic.

east lynn farmers market torontoBelanger Organic Farm
Along with its meat and produce, this Hillsdale farm sells hearty meat pies at $16 for the large size. These farmers sell lamb and beef that's advertised as organic, and which is raised on feed that the farmers grow themselves. Their produce includes garlic, onions, sweet corn -- and raspberries for dessert.

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Writing by Lindsay Jolivet. Photos by Jesse Milns.



Dizzy / August 19, 2012 at 07:36 am
This is my local market and it's pretty good - I grab some fruit and veg there most every week. Not sure what happened to the people who used to sell bread there though? It was good to be able to pick up a loaf on the way home also, wish they would replace them.
East End Girl / August 19, 2012 at 10:34 am
The market has a great selection of fruit and veggies as well as baked goods, etc. The bread lady was my favourite stall. She even sold this amazing whole wheat pizza dough and delicious waffles. She's no longer there. I must say though it's not a very dog friendly market/park. My small dog gets practically run over by the myriad of strollers and the vendors don't like it when the dog gets too close to their stall. If you don't want my dog, you don't get my business.
Ruth / August 19, 2012 at 11:25 am
Our pet shop is situated across the street from this fabulous market and I have the pleasure of watching them set up every week and shopping there on my way home every Thursday.
We are so lucky to have such a vibrant community and it is reflected not only in this wonderful market but in the growing crop of local shops starting to appear along this stretch of the Danforth. East Lynn Farmers Market is a beautiful part of our growing community and a gathering place for friends and family throughout the summer and fall months as the park is throughout the spring and winter.
Whassup / August 19, 2012 at 02:49 pm
Cutest girl
CaligulaJones replying to a comment from East End Girl / August 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm
Sorry, but this is just dumb. You can pick the thing up, you know, and, yes, people who sell food do have a problem with animals getting near the produce. So do people who actually buy and EAT their food. There is a reason why only service dogs are allowed in restaurants. Not everyone shares your fetish for wanting to share every minute of your day with your mutt.

Jesus some pet owners can be self-centered.

Your business is no loss. Fuck off.
Alix James replying to a comment from East End Girl / August 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm
Please. You take a small dog into a crowd, and somehow it is the park/event's fault that it is not "dog friendly"? What is stopping you from picking it up, tying it up, or, better for everyone who isn't you, leaving it at home? Its a pet, not an accessory.

As for the vendors not being "dog friendly", you do know there is reason why non-service dogs aren't welcome in restaurants and food stores, right? Same reason why you might not be welcome at a market.
Jane Will / September 21, 2012 at 04:45 pm
Hmmm...doesn't sound like the pet owner is the one who is self-centered here. I thought her comments were pretty gentle compared to the nasty responses. I do agree that it's a nice friendly market.
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