The Trinity Bellwoods Farmers' Market
The Trinity Bellwoods Farmers' Market features approximately 20 vendors dotting the northwest corner of the park at Dundas and Shaw. A variety of farmers and artisans offer farm-fresh produce, cheese, meat and fish, as well as prepared food and baked goods. The seasonal market runs from mid-May to the end of October and is held every Tuesday, rain or shine, from 3pm to 7pm.
With a mandate to support and promote local, sustainable agriculture, market organizers host likeminded community groups throughout the season. Look for SolarShare, a non-profit co-op that allows Ontarians to invest in community-based solar energy installations across the province, and Environmental Defence in upcoming weeks.
Here's a look at the vendors you'll find at the Trinity Bellwoods Farmers' Market.
Ali's Fish Shack
Ali serves up Caribbean cuisine by way of fish and veggie rotis, sandwiches and fritters. In support of local farmers, each dish is crafted with seasonal, local and organic ingredients. The hemp roti is the fastest seller this season.
Backyard Urban Farm Company
If you're looking to grow your own, this Toronto-based, family-run business designs and installs organic vegetable gardens for homes, schools and corporate spaces.
Bona Fide Bean Coffee
Based in Toronto, Bona Fide Bean Coffee offers organic, fair-trade whole beans that are roasted locally. Thirsty market-goers will want to look for their freshly-brewed iced espresso.
Erin Wood Farms
Specializing in non GMO fresh picked corn on the cob. Erin Woods has been growing corn since the young age of seven and her St. Pauls farm adheres to sustainable practices and fair trade.
This booth offers a variety of artisanal crackers, flats, sticks and cookies handmade from heritage grains such as Red Fife, spelt, rye and buckwheat. Sampling is available and encouraged.
Feast of Fields
These St. Catherines farmers offer seasonal certified organic and biodynamic fruit including raspberries, blackberries, plums, peaches and grapes. Select jams made from the farm's fruit are also available. Be prepared to line up at this popular booth.
Forbes Wild Foods Inc.
This vendor offers jellies, compotes and pickles made from unique wild foods harvested from remote areas across Canada. They also carry dried wild mushrooms, maple syrup and honey.
Freskiw Farms Kawartha
This booth features wild blueberries from July to August.
Harmony Oasis Farm
The Brampton-based farm uses sustainable growing methods to produce a variety of market vegetables.
The bakers behind this busy booth offer a variety of savory and sweet goods including ginger snaps, loaf cakes, grain breads, empanadas and pretty galettes. A number of vegan options are available. Raspberry lemonade and empanadas sell quickly.
Lovell Springs Trout Farm
This small booth features Ocean Wise certified spring-fed farmed trout both whole and filleted to order.
Monforte Dairy Co.
Owner Ruth Klahsen, a veteran chef based in Stratford, produces artisanal cheese including fresh and aged goat and sheep varsities. Samples are available.
Monckton Organic Farms & Bakery
Committed to local food concepts, Tara and Steve Monckton grow and mill their own grains before turning out baked creations such as artisan whole wheat or spelt loaves. Other goods include bagels, pasta and flour.
Prairie Boy Farms
A farming venture based in Owen Sound, Prairie Boy believes in the art of eating well. They produce a variety of market vegetables including fresh greens and garlic.
Saucier Foods Inc.
Based in Scarborough, chief chef Rogers Wils bakes up handmade quiches as well as other sweet and savory pastries.
St. Johns Bakery
A social enterprise operated by St. John's The Compassionate Mission on Broadview, the proprietors offer handmade breads crafted in the traditional French method using organic ingredients. Sourdough varieties available include cassoni, baguette, Red Fife and angelius. Most breads are vegan, and some cookies and other baked sweets are also offered.
Stasis Preserves crafts jams, chutneys and pickles using only seasonal ingredients produced by local farmers. Preserve flavours change frequently based on what is fresh and in season and shoppers are encouraged to sample. The onion chutney and strawberry rhubarb jam are current best sellers. They also have a retail location on Roncesvalles.
Thorpes Organic Produce
The Millgrove based farmers bring vegetables and herbs to the market as well as seasonal fruit such as strawberries and raspberries.
Trillium Farms uses organic methods to produce an array of market vegetables and fruit. Shoppers may also find farm fresh preserves at the booth.
Twin Creeks Organic Farm
This family farm is based in Owen Sound and offers market vegetables, including mounds of fresh greens, as well as grass-fed beef and pastured pork. The farmers use organic and sustainable growing methods, and both the farm and its produce are Certified Naturally Grown.
Growing vegetables since 1981, Woolerdale is located in Frankford and aims to supply families with affordable organic options. Their certified organic produce currently includes raspberries, colourful mixed beans and an assortment of salad-friendly ingredients.
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Writing by Cheryl Kozoriz. Photos by Morris Lum.