I don’t know what to be more excited about – the fact that the MuchMusic Video Awards happened last weekend, so I no longer have to step over hoards of teenage girls who have been camped out for DAYS (weeks?!) hoping to catch a glimpse of Justin Bieber (I’m not joking – see accompanying photo – the tents stretched down 3 city blocks!), or the official start of summer this week….since the Biebs is written about every time he (or his girlfriend Selena) sneezes, I think I’ll dedicated a little blogging time to the latter – and specifically, the Farmer’s Markets that begin to pop up all over town this time of year…
For a full listing, go to http://www.greenbeltfresh.ca/farmers-market-list – but here are a few favourites:
- The one at City Hall (Nathan Phillips Square) runs every Wednesday through October 24, 2012 [excluding June 27 and September 26]. Enjoy noon-hour concerts while you browse from July 11 to August 29,
- Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. (at St. Clair Ave. W.) is open every Saturday from 8 am to 12 pm and includes some great read-to-eat foods
- Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave) is one of the latest entry to the Farmers’ Market fray-very cool location. Also Saturdays, 8am-1pm
- One of the city’s newest local-food markets opened in an unusual venue—the ING Direct bank at 221 Yonge St. The market runs every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Another great spot is on Gould Street, part of Ryerson University. Their market runs Tuesdays from 3-7pm, and has special themes and entertainment, which can be found at http://www.ryerson.ca/news/events/General_Public/20120605_market.html
And let’s not forget that, although it is not seasonal (open year round), the best of the best is still downtown’s St. Lawrence Market, named by National Geographic as one of the top 10 markets in the WORLD. www.stlawrencemarket.com for hours (much more accessible/predictable than the others listed above)
And since we’re talking fruits and veggies, thought this would be an appropriate time to give a plug to the Toronto Vegetarian Association…if you prefer your legumes cooked for you, visit their website for a comprehensive list of the best vegetarian food in the GTA… http://veg.ca/directory/list/restaurants
Here’s to a healthy summer!
PS. On a totally un-related note – except that it’s my duty as Mr. Toronto to keep you up to date on what’s happening in the City – just attended the media launch of a cool festival coming up in a couple of weeks http://www.musicafrica.org/ Afrofest, a free celebration of the richness and diversity of African culture, is set for Woodbine Park in Toronto on Saturday July 7th and Sunday July 8th. Featuring world-renowned African musicians and top African groups based in Canada, an African marketplace, food and craft vendors, artistic displays, music workshops, and organized activities for youth and children. Afrofest is THE cultural event of the summer.