May, and our thoughts turn to fresh produce and the farmer’s who bring their goods into Etobicoke so that we can enjoy the fresh flavours of Ontario’s local foods.
The Farmer’s Markets will soon be bustling with activity after a long, cold winter. Here are just 4 of the local Farmer’s Markets you might like to take in.
Market Days at Montgomery Inn (Dundas and Islington)
This is the perfect place for a Farmer’s Market. Not only is this inn an historical landmark, it was once part of a 400-acre Farm. You’ll love the fresh fruits and vegetables, and don’t forget to try the baked goods and preserves that are available.
If you didn’t know, this market is open all year round – every Wednesday from 2-6 p.m. In Winter it is inside the inn and during the spring, summer and early fall, you will find it in the outdoor area.
Civic Centre Farmer’s Market (Burnhamthorpe and The West Mall)
This is a great place to pick up all your fruit and vegetable needs for the week not to mention various local cheeses, meats, yummy bakery items. You can even find beautiful flowers and herbs that will enhance your dining enjoyment. The Civic Centre Farmer’s Market will open in early June and run through to late October from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sherway Farmers’ Market (has moved to 1735 The Queensway)
For more than 20 years, Etobicoke residents were used to purchasing all their fresh, seasonal, local produce and locally made food products, rain or shine, from Sherway Farmers’ Market at Sherway Gardens
Over time, some things change, but it’s only the location. You will now find this much-loved Market at The Church on the Queensway right across the street from IKEA. It is easier to get in and out of the parking lot, there is ample parking and on-site washrooms for their clients’ comfort.
Were you aware that Sherway Farmers’ Market and its vendors support Haven on the Queensway to help fight poverty and hunger by donating to its food bank. Why not give this market a visit.
Stonegate Farmers’ Market (194 Park Lawn Road)
Just above The Queensway at St. James Anglican Church is where you’ll find this Farmers’ Market. You’ll love the special events that feature local talent from June to October. It has a vibrant atmosphere where you’ll be able to shop for local and organic produce, honey, bakery items, meats and lots more. And, local community groups host a BBQ each week so take time to come by, buy all you need and enjoy a meal!
June can’t come soon enough for me — I am looking forward to getting to enjoy all the “fruits of the Farmers’ labour all summer long.