Fresh Market News – Saturday June 28, 2014


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Fresh Market News

Saturday June 28, 2014 – Withrow Park Farmers’ Market

On behalf of our market volunteers, staff, volunteer market committee and board, I wish all our friends a Happy Canada Day and a happy holiday. Stay safe on the roadways and waterways. See you this Saturday!

John Zeus

Market Manager

What’s New?

Cherries and Strawberries! Feast of Fields returns to the market this season with cherries and lots of strawberries.

Garlic Scapes, Kohlrabi and Squash Blossoms! Fresh from the fields of Cookstown Greens!

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches! Eudora Foods will be serving grilled cheese sandwiches with olive tapenade on bread from St. John’s Bakery.

Farm Fresh Heritage Eggs!  From Murray’s Farm, free-range heritage and rare breed poultry eggs. They are nest run and are different colours and sizes for a visual feast as well as a taste treat.

Ice Pops and Ice Cream Sandwiches! Sweet Sammies will have a special menu item inspired by World Pride Week.

Green Garlic and Garlic Scapes! Healthy Choice Farm will have green garlic, purple green onions, garlic scapes, kale, chard, salad mix, spinach, and more.

Gorgeous Cut Flower Bouquets! This week at BUFCO: chemical-free, homegrown outdoor blossoms! Ensure availability of these beautiful arrangements by signing up for a weekly or biweekly subscription at Medium bouquets / $20.00. Large bouquets / $30.00. Sustainable, compostable, and gorgeous!

New Potatoes, New Beets and Snow Peas! From the fields of Haystrom Farm. They will also have scapes, green onions, a variety of lettuce, strawberries, and more!

Sugar Snap Peas! This week from Fiddlehead Farm. They will also have spring salad mix, and green onions.

Curry: Chickpeas In a Roma Tomato Sauce! Great vegan Indian food at Tiffinday. Served with brown basmati rice at the market, or in take home jars to enjoy at home. There will be plenty of Bhajiya fries and Timpa wheels as well. They may even have Paratha breads!

Strawberry Chocolate Date Squares! From Earth and City. Yum!

Farmers & Vendors

View our complete list of primary 2014 Farmers and Vendors on our Withrow Market Website.

Brian Hamlin, Beekeeper – Brian will be back at Withrow Market on August 9th! A treatment-free beekeeper that takes care to place hives near healthy sustainable eco-systems.

Cookstown Greens – Lots of greens from the fields, kale, chard, spinach, arugula, and more. Cookstown Greens grows the very best vegetables, lettuce and seedlings and has been growing organically since 1988. They are a family run business, and grow certified organic produce for chefs, food shops and farmers markets in and around the Toronto area. They pride themselves on the quality and flavour of their vegetables and greatly appreciate the support of their customers.

Danbrie Farms – Quality Maple Syrup products from their farm to your table.

Fiddlehead Farm – Greens such as kale, spring leeks, green onions, chives, fresh oregano, young swiss chard, and some hearty roots. 

Feast of Fields – Returning to the market with cherries and lots of strawberries!

Field Sparrow Farms – Naturally-raised, pastured meats. Henry and Sarah Bakker believe responsible and innovative farming strategies benefit their customers, producers, the community as a whole, and the health of the earth. They are committed to producing premium meats in an ecologically sustainable way and providing their customers with a local alternative to factory-farmed meat. Are you ready for your Canada Day BBQ?

Haystrom Farm – Jim’s preserves made with his own farm produce. Try his Maple Rhu-BBQ sauce! Earthy and smokey made with local maple syrup. Also, a variety of fresh produce including garlic scapes, green garlic, mixed greens, asparagus and more!

Healthy Choice Farm – They are an organic farm in Brampton. They grow wild green garlic, green onions, kale, spinach, salad mix, arugula, local garlic, and much more!

Murray’s Farm – Nutritious heritage eggs from the farm. Murray raises rare heritage breeds of chickens that lay a variety of pastel-coloured eggs. He will also have heirloom vegetables, fresh from the fields!

BUFCO, The Backyard Urban Farm Company – Seeds and seedlings, and gorgeous, local, outdoor grown, cut flower bouquets.

The Local Café (The Bus Kitchen) – Croissants and a variety of sweet and savoury baked goods, including tarts, and fantastic bean empanadas!

Enjoy their scones for breakfast, and savoury croissants stuffed with kale and seasoned with lemon, olive oil and creme fraiche for lunch.

Tiffinday – Offering their featured entrées. Vegan and gluten free! Mixed curry along with Timpa wheels, Bhajiyas and Chaat salad, and more! Oh you absolutely must try this!

Sweet Sammies – Ontario berry season means lots of fresh fruit ice pops from Sweet Sammies!

Ice cream tubs will be available for customers who ordered them last Saturday. You can purchase any of their ice cream flavours in tubs for pick up at the market.

Eudora Foods – Organic spices, handmade sauces, and marinades, using organic ingredients as well as local produce when in season.

Earth & City – Delicious, local, and seasonal offerings. New menu items based on Ontario’s growing season. Earth and City is an exciting and innovative food company located in Toronto. Their menu is all vegan and mainly raw, organic and gluten-free, and is inspired by what’s in season.

Manning Canning – They will be at Withrow Market next Saturday!

Monforte – A diverse batch of cheeses and other dairy products. What trumps the sheer sensual deliciousness of a well-crafted cheese?

St. John’s Bakery – Freshly baked organic sourdough breads, scones, and cookies!

Guest Vendors

Gaia’s Essentials

Gaia’s Essentials offers all natural skin products that are gentle on your skin, stimulate your senses and are friendly to the planet! Let your natural beauty shine!

Organic Coffee & Iced Maple Coffee

Our market volunteers will be serving fresh, bold, organic, locally-roasted, fair-trade coffee from Coffeecology.  If you bring your own cup, we will give you $0.25 off.

Try our Iced Maple Coffee! We use local maple syrup from Danbrie Farms. Try it with your favourite creamer!

VQA Ontario Wine

We welcome back, CASA-DEA Estates Winery, from Prince Edward County. All of their wines are VQA and 100% County grown on their two estate vineyards.

Withrow Market’s Canadian Tire Money Drive!

Please save your Canadian Tire money. We are collecting Canadian Tire money which will be used to purchase a cooler for our market. Our volunteers will be accepting donations every Saturday.


Every year on July 1st, we celebrate Canada Day. On that date in 1867, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the United Province of Canada (divided into the new provinces of Ontario and Quebec) were united into a single country. This union was a result of the Constitution Act (originally enacted as the British North America Act, 1867) which granted Canada a great deal of independence from England. Over the course of a century, Canada gradually shed its dependence on the United Kingdom. It did not become fully independent until 1982, the same year that Canada Day became an official holiday.

Newsletter Design For Canada Day Issue

A Canada Flag Colour Palette was used to design this weeks newsletter.  For those who are interested (from left to right) the hex codes are:

7F1915  – #7F1915

Poppy Red – #A31E19

Rose Rugs – #C63538

Canada – #E2494C

Fried Garlic – #E6C6BB

Happy World Pride Week Toronto!


Every Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm until October 25th, rain or shine!The market is in the north-east end of Withrow Park, one block south of Danforth, between Logan and Carlaw.


Celebrate Canada Day with us as we make Canada’s favourite animal – the beaver!


Friends on the Danforth

Connecting local businesses with local community.

Meet your neighborhood businesses that give our community a one-of-a-kind personality. Come out and network, build relationships and help create a local cohesiveness.

This Saturday we’re featuring Cruise Holidays, Bernard Thibault Floral Artistry and Global Pet Foods-Toronto.


Meet our volunteer Paul.

“Volunteering with the Withrow Market has been just great! I love being able to assist with diverse tasks and it brings great satisfaction to know I’m making a contribution. Most weeks I come bright and early to assist the vendors in setting up their stalls and later on I help with the coffee station. It is wonderful to volunteer with such a great group of individuals for such a good cause.”

“Meet our volunteers”

photo gallery.

Our Farmers’ Market is mostly run by volunteers. We love meeting new friends and have a number of exciting opportunities for you to help us out! Please consider giving us your time. JOIN US!


Introducing Kelly McNamee, guitar, duo, folk.

We need writers & bloggers!

Withrow Market Blog


July 14: Urban Beekeeping Bicycle Tour | 6:30 – 8:30 PM | FREEBegins: Koffler Gallery, 180 Shaw St.

Ends: Portlands Energy Centre, 470 Unwin Ave.

RSVP: | 647.925.0643 x221

From rooftops to waterfronts, Toronto’s downtown beehives produce delicious honey and link a community of apiarists dedicated to protecting bee colonies and their many outputs – environmental as well as artistic. The tour begins with Penelope Stewart’s beeswax installation Vanitas at the Koffler Gallery, and travels east by bicycle to the Portlands Energy Centre beehives for a demonstration by beekeeper Brian Hamlin and a sampling of local honeys by sunset.

Rain date: Monday, July 21, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Copyright © 2014 Withrow Park Farmers’ Market, All rights reserved. 

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Withrow Park Farmers’ Market

c/o Ralph Thornton Centre
765 Queen St. E.

TorontoOntario M4M 1H3


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