We thought it would be fun to stay in touch with news about the vendors, seasonal food options and good food happenings in the city. We would love for you to stay in touch as well -- you can always find us on our Facebook and Twitter accounts or email email@example.com
Where Are They Now?
Here are few interesting off-season tidbits about the some of our vendors:
Tony from Wheelbarrow Farm has been busy with the farm but also quite busy performing with his band The Sandy Pockets.
Cross Wind Farm is as busy as ever! Cindy and the gang run a farmgate store from their farm and still get out to many of the yearly farmers' markets. You can find Cross Wind Farm chevre at The Pantry on lower Gerrard St.
Fisherfolk can still be found at the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers' Market and The Stop's Farmers Markets on the weekends. Their Fish Locker , located near O'Connor & south of Eglinton is open Thursdays 4-8 p.m. and Fridays 10-6 p.m.
Tiffinday can also be found at the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers' Market. Seema's famous curry jars can also be found locally at The Wholesome Market, Hooked, Fresh from the Farm and The Meat Department.
Green Zebra Kitchen can be found year-round -- right on your doorstep! Green Zebra Kitchen's main business is good food delivery. Click here to check out their healthy, organic weekly menus.
Chris from CedarHedge Farm is always posting updates on his Facebook Page. It's great to witness what is happening on his farm. Last we heard he was busy making salsa, ordering seeds, and planning for his CSA (see the brochure posted on the left). He has already offered up a "Canning Club" Special for next years market. Canning Club members get a notification when Chris has "overstock" product and will deliver it to them on market day! Just drop him an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let him know you are interested.
We tend to embrace the concept of "reasonable-seasonal": appreciating the seasonality of food and making choices that reflect this appreciation –– but within reason. Here are a few tips:
- Now's the time to start eating those preserves and frozen produce that you put up during the summer/fall. If you are not a canner, there are plenty of small-batch producers that make amazing preserves including Manning Canning, Alchemy Pickle Co and Bumper Crop. These guys use local seasonal produce in all their products!
- Embrace those hearty, healthy grains and beans.
- Limit "produce-treats" such as strawberries and raspberries that have travelled far. If they are a must –– try buying frozen from Ontario.
- There is still time to stock up on some Ontario cellar vegetables such as rutabaga, squash and potatoes. Make some soups or roast and freeze.
- Sprouts have amazing nutrients and can easily be grown at home.
- Teach your children about seasonal, local food so that when strawberries are eaten out-of-season they truly appreciate the impact and celebrate the arrival of local strawberries when they come! A great activity is to have them make an illustration of a strawberries "trip" to our local grocery stores from California. They will be surprised that many strawberry's travel further than we do on a family vacation!
Notes From a Dietician
Cool fall days got you down?
Want to stay supercharged through winter? Focus on adequate hydration from water with lemon, herbal teas and beverages rich in vitamin D. Keep your immune system strong by including probiotics, and foods with vitamin E, selenium, and vitamin C. Finally, include a daily dose of healthy omega-3 fats, which may help to improve mood. For more nutrition information, contact Katie Hortobagyi, Registered Dietitian at Upper Beach Health and Wellness at (416) 627-5006.
Our Favourite Seasonal Cookbooks
Check out these favourites recommended by some of our favourites...Lisa Kates, The Food Gypsy/Building Roots; Christine Manning, Manning Canning; Katie Hortobagyi, Registered Dietician with Upper Beach Health and Wellness; and Joanna Sable, Chef and Consultant. A little bit of warmth, spice and seasonality!
Psst: Most of these books are available through the Toronto Public Library! The ** indicates TPL availability.
Thank You to Our Market Buck Sponsors
Amy Polson - Royal LePage Real Estate
Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association
Upper Beach Health and Wellness