This week, the market becomes even more beautiful with the help of two very special guests from The Beach Studio Tour: Karen Franzen and Jane Saracino!
Special Guests: The Beach Studio Tour
Karen Franzen makes ceramic work that is colourful and joyous, and strives to add beauty to the rituals of everyday life.
Karen studied ceramics, printmaking, and textile design at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Throughout her studies she worked part time in the colour lab at a silk supply store, mixing vast quantities of 100 intense liquid colours and pouring them into tall bottles. Karen describes herself as an incurable colour junkie and collector of stories, and she rarely travels anywhere without her pink covered ipad/ camera. Jonathan (Karen's son ) has thus named the ipad "the second son".
Karen is a big supporter of many local community revitalization projects in the Coxwell and Gerrard community, including the Fairmount Park Farmers' market, The Friends of Smalls Creek Ravines, and the abundant funky retail establishments that are popping up in the 'hood.
Karen's studio is situated under a canopy of trees (on The Lower Williamson ravine on smalls Creek) which is open year round by appointment.
If you are interested in taking a class or if you'd like to experience Karen Franzen and friends' 14th Annual Holiday Show, Dec 6-8, connect with her via email firstname.lastname@example.org and visit her website www.karenfranzen.com
Karen's most recent group exhibition was entitled " Parallel Journeys". Here she created cake plates with lids that looked edible , paying homage to her paternal grandmother, and her mom who were known for their delicious and beautiful cakes.
Jane Saracino is a Toronto-based handbag and accessories designer with a growing clientele of women who’ve complemented their wardrobe with one of her artfully – and meticulously – designed handbags and wearable art. Highly creative and downright enthusiastic, Toronto based designer Jane Saracino is a quality conscience individual critically aware of each patterned snip and stitch. "I believe that women want a handbag that is not only beautiful but also functional" says Jane. "These days, it goes without saying that eco-friendly fashions are de riguer, but, girl, nobody said they had to be depressing or dowdy. The fashion conscious are increasingly environmentally conscious. We all want to reuse and recycle what we have. Still, that doesn’t mean burlap bags masquerading as fashion accessories are going to do it. I derive so much joy when I’m able to incorporate scraps of materials, found FUN objects and lost little gems with lots of flare into a one-of-a-kind hand bag or adorable shopping tote for a client. It’s about being good to yourself – and good to the planet – with style"!
All handbags are made in Jane’s studio.
Vendors This Week
Best of the Season
Ground Cherries from Cedar Hedge Farm: These "cherries" are related to tomatillos and chinese lanterns. Wrapped in a lovely package with flavours that range from tomato to cherries to pineapple depending on the variety, these little fellows are a fun market find. Visit Chris, early, to be a lucky customer.
The Roaming Kitchen has a great post on preparing Ground Cherries in three ways.
Multi-Colour Carrots from Wheelbarrow Farm
Brightly coloured carrots make that crunch so much more rewarding and how lucky are we to have the freshest of fresh at the market.
Click this link for Roasted Rainbow Carrots 2 Ways.
Bushels of Basil from Highmark!
We don't know about you, but buying 'packed' basil at the grocery store just doesn't cut it. We opt to buy basil by the bushel, make pesto and freeze it to get us through the winter.
Here are 10 Great Ways to Use Up Fresh Basil. Everything from pesto, to infused oils, soups and desserts.
School Grown - Blender Bike Fundraiser!
The students from School Grown will be selling bike-powered watermelon smoothies at the market next week as part of a campaign to fundraise $2500. Jack Johnson and the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation (through All At Once, Jack's social action network) will match all donations made to the program. Let's help this fantastic project meet their goal so they can keep on growing!
Learn more about this campaign. Click here.
Learn how to make your own bicycle blender by watching this food share video.
Taste Buddies Kids Cooking Station
Bradley James is rocking the house this week!
Bradley James is a journey-man musician with a wide palette of musical experience and adventures, ranging from performance, production, composition, and instruction.
Visit Brad's Facebook Page.
PitchFork School Workshops