The aisles are made of grass, the people who stock the shelves are the same people that grow the food, the checkout person can tell you not only what day, but what time the food was picked. The marketing is old-school: word-of-mouth. The shoppers aren't pushing carts, but carrying market baskets, bags and trolleys. Most touchingly, these shoppers stop to chat with one another, stay to sit and eat, and celebrate the bounty of the season.
This week, the height of the season, nearing the end of the summer, in the glory of the harvest sun we celebrate our "Super Market" ~ Fairmount Park Farm Market.
FoodCourtesy Peter Visima
From the farms...
P & V Farms for local vegetables and orchard fresh fruit.
Grassroot Organics for vegetables, greens, herbs and organic chicken, lamb and rabbit.
Wheelbarrow Farm for their lovingly grown organic vegetables and don't forget to try Tony's famous Pulled Pork on a Bun.
Highmark Farm for an outstanding array of produce, farm fresh eggs, and even some pierogie and pot pie.
CrossWind Farm for the goat milk products that have a cult following at the market! Goat milk, cheese, meat and even delectable soaps!
Little Valley Farm for pasture raised Berkshire Pork products. Bacon, steak, chops and more.
Ennis Maple Products to stock up on quality maple syrup all made on site by the Ennis family.
From our local chefs...
Lazy Daisy - Oliffe's famous sausage, served up on a fresh bun with farm-inspired relishes. Also salads such as quinoa and pasta prepared using Fairmount Park Farm Market produce .
Tiffinday - Vegan, organic and made with love. Tiffinday serves up sumptuous South-Asian food to tantalize the palate. Also, pre-order Samosas from Seema by Tuesday at 3:00 for delivery on market day. Samosas are available frozen or by pre-order only. Pre orders: 10 samosas for $15 frozen.
Abokichi - Always a new little treat at the Abokichi booth, serving up creative flavours in Onigiri (rice rolls wrapped in nori). Abokichi sells their famous crunchy chili oil, a perfect condiment for home cooks. Pre-order your Onigiri for a special treat on market day.
Village Kanteen - Bringing the spice of Eritrean cooking to life at the market! Selam uses organic produce and Eritrean inspired cooking and flavours to create lovely dips and sauces that can compliment any meal from pasta to rice to meat. Stop by for dinner and take some of her creations home for the week.
Manning Canning - Two weeks ago, we fell head-over-heals in love with the Tilted Cherries (cherries soaked in brandy). What will this week bring? Stop by to see!
Moo Milk Bar - Back from a one-week hiatus, we can't wait to devour the cookies and milk.
Our local gardening experts Backyard Urban Farm Co. are always on site to help with your seasonal gardening needs. Keep that vegetable garden healthy while it produces the finest of the season in your own backyard! Stop by to chat gardening, pick up some organic fertilizer or compost, and book your personal garden consultation.
BlackBird Baking Company is on vacation for one more week. Back next week August 28th.
A great start to our music line-up for August 21st. Matt and Co., brings us folksy guitar and vocals.
Our neighbour, friend and very talented musician - Kristin joins us at the market again after performing on our opening day in the sweltering heat! Thanks for coming back Kristin. Can't wait to groove to your music.
Their "Canadian Roots and vintage vibe" is a perfect fit for market day shopping and dinner in the park. They had us dancing the first time - can't wait to hear them again!
This week at the market, Sarah Wooldridge will lead a "flag making" activity. Flags will be created out of up-cycled materials. We will string the flags and use them to decorate the market. Encourage your child to leave a memento of their work at the market!
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Market TidbitsCourtesy Peter Visima
Congratulations to all of our "raffle" winners!
We took a unique spin on the raffle which took some market goers by surprise; the tickets were free! With each purchase from a vendor a free enter in the draw was given. Thanks to those who shopped, and those who stopped by the market booth to enter the raffle. We are so very pleased to have been able to treat you to a little prize opportunity in thanks for your support.
And of course, we are extremely thankful for the wonderful raffle donations!
KitchenAid Canada - Slow Cooker
Upper Beaches Health and Wellness - Naturopathic, Chiropractic AND Physiotherapy consultation packages.
Genuine Health - Gift basket worth $200.00!
Healthy Juicer - Donated by the D'Cuhna family
DIY Cheese Making Kit - Donated by the Peabody Family
Ace your Health Book - Donated by the author, Theresa Albert
Don't forget that our book exchange continues weekly. A great opportunity to extend your summer reading while doing your weekly shop! Bring a book/take a book or books can be purchased.
Peter Visima thanks for your dedicated and inspiring photography! It's like a memory box delivered after every market!