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July Highlights at the Farmers Market

July brings sweet fruit and sweeter celebrations to the Saturday Farmers Market!

Fruits galore! July is the month to satisfy your sweet tooth with the abundance of fruits in season – nature’s finest desserts!

July is definitely a month for celebration. In addition to all the fun Canada Day celebrations across Toronto and at Evergreen Brick Works, we will also be celebrating the Farmers Market's 10-Year Anniversary on July 15th. Don’t forget to stop by our many activations on site on the big day! A children’s cookout and our chalk art festival are just a sneak peek at all the fun you’ll have on site.

July 1st | Canada Day Celebration

It’s time to get prepared for your long weekend parties with some tasty groceries. Before you head off to watch some stellar fireworks for Canada Day, stop by the Saturday Farmers Market for snacks and goodies to munch on during the big show! Bonus points if you can find something red – perhaps some cherries, raspberries, or strawberries?

If you’re feeling thirsty after all that shopping, head on over to Lester P. Beerson Day by Brewer's Backyard in the CRH Gallery & Koerner Gardens! But don't forget to stop by the Local Food Court and grab a bite to eat first – you don’t want to drink on an empty stomach.

For Canada Day we want to celebrate our natural heritage and rediscover the staples that are native to this land. In addition to being nutrient-rich, they serve as a reminder that Canada’s history stretches much further back than when “Canada” existed.

Let us remember the intangible cultural heritage of food and food staples during this time of celebration, made possible today through a rich traditional Indigenous knowledge base.

Vendor Spotlight    

Photo courtesy of McCutcheon’s Maple Syrup

Music at the Market!

Our market is blessed to have a robust community of buskers join us weekly, enhancing the market experience. We truly appreciate your contributions as our musicians fill the Pavilions with their melodies!

Performing this week is Michael Kaler and Rachel Sheinin, who will be playing klezmer and Cajun music!

July 8th | Cherries

We'll continue with the celebrations in red with some delicious cherries this week. Did you know this fruit originates from Asia, but are grown all around the world?

You can get certified organic cherries from Feast of Fields or try something a bit different from Bizjak Farms, who grow and sell tree-ripened sweet white cherries. These are also called Rainier Cherries and are known for the delicate and sweet flavour. This variety was named after Mount Rainier and hails from Washington. The original tree still produces fruits to this day!

If you plan on storing your cherries for later, pop them in the refrigerator for the best results, but don’t forget to pick out any that are crushed. Cherries that are crushed will release juice which can spoil the fruit around them.    

Music at the Market!

Our market is blessed to have a robust community of buskers join us weekly, enhancing the market experience. We truly appreciate their contributions as our musicians fill the Pavilions with their melodies!

Performing this week is Suzanne Jarvie & Co!

July 15th | 10-Year Anniversary Celebration!

The fun continues all through July so keep your party hats on for our big 10-Year Anniversary Celebration!

It’s amazing how far we have grown as a farmers market, from a modest collection of 25 farmers, producers and food artisans, to today’s list of 90! In the blink of an eye, we have hit our 10-year anniversary and we are so excited to invite you to come celebrate this milestone with us.

On July 15, we want to take a moment to look back, acknowledge and celebrate those that contributed to this success and look forward at what we hope to accomplish over the next 10 years.

Our community has played a huge role in this success and you are a big part of this celebration. You spoke and we listened. Thanks to all of your amazing suggestions, we will be hosting a bevy of fun activities here on site. We can’t wait to see you here!


July 15 Special Activities

Children’s Cookout

It’s Bannock time! We’ll be making delicious and nutritious red fife bannock with apples and peaches with the Children’s Garden team.
Where: Mud Creek Terrace (Near the Pavilions)
When: 8:30am – 1pm

Chalk Art Mural

Grab some chalk and join us for a celebratory mural! Drop-in and doodle to help create a lasting piece of art. How do you want to leave your mark?
Where: Mud Creek Terrace & Tiffany Commons
When: 8:30am – 1pm

Photo Booth

Bring by your purchases and pose with your produce! Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @Evergreen_Brick_Works when you post!
Where: Welcome Cart in the Pavilions
When: 8:30am – 1pm

Ugliest Vegetable Competition

All veggies deserve some love! As a reminder that looks don’t denote taste, we’ll be making some munchies with the entries.
Where: Welcome Cart in the Pavilions
When: 10am – 1pm (Judging occurs at 1:00 pm)

Chef Demonstration with Brad Long of Café Belong

By using ingredients sourced at the Saturday Farmer’s Market, we will celebrate that diversity that seasonality offers and show you that amazing, restaurant-quality meals are easily attainable when you’ve got great producers.
Where: Local Food Court
When: 11am

Birthday Badge Station

You get to take home the buttons you make and wear them with pride!
Where: Welcome Cart
When: 8:30am – 1pm

Music at the Market!

Our market is blessed to have a robust community of buskers join us weekly, enhancing the market experience. We truly appreciate your contributions as our musicians fill the Pavilions with their melodies! 

Performing this week is Ethan Logie.

July 22nd | Apricots

Did you know that apricots are part of the rose family and originated from Northern China? Apricots are only in season in July and August, so grab them while you can! Your best bet are ones that are firm and uniform in colour.

Storage tip: Keep them at room temperature until they are ripe. If you don’t have a chance to eat them once they have ripened, store them in a plastic bag and put them in the fridge for no more than 5 days.

Community Eco-Warriors: BoomeringBagTO

Stop by on July 22 and participate in the Boomerang Bag movement! Help us make the Saturday Farmers Market waste-free and borrow a reusable shopping bag for market day!

The folks at BoomerangBagTO are making the rounds at all the amazing Toronto markets and we are so thankful to have them join our community.

Have a chat with this great grassroots organization while you’re here and see how you can help champion their cause. We’re told that gently used linens and bedsheet donations are gladly taken, so come reduce and reuse at the Brick Works! 

Music at the Market!

Our market is blessed to have a robust community of buskers join us weekly, enhancing the market experience. We truly appreciate your contributions as our musicians fill the Pavilions with their melodies!

Performing this week are Jen Schaeffer and The Shiners!

July 29th | Peaches

Luscious and juicy, peaches are a feast for your mouth! There are two types of peaches, which are named for how the flesh is attached to the stone in the middle.

If you like to eat peaches straight out of your hand, go for a freestone peach, as the flesh of the peach will separate very easily from the the stone. Clingstone peaches are much harder to separate from the stone, hence the “cling.”  

Storage tip: Unripe peaches should be placed in a paper bag for a day or two out of direct sunlight. Ripe peaches should be enjoyed right away or stored in the crisper of your fridge (but really, who can wait that long?)

Once you've stocked up on peaches, don't forget to come back on Sunday for our summer Etsy Market! Spend your Sunday discovering unique handmade goods and connecting with the local artisans who make and sell them. Our Etsy Markets are a visitor favourite, and we’ll have over 20 artisans on site!


Recipe: Peach & Basil Flatbread

Photo by Denise Wright

Try this recipe adapted from Denise Wright of My Life Cookbook for an easy meal that’s off the beaten path. What's even better: you can get all the ingredients from the Saturday Farmers Market too.

If you’re feeling up to the challenge, drop by the guys from Red Fife by Rowe for freshly milled red fife flour to make the flatbread base.  

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 large naan breads
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon crushed garlic
  • ½ peach, thinly sliced
  • Water Buffalo Fresco, thinly sliced
  • 10-15 basil leaves, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix oil and garlic in a small bowl.
  3. Brush the oil mixture over naan bread.
  4. Place the naan bread on a sprayed cookie sheet.
  5. Evenly distribute wedges of Water Buffalo Fresco over naan bread.
  6. Place sliced peaches on top of mozzarella.
  7. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top of naan breads.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes or until the cheese is brown and bubbly.
  9. Sprinkle basil leaves on top.

Music at the Market!

Our market is blessed to have a robust community of buskers join us weekly, enhancing the market experience. We truly appreciate your contributions as our musicians fill the Pavilions with their melodies!

Performing this week is Adam Morris!

To see all activities happening at Evergreen Brick Works this month, visit the What's On page.