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June Highlights at the Farmers Market

It’s time to get those party hats on!

Top image caption: Image credit Mike Derblich

Published on May 31, 2017

June is truly a month of celebration for us at the Saturday Farmers Market! We’re celebrating Bike Month, Local Food Week, Father’s Day, AND National Aboriginal Day. Needless to say, it’s going to a month jam-packed with lots of fun activities for everyone!

Every weekend this month, the Wild Foragers Society will be leading Indigenous Plants/Indigenous Histories, using the First Story Toronto app for guided tours through the Don Valley River.

Summer is truly here, and we can’t wait to celebrate it with you!

June Schedule

June 3 | Local Food Week Celebration!

The first week of June is Local Food Week, and what better place to celebrate such an amazing event than at the Farmers Market? Part of Ontario’s Local Food Act, 2013, this initiative is meant to drive local food availability within the province to new heights, improve food literacy and celebrate the good things grown in Ontario.

Not quite sure where to start incorporating local food in your life? Follow these 17 Food Actions to get you started!

Food Actions

  1. Plan your weekly shopping at the farmers market before your regular trip to the grocery store.
  2. Use local, organic, sustainably grown and seasonal ingredients as a starting point for your weekly menus.
  3. Cook from scratch with no processed foods.
  4. Read all food labels.
  5. NO air-freighted food, which will drastically reduce food miles.
  6. NO fish from endangered species.
  7. Eat more vegetables and fruit.
  8. Eat less meat. Only eat animals that have been raised as close as to their natural environment as possible, with no chemicals or drugs.
  9. During summer cook simply and minimally, so the essential nature of the food remains and fewer nutrients are lost.
  10. Take responsibility for everything that comes in and out of your home and business; cut down on waste and dispose of it respectfully.
  11. Buy Fair Trade whenever possible.
  12. Experiment and use recipes as a trigger for new dinner ideas
  13. No lemons? Just use vinegar! Don’t get stuck if you are missing one ingredient–either remove it or change it to something that feels and tastes similar.
  14. Make your own compost using kitchen scraps.
  15. Grow your own herbs and vegetables.
  16. Tread lightly.
  17. Take care of pollinators, especially bees!
“We don't have to engage in grand heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can change the world.”

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 the talented Mangosteen Handbook!

Indigenous Plants/Indigenous Stories

Event: Wild Greens

Discover some of the tasty leaves and young shoots found throughout our wild city. Participants will look at both native and introduced plants that can be thrown into salads, sautéed with onions or whipped up into a pesto, This walk will focus on key ID characteristics and hazards to watch out for. We hope you’ll join in us in our outdoor frolic through the ravine!

Where: Meet at the Weekend Shuttle Stop
When: Saturday June 3, 10am–12pm or Sunday June 4, 1–3pm
Suggested Donation: $15 (pay-what-you-can), Register Here

June 10 | Ontario Berry season begins!

Something sweet this way comes: berries are finally back in season! This week we’re excited to welcome strawberries to the market.

This succulent berry is finally in season, so get your hands on a basket (or 4) between June and July. Make sure that they are plump, firm, and deep-coloured. Avoid strawberries that are soft or have signs of mold.

If you plan on storing them in the fridge, rinse them with apple cider vinegar. This helps kill some of the wild yeast on the surface (preventing them from going soft) without altering the taste of the strawberries.

You can pick them up from these vendors:

Recipe: Strawberry Gelato

Serves 4
Ingredients:

  • 3 cups pureed strawberries
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped lemon zest

Directions:

  1. Heat sugar and water until sugar dissolves.
  2. Cool sugar solution.
  3. Combine pureed strawberries with lemon zest and lemon juice with the cooled sugar solution.
  4. Freeze until firm.

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 the talented Steve Gleason!

Indigenous Plants/Indigenous Stories

Event: Flora Frolic!

Discover uses of flowers beyond just admiring their beauty! Participants will identify wildflowers and shrubs, and discuss how to recognize individual flower parts and when to harvest them. These tours will also touch on creating flower teas and syrups. We hope you can go home with a bouquet of knowledge!

Where: Meet at the Weekend Shuttle Stop
When: Saturday June 10, 10am – 12pm and Sunday June 11, 1pm–3pm
Suggested Donation: $15 (pay-what-you-can), Register Here

June 17 & 18 | Bikes and Dad Celebration!

How do Bike Month and Father’s Day intersect? Look no further than the amazing Michael Sacco of Chocosol:

When I was in Mexico working with Ivan Illich and Gustavo Esteva in 2002-2006 on appropriate technology, Illich was quoted as saying that "when the revolution comes, it will come on a bicycle."

This is because a bicycle is a scale and ecology of tool that all humans can possess and that empowers their dignity and autonomy without being too energy or resource intensive.  

At the time I was working on solar technology to roast cacao, and hence a pedal powered solar roasted chocolate emerged... that was the birth of ChocoSol.

Currently we use pedal power for many of our deliveries, for bicycle blending our hot and cold drinks at our events and for transporting our mobile market ready trailers to farmers markets and events in the city. 

For us pedal power is about more than propulsion.  Pedal power for chocosolistas is about scale, convivial tools, and combing health, work and nourishing food in a holistic expression of the art of living and dying. Pedal power is inextricably bound together with solar power, soil making, eco-gastronomy, and dignified and joyful work for our chocolate pedaling team!


Don’t forget to come back on June 18, as Bike Works will be hosting a plethora of fun activities for Bike Day! We will have a Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic, Live Music by Shane Davis, a refurbished bike sale, our amazing Bike Obstacle Course, and lots of learning opportunities throughout the day. If you’re looking to get on two wheels, it’s the perfect weekend for it!

Dad not a big fan of two wheels? Maybe he’s a top-notch cook or just loves to eat, so come by and celebrate Father’s Day weekend than to surround yourself with some amazing food and drinks. If he’s a craft-beer connoisseur, bring him to the Sipping Container and taste your way through our local craft beer selection. Then, fuel up with tasty brunch items at our Local Food Court before you head out.

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 the talented McKinley Leonard-Scott!

Indigenous Plants/Indigenous Stories

Event: Fruits & Seeds

With this frolic through the ravines, participants will train their eyes on developing fruits and seeds. From simple spices to fruits for jams and preserves, this walk will highlight wild plants with fruits for snacking and ones from which to steer clear. Join the fun on this final round of frolics to learn about the abundance that our wild city has to offer.

Where: Meet at the Weekend Shuttle Stop
When: Saturday June 17 1am – 12pm and Sunday June 18 1pm – 3pm
Suggested Donation: $15 (pay-what-you-can), Register Here

June 24 & 25 | National Aboriginal Day Weekend

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day, a day to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. It is important to acknowledge that the Brick Works site was built on Indigenous territory – on the lands of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Anishnaabe Nations.

Today, the meeting place of Toronto is still the home of many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community on this territory. Although this important day does not fall on the weekend, why not take this opportunity to get to know the amazing Indigenous vendors in our community and learn about their practices?

Vendor Spotlight

Visit Aric at Earth Haven Farms, regular member of our market community and who can be found every Saturday. Learn how his relationship with Mother Earth inspired him to move ‘beyond organic’ and all the way to becoming a demeter-certified biodynamic grower. By treating the farm as a living “holistic organism” Earth Haven has become a truly sustainable farm.

Irene Orkin is a tea wright and food artisan, and a member of the Evergreen Brickworks community since 2011. Her company, Tibo Teas, specializes in crafting artisanal teas from edible indigenous plants, or ‘Canadian wild teas’. An Indigenous person from the Toronto Nation she honours ‘The Dish With One Spoon’ wampum exchanged between the City of Tkaronto, the Anishnabek, the Haudenosaunee and the Metis nations. A guest instructor, Indigenous Environmental Studies & Science at Sir Sandford Fleming College and Trent University, Irene teaches about Kinomaage, Sankofa and Earth Spirit Medicine, offering plant walks, tea making and ceremony instruction. She also helps facilitate the monthly Moon Ceremony at the Toronto Native Canadian Center.

Irene will be performing a smudging ceremony on Saturday June 24 when the Market opens at 8am.

“The simple ceremony of smudging ourselves & our environment daily helps to guide our prayers; to cleanse, purify, maintain & restore our balance with our sacred selves. To help us live in harmony with Spirit. We smudge to wash our spirit clean, to carry our thoughts and prayers to Creator. Smudging reminds us; heart, mind, body & soul who we truly are, where we came from & where we are going. Of our sacredness and our connection to the sacredness of the Universe.”

Irene’s Tea-Making Demonstration

Saturday, June 24th: 10:30 am
Sunday, June 25th: 1:00 pm

Irene will be a busy bee all weekend! After her tea-making demo stop by the Garden Market for Irene’s book signing as well.

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 the talented Anthony Pewean!

Indigenous Plants/Indigenous Stories

Event: Solstice

In honour of the Summer Solstice and in conjunction with Evergreen’s National Aboriginal Day celebrations, First Story Toronto representatives will lead a weekend of tours especially dedicated to indigenous histories and knowledge of the river valley.

Where: Meet at the Weekend Shuttle Stop
When: Saturday June 24 10am – 12pm and Sunday June 25 1pm – 3pm
Suggested Donation: $15 (pay-what-you-can), Register Here

For even more great activities, head on over to the Children’s Garden on Sunday June 25 for their Singing Plants and Seed Bomb workshops!

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