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October Highlights at the Farmers Market

Fall is finally upon us here at the Evergreen Brick Works Saturday Farmers Market.
Large pumpkins on display at the Farmers Market.
Top image caption: Pumpkins on display at the market

Published on September 28, 2017

With the beautiful changing leaves surrounding Evergreen Brick Works, we’re excited to celebrate harvest all month long. No other farmers market in Toronto boasts the scenery that the Don River Valley Park has to offer, for which we are so thankful. We can’t wait to share changing colours of fall with you!

Weekly Themes

October 7 | Thanksgiving Weekend

This year, Canadian Thanksgiving closely aligns with the Mid-Autumn Festival on October 4. For those who are unfamiliar with this traditional Chinese and Vietnamese holiday, it is similar in nature to North American Thanksgiving, an occasion meant to celebrate the gathering of families and the thanksgiving of the fall harvest.

Whatever you have planned for this Thanksgiving weekend, we hope the Farmers Market is your first stop! What better way to celebrate the harvest season than by thanking our amazing farmers and foragers? For a traditional Thanksgiving feast, look no further:


Head to Grassroot Organics and Marvellous Edibles for various Heritage Turkeys, while Country Meadow Organics will be bringing the rare Ridley Bronze Turkeys.


Joyfully Organic grow White pumpkins just outside Stouffville!


Haystrom Farms (Organic heritage varieties) and Fiddlefoot Farm (Biodynamic).


Try a compote from Forbes Wild Foods and experiment with your pies!


Cookstown Greens (Certified Organic)


If you’re hoping to snag some delicious bread for the table, stop by Alli’s Fresh Baked, Humble Bread Bakery or St. John’s Bakery. Don’t forget to come early because our bakers always sell 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 Kristin Lindell.

October 14 | Chickens

It may come as a surprise, but the world of chickens is a wild one indeed. With so many ways to raise chickens, trying to be ethical and sustainable can be quite a challenge. You’ll be happy to know that here at the Farmers Market, our chicken farmers are proud to raise birds that are either (or more than one!) of the following:

  • Pasture-raised: living in coops with no more than 1000 bird per 2.5 acres, living on a mixture of grain and foraged vegetation & insects
  • Free range: living inside but with access to the great outdoors at their choosing
  • Free run: raised inside, but with no less than 2 sq. ft. per bird, to avoid stress, pecking & overcrowding
  • Organic: chickens must be raised with a certified organic feed that contains no animal by-products or antibiotics

If you're curious as to how your poultry is raised, the best way to find out is to speak with your farmer!

There are several breeds of chickens available on site, but you will generally find the following breeds at our Saturday Farmers Market.

  • White Plymouth Rock: The most common bird in North America, ‘White Rocks’ are great for both meat and eggs, and the traditional choice for small scale farmers, homesteaders, and hobbyists. Expect rich yellow yolks & plump, succulent meat.
  • Nova Brown: This Canadian Heritage breed is a broiler breed, meaning they are raised for meat. With a strong instinct to forage, they thrive on pasture. Expect a stronger, slightly gamey flavour, due to their preference for a protein rich diet in leafy greens and bugs.
  • Chantecler: One of only two breeds originating in Canada, the Chantecler was bred by Trappist monks in Montreal who were in need of a hardy bird who would survive Quebec’s fearsome winters. It is the best suited for year-round pasturing. Expect a gamey flavour and protein-rich eggs. 

It may be a little chilly to have a classic summer BBQ with the chicken you’re thinking of picking up today, but if you miss the sweet, succulent taste of a good barbeque, fret no more! Our annual Evergreen gala happens tonight. It's time to #FeastOnThis: roaring fires, amazing food, and tasty drinks, locally and sustainably sourced from Ontario. Get tickets online at

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!

This week, the fantastic Moyo Mutamba is back!


Special Sunday Event: Hands-On Mosaic Creation at the Market

Date: Sunday, October 15
Time: 11:30am-1pm

Contribute to the landscape of Evergreen Brick Works by helping to create mosaic stepping stones with artist Cristina Delago, in partnership with Mural Routes' 18th National Mural Symposium. These colourful creations will be next door to Evergreen's Weekend Market and will feature marketplace themes and images.

Click here to register.

October 21 | Waste Reduction Week

This week is Waste Reduction Week! How are we celebrating on site? Our semi-annual Drop, Swap, and Shop, of course! Isn’t it perfect that Waste Reduction Week’s weekend theme this year is “Swap, Share, Repair”?

Image credit Joanne Quinn

Drop, Swap, Shop

When: Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 10am-3pm
Where: Young Welcome Centre at Evergreen Brick Works

Drop your end-of-life electronics. Try swapping instead of shopping at our Swap Mall. Pass on things you don't use, like that funky purse that was never "you," for things you really want, like summer kids clothing, hockey gear or even records! Pick-up one-of-a-kind items from a variety of Swap Stores, contribute to the sharing economy and connect with your community at this cool event. More details here.

“Good Food” Reusable Bag Sale

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9am – 12pm*
Where: In the Pavilions
*While supplies last

Here at the Farmers Market, how can you help reduce waste? In addition to making sure all our vendors sell out, why not bring your own reusable shopping bag? We will also be selling limited edition, re-useable “Good Food” bags for $5 on site, with all proceeds going back to Evergreen!

Seeds of Diversity Information Booth

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9am–1pm
Where: In the Pavilions

Seeds of Diversity will also be on site! You can visit them at their booth to find out more information about the importance of food crop biodiversity, how to become a member, and pick up some seed-saving books! If you share a passion for sustainable food production, make sure you stop by to learn how to secure and share the seeds of our past and future.  

Cask Days

When: Friday, October 20 – Sunday, October 22, 2017
Where: CRH Gallery

This weekend we also have the 13th annual Cask Days on site! Stop by to see what’s fresh #oncask. What’s so special about cask ale? Fermented and served from the cask, it is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally carbonated. Cask beer is the freshest beer you can get, and an experience to be savoured. Tickets and more details here.

Market Art with Eric Gold

When: Saturday, October 21 – Sunday, October 22, 2017
Time: 10am – 2pm
Where: In the Pavilions

If you’re looking stretch your creative muscles, why not stop by for our first Market Art series with Eric Gold? Eric will show you how it just takes small pieces joining together to create something wonderful. All you need to bring is yourself! Can’t make it this week? Don’t worry, he will be back next week too! More details here.

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 Sean Stanley Trio!

October 28 | Halloween

Pumpkins everywhere! We might not have any pumpkin spice lattés at the Market, but we’ve got the real thing in abundance.

From home-made pumpkin pie (stop by Jewels Under the Kilt) to roasted pumpkin seeds, we’ve got what you need to have a Halloween feast!

If you haven’t picked out some pumpkins to carve spooky and fun designs to decorate your home yet, you’re also in the right place! Don't forget to save those pumpkin seeds to minimize your waste. We’ve got an easy spiced pumpkin-seed recipe just below that you need to try.

Recipe: Seasoned, Baked Pumpkin Seeds

Serves 8
Season: Fall


  • 2 cups raw, whole pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 275°F or 135°C
  2. Combine the butter, salt, garlic salt, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl
  3. Add pumpkin seeds and mix thoroughly
  4. Spread seasoned seeds unto a shallow baking sheet
  5. Bake for 1 hour, stirring occasionally

Recipe adapted from

Market Art with Eric Gold

When: Saturday October 28 – Sunday October 29, 2017
Time:10am – 2pm
Where: In the Pavilions

If you missed our first Market Art series with Eric Gold, don’t fret! Eric will be back to guide you through painting part of a portrait of an animal that lives in the Don Valley. All you need to bring is yourself… and your curiosity about which animal it will be! More details here.

Image credit ChocoSol Traders

Heritage Pumpkin Activity with ChocoSol

When: Saturday October 28 – Sunday October 29, 2017
Time: Saturday 8am-1pm; Sunday 10am-3pm
Where: In the Pavilions

Michael Sacco & his team from ChocoSol will be helping us to celebrate Halloween with a repeat of last year’s Kakai heritage pumpkin activity. After spending the year growing 9,000 of their own Kakai Pumpkins here in Ontario, his team will be helping members of the public to harvest the seeds to produce into locally sourced pepitas, as well as offering pumpkins for sale. They'll also be selling their ethically sourced, and environmentally friendly, limited season Kakai-Cacao chocolate- ‘Chocolate that’s not scary.’

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 Don Stevenson and Tim Bovaconti!

To see everything that's coming up at Evergreen Brick Works, check out our What's On Calendar. Plus, celebrate Dia de Muertos with us next Sunday, November 5! Can you believe that it’s our 7th annual celebration? Our pavilions will be filled with exciting things all Sunday long, including an expanded Local Food Court and many pop-up artisans celebrating Latin American culture! Click here for more details.