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September Highlights at the Farmers Market

Fall is in the air with the Autumn Equinox upon us on September 22!

Even though September 15 is Toronto’s inaugural Urban Agriculture Day, here at Evergreen Brick Works the entire year is a celebration of Urban Agriculture!

The Saturday Farmers Market is an amazing way to see it all in action. We’ve got so many innovative urban agriculture initiatives here on site to share with you, from food gardens to bee-keeping.

If you’re already an urban agriculture enthusiast, celebrate these successes with us! If you’re new to this world, hopefully this month will inspire you to join us on the urban ag journey. Click through each week to learn more about what's on at the Saturday Farmers Market this month and see how urban agriculture goes much further than just “growing.”

Weekly Themes

September 2nd | Labour Day Weekend is a Garlicky Good Time

How are you celebrating the last long weekend of the summer? Are you hosting a big BBQ or heading to the Toronto Islands now that it’s open again? Regardless of where you’re headed, come kick off the last of your summer holidays here at the Saturday Farmers Market!

With Ontario reaching peak garlic harvesting season, we are just two weeks away from the 7th Annual Toronto Garlic Festival! Located at Artscape Wychwood Barns on the August 17, the festival serves a smorgasbord of garlic & garlic products, from garlic curries to garlic ale, and even garlic desserts.

All Things Garlic with Peter McCluskey & Alexander Waites

What: Book Signing
Where: Pavilions at Evergreen Brick Works
When: September 2, 2017 from 10– 11am

This week, one of our friends Peter McCluskey, the brains behind the Garlic Festival, will be at Evergreen Brick Works to talk about all things garlic – its origin in Central Asia, its checkered history, and why it tastes good in desserts. He'll also be signing copies of his book, Ontario Garlic: The Story from Farm to Festival. He will be joined by Alexander Waites from Beaver River Organics, another garlic aficionado and advocate for all things garlicky!

About the Author:

Peter McClusky is the founder and director of the Toronto Garlic Festival. Peter worked in business, marketing and consulting in Canada and New York City until 2010, when he spent nine months interning on Whole Circle Farm in Acton. He serves on the board of the Aberfoyle Farmers' Market Association.

Brewer's Backyard presents Bock to School at Evergreen Brick Works

What: A family-friendly beer festival
Where: The Pavilions
When: 11 am – 5 pm

Don’t forget to stop by for Brewer’s Backyard on Labour Day! Stop by and taste the taps: Exchange Brewery, Nickelbrook, Indie Alehouse, Cowbell, Black Oak, Shacklands, and Red Thread will all be serving on site. If you’re looking for non-alcoholic options, just hop on over to the Sipping Container!

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 McKinley Leonard-Scott.

Update on Vicki's Veggies Annual Tomato Party

Due to a double whammy of scaled back production and a very wonky year of wet weather, Vicki’s Veggies annual tomato party has been cancelled for 2017.

Regardless, Tim & Vicki are looking forward to welcoming any visitors to the farm's roadside stands with a warm welcome and a range of new products for Labour Day Weekend. Tomatoes will be on a first come, first served basis, and garden walks or just hanging around is very much encouraged!

September 9th | BBQ Heaven

With just over a month to go until Evergreen's Feast On BBQ, why not prepare with your own barbequed delights at home? And even though we ushered out summer with the Labour Day Weekend, we aren’t quite ready to let it go!

If you’re looking to pop something delicious on the grill, pick up some great cuts of meat from our farmers. An early Saturday market haul means a deliciously tender dinner after a full afternoon of marinating.

Green Gate Farms has your ethically and naturally raised beef and pork from Kitchener, ON. If you’re looking for something more daring, try your luck on the grill with Bushbeck Farms’ fresh, hormone and antibiotic free lamb from Markdale, ON. Another great option for the grill is fish! Fisherfolk is your source for Canadian protein from the lakes and oceans.

After you pick up those prime cuts, buzz on over to Bees Universe to pick up some honey and try marinating your steak with it! It will be sure to give your tastebuds the tingles. Try the recipe below.

Special Event: Brad Long on Butter Book Signing

When: Saturday Sept. 9, 2017
Time: 10am-1pm
Where: The Pavilions at Evergreen Brick Works

Join Brad Long of Cafe Belong as he launches his new book, Brad Long on Butter. Get a signed copy and taste samples of his Brown Butter Blondie, a recipe featured in the book. See more event details here.

Recipe: Sweet Honey and Soy Marinade

Serves 2*

Ingredients

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic

Directions

  1. Crush cloves of garlic.
  2. Mix ingredients for marinade together in a large bowl.
  3. Submerge meat in bowl and cover.
  4. Let marinate for at least 45 minutes, but overnight is best.

*This recipe makes enough marinade for 1 1⁄2 lbs of meat.

Recipe adapted from Food.com


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 Suzanne Jarvie & Co.

September 16th | Organic Week & Urban Agriculture Day

This weekend marks the beginning of Organic Week across Canada! Even more exciting, Friday September 15 marks Toronto’s inaugural launch of Toronto Urban Agriculture Day. Join us as we celebrate urban agriculture on Saturday, September 16. Learn more about Toronto's vibrant community of growers and learn about the cornucopia of food grown here at Evergreen Brick Works!

From Indigenous medicines, heirloom corn and honey, to tomatoes and the tilapia which drive cutting edge urban micro-farms, you’ll be surprised at what cities can grow. See what's growing here at Evergreen Brick Works with tours of gardens on site led by Brother Nature. There will also be tours of our amazing partner Ripple Aquaponics container farm, demonstrations of our on-site vermicomposting and more!

On your way home, don't forget to drop by the Evergreen Garden Market, where they'll be showcasing their urban agriculture products so you can get started on cultivating your own garden.

With so many great things happening on site this weekend, you don’t want to miss out on all the amazing urban agriculture projects here at the Brick Works. For more information, click here!

Rowe Farms Farm Day

Where: John Rowe's Farm, 7800 Mill Rd, Guelph, ON N1H6J1
When: September 16, 2017 from 11am–3pm

How are our farmers celebrating? Rowe Farms is having a Farm Day out in Guelph, where you can participate in a farm tour, a big BBQ lunch and hay rides all day! Make sure you pre-register for this great family outing!   

TASTE Community Grown

What: Wine and culinary festival
Where: Loch Sloy Hangars, 343 County Rd. 22, Picton, ON
When: September 23, 2017 from 11 am – 5 pm

Another great way to celebrate Organic Week? Plan next week’s trip to Picton for TASTE Community Grown, one of Prince Edward County's most highly anticipated wine and culinary festivals and a gathering of the best food and drink purveyors the area has to offer.

Get your tickets 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 Brian Paul D.G. and Friends.

September 23rd | Zucchini

Did you celebrate your Autumn Equinox with some harvesting? If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, this weekend is great for harvesting some zucchini. This variety of summer squash calls for culinary creativity. Great raw or cooked, you can shred them into a pasta substitute or bake zucchini in the oven for a number of creative combinations.

No chance to harvest things for yourself? As always, our amazing farmers have done the hard work for you. Stop by and say “hi” to Elmgrove Farm, Everdale, Fiddlefoot Farm or Haystrom Farm. These wonderful people will take care of all your summer squash needs. After you bring it home, make sure you don’t wash it until you’re ready to use it!  

Todmorden Mills Harvest Festival

What: Todmorden Mills Harvest Festival
Where: 67 Pottery Road, Toronto ON, M4K 2B9
When: September 24, 2017 from 12 pm – 4 pm

If you’re hankering for even more fun harvest activities, visit our sister site for the Todmorden Mills Harvest Festival! You can sample period recipes, tour the Wildflower Preserve, meet historic characters from Todmorden's past, create a fun take-home craft and check out special costumed guests from the past! All you have to do is take a short walk over the Pottery Road pedestrian bridge after stopping by our Sunday Market.

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.

September 30th | Rapini

Also known as broccoli rabe, rapini is a vegetable for the strong of heart! Nutty, bitter, and pungent, this vegetable is a great option if you’re cooking with other strong flavours, such as garlic and portabello mushrooms. You may recognize this gem if you came to visit us during Summer Wednesdays last month. Featured mid-August in our special platters, it was a big hit! Even if you don’t have a wood-fired oven readily accessible, there are still many other ways to cook this hearty vegetable, such as through the recipe below!

Stop by Joyfully Organic for fresh rapini if you’re ready to branch out into new vegetable territory, and pick up an array of delicious mushrooms from Fresh and Tasty Mushrooms if you’re looking to jazz up the garlic rapini recipe below!

Tip: If you blanche your rapini before preparing, it will cut down the bitterness. We like to make your life easy: this recipe incorporates this tip already!

Recipe: Garlic Rapini

Serves 6-7
Season: Late Summer/Fall

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches rapini
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 2-4 dashes red pepper flakes

Directions

  1. Fill a large pot about 2/3 full with salted water, enough to cover the rapini when you add it later. Place the pot on the stove with high heat and cover it.
  2. Cut off the bottom four inches of rapini stems. Rinse rapini well in cold water to remove any dirt in the leaves. Peel the garlic and slice it thinly, then set it aside.
  3. When the water is boiling, add the rapini to the pot. Wait for the water to come to a boil again, and when it does, leave the rapini in for one minute longer. Drain the rapini and let it sit in the drainer in the sink.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add the garlic and let it cook for a minute. Add the rapini, turning it to coat with olive oil. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Cook for 5 minutes or until done to your liking (stirring occasionally). Taste again for seasonings, and add red pepper flakes before serving.

Recipe by Cooking with Mamma C


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.

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