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Apr 15, 2008 03:24 PM

Farmers' Markets 2008

Getting near that time, thought it might be good to get a thread going, share info about your favourite markets and what you're hearing about openings, as well as ongoing discussions of what's coming in. I can't wait for the first ramps...

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  1. Hey childofthestorm I was wondering the same thing myself. I tried to find the opening date of the Brickworks but to no avail. This year I am hoping to be a regular at both the Brickworks and Riverdale on Tuesdays. Thanks for starting the thread.

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    1. re: millygirl

      I read this week that the Evergreen Brickworks Farmers Market opening will coincide with Doors Open Toronto on the weekend of May 24-25.

    2. The Birchcliff Farmers Market in Scarborough will have its 2008 season Fridays, rain or shine, beginning June 13th and running to October 10th, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Nice setting on the front lawn of St. Nicholas Anglican Church at Kingston Rd. and Manderley Drive, a block east of Warden Ave. It's a small operation selling mostly crafts and home-made baked goods and other foods - very few farmers have set up at it in recent years.

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      1. re: Bob Catt

        Another website says the final day of the Birchcliff Village Market is October 17th.

        Note: on one or two previous years the market closed a week or so earlier than intended because of poor weather.

      2. There's a Saturday market in Withrow Park, just south of Danforth in Riverdale It's not very big, but it's conveniently located. Last year, I went to the Brickworks one and bought some tomatoes for $3/lb. Stopped by the Withrow Park one on the way home and from the same vendor (they split up the team between the two markets) got some for $2/lb. If you're in the market for some heirloom tomato plants, as the planting season approaches, you can pick some up there too.

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        1. re: grandgourmand

          Has the market in Withrow park opened yet? I can see the location from my front porch, and the few times I've looked, there was nothing happening. (I was away last week, so maybe it was on and I just didn't see it)

          1. re: foodyDudey

            I have it as starting May 24th, but now I can't figure out where I got that information.

        2. Hey I also was thinking of starting this thread. Thanks! Im so excited to start shopping at the markets. Does anyone know when the one at the distillery opens?

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          1. re: hungryabbey

            Any idea when the Liberty Village Farmers' Market on Atlantic is starting up this year? I enjoyed that one the most from what I checked out last year.

            1. re: futronic

              Just read in The Star today that the Brickworks opens on May 24th and Riverdale Farmers market opens on May 13th. Apparently they are holding a kick off event - Earth Day Farmers Market this Saturday from 8 to noon at Eglinton St. George Church. More info can be found at or 416-899-1990

              1. re: futronic

                i think also may 13th, but don't quote me on it:) (i came across something yesterday that said that but didn't pay attention to the source so can't double check). i do remember that last year's liberty market was relatively early, but very very sparse in the first few weeks (there will be very few items sold in may). nonetheless, i will be there on the first week.

                1. re: Kasia

                  Nathan Phillips Square Farmers Market is open June 4- October 15 (every Wednesday)

                  Nathan Phillips Square Tasty Thursday BBQ happens July 10- August 28 (Thursdays). The TO events website states "prime restaurants" will offer specialities for $5 or less

                  1. re: czthemmnt

                    By the way childofthestorm, what do you do with ramps anyways? Are they to be used in place of green onions? I'm not all that familar with them as you can probably surmise.

                    1. re: millygirl


                      Go to There are links there to all kinds of recipes. My favourite is ramps and potatoes fried in bacon grease on Sunday mornings. Great with eggs. I'm told it is an Andalusian tradition.

                      1. re: millygirl

                        Ramps are a wild leek and can be used along with, or substituting, garlic and/or onion. But my favourite thing to do with a big batch is pickling them - the website Gothamist has a Tom Collichio recipe that is my go-to.


                        Once you have these in the fridge you can add them to a million different dishes and impress your pals.

                  2. re: futronic

                    I Googled it and found a document from the organisers (MyMarket) that said Liberty Village farmer's market would open June 1st. I love the Sunday morning timing on this market. I'm still recuperating from the week on Saturday mornings so I never get organised early enough to go to SLM.

                2. The Danforth East Community Association is in the planning/permit stages for a Farmer's Market in East Lynn park (Danforth just west of Woodbine) to be held on Thursdays from 3 - 7. Don't know much else about it, there's a meeting for volunteers this coming Monday at Earl Haig school at 7. It would be great to have a market in our community since the one at the East York Civic Centre is only during work hours on Tuesdays.

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                  1. re: hoagy294

                    That would be great....please keep us posted on this development hoagy.