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Sep 17, 2003 01:09 PM

Farmers' market at Nathan Phillips Square (City Hall)

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If you work in the downtown core, stroll over to Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall on your lunch break and check out the farmers' market there - it's on every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. until the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

Today I bought a monstrously huge bouquet of basil ($3!), serrano chiles, and purple potatoes. Peaches are just about over, but the gourds are coming in. The tomato baskets looked good.

Of course, the selection isn't as varied as the north building of St. Lawrence Market on Saturdays, and you certainly won't find obscure heirloom stuff, but it's a good place to get local fresh veggies and fruits directly from the hard-working farmers.


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  1. A little off-topic, but you seem very knowledgable on the farmers' markets.

    Do you happen to know whether or not the North building of the SLM on Saturday offers heirloom tomatoes? Is the season over, did they ever have 'em?

    Thank you very much in advance.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Jeff

      Hi Jeff:

      The last time I was at the North Market was five weeks ago, and I didn't notice anyone selling heirloom tomatoes. I reckon such things would sell out very fast if they were available, but I was shopping there before 6 a.m. so it's not as if they ran out that early...

      Harvest Wagon (1103 Yonge St., near the Summerhill location of LCBO) carries several types of heirloom tomatoes, though. Call them at 416-923-7542 to see if they have the kind you're looking for.

      1. re: Heather

        i've seen lots of heirloom tomatoes at local organic markets; tuesday at riverdale park and thursday at dufferin grove park have heirloom tomatoes in addition to: organic meats, produce, coffee, fish, olive oil, honey, baked goods.


        1. re: marie

          I second that. At Riverdale this week they had plenty of selection. And unbelievably helpful e.g. they'll sort them for you into 'eat now' and 'eat in 3/4 days time'. The same suppliers also go to Dufferin on Thursday.

          1. re: estufarian

            Thank you kindly, all. Would you be able to give me further info on Riverdale, estufarian? Where is it, exactly? And when is it open? I'd appreciate it.

            Thank you.

            1. re: Jeff

              Riverdale is most easily accessed along Winchester St, east of parliament. It opens early Tuesday afternoons and closes late afternoon (obviously for best selection go early; I was there around 3:00 and some were still unpacking, although everybody had unloaded). Essentially you go almost right to the end (just before the farm). It's open-air stalls, so not sure what happens in bad weather.

      2. re: Jeff

        I go there every week, albeit late in the morning, and I've never seen them there.

        Pusateri's (Avenue Road and Lawrence) had at least four varieties of heirloom tomatoes (at ridiculous prices) a couple of weeks ago.