See the Weekly Market Notes for a summary of the current week's offerings and events at the market.
Every Thursday 3:00-7:00 all year around
Outdoors around the rinkhouse in summer; in and around the rinkhouse in winter.
Click here to view a map. Dufferin Grove Park rink house (875 Dufferin, S of Bloor), across from the Dufferin Mall. The rink house is in the northwest corner of the park, just off Dufferin. The closest subway stop is Dufferin Station (one block north). The Dufferin buses, both northbound and southbound, stop every three minutes right outside the rink house.
You are very likely to get a ticket if you park illegally on Dufferin Park Ave., the little street leading into the park. Please obey the signs. Just a short walk away, across from St. Mary's High School on the north side of the park, there are special signs allowing parking on Thursdays for market hours. Please use those spots or other legal ones in the area. See satellite image.
Applying to Vend
We always maintain a balance of over half farms on our vendor list, and anyone who applies to be a vendor must be directly involved in growing, raising or making the products offered for sale. We do not accept applications to sell crafts or nutritional supplements, provide services or represent product lines. Our vendor turnover is low, but we are interested in learning about local organic food ventures. If you are considering applying to sell at the market, please read our vendor guidelines(see the Vendors page for a link), and then contact Anne Freeman via email to market(at)dufferinpark.ca.
Sharing Information and Entertainment
There is a community board inside the rinkhouse where notices can be posted. Information about events or issues which market-goers might like to be aware of can be sent to market (at)dufferinpark.ca for inclusion in our weekly market newsletter (weekly deadline: noon on Wednesdays).
Space permitting, the market reserves one spot per week for local not-for-profit groups to share information about food and farming, environmental sustainability and community issues (one visit per group per year). Anyone interested in using this spot or in providing entertainment is asked to write ahead so we can coordinate requests.
Please don't use the market as a place to distribute flyers or set up without communication in advance. Thanks for your co-operation.
See the Toronto Farmers' Market Network website: tfmn.ca
posted on February 24, 2014
Egg Farmers Caught Lying to Consumers About Hens’ Lives
By: Piper Hoffman Published: February 19, 2014 Source: care2
Eggs laid by happy hens, with space to frolic and lounge in the sun, are a more attractive buy for many shoppers than eggs from hens caged in factory farms. It’s no wonder, then, that egg producers strive to give the appearance that their hens live the good life.
Too often “appearance” is where the happy ends, as it did at Judy’s Family Farm. Judy’s packaged its eggs in cartons festooned with pictures of hens enjoying expansive grassy fields, accompanied by the statement that the hens are “raised in wide open spaces in Sonoma Valley, where they are free to roam, scratch, and play.”
The reality was different. The hens weren’t outside, but inside. They weren’t raised in wide open spaces — they were crammed together in tight spaces. They weren’t free to roam, scratch, or play. They didn’t even have space to stretch their wings.
Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market, every Thursday 3 to 7 pm, beside and inside the rink clubhouse:
From market manager Anne Freeman’s weekly market notes: Last week, Ionel/ John from Bees Universe came straight from a beekeepers' meeting to market, and he was looking pretty discouraged. He said many in attendance were talking about quitting, because they just can't afford to go on when they are losing so many bees. This week's announcement of Ontario's new restrictions on neonicotinoids may offer some hope, and not a moment too soon. There's talk in the business pages about many complaints from conventional farmers who have come to rely on these systemic chemicals, but it's time to find a better way, and it’s great that our province is not waiting for others to take the lead.
Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market, every Thursday 3 to 7 pm, beside and inside the rink clubhouse:
November 7 is the market’s twelfth anniversary. Twelve years ago, some of the farmers who came to the Riverdale Farmers’ Market asked if they could try having a west-side market as well, at Dufferin Grove. At that time, Riverdale market manager Elizabeth Harris was encouraging bakers from Dufferin Grove to sell bread at Tuesday Riverdale market. But it was a long way to go every week. So the Dufferin Grove bakers were glad when the farmers came over to this part of the city on Thursdays. The bread stayed here, and the farmers set up tables of excellent organic produce as well as baked savoury pies, honey and maple syrup, and meat. The arrangement, from the very beginning, was that the market farmers (only) could augment their own produce with imported produce in the winter, so that they would build and keep their customer base year-round and not have to start from scratch every spring.
A year after the market started, Anne Freeman became the market manager, and the market has thrived. To get on Anne’s weekly market news mailout list: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DUFFERIN GROVE FARMERS’ MARKET: EVERY THURSDAY 3 – 7 PM
Market manager Anne Freeman sends weekly market news to market list subscribers every Wednesday. To sign up, visit the market page at www.dufferinpark.ca. The market is now up to 28 vendors including the newest category: Ontario wine (much of it made with biodynamically grown grapes). The recently-revised government rules allow tasting, so you don’t need to wonder what you’re buying – you can sample any wine that interests you.
Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market: every Thursday 3 to 7 p.m. in the rinkhouse
From market manager Anne Freeman: “On Saturday February 1, the 4th annual Ontario Organic Awards will be presented at the Guelph Organic Conference. We are delighted to announce that some of our Dufferin vendors are nominees: Woolerdale Farm has been nominated in the category of Horticultural Producer or CSA, and both Kind Organics and Plan B Organic Farm have been nominated in the Innovation category. We're proud to work with such a great team of local organic producers!”
Anne also says that there’s an important petition to sign: “On December 9, 2013 Bill C-18, the "Agricultural Growth Act" was introduced in Parliament. In short, this agriculture omnibus bill amends several federal agricultural laws, and would give multinational companies greater power and control over Canada’s seed industry. The National Farmers Union is working to oppose Bill C-18, but needs support. If we collect at least 25 signature, we can ask our local MP to present them in the House of Commons. Please sign the petition (at the rink house) against this OMINOUS OMNIBUS bill! There's loads of information on the issues involved at: www.nfu.ca/issue/stop-bill-c-18/”
Bees Universe : John and Irina Alecu keep bees on their farm near Innisfil, and in other bee yards close to wild flower fields and conservation areas. They sell honey, honey comb, bee pollen, propolis (raw and tincture), fresh frozen royal jelly, beeswax candles and also live bees. In addition, they have an on-farm egg grading station, and bring duck, goose and quail eggs to the market.See the vendor notebook entry
Beretta Organics (certified organic): Mike and Cynthia Beretta farm in King township, an hour north of Toronto. They bring beef, pork, turkey, chicken, lamb and deli items to the market. Pre-orders are accepted up to 1:00 Tuesday. See the vendor notebook entry
Bestbaa Farm: Peter and Nicole Bzikot offer Milk, Plain Yogurt, Maple Yogurt, Feta, Ramembert, Brebettes, Eweda & other cheeses, of course all from sheep milk. Lamb, too. Best Baa will also be scooping many flavours of sheep's milk ice cream throughout the summer.
ChocoSol:artisanal, dark eating and drinking chocolate (without dairy, soy or nuts, and vegan) made in Toronto using organic, forest garden, shade-grown cacao, sourced directly from indigenous communities in the Lacondon Jungle of Chiapas and the Oaxacan mountains of Southern Mexico. ChocoSol also offers other sustainably grown ingredients that are sourced directly from farmers (such as coffee, cacao nibs, agave, and vanilla pods)and makes tortillas at the outdoor market.
Country Meadows Gardens (certified organic): Angelos Kapelaris grows heirloom tomatoes, keeps laying hens, presses goat cheese, and brings olives and oil from his family's farm in Greece. See the vendor notebook entry and a Picture Gallery >>
DeFloured: Krista Tobias and Chris Brown make 100% gluten-free galettes, loaves, quiches, cookies and brownies that are delicious enough for everyone, featuring a seasonal selection of local and mainly organic ingredients.
Dufferin Grove Bakerscommunity oven bread: (not certified: all flour and seeds and grains are certified organic but the oven is not certified). Breads include: grapeskin-sourdough, rye sourdough, Italian rosemary, Italian olive, artisan 6-grain, artisan pumpkinseed-sesame, raisin and others, along with cinnamon buns and pizzas with market toppings.
Earth and City: Cassandra Rizotto and Lisa Sweetman make fresh, raw, vegan wraps, dips and sweets, using lots of ingredients from market farms.
Contact: Phone: 647-801-0449 | Email: email@example.com Website: www.earthandcity.ca
Earthly Paradise:(Fall and Winter) Each plant used in earthly Paradise's products is organically grown by us or sourced from ethical companies that share our vision of a beautiful and bountiful planet. Nourish your skin and your spirit with our products: Creams, Salves, Products for the Face, Teas. Contact Colette Murphy.
Evelyn's Crackers: Dawn Woodward and Ed Rek bring savoury artisanal crackers, named in honour of their daughter, Evelyn, and made with local, organic and fair trade ingredients. They also make granola, shortbread cookies and pancake mix, and supply the market with Ontario flour from CIPM farm near Stirling.
Contact: Phone: 647-448-0731 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: www.evelynscrackers.com
Feast of Fields Farm: near Jordan ON, Demeter-certified since 1996, and now also Local Flavour Plus certified. Laura Sabourin grows grapes, pears, peaches, raspberries, and blackberries. She also makes grape juice and preserves.
Fish Shak: Alli Harris makes wild fish sandwiches, fish fritters and rotis, using many of farmer Ted Thorpe's vegetables throughout the summer. He also blends fresh and healthy juices and other cold drinks.
Contact: Phone: 647-778-4341
Forbes Wild Foods: (natural wild foods from Canadian sources) -- Jonathan Forbes offers dried wild mushrooms, wild rice, maple sugar, preserved wild foods, jams, mustards, chestnut flour, and more. Depending on the season, you'll find wild leeks, fresh mushrooms, nuts, and even Ontario pawpaws at their table.
Spade and Spoon is owned and operated by Blythe Weber and Adam Smith. Blythe grew up farming with her family near Ayton. The farm is a mixed operation, currently in transition to organic certification. They grow vegetables and fruits on the farm to make the many varieties of chutneys, pickles, jams and other preserves which they bring to the market.
Kind Organics:Tamas and Sandra Dombi are partners in the co-creation of Kind Organics, originally formed in the year 1999 as a Demeter Certified Bio-Dynamic/Organic Farm in King Township. They are now located 40 minutes north of Toronto in the Holland Marsh. Kind Organics uses organic farming techniques only and is moving towards bio-dynamic farming. They grow Salad Blends, Sprouts, Wheat Grass, Micro Greens, Fine Culinary Herbs, Edible Flowers and various kinds of Baby Greens.
Contact: Phone: 416-992-1444 | Email:email@example.com | Website and blog signup: www.kindorganics.ca
Knuckle Down Farm lives in the imagination of Jenny Cook as a mixed-use organic farm focused primarily on the production of vegetables. Jenny has been farming full time since 2010 and is currently Knuckling Down on one small acre of land at Reroot Organic Farm, where Caitlin Hall has been generous enough to provide her with some room to grow. Knuckle Down Farm hopes to grow food in a way that delights the palate, nourishes the soil and cultivates the future of Knuckle Down as a farm in its own right.
Contact: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Niagara Lavender Farms: Debbie Wiecha is a third-generation fruit farmer who produces a wide variety of tender tree fruits, berries, and lavender. Most crops are certified organic; some peaches are low-spray.
Contact: Phone: 905-468-7482 | Email: mailto:email@example.com
Pine River Organic Farm: (certified organic)Bob Felhazi has a large asparagus planting, greenhouses, raspberries, and many varieties of vegetables on his farm near Alliston. His helpers Helga and Matt represent him at the market.
Contact: Phone: 705-424-0917
Plan B Organics: in West Flamborough, ON. Melanie Golba and brothers Alvaro and Rodrigo Venturelli have a fifty-acre farm of which 18 -20 acres are used to grow mixed organic vegetables to supply their CSA and markets. Another part of their land is a reforestation project. See the vendor notebook entry
Shared Harvest Community Farm, Dunnville, ON: (certified organic) Kevin Hamilton manages this farm near the shores of Lake Erie, growing a wide range of organic vegetables, including unusual and heritage varieties. Look for lots of healthy ferments made from farm produce, and fresh & dried herbs on the table as well.
Sosnickis Organic Produce, Waterford, ON (south of Brantford): (certified organic) Ben and Jessie Sosnicki grow wheat, cabbages, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, and more. Jessie's family is Ukrainian and Ben's is Polish, so they also sell sauerkraut, perogies, cabbage rolls, and tomato sauce, made with their certified produce. Visit their blog for regular news from the farm: sosnickiorganicproduce.blogspot.com
Thorpe's Organic Produce: near Millgrove, ON. Ted Thorpe, a fourth-generation Ontario vegetable-farmer, has a 32 acre-farm, of which 20 acres is a market garden. He grows all kinds of vegetables and herbs.
Urban Harvest:(Spring and Summer) Urban Harvest is dedicated to providing its customers with seedlings and garden supplies that promote ecological diversity and preserve the health of our planet. Our plant seeds and garden supplies are specially chosen for their qualities by seasoned urban gardeners. All of our seedlings are grown in or near the greater Toronto area to support our local economy. ContactColette Murphy.
Ying Ying Soy Food: Ming and Christy make many delicious varieties of tofu, using traditional, artisanal methods, and non-GMO soy organically grown by Ontario farmers. If you've only eaten supermarket tofu, come taste the difference. Contact: Phone: 905-847-5592 | Website: www.yingyingsoyfood.ca