Never fear, Torontonians — Grey County is coming to you!
Every new farmers’ market is a cause for rejoicing here at OCTA, as there’s nothing we love more than increased opportunities for folks to buy fresh, local produce from Ontario farmers. Naturally, then, we were thrilled to learn about the new Grey County natural & organic farmers’ market opening up in Toronto’s own BA�ehmer Restaurant!
The market is slated to run every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning June 14 and running until September, with about eight Grey County vendors being featured each week. To give everyone a fair chance to participate, the summer will be broken into two blocks of time with a switch to eight new vendors halfway through.
This new farmers’ market is a result of many months’ worth of collaboration between Chef Paul Boehmer (the head chef and owner of the space where the market will be held) and Michael Stadtlander and the Grey County Chef’s Forum.
The Chefs’ Forum, started in 2012, is a not-for-profit organizationA�led by farmers and chefs in Grey County who have come together to link local natural and organic producers with commercial buyers from across Ontario and beyond. We’re so impressed with the work they do that we’ve written about them before here.
The market vendors are expected to sell everything from organic produce to meats such as lamb, pheasant and duck. BA�ehmer restaurant was a natural choice for the new market; the restaurant is described as ?natural, organic and genuine,� and their the menu is packed with local cuisine, wild fare, and Canadian coastline favourites. It has a main area spanning across 4,000 square feet, opening up to welcome potential market patrons.
Chef Boehmer plans to make wine, baked goods and coffee available during market hours. In a Chef’s Forum statement, he said: “[Consumers] can buy while enjoying a glass of wine in our restaurant. What’s not to like?”
Cindy Phillips, Chefs’ Forum member and owner of the Rob Roy Market Garden, could echoed chef Boehmer’s excitement: ?It is going to be fantastic, Phillips said. ?There is nothing like it in this neighbourhood . . . . I will be picking vegetables the day before as will the other farmers. You cannot get any fresher than that! . . . . How fun! I can�t wait.?
About the Chefs Forum
Making the family farm sustainable in Grey County by providing farmers with the tools and means to market locally grown natural or organic food directly to chefs and commercial buyers.