It was a sea of red Feast On aprons at the Evergreen Brickworks Farmers’ Market this past weekend as the market’s Local Food Court was officially presented with the Feast On designation and their new coveted spoon. It is the first local food court in Ontario to become Feast On designated– a feat note to be taken lightly.
Market vendors worked together over the past year to each achieve the designation, which allowed the market to meet the requirements. That means that all the participating vendors had to up their Ontario procurement of both food and drink — and track it to prove they met the criteria for the program.
Currently designated vendors include: The Chocosol Tortilla Project, Clement’s Crepes, Doug McNish Vegan Inc, Earth & City, JK Frites, Localista, Dine By The Vine, My Little Dumplings, Pimenton, Tapioca Gourmet and Heirloom Food Truck.
The passion and enthusiasm for local food, and the Feast On™ program, was contagious among the vendors. Led by one of the programs biggest ambassadors, Marina Queirolo, Senior Manager Public Engagement and Food at Evergreen, the initiative caught the attention of the Ministry of Agriculture, local media and visitors alike.
Deputy Minister Arthur Potts was on hand Saturday morning to award the vendors their designation. It was an emotional moment, one not to be forgotten any time soon. The Evergreen Brick Works commitment to growing accessibility to local food, education and creating viable community spaces is to be celebrated.
During the weekend, food demonstrations by Jose Arato from Pimenton and Bashir Munye from My Little Dumplings provided visitors a real taste of Ontario. Big thanks also go out to our local beverage partners, Pluck Teas and Sapsucker, for quenching the thirst of market goers and helping to celebrate the vendors achievment.
The Evergreen Brickworks Farmers’ Market is in full swing on Saturdays from 8am – 1pm and Sundays from 10am – 3pm. For a true taste of Ontario, make sure to swing by the Local Food Court. It is an experience for the whole family and a great way to support Ontario food and beverage!