With the warm weather comes one of our favourite weekend activities – perusing the local Farmer’s Markets. In particular, the Evergreen Brick Works Saturday Farmer’s Market holds a special place in our heart.
It began back in 2007 and is now the largest market in Toronto! This year-round market works with the community to help locals learn about the benefits of eating local and seasonal food.
Everyone loves the seasonal fruit, veggies, breads and flowers on offer — but did you know that the prepared food court is Feast On® certified? That means that 70% of their vendors are using Ontario ingredients, many from the farmers at market, in the delicious dishes they’re serving.
We stopped by last weekend to see what our Feast On friends are cooking up this season.
Meet the Feast On Vendors
Pimentón describes themselves as a Spanish catering company – with a modern twist. Using local ingredients, they take dishes from the past and infuse them with modern flavours. You can find them at the market serving up their famous Paella with local toppings like asparagus and duck!
Jewels Under the Kilt
This artisan nut producer has recently become Feast On ceritified, and we’re going nuts for their nuts! You’ll find delicious options like Maple Hot Chocolate Hazelnuts, Maple Mojito Walnuts and Cranberry Hole Moly Pecans. They’ve also got a series of nut-based dips and soups on offer.
We wish we could get breakfast from Wafel Huis every morning! You can smell the gourmet Belgian Waffles as soon as you walk into the market. Choose from a selection of fresh waffles, beignets, and donut schticks. If you’re feeling extra decadent add fresh Ontraio fruit and whipped cream.
Preparing healthy, seasonal and plant-based food, Earth+City is famous for their Beetroot Hummus – but get to the market early, because they sell out fast. While you’re waiting, grab one of their vegan kale wraps or a seasonal lemonade.
Chocosol Tortilla Project
Chocosol celebrates the art of traditional nixtamal stone-ground maize, which they use to make tortillas, nachos, maize drinks and tamales. Also on offer are their stone ground chocolate bars and drink mixes.
Clement’s Crepes makes hand-spun crepes using organic whole grain Red Fife & buckwheat flours, organic free-run eggs, whole milk, sea salt, pure vanilla and rennet free cheeses. The line is always long, but we promise, it moves fast!
Because one can never have too many crepes, don’t miss the opportunity to try these organic, gluten free crepes made using an indigenous recipe from the Amazon, then stuffed with handfuls of local produce and plenty of Ontario cheese.
TC’s Tibetan Momo
What is a Momo, you may ask? It’s a Tibetan dumpling, one that TC Tibetan Momo makes using entirely local ingredients. They’ve got three handmade options on offer: Ontario beef, mixed vegetable and vegan. Make sure to add a healthy dose of pickled cabbage to your plate!