Last Market Day of the Season this Saturday for Junction farmers |market

from the group Hello Junction Farmers Market shoppers!

It’s hard to believe, but the inaugural Junction Farmers Market season is nearly over. This Saturday, October 13th, is the last day of our current season. Looking back on the wonderful season that we’ve had, there are many different pieces that make a farmers’ market work: dedicated vendors, a planning and organizing team, hard-working volunteers – but above all else, it’s YOU! The market shopper.

The Junction Farmers Market would not be a reality if it weren’t for the great folks in our neighbourhood who love fresh and local food, who come out week after week (even when the weather isn’t the best!), who support local food artisans and farmers by purchasing their products. Our vendors often tell us that they love selling in the Junction because the community is strong and supportive. Once again, thank you. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Our Board is already planning next season (and possibly even a winter market), so keep in touch to learn about what is coming up next. We’ll send out periodic newsletters to keep everyone posted. And you can always follow us on Twitter and Facebook too.

If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, come by the information table on the east side of the market to buy the Eat Local Taste Global cookbook. Designed Emily Van Halem for the Stop Community Food Centre, this beautifully illustrated book helps identify produce that hasn’t been traditionally common in Canada – from okra to tomatillos to bottle gourd. The book sells for only $10.00!

Interested in food security and food justice? Why not attend the World Food Day eventorganized by Food Forward and hosted at the Regent Park community, to learn more about some of the food problems in our neighbourhoods, and how we can create a just and sustainable food system in Toronto. Speakers in food justice, sustainability, and social entrepreneurship include Nick Saul (Community Food Centres Canada), Suresh Doss(Ontario Food Trucks), Laura Reinsborough (Not Far From The Tree), Erin Shapero(Ontario Greenbelt Alliance), Yung Chang (film maker), Mark Cutrara (Cowbell Restaurant),Tzazna Miranda-Leal (Justicia for Migrant Workers), David Reycraft (Dixon Hall), and Seana Irvine (Evergreen). Tuesday, October 16th, doors open/sign-in 5:15pm, reception 5:30-6:00pm; guests, speakers, workshops 6:00-9:00pm.

Another great food event happening in the city is Soupstock in Toronto’s Woodbine Park on October 21st. Soupstock is a sequel to last year’s Foodstock event, where dozens of chefs, farmers and musical acts attracted 28,000 supporters of local food and farmsGet your tickets for Soupstock! to a forest in

Melancthon Township, adjacent to the proposed Highland Companies Mega-Quarry. This year the event is coming to the city, and it is going to be huge! There will be more than 160 chefs, dozens of local farmers and a great homegrown musical lineup. Admission is free, and three bowls of gourmet soup will cost only $10! Beat the lineup by purchasing your soup tickets in advance.

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