Saturday Mornings In Toronto

There better be a darn good reason to wake up at 4:45 on a Saturday. This morning, I had a good reason indeed. I nearly jumped out of bed pre-dawn excited as the dickens to head to Toronto’s farmers’ market! to sell produce from Whole Circle Farm. <– where I now work and live (more on this soon).

Just after 5 am Courtney and I loaded the van up with sunchokes, beets, carrots, potatoes, greens, and herbs and drove into Toronto. It was a bit chilly – I spent most the day in two jackets & under the warmth of my hat- but at least the expected rain held off. The market was wonderful! You can read more about The Stop Community Food Centre where the Stop Farmers’ Market is held here.

All the customers were so friendly and the 5 hours flew by, as I knew they would. There were tons of eclectic vendors selling breads/pastries/baked goods made with locally grown grains, produce, cheese, prepared foods, meats, chocolate, honey products, maple syrup, and other various fun things.

I tasted my first “sea asparagus” – which is essentially a teeny tiny version of asparagus, harvested from the sea – thus being an incredibly salty, crunchy veggie. Yikes! I prefer land asparagus, thank you very much. I also had my first true whiff of fiddleheads. ew? Those too smell like the ocean yet sound delicious. I’ve been wanting to try these for awhile but couldn’t bring myself to buy them simply as their their smell was so off-putting. Not a fan of fishy smells. Maybe next time.

Some pics from today. enjoy!

earth & city: raw foods table!


and whole circle! …

Markets are such a wonderful place to saunter, coffee & breakfast in hand, and converse with people from your neighborhood. Nothing beats the warming atmosphere of friendly, smiley folk who share in the same enthusiasm as you about local foods. Even for the visitors who don’t know about local food – but pop by for various reasons – it’s always a pleasure to share with them what local and seasonal food means. Getting someone to try something new is always so exciting!

My own purchases for today included coffee, ginger cider, kale, apples, strawberries, and a few maple syrup candies. I can’t wait to start my Sunday with some fresh kale & apple juice. Yum!

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>Dane Co. Farmer’s Market

>What better way to spend a Saturday than in one of the greatest cities -Madison, WI- at the Farmers Market!? That is how I enjoyed this past weekend after walking the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 5K with my Mom & good friend Elizabeth. After the walk we drove to the center of town, refueled at Barrique’s Coffee Shop and spent the next couple hours roaming the market & State St. First order of business……. HONEY! from Gentle Breeze Honey. This time around my Mom & I opted for the spun wildflower. More bitter in flavor and darker in color than our usual purchase from them.

There were so many beautiful seedlings and flowers!

There was a special cow event happenin’ off the main drag featuring lots of….you guessed it….cheeeeese! I loved this massive rotating grilled cheese making device. A grilled cheese lovers paradise.

After our quick detour to the street of cheese, we ventured back to indulge in more flowers, plants, and local veggies. Our purchases included radishes, asparagus, garlic onion, yellow tomatoes, pickling cukes, swiss chard, a rare red leaf lettuce variety, and popcorn.

What a gorgeous Capitol Building in the center of market!

This man has got the right idea…

…and these guys were certainly making some good beats!