Every second Thursday, between 3 and 7pm, at North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, Apple Tree Markets brings together local growers and producers with a passion for sustainability. There are eight to ten vendors on any given market day, but the variety of products at this farmers’ market is enough to provide you with all the essentials to get you through the winter.
All winter, you’ll be able to pick up fresh, certified organic produce Highmark Farms, a family-run farm just outside of Bradford, Ontario. Root vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, cabbage, potatoes, sweet potatoes, celery root and artichokes will be available. Beautiful hot house produce, such as cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuces and apples, are also available through to the spring.
Field Sparrow Farms, in the Kawarthas, brings their grass-fed, GMO-, antibiotic- and hormone-free beef to the market once a month. They provide every cut of beef you can imagine as well as sausages, ribs, brisket and hamburger patties. They also run a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program whereby customers can buy shares of beef in advance and pick them up at the market monthy.
At the Naturally Raised Beef and Pork stall, you’ll find humanely and organically-raised, grain-fed, non-GMO beef and pork. They also offer meat pies, bacon, steak, ground beef and pork, and a huge selection of sausages.
The Monforte Dairy, run by chef and sustainability advocate Ruth Klahsen, is an Ontario dairy producing delicious and affordable artisanal cheeses that are delicious and affordable. The dairy follows a sustainable mandate for milk, which they source from local producers. Their preservative- and rennet-free cheeses are in the European tradition.
St. John’s Bakery, located at Queen and Broadview, brings their beautiful handmade breads to this North Toronto market every other week. Using only certified organic grains, they produce white sourdough (made with unbleached flour); brown breads such as spelt, red fife, country rye, whole grain and wheat; and specialty breads like walnut-raisin and olive.
LPK’s Culinary Groove, also from Broadview and Queen, offer their gluten-free desserts, a great many of which are also vegan. Treats include carrot cakes, cookies, sweet and savory pies, butter tarts, brownies and more. They use certified, local, sustainable ingredients and incorporate ingredients from the other vendors into their products. While you’re at the market, you can pick up one of their fresh pannini, which they make on site using market products.
ChocoSol Traders specializes in sustainable chocolate. They source their chocolate directly from communities that use whole food ingredients and quality cacao. The stone-ground chocolate has no preservatives and no refined sugar, but ten times the antioxidants of store-bought chocolate. At the market, you’ll find a variety of eating chocolates, including an amazing Chilli Chocolate made from chilli peppers from across Toronto. They also sell drinking chocolate, which they can prepare for you sweetened with agave nectar. Their high altitude coffee from the mountains of Oaxaca might just be the lowest emission coffee you’ll find in Toronto.
Check out Apple Tree Markets, one of Toronto’s small but vibrant farmers’ markets, this week and support local producers.
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