West End Food Co-op’s Sorauren Farmers’ Market

As summer is in full swing, many would say the best way to experience it is to enjoy the flavours of it with Farmers’ Markets taking place throughout the city everyday.

Every Farmers’ Market has its own characteristics and charm, which are
influenced by its neighbourhood. That’s why it seemed obvious for the West End
Food Co-op’s Sorauren Park Farmers’ Market to feature activities for kids every
week.

The majority of market-regulars are from the heavily kid-populated
Roncesvalles neighbourhood. The market, which takes place on Mondays from
3-7 pm, has 30+ vendors offering organic, local, and sustainably produced fruits,
veggies, meats, cheeses, baked goods and more. The market has become an
important piece of the community, with many parents buying dinner or a snack
for themselves and their kids – for many before or after their soccer game, which
also takes place in the park.

The children’s activities focus on incorporating fun and games with educating about local food. Activities have ranged from decorating some of the park’s tree branches with drawings of favourite foods, to building bird feeders, whimsical storytellers, and games of twister, with a food twist! The activities are informal and free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

The market also has local musicians playing every week, so it has become a common sight for parents and their toddlers to sit in the shade, enjoying some gourmet ice pops or other snacks while taking in some music – an ideal way to spend a hot summer evening.

For more information about the Farmers’ Market visit www.westendfood.coop/farmers-market

And to get in touch with our Local Food Children’s Programming Assistant about
summer programming contact ezra@westendfood.coop.

Melissa Bessey

Toronto Mom Now City Manager Melissa Bessey is an entertainment journalist, publicist and an active urban mother of three. She is an accomplished professional visual artist and graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her areas of expertise include arts and culture, education and parenting. Melissa's writing, editing and photography have appeared in BlogTO, The National Post, Women`s Post, 24hrs, Exclaim, Sway Magazine and more.

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