Farm Fresh in the City

ontario peaches at downtown toronto farmers market

UPDATE - Summer 2018 :
If you'd like to go to a Downtown Toronto Farmers' Market, there's a weekly one, which includes live music, prepared foods, and fresh produce, every Thursday from 8am to 2:30pm, in David Picaut Square. Here is a link with the details.


Travelling in the streetcar recently, going west along King, I caught a glimpse of a bunch of tents and a crowd of people in Pecaut Square beside Roy Thompson Hall. I twisted in my seat as we zipped by, to get a better look. "What was that?"

A quick search gave me the answer -- there was a weekly Farmers' Market held there every Thursday in the summer and fall.

So last Thursday I went on over to have a look.

farmers market simcoe park toronto

at downtown farmers market toronto

simcoe park toronto across from convention centre

cn tower seen from simcoe park toronto

↑ There's an aluminuim sculpture in Simcoe Park called "Mountain" by renowned British artist here Anish Kapoor. ↑

(Some of you might have noticed that I wouldn't have been able to see the place in these pictures from the King Street streetcar. You'd be right -- last week the market had temporarily moved a block south to Simcoe Park because the flame-lighting for the Para PanAm Games was taking Place in Pecaut Square that day.)

It was great. There was such a buzz going on there and people really looked like they were having a good time enjoying the sunshine and friendly atmosphere of this outdoor market. In addition to shopping for flowers, baked goods, cured meats, cheese, honey, fruits and vegetables, many were also getting lunch at the several vendors serving cooked food.

flowers at downtown toronto farmers market

at the farmers market simcoe square instead of pecaut square

flowers for sale farmers market downtown toronto

posies for sale farmers market toronto

at the farmers market downtown toronto

farmers market in downtown toronto simcoe park

farmers market downtown toronto

mushrooms for sale at downtown toronto farmers market

vegetables for sale downtown toronto farmers market

tarts for sale farmers market downtown toronto

↑ I actually had a six-pack of tarts from this amazing selection in my hand and my wallet out, but found the willpower to put them down again. I'll save that purchase for a time we're having company! ↑

We were buying fresh produce that had just been picked from the fields that surround Toronto, so I wasn't sure what the prices would be like, considering we were being offered such quality locally grown goods. I was surprised to see how reasonable they were -- less than at our closest grocery store, for sure. For example, a whole basket of perfect sweet peaches from the Niagara Region for $5. A big head of broccoli was $2.

Here's what I got ...

purchases from downtown toronto farmers market

And here's some of what we did with it ...

I made a marinated salad with some of the broccoli [Saute 1 minced clove of garlic in 2 tbsp olive oil. Add about 4 chopped sun-dried tomatoes, 1 tbsp red wine vinegar and about 1/4 tsp salt. Pour hot dressing over raw broccoli florets and allow to marinade for at least 1 hour. Add about 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves if you have some. Leftovers keep well in the fridge for several days.]

marinated broccoli salad with sun dried tomatoes

We barbecued the Portobello Mushrooms and served them burger style with all the fixings. [Baste with a mixture of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and salt while cooking.]

portobello mushrooms ready to grill brush with oil garlic vinegar salt

grilled portobello mushroom

marinated broccoli and portobello mushroom burger farmers market finds toronto

We also grilled some of the peaches for dessert. [Cut in half and remove pit. Grill with skin on until softened, turning every few minutes. Place in glass dish with a cover (which will cause the juices to come out). Add about 1 tsp rum, if desired. Remove skins and serve with vanilla ice-cream, with the juices drizzled over-top.]

grilling peaches on barbecue

grilled peaches cool in covered dish after cooking to release juices

barbecued peaches served with rum and vanilla ice cream

The radishes were sliced into tossed salads and also served as "chips" with a bit of homemade salad dressing as a dip. [Recipe for the dressing coming in a future post.]

radishes cut into chip shapes with homemade salad dressing dip

The field tomatoes contributed to a great lunch, thickly sliced on toast with mayonnaise, basil, fresh pepper and sea salt. That's summer on a plate, right there.

best tomato sandwich open face toast mayonnaise sliced field tomatoes torn basil leaves freshly ground pepper and sea salt

Thanks for dropping over. Hope you're having a great week.
xo loulou
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4 Responses to Farm Fresh in the City

  1. Vix says:

    You look so pretty in that picture!
    That looks like a fantastic farmer’s market. I love broccoli, am salivating over those mushrooms and longing for a juicy peach, ours are as hard as rock on our market and not in the least bit appealing! xxx

  2. wow everything looks so fresh and u look so fab in a hat! xO!

  3. Kim says:

    Maybe I can go with you this week!

  4. Julie says:

    ooh, I go to that one regularly- it’s right by my office! Your wonderful farm-fresh dinner looks so very tasty.

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