Make a Day out of the Evergreen Brickworks Farmers Market!

Hey Guys,

I hope all of you had a great weekend!  It was certainly beautiful weather in Toronto, Canada.  The sky was clear, the sun was shining and it was time for the anticipated Saturday morning farmers market at the Evergreen Brickworks.

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Of course what better way to start the day than with fresh dumplings and steamed buns with beef brisket and a local poached egg from My Little Dumpling.  Served with a spiralized beet and carrot salad!

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And then straight to shopping!

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Still plenty of asparagus left to the season.  This variety in particular is an older heirloom variety “Mary Washington” and tastes sweeter that conventional asparagus.  It is also about twice as large!

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We also found some beautiful Asian greens for stir fry.

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And some delicious bread and cold cuts from Niagara Food Specialties.

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Cookstown Greens also had some lovely green flesh radishes and amber turnips.

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There was also some delicious cheese made by Best Baa Farm, past of the Ewinity cooperative which takes milk from local farmers and transforms it into cheese, yoghurt and other delicious dairy products too!  Their yoghurt is also very delicious!

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So, here’s what I ended up picking up:

-Sopressatta cured meat from Niagara Food Specialties

-Mixed lettuce mix from Cookstown Greens and a giant Butter lettuce from Grassroot Organics.

-Asian greens and Mary Washington Asparagus from Grassroot Organics.

-Organic Seasonal Roasting Veggies including carrots, potatoes, beets, turnips, radish, onion, parsips, sunchokes, leeks, garlic from Cookstown Greens.  They sell 1 or 3 pound bags of these roasting veggies.  I usually roast them in the oven for 1hr at 375, drizzle with olive oil and enjoy as a complete meal!

-Sweet Gouda cheese from Best Baa  Farms

-Lamb “Ham” from Bushbeck Farms

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What better way to sample the fresh produce than with a salad?

Her Salad:

Walnuts, Pistachio and pumpkin seeds with Butter Lettuce, Spiralized Green Flesh Turnips, Celery, Grape Tomato and Fig Salad with a Lemon Juice and Olive Oil Vinagrette

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His Salad:

Sopressatta Salad with  Butter Lettuce, Spiralized Green Flesh Turnips, Celery, Grape Tomato with Renees Mighty Garlic Dressing and a Parmesan Crisp

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The lamb “Ham” from Bushbeck farms was also delicious! Served with a local organic duck egg over sourdough and some pan fried asparagus! It is good to know for the new cooks out there that the lamb ham can’t really be undercooked or overcooked. It stays juicy and tender whether you like it rare or crispy.

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Just as an FYI if you are living in Toronto or the surrounding area, here are some interesting foodie events to check out.

June 7-8:

 Toronto Taste:

This event is quite pricey, but worthwhile to try. It takes 70 restaurants, some celebrity chefs and a whole lotta hungry people to take place.  You have all evening to mingle and sample some delicious appetizers, mains and desserts and bid on some items at the live auction, silent auction and even fine wine auction.

Toronto Raw/Vegan Festival:

Come join the revolution of raw food eating an try some new foods and learn some new ways to prepare food without dairy, eggs or meat in this two-day festival. Admission is free and there will be speakers, demonstrations and live entertainment!

Stratford Chefs School Long Table Dinner:

Take a road trip out to Stratford next weekend for a evening you won’t forget. Join some aspiring young chefs as they cook you a four course meal made highlighting local ingredients and VQA wines.  The event takes place outside with a long white table as the dining table as well as a live auction.

June 13-15:

Vegan Pop-up Market:

I can’t say exactly what you can expect at the Vegan pop-up shop, but come expecting anything from sauces to dessert to cruelty-free cosmetics from APieCalypse Vegan Bakery, Urban Acorn Catering, Soul to Bowl Sauces,   Samana Naturals, Vegan Magic,  Hot Beans, and much much more!

RISE – The Better Living Expo:

This event takes place at the Evergreen Brickworks and includes speakers talking about sustainability, organic practices and how to nourish your body in the natural way. It also includes an all day market and food court where healthy fresh, organic food will be sold and served.

Taste of Little Italy:

Take a walk down College St in Toronto for a great evening out.  Most restaurants and shops will bring their stores outside and you can shop and eat as you make your way through Little Italy.  There is also lots of entertainment including a traditional Italian choir and some cool bands.

Beach BBQ and Brews Festival:

This event takes place in the Beaches.  It is a great opportunity to take a long walk on the boardwalk, witness some rib-eating competitions, and try some local craft beers.

Niagara New Vintage Festival:

This event, which takes place in Niagara-on-the-lake is full of events like wine tastings, lunches, and even movie nights in the vineyards!

June 21-22:

Toronto Wine and Spirit Festival:

This event takes place on the Lakeshore, near Queens Quay and includes a wide variety of wines, spirits and cocktail for you to sample!

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Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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