Posted by Jennifer
Despite chilly breezes and threats of rain, everything at the Green Barn farmers' market shouted, "Spring!" A few brave vendors had set up outside. Inside,.the scent of masses of lilac, honeysuckle, tulips, and lily of the valley permeated the air. Tables were piled with asparagus and ramps. Although there was not much rhubarb on offer, I managed to snag a bunch. One stall even had cardoons.
What with wind and below normal temperature, it is not really the best time to start planting tomatoes. However, both Sosnicki Organics and Urban Harvest--among others--had choice heirloom selections including Brandywine and Aunt Ruby's German Green. Urban Harvest also had other vegetables, herbs and flowers--both seeds and potted plants. At Country Meadows, best known for olive oil, there were more heirloom lettuce plants.
Although Monforte Dairy is not back into production, Ruth Klahsen was at the market with cheese and yogurt.
The seasonal markets are about to re-open:
Eglinton/Avenue Road Appletree: Opened on April 22, 3-7p.m.
Distillery District, Sunday, May 2, 10a.m.-4p.m.
Trinity-Bellwoods: Tuesday, May 11, 3-7p.m.
Sorauren: Monday, May 17(although the other side of their webpage said May 11)
Riverdale: Tuesday, May 18, 3-7p.m.
East York: Tuesday, May 18, 9 a.m.-2p.m.
Withrow: Saturday, May 22, 9a.m.-1p.m.
Metro Hall: Thursday, May 27, 8a.m.-2p.m.
Evergreen Brickworks: Saturday,May 29, 8 a.m.-1p.m.
MyMarkets, beginning the first week of June(www.my-market.ca/)
City Hall: Wednesday, June2, 8a.m.-2p.m.
North York:Thursday, June3, 8 a.m.-2:30p.m.
Guildwood: Thursday, June 10, 2-6:30p.m.
Birchcliff: Friday, June 11, 3-7p.m.
Stonegate: Tuesday, June22, 4-7p.m.