Archive for the ‘Markets’ Category

Another reason to love Kensington

2007 October 1

While shopping through Kensington Market on Sunday, I came across the most adorable thing:  Jesse & Mimi, the kids of some guy having a yard sale, were selling hand-drawn portraits of anyone willing to sit still for about 5 minutes.  Cost = $1!  What a deal, and what a great idea!  Not only is this a way better score for the customer than a crappy cup of lemonade, but the kids probably made a tonne of cash on tips alone.  I really wanted to get my portrait done, but there was a bunch of people already waiting in line and it was towards the end of the afternoon.  I’m willing to bet that Jesse & Mimi have really great parents; they encourage their kids’ entrepreneurial spirit and also their creativity.  I really wish I had one of the drawings to post here.  If anyone happens to have one of these gems please send it to me so I can showcase it!

I ♥ Farmers Markets

2007 July 17

Today I visited, for the first time, the neighbourhood farmers market at Trinity Bellwoods Park.  It runs each Tuesday afternoon from 3 – 7 pm.  Although smallish, the market is full of delicious-looking organic produce, artesian cheese & bread, and freshly-picked berries.  There was also a tempting lemonade stand, a guy selling free-trade coffee and coffee beans, and [what any legitimate market would be incomplete without] a busker playing the accordion.

There were also many Bohemian-type people milling about, so if you’re looking for a place to relax and meet people, you’d surely find someone with whom you could strike up a conversation.


Toronto Parks Series: Trinity Bellwoods Park

2007 July 16


Trinity Bellwoods is right at the end of my street, so I thought it would be a good place to begin my quest to discover all the green space that Toronto has to offer. TBP is one of downtown’s larger parks and it has a lot to offer someone looking for some respite from the urbanity of the GTA.  Facilities include a pool & fitness centre (131 Crawford Street), ice/ball hockey rink, soccer field, softball diamonds, and tennis courts.  Apparently a 6 month membership to rec centre and pool is only $90.  On top of all that great stuff, if you just want to relax, the park is 15 hectares large, a significant portion of which is a designated leash-free area for dog owners, known as the pit (or bowl.)


A group called Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park helps to manage this space for its users.  They are continually looking for new members to join, and to take on tasks in a number of different committees including:
Green Space – contact Anna,
Recreation Centre – contact Scott,
Outdoor Activities – contact Patricia,
Outreach and Events – contact Jenna,
Farmer’s Market – contact Carolyn,

The weekly farmer’s market, operating in the northwest corner (Shaw/Dundas), is a recent addition to the park. The market runs from 3 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday from June to October, rain or shine.  

Toronto Life magazine shares some local secrets about the park and it’s surrounding neighbourhood.  I’ll definitely be checking out the following:
(a) croissanterie Clafouti, 915 Queen Street West, offers some of the most delectable pastries around;
(b) urban organic garden market Matchbox Garden Seed Company, on Farr’s Lane, off Walnut Avenue, grows veggies, herbs and seedlings which are picked fresh each morning. Open Thursday to Sunday.  

See you at the park.