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2005 10 19
Dufferin Grove Farmer’s Market

Sometimes living in a city can feel like shopping in a big fluorescent-lit store, where daily needs are conveniently packaged into neat experiences. So, discovering places which "mix it up" and awaken our senses is a welcome respite. One such place where it all gets messy, in a good way, is at Dufferin Grove Park, especially during the weekly farmer’s market.

On Thursday afternoons, what is normally just a park path becomes a market allée, where a cornucopia of local producers sell their goods and also where locals and travelers meet and mingle. There you’ll find vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, fowl and specialty foods, mostly organic and produced by local businesses. There’s even organic pet food!

I bought these zucchini flowers, pictured above, with my friend Lee Jacobson. We stuffed them with seasoned ricotta, lightly battered them, fried them, and of course, ate them.

Local residents have boldly appropriated the park and remade it into a thriving community space. There are all kinds of activities and experiments going on, like the two community wood-fired ovens, a community garden and festival events. There are also building projects like the cob, a traditional structure made from clay, sand and straw; and the yurt, a traditional Mongolian dwelling.

Bread made in the community ovens can be bought at the market or you can bake your own at scheduled times. To learn more about the park, visit:

Dufferin Groove Park Farmer’s Market
(south of Bloor St. across from the Dufferin Mall)
Thursdays 3:30 – 7:00
Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall
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