Toronto Farmers' Markets Re-open Despite City Strike - Greenbelt Local Food Available Again to Torontonians

Toronto July 1, 2009 - Thanks to the understanding and support of City Councillors and City staff and both CUPE locals involved in the current labour dispute, allowances have been made so that as of Thursday, July 2, Farmers' Markets at Toronto's Civic Centres can resume operations.  

Special thanks to Councillors Fletcher, McConnell, Giambrone, Vaughan, Filion and their assistants, to the management of Parks, Recreation, Public Health and Facilities, and to CUPE locals 416 and 79 for their support of Toronto's Farmers' Markets.

“We are extremely grateful that we have found understanding and co-operative leaders on both sides willing to come together on behalf of farmers, market vendors and their customers,” said Jennifer Story, with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

Many organizations and individuals have been working to ensure that our local farmers and food producers can continue to bring fresh, healthy food to Toronto during the current labour disruption including:

Farmers’ Markets Ontario, the voice of farmers’ markets in Ontario;
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, supporting sustainable agriculture in the Greenbelt;
Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network, bringing together markets throughout the region;
Ontario Farm Fresh, coordinator of the markets at Nathan Phillips Square and Metro Hall; and
Toronto Farmers’ Market Network, providing support to community market organizers in the city.

Ontario Farm Fresh Director Cathy Bartolic says, "It was critical to get the farmers back to the markets because it is peak strawberry season and the berries were ripening in the field. Raspberries are also starting to make an appearance and sweet corn and garlic is not too far behind. Customers have been looking for local food and have been very supportive of farmers’ markets. We didn’t want to disappoint them."

There will be fresh Ontario strawberries, artisanal cheeses, great greens, delicious baking and a full array of Ontario specialties at the markets.

Civic Centre Market Dates and Schedules: 

East York Civic Centre: Tuesdays 8am to 2pm, resuming July 7
Etobicoke Civic Centre: Saturdays 8am to 2pm resuming July 4
Metro Hall: Thursdays, 8am to 2pm, resuming July 2
Nathan Phillips Square: Wednesdays 8am to 2:30pm: no market on Canada Day, resumes July 8 
*Special market for these vendors Thursday July 2, 8am to 2pm at Yonge-Dundas Square*
North York Civic Centre: Thursdays 8am to 2pm, resuming July 2
Scarborough Civic Centre: Tuesdays 8am to 2:30pm, resuming July 7


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For a PDF of this press release click here.

For further information contact:

Jennifer Story
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
647-966-6310
jstory - at - ourgreenbelt.ca

Anne Freeman                             
Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network
Toronto Farmers’ Market Network                                 
416-536-9103     
anne.freeman - at - sympatico.ca

Cathy Bartolic
Ontario Farm Fresh
905-841-9278
cathy - at - ontariofarmfresh.com

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