The St. Lawrence Market, located in downtown Toronto, is open year round, and is one of the city’s most popular markets.
Located in historic St. Lawrence Hall, the St. Lawrence Farmers’ Market has been around since 1803, serving the public with over 120 different specialty vendors, including fruit, vegetable, meat, fish, grains, baked goods and dairy products.
The St. Lawrence Farmers' Market incorporates Greenbelt messaging into all of their communications materials, reminding shoppers in Toronto’s downtown core that most of their market goods come from right inside the Greenbelt.
Promoting local agriculture and supporting educational and networking opportunities is essential to lessening consumer dependence on imported food and improving the livelihoods of local fruit and vegetable growers. The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention includes two days of educational sessions with speakers from around the world, a trade show, and an evening Food and Wine event for producers in the Greenbelt and beyond.
Increasing numbers of Greenbelt farmers are planting multi-cultural food crops, making items such as okra, coriander, green chili, squash, red radishes, vine leaves and calaloo more readily available in Ontario.
The Toronto Environmental Alliance is helping to make people of all cultures feel more at home in Toronto, by offering information on types and locations of cultural foods grown in the Greenbelt and surrounding area.
These unique guides celebrate the diverse cultural heritage of the City by providing information for major ethnic groups, African/Caribbean, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and South Asian about where to buy Greenbelt-grown fruit, vegetables, meats, spices and other farm products that are common to cuisine from their home countries and cultures of origin. The project involves further research on established retailers selling meat, spices, fruits and vegetable grown within the Greenbelt.
Greenbelt Food from Home - Phase I:
$23,000 June 20, 2007
Greenbelt Food from Home - Phase II:
$15,000 October 27, 2008
The conference promotes organic agriculture and viniculture in Ontario, including the Greenbelt.
By August 2009, more than 270 accounts had been created on the new FarmLink website, with over 100 farm seekers identified and 59 farms interested in finding farmers.
Devoted to conserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Kawartha bioregion, the Kawartha Heritage Conservancy helps link new farmers with land from established or unused farms.The two-phased project emphasizes partnership building among agricultural groups in the Eastern Greenbelt and tackles the challenges facing farmers in that area, such as access to new land and short-term tenancy agreements. The project now includes the FarmLink Program, which connects new farmers with available agricultural land through long-term leases with landowners.
A Farming Future for the Eastern Greenbelt- Phase I:
$55,000 June 5, 2006
A Farming Future for the Eastern Greenbelt- Phase II:
$84,000 June 25, 2008
Country Heritage Park is located on 80 acres in the Niagara Escarpment, with over 30 exhibit buildings and 20,000 artifacts, including a fascinating array of vintage tractors.
Country Heritage Park is an interactive heritage park in Milton, depicting the Ontario Greenbelt’s vibrant agriculture and rural life over the last 150 years in Ontario.
Country Heritage Park’s Master Development Plan for the Park is improving future development and bringing the park into conformity with regional planning requirements. The plan guides decision making, integrates Park needs with those of commenting agencies and allows the Park to operate and prosper as a not for profit owned site without being reliant on government subsidies.
Holland Marsh plays a major role in Ontario’s food economy annually, bringing in $130 million for its carrots, $160 million for its onions, and $160 million for its greens.
Though the Holland Marsh is already an extraordinarily productive region of Ontario farmland, farmers there are ushering in a new era of agricultural sensitivity, doing their part to become more environmentally sustainable and finding new markets for their products.
Holland Marsh farmers, in collaboration with local packers and processors, are shifting fresh vegetable production from a largely export market to the local market. They are diversifying crop production and implementing more sustainable growing practices through Local Food Plus certification and other changes. Additionally, the entire distribution chain is being shortened through the processing and packaging of food products directly within the Holland Marsh.
First Fruits of Spring is a strawberry extravaganza in Toronto that features 25 restaurants and over 20 strawberry producers from around the Greenbelt and beyond. The inaugural celebration includes a month of programming that celebrates the Ontario strawberry industry and ways that consumers can support Greenbelt and other strawberry farmers.
The Ottawa Street market uniquely markets itself as a predominantly growers’ market, making it necessary for all new vendors to either farm or produce within a 100 kilometer distance from the market.
Proudly operating in the city of Hamilton for over 50 years, the Ottawa Street Farmers’ Market has been renewed and relocated, and is ready to provide customers with locally grown and competitively priced produce, year-round.
A refreshed and expanded Hamilton farmers’ market is recruiting local farmers, hiring a market manager and launching a marketing campaign to attract new customers and broaden community support to make this market a lasting success. The market provides competitively priced produce grown within 80 km of the market location, strengthening the relationship between urban and rural communities.
The Sorauren Farmers’ Market hosts 17 vendors in total, 10 of which are farmers, from the Greenbelt.
A new farmers’ market at Sorauren Park in Toronto’s Roncesvalles and Parkdale neighbourhoods draws Greenbelt farmers to market and showcases locally-grown ethno-cultural crops to residents of this diverse community.
The Sorauren Farmers’ Market has already proved to be wildly successful in Toronto’s downtown, open seasonally each year. The new market offers a unique newsletter, weekly educational and event programming on local food, farming and gardening, and generally raises awareness of the greenbelt through guides and brochures.