Programs for Residents

Lovin' Local - All Year Round!

Looking for ways to love local all year around? Check out these tips for growing, preserving, buying and cooking locally grown foods, every day of the year, including a list of farmers' markets that continue throughout the winter.

 

Cook it!

Check Foodland Ontario's handy calendarto see what's locally grown and available during each month of the year.

Grow it!

Indoor Gardening

  • snow peas, herbs, beans, carrots, beets and corn can all be grown indoors.
  • keep plants on a raised surface in an area with lots of sunlight

 

Sprouting

  • virtually any seeds can be sprouted
  • jar sprouting is the most common method: soak seeds, invert jar, rinse 2-3 times per day, and sprouts should appear within 1-2 days.

 

Greenhouse Gardening

  • a greenhouse does not need to be large, but it does need to be well-ventilated, oriented to maximize its exposure to daytime sunlight and insulated to hold the heat. An apartment or townhouse with its own deck or rooftop can support a smaller cold frame model. If space is not a deterrent, you may want to consider a larger, freestanding or attached greenhouse.
  • If your garden space is limited and you plan to use the greenhouse as your primary planting site, an "attached" greenhouse - one connected to one of the walls of your home or garage, may be the best option. In addition to being easily accessed, attached greenhouses can also help to heat your home, transferring captured solar energy through the shared wall. Attached greenhouses can also provide an extension of your indoor living space. Many people find their greenhouses so attractive, their plants have to compete with the furniture for space!
  • Keep the climate in mind when choosing the types of seeds and plants you select.
  • Leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and lettuce can be harvested continually throughout the winter.

Preserve it!

There are a number of ways to preserve local food:

  • Canning: hot water bath canning (for high acid food) and pressure canning (for low acid)
  • Dehydrating: preserving food by removing water content. Without moisture, microorganisms cannot grow. To dry food you can use the heat of the sun, hot air currents or the heat of your oven 110 degrees Celsius. Drying time depends on the type of food, its thickness, and drying method. Whichever method you choose, be sure there is ventilation so that mould growth is prevented.
  • Freezing: an excellent way to preserve small amounts of seasonal surplus for winter.
  • Fermentation: a healthy, fun, and nutritious way to preserve food. Lactic acid in created in the process of fermenting foods such as kimchi, cabbage and yogurt, etc.

Home Storage

  • Store parts of your harvest in cool places such as a shed, unheated garage or unheated basement
  • Keep apples away from other products, and carrots covered

Buy it!

Year-round Farmers Markets

CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) / Food Box

  • A system of growing and distributing organic produce that restores the connection between farmers and community supporters. CSA systems provide farmers with a return for their labor, establishes a strong foundation for sustainable agriculture, and contributes to a healthy environment.
  • By purchasing a CSA you are guaranteed a weekly portion of fresh food that is harvested directly from a garden throughout the summer months.
  • Your commitment also supports sustainable farming, preserves biodiversity, and builds a healthier, local and sustainable food system.

Local CSA sources

 

Local Farmers' Markets

 

All year round

Name

Location

Hours

Website

Dufferin Grove Organic

875 Dufferin, S of Bloor

Thursdays 3 to 7 pm

More details

Evergreen Brick Works

550 Bayview Ave

Saturdays 9am to 1 pm

Sundays 10am to 3 pm

More details

Natural and Organic Market

103 Bellevue Ave

Wednesdays 2 to 6 pm

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Toronto Botanical Gardens

Organic Farmer's Market

777 Lawrence Ave. E

Thursdays 2 to 6 pm

More details

The Stop Farmers Market

Wychwood Barns

76 Wychwood

Saturdays 8 am to 1 pm

More details

St. Lawrence

92 Front St. E

North Farmer's Market:

Saturday – 5am to 3 pm

South Market:

Tuesday-Thursday – 8am to 6 pm

Friday- 8am to 7 pm

Saturday- 5am to 5 pm

More details

Sorauren

South end of Sorauren Park

at Sorauren and Wabash

Monday from 3 to 7 pm

More details

The Village Market

9100 Bathurst St

Saturdays 8:30am to 1:30 pm

More details

Seasonal (winter)

Name

Location

Hours

Website

Junction

2960 Dundas St. W

Saturdays 9am to 1 pm

More details

Montgomery's Inn

4709 Dundas Street W

Wednesdays 2 to 6 pm

More details

U of T Scarborough

1265 Military Trail

Wednesday 11am to 3 pm

More details

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