Every carefully planned little detail and unplanned surprises (both good and bad) add to a complete market experience. Good things this coming June 15 market day: a rummage fundraising sale event, a small selection of crafts and handmade soap, music, sunshine, and plenty of gooood local Ontario food yumminess.
Rain is a market manager’s bane of existence: if it’s bad we must endure it, if it’s good we rejoice in it, but we can’t control it. That’s the challenge of being a once a week outdoor pop-up shop…
We are of course hoping for no rain for our market team and vendors for this June 1st market day.
On May 18 we celebrated the start of Withrow Market’s 7th season. The weather was good, then great, and the community came out in droves! The first fresh Ontario produce stars were flying off the farmers’ tables, and there was a yummy selection of prepared foods. Our special guests included Cherry Street Cats, Young Urban Farmers and Cultivate Toronto, the Riverdale Meadow Community Garden, Toronto Master Gardeners, a Cookbook Swap done in collaboration with the Riverdale Arts & Letters Club, free bike tune-ups (that kept the mechanics super busy) with Ward 29 Bikes and Ward 30 Cycling Group, and our artistic neighbours Barbara Showler-Lewis and Ecofinery (jewellery), and Catherine Thomas (reclaimed wood bird houses). Councillor Paula Fletcher’s office donated a truck-load of compost, which gardeners eagerly scooped up, reducing a mountain to an ant hill by the end of the day. The Riverdale Horticultural Society donated ornamental plants to the market for sale, the proceeds of which will be put towards a new tent top. We also hosted our first (and their second) Clothing Repairathon, which kept volunteers busy past market closing.
There are changes coming to the market, but change is good! We are introducing new vendors, and parting with old ones, but it all adds to a fresh exciting mix! http://eepurl.com/zmPvr
We are alive and well, and busy with getting everything ready for the new market season. We are brainstorming on and developing new projects, and working on the improvement and expansion of “old” projects. We will also soon be welcoming new members to our volunteer board (yippee!).
For details on each of our current projects, hit the links in the side bar, or browse through one of the tabs above.
On Saturday May 4 at 3 p.m., join the Withrow Park Farmers’ Market founder and the Friends of Withrow Park on our first Jane’s Walk! Also, don’t miss our latest market community blog post (we’re letting the cat out of the bag on the wonderful and selfless work done by market co-ordinators).
We are looking for board members! Are you excited about local food initiatives? Want to contribute to a new and creative nonprofit organization? Read the board member volunteer posting here.