Weekly market brings local produce, artisan goods, and family-friendly
TORONTO, July 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Regent Park's newest community initiative
kicked off today with the opening of the Regent Park Farmers' Market.
This unique market is shaping up to be a new kind of Farmers' Market for
Toronto. A joint pilot project launched in partnership between The
Daniels Corporation and Toronto Community Housing, the market offers
locally grown fresh produce and artisanal foods to residents and
visitors of this downtown east neighbourhood, which is currently
undergoing one of the largest revitalizations in North America.
The Market brings together small plot growers and artisan food purveyors
with local farmers to offer residents and visitors the best summer
produce, baked goods, spices, cheeses, flowers and more, all in the
heart of Regent Park.
Toronto Community Housing President and CEO Eugene Jones Jr. and The
Daniels Corporation Vice-President Martin Blake joined residents, local
vendors and visitors at the grand opening, which featured a drumroll
and a garden-inspired style ribbon cutting.
"Toronto Community Housing is committed to building vibrant communities.
We are proud to work with our partners to create yet another reason to
come to Regent Park," Mr. Jones said. "The Farmers' Market will
benefit people living in Regent Park and the surrounding
neighbourhoods. It is one more way revitalization is helping to make
Toronto a great place to live."
Paintbox Bistro Chefs Patrick Wiese and Tallis Voakes highlighted market
ingredients by shopping the Market and having a live cook-off right
on-site. The chefs distributed samples and recipe cards for
market-goers. Paintbox Bistro has committed its kitchen for free use by
resident vendor start-ups for the preperation of their own dishes for
sale at the market. It is anticipated that some resident vendors will
take up residence at Paintbox Bistro as part of the inaugural food
incubator businesses. Paintbox Bistro will participate in the market
throughout the season with fresh fruit smoothies and other tasty fare.
"Our commitment to Regent Park has always gone much deeper than the
bricks and mortar of the buildings," said Mr. Blake. "We are devoted to
helping launch and nurture local businesses that have the potential to
reward multiple generations through economic opportunities, healthier
lifestyle choices, and community engagement. By supporting this
initiative, we continue to add to the incredible urban agriculture
story unfolding in Regent Park. The Regent Park Farmers' Market is both
a wonderful place for foodies and families alike, and it's quickly
becoming a destination for Torontonians."
Local vendors such as Arman Farmers' Market with the 'best barbecued
corn-on-the-cob in the GTA', Simply Buds with fresh baked tarts and
Fathima's Tasty Treats with local favourite chicken biryani will be
feeding hungry visitors throughout the summer. Music and artistic
performances by local talent will help make the Regent Park Farmers'
Market a family destination every Wednesday from 3 to 7 pm until
"Building a business is as much about relationships as it is about food,
maybe more," said Mary-Ann Kalalang, an aspiring pastry chef and Regent
Park resident. "Participation in the Farmers' Market gets my product
into the hands of consumers and helps build my business, while giving
me an ideal way to build new relationships and maintain existing ones,
all close to home and surrounded by people who share the same vision of
what life should be like."
From a position at the vanguard of the locavore movement in the GTA, the
Regent Park Farmers' Market helps nurture the community by bringing the
freshest locally farmed produce to the downtown core, and providing new
business opportunities for residents.Visit www.regentparkfarmersmarket.ca for more information.
SOURCE: Regent Park Farmers' Market
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