The Junction Farmers Market has a new venue this year.
The eagerly anticipated second season of the local farmers’ market opens Saturday, May 25 and takes place at the Junction train platform, on the north side of Dundas Street West, just east of Pacific Avenue. It’s a spot organizers have coveted since the inception of the market, but were not able to secure until this year.
“We always wanted the space,” Chris Ganowski, president of the farmers’ market board of directors, told The Villager on May 1. “The Green P (lot at Pacific Avenue) was okay, but it wasn’t our first choice. This year, things came together and we were able to secure the space.”
There is a tiny downside, admitted Ganowski – vendors won’t be able to park their vehicles in the space, however, there will be plenty of volunteers to help set up their produce, he assured.
Market organizers are now on the lookout for volunteers, passionate about the Junction community and local sustainable food to help out on Saturdays.
The majority of its vendors are returning this year. Most hail from the GTA, Niagara Peninsula and Prince Edward County, said Ganowski. For a full list of vendors, visit junctionmarket.ca
Because of requests from both shoppers and vendors, the market’s season has been extended to Nov. 9 this year. Plus, it is getting an earlier start this year in May rather than June, Ganowski pointed out .
Ganowski, always interested in local happenings, was part of the core group of people who initiated the market. The Farmers Market Initiative was borne out of a climate change town hall co-hosted by Green 13, the local environmental advocacy group, and Live Green Toronto Community Animators. Two topics that arose from the town hall were community gardens and farmers markets. After much community input, the farmers market launched in June of 2012.
The Junction Farmers Market opens Saturday, May 25 at 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.