What a roller coaster emotional week this is for the folks at Montgomery’s Inn!
Emotional High: Montgomery’s Inn welcomed back visitors for indoor tours for the first time since March.
Emotional Low: This is the week that Montgomery’s Inn would usually be hosting 300+ visitors for the annual Corn Roast (see the pre-covid picture above from 2016). This is the first year without a Corn Roast in least 20 years.
Plus, back to school (or back to home-school as the case may be) with all the attendant stress and excitement. We wish all our market families with school age children, all our educators, and school workers, a happy & healthy return!
We hope everyone at the market last week had a chance to say hello to our newest vendor, Alexandra of OsoLeo Wildcrafters, who brought her apples, peaches, nectarines, berries & ciders to market for their first time that day.
The farmers’ market was very lucky to book her (after a summer of almost no fruit) on short notice, so she wasn’t included in last week’s newsletter or post.
Alexandra plans to come to market so long as she has fruit available, so welcome OsoLeo!
Another exciting addition to the market is the return of knife sharpening! While our previous sharpener, Andrew, has not been able to return, John of Bee’s Universe (our regular honey & eggs vendor) is stepping in to fill the void. John will be bringing his sharpening rig to market weekly from now on. Bring your knives in for a tune up.
Also please note that Huron Sun is at the market for his monthly visit. Bringing delicious local oils & vinegars.
Toronto West Rotary COVID-19 fundraising
Toronto West Rotary’s bottle drive continues. They are collecting empty beer cans, and beer, wine and liquor bottles. 100 percent of the proceeds these donations is going toward a COVID-19 project that is supplying masks, hand-sanitizers and gloves to women’s shelters, food banks and other community organizations. The Club’s goal is to raise $10,000 and they are already more than half-way there!
Confirmed vendors this week
Huron Sun [once a month, here this week]
Cold-pressed Sunflower seed oil & vinegar
Samsara Fields [veggies]
So Delish [veggies, dehydrates, purees]
Sign up for her email list, place orders by 10pm Monday
Happy Bakers [baked goods & treats]
TC Momo [Tibetan dumplings & more. Vegan available]
OsoLeo Wildcrafters [wild orchard organic fruit, juice, and cider]
Vendors this week for pre-orders only
Nith Valley Organic [veggies]
(by pre-order ONLY, no sales at the market)
(select Montgomery’s Inn as pick up point)
Vendors absent this week
The Smoke Bloke [cold smoked salmon]
(temporarily unable to provide market pick up)
Greenhouse Eatery [oven ready jerk chicken or fish meals, fresh veg]
pre-order by text, cut off for Wednesday orders is Monday 6 pm: 647-899-5471
Unfortunately, we will not be selling the fresh bread from our bake oven at this time. We hope to be able to begin selling fresh bread later in September.
What else can you do at Montgomery’s Inn right now?
As part of HistoricTO, the Inn is once again offeringindoor Museum Tours! Guided tours with a focus on diverse & inclusive history, are available Wednesday-Sunday at 11:00, 12:30, 2:00 &3:30. $5.00-8.00. Tickets must be booked in advance though the link below.
Outdoor walking tours also continue on Saturday and Sunday only at 11:15 & 2:15. Admission is pay-what-you-can (PWYC) with a suggested donation of $10. The tour will cover the Montgomery’s farm, the story of Joshua Glover (an escaped enslaved person who worked at the Inn for decades), Indigenous history, as well as the story of the Chinese market gardeners (which inspired us to start the Farmers Market in the first place!)
Click here to book your indoor or outdoor tour. [reservations required]
Other City of Toronto History Museums are also offering indoor & outdoor tours. Learn more here.
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, HistoricTO guidelines include lower ratios and capacity, physical distancing, and mandatory health screening.