Happy Fall everyone!
Thoughts on the Winter Market
With the arrival of the cooler weather customers always start to ask about when the Farmers’ Market will be moving inside. The outdoor market will continue through at least the end of October, with the last outdoor market currently scheduled to take place October 28th.
What happens after that is an open question. The hope is to offer a winter market in some form but what this will look like depends very much on public health guidance at that time about gathering size for indoor events.
Perhaps we will stay outside for a few extra weeks if the weather holds?
Perhaps we will be able to run a mini indoor market, smaller than, but similar to what we usually do in the winter?
Perhaps we will set up as a pick-up depot for products you purchase online from your favourite vendors?
Obviously, right now there are more questions than answers, but we’re happy to share thoughts and ideas around what is most desirable and what is actually possible.
Update on Bread Baking
One thing we do know is that the bread baking must remain on pause for a little while longer while the City of Toronto continues to evaluate the return to indoor programming (including the volunteer baking program that produces our excellent bread!).
Knife Sharpening is Back
In the meantime, don’t forget that the multi-talented Jon of Bee’s Universe will now be offering knife sharpening most weeks at the market! Bring him your blades.
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!
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Confirmed Vendors This Week
Spade & Spoon [jams, preserves & maple syrup]
Attending bi-weekly, here this week
pre-order by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ambrosia Eastern European Prepared meals
Samsara Fields [veggies]
Happy Bakers [baked goods & treats]
TC Momo [Tibetan dumplings & more. Vegan available]
Apples, grapes, berries, pears and ciders
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
Vendors for Pre-Order Only This Week
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
Huron Sun [once a month, not here this week]
Cold-pressed Sunflower seed oil & vinegar
The Smoke Bloke [cold smoked salmon]
(temporarily unable to provide market pick up)
What Else Can You Do at Montgomery’s Inn Right Now?
As part of HistoricTO, Montgomery’s Inn is once again offering indoor 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.