How did the market come about? It's a question that many ask. Here's the basic story.....In 2005 Community members were expressing their desire to have a farmers' market in our park. I brought the idea to a Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park meeting, subsequently we had a call out for people to join a committee to get it off the ground. No one stepped up at that time so it went on the back burner. Then in 2006, I met Scott Cinello, who was totally into it. Yay. From there we started work on it - a year before the market started. We put together a proposal, got the Councillor on board who arranged a meeting with city departments. We also got over 600 support signatures! That was important as it showed the city that the community would come out to support it.
2007 was the inaugural year. Each year since it becomes more solidified in the community and into their shopping routine. We have supported our farmers/vendors and watched them flourish with the success of the market. And educated the community about local farm practices and when our local growing season is. It is important to understand that the market is operated on large by community volunteers - the market depends on these dedicated people to maintain operations. TBFM is one of the remaining truly independent, community based/operated farmers' market in the GTA. No organization behind it, other than the Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park, which is a volunteer community group i.e. see this site for more ;-). The market sustains itself and manages to give back to the Friends at year end.
TBFM is a food focused farmers' market. We do not consider non-food vendors. It's about supporting our local food farmers and producers. Partcipation is by invitation season to season. Prior to each season management extends invitations to renewing Vendors and potential new Vendors - if space availability permits. There is scant turnover. TBFM is a modest sized market and it is thoughtfully curated to keep it viable for the farmers/vendors. All farmers markets must adhere to 50%+1 farmer to non-farmer ratio as per Board of Health rules. So, it can be a bit of a balancing act when it comes maintaining this ratio.
Thank you to the all the patrons for their continual support of our neighbourhood market.
'The Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market mandate is to support and promote local, sustainable and organically grown agriculture. To educate the community in the foods they eat, the source from which it comes and how it is grown and/or prepared. To increase community access to fresh, local, organic and sustainably grown produce, meats and dairy. We support slow food - to gather regional foods to cook and eat at hearth and home'.All vendors participating in the Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market have gone through the application and approval process adherent to our Mandate. Vendors are not permitted to participate without prior approval or arrangement by the Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market management.
Please NOTE: We are food focused and currently do not consider non-food vendors.
TIME: Tuesdays 3pm to 7pm
SEASON: May 6th to Oct 28th, 2014 (rain or shine)
LOCATION: north/west end of park, Dundas W. & Shaw/Crawford
ACCESS: foot, bike, wheelchair, TTC
Farmers Market Manager
Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park