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. Research informed me that it was not a task for one person alone. 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 it actually began. 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 hopefully, have educated the community about local farm practises and what grows in season. It is important to understand that the market is entirely community run and operated and on large, volunteer work - the market depends on these dedicated people for operations. There is no financial organization or corporation behind it, other than the Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park, a volunteer community group i.e. see this site for more ;-). The market sustains itself and for the most part, manages to give back to the Friends and the green house at year end.
We currently do not consider non-food vendors. Please, understand that TBFM is a food focused farmers' market. It's about supporting our local food farmers and producers. Thank you.
Thank you to the all the patrons for their continual support of our little market! It has been effective in educating the people - see mandate - and supporting our local farmers/producers.
Visit our dedicated site; www.tbfm.ca. Follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/TBFarmersMarket for on the day produce news! This fall hope to be more active on our facebook page too - Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market.
Our mandate is to support and promote local, sustainable agriculture. It is farmer focused and strives to educate the community in the foods they eat, the source in which it comes and how it is grown and/or prepared. To increase community access to healthy, local, sustainable, organic and naturally grown produce, meats and dairy. We support slow food - which is gathering regional foods, taking it home to cook and eat your meal at the hearth with your loved ones.
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 7th to Oct 29th, 2013 (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