Last week I read about the The Stop’s Farmers Market in the premier issue of Village Living Magazine. The market is located at the Artscape Wychwood Barns (St. Clair Avenue West and Christie) , less than a 10-minute drive from my place. I absolutely had to go and check it out!
After a light breakfast which we had on a sunny balcony off we went.
I was concerned about parking on a busy street but we found a spot fairly easily. The Barns are so cool! In the past they were built as maintenance buildings for Toronto streetcars, and each building (5 in total) indicates a year in which they were built.
These days the buildings are used to house artists, a greenhouse, a market place. They even have an outdoor volleyball space as well as a kids’ playground. What a great way to re-use a former industrial property!
I liked the vibe of the market – there were lots of people who shopped at their own pace, no shopping carts bumping around. The vendors are nice and willing to give you details about their foods and products. We didn’t feel pressured to buy anything. The first thing we tried was an Iced Mexican Hot Chocolate. We got a small cup as I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about Hot Chocolate when it’s not hot. It was divine! Not too sweet (which I like), rich with chocolaty flavor and surprisingly very refreshing. I thought I would want another cup but it was just enough to satisfy a craving.
Foods we bought for our dinner tonight:
an artisan bread with walnuts and raisins, a wedge of aged goat cheese in a peppercorn coating, a dozen of large free-range chicken eggs, organic chicken drums, 1/2 lb of carrots and a bag of organic mixed salad greens.
This is the final product:
It is pricey but the food is organic and local. I would definitely visit the market again to enjoy the local produce at its best.