Celebrate this season with the gift of local eats from The Stop’s Holiday Farmers’ Market two-day special pop-up event on Sunday, December 14th and 21st from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. hosted at the home of Steam Whistle Brewing (The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto).
“Often people think they can’t get fresh local produce in winter, but there are so many choices,” explains Cookie Roscoe, The Stop’s Farmers’ Market Manager. “The pop-up holiday market is a great way for Torontonians to get to meet some local farmers and shop for Ontario vegetables, fruits, preserves, cheese, honey, baked goods, and so much more, all grown or produced close to home.”
Brought to you by The Stop Community Food Centre, voted by readers of NOW for hosting Toronto’s Best Farmers’ Market, this pop-up edition is a great way to help stock-up your cupboards for festive meals, or hunt for holiday gifts with an array of tasty and seasonal Ontario produce, meats, cheeses, preserves, baking, crafts, select linens and gift baskets available for sale. Become acquainted with over a dozen local farmers and producers as they share their wares and knowledge on eating locally and sustainably. Enjoy brunch or lunch while you shop, savoring homemade soups, sandwiches, artisanal cheeses from Monforte Dairy, Tibetan momos by Tsewang Dolma’s Momos and baking made fresh by The Stop’s Market Café and The Yellow School Bus just to name a few.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with the dried fruits and heirloom apples by Barry Kemp of Niagara Try Dry or the gluten-free, dairy-free and preservative-free chocolates by Toronto’s Chocosol. Complimentary samples of Steam Whistle Pilsner will be served.
Taking place in the warm comfort of Steam Whistle Brewing’s historic John St. Roundhouse, The Stop’s Holiday Farmers’ Market will also feature the entertainment of wandering musicians and shoppers will receive a free brewery tour with any Market purchase.
Within the beer industry, craft beer is the most often paired with meals and appetizers compared to other domestic brands, discount and imports – making the local Pilsner a perfect pairing for any dish.
“Sustainability, quality and camaraderie are foundational to our spirit of craft brewing,” explains Trish Yee, Quality Assurance Technician & Sustainability Coordinator at Steam Whistle Brewing. “And those values are shared with this Holiday Market- farmers and community coming together to celebrate the season with gifts of food and beer made locally.”
The Stop’s Farmers’ Markets support local agriculture by encouraging their farmers to grow as sustainably as possible, and many of their farms are certified organic. All of their non-farmer vendors shop for their ingredients from the Market. What you'll find year-round is honest, good food, the production of which causes as little environmental damage as possible, and where everyone involved in its growing and distribution makes a living wage. To learn more visit thestop.org.