Farmers and Vendors at the Village Market Saturday July 22nd, 2017

Open Saturdays only, 8:00 - 1:30

Left: Blueberry season has started as of July 22nd at the Village Market. We're talking wild blueberries from Northern Ontario.See Alexandra at the Osoleo table, just outside the door. Also raspberries and strawberries still. The photo above is from June 30th, 2016. Right: Subscribe to the Village Market Weekly E-News!


Certified Organic or Biodynamic Farmers and Growers:

FARMER: Jim Giffen, from Minesing (north of Barrie), is at the Market regularly. Jim has a mixed farm with animals and greenhouse baby greens all winter long. Plus root vegetables. Jim's farm is certified organic, both for vegetables and for meat.

FARMER: Linda Kapeleris: Linda and Angelo have had two extra tables with heritage and organic plants all through May. But for now, they'll just have a few trays of plants sharing space at their usual Country Meadows table.

FARMER: Country Meadows Farm: Angelo and Linda sell organic olives and olive oil from Angelo's family farm in Greece, as well as dried mountain oregano. Angelo and Linda also raise fresh organic heritage vegetables and goats and turkeys at their local family farm near Queensville, Ontario. Country Meadows is usually at the Market every week.

FARMER: Mike Lanigan features a large selection of home-grown biodynamic vegetables. The Village Market has asked Mike to also sell some imported organic fruit and produce to complete the selection during those times of year when a complete range of organic or biodynamic produce is not available locally. Since Mike decided to start keeping his beef cattle and his other animals as pets (The Farmhouse Garden Animal Home) in July of 2016, he no longer sells beef or any other meats. However, to fill in the gap left by Mike's conversion, the Market has recently (May 2017) added Ventry Hill Farms, which has a large herd of certified organic beef cattle as well as certified organic pigs. They sell beef and pork from their own animals.

FARMER: Peter Seenath, from Brampton, is at the Market regularly with certified organic vegetables from his garden. Peter is usually at the Market every week.

FARMER: Earth Haven Biodynamic Farm from Tweed Ontario, raise vegetables, mushroooms and beef and publish a celestial planting calendar for gardeners and farmers. They've also recently started an educational centre.

Not-Certified Farmers and Growers:

FARMER: Bio-Visions Farm (Henk and Jin Verhoeven from Grand Valley) is usually at the Market every Saturday with local meats, vegetables and eggs from their farm near Grand Valley Ontario. Henk's farm is certified organic for hay and pasture, but not for meat.

FARMER: Mohammed Ali Zare, of Tally Bees farms and keeps bees near Port Hope. Now also offering Iranian vegetables in season. When Mohammed can't be here in person, Lili Golbous looks after his table.

FARMER: Gaille Lieberthal, from Guelph is usually at the Market offering an array of certified organic meats, (lamb, beef, chicken). dairy products, organic, raw milk cheeses, organic grains, coffee, baking, deli meats, maple syrup and more. A lot of what Gaille sells is not from her own farm and is certified organic. However the maple syrup, which is from her farm is not certified organic. Gaille also sells smoked local freshwater fish fillets from Ontario. This fish is recognized as sustainable by Ocean Wise. Orders taken at the market and at: 905.854.2697.

Baking and Prepared Foods:

CAFE: Mayda Baghboudrian usually has a range of mostly raw vegetarian entrees, salads and take-home items like hummus as well as raw cakes and other treats.

BAKER, CAFE: Molly B's Gluten-Free Kitchen, at the market every week. ALL Molly B's products are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility and all are NON-GMO (registered in the Non-GMO verification program), using many certified organic ingredients. Baked products include: pizzas, breads, buns, muffins, tarts, bites, cookies and more (all are nut-free, most are dairy-free, some vegan and sugar-free items available). Come by for a delicious gluten-free breakfast (breakfast pizzas, omelettes and more).

Makers, Resellers, Crafters and Therapists

RESELLER: Dael Wilson sources and sells local organic strawberries, raspberries, wild blueberries, apples and juice. First blueberries of the season on July 22nd.

RESELLER : Wholesome Generation (Rose Verjee) is usually at the Market every Saturday and is a distributor of Ayurvedic and Moringa products. All the products are manufactured or packaged in Canada and are Health Canada approved. Rose also has an online store called Esme and Sita.

RESELLER: Lago of All sells African-style cotton clothes and fabric every Saturdays at the Market. Usually here every Saturday, but on holidays now for a couple of weeks.

RESELLER: Styrian Gold Pumpkin Seed Oil, Styrian Gold Natural Pumpkin Seeds, Cacao and Chocolate covered Pumpkin Seeds, Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder and other related Styrian Gold Pumpkin Seed products.  Locally, grown, Ontario Hemp Seed Oil, Hemp Seeds and Hemp Protein Powder, Armin’s Homemade Sauerkraut when in season, Premium grade, Organic “Naked Coconut Oil” Original Himalayan Mountain Salt .

MAKER: Lili Golbous who makes textile crafts of various kinds, and now also leather items such as purses, plans to be at the Market every week now.

RESELLER: Chaim Gilad will be at the Market just about every week with special coffee and other products containing beneficial mushroom extracts. Note: Most of Chaim's coffee is not organic, although there is one kind which is certified organic. The mushrooms used in some or all of the coffee are certified organic. When in doubt, ask Chaim.

RESELLER: Paul Ciaravella is usually at the Market every week with food supplement products and health books.

RESELLER: Mervyn Fogelman sells dried fruits and nuts from South Africa. Not certified organic. Mervyn is usually at the Market every Saturday.

MAKER, RESELLER: Michelle Messina makes Kango naturals handmade soap and scrubs. She also distributes Libre tea glasses.

RESELLER: Honeycombe Botanicals is usually at the Market most weeks, selling beeswax products, from skin creams to pollen to candles.

NEW MAKER: Vaughan Writers' Club will be at the Market every other week promoting books written by their members. Schedule: July 22nd.

The following vendors will be away:

MAKER: Oli Ullmann makes body ecology diet fermented foods. Schedule: July 29.

THERAPIST: Marie Herrell is a practicing Osteopath who offers mini-treatments at the Market. Her specialty is treating allergies. Schedule: July 29th

MAKER, THERAPIST: Birgitta Adrian-Morley is a registered Homeopath and a registered Holistic Nutritionist. She has recently introduced a new line of handmade cosmetics. Schedule: July 29th

THERAPIST: Jeanne Inamco is now doing chair massage at the Village Market in the community room every other Saturday. Schedule: July 29th.

FARMER: Ventry Hill Farm -- Farmers Paul DeJong and Kim Inglis have a certified organic Angus beef herd and also raise certified organic pigs near Dundalk Ontario. Ventry Hill Farm may not be coming back since Kim and Paul sold the farm and are moving farther north. Farmer Gaille Lieberthal will be selling some of their meat, for now at least.

BAKER Vitold Kreutzer is at the market with breads, cookies and brownies, mostly made with organic ingredients. Vitold is rarely absent, even though he has a long drive to get here from the Owen Sound area. However, now that Vitold has recently gotten a new puppy, he's going to be sending his bread to the Market with Chaim Gilad (the coffee guy) over the summer, so that he can spend Saturdays bonding with his new puppy. The following are the dates that Chaim will be bringing Vitold's bread to the Village Market: July 8, 22, Aug. 5, 19th. Vitold hopes to be back at the Market regularly in person starting Sept. 2nd. Meanwhile you can call Vitold before Thursday at lunch to order for any of these dates. Don't call later than 8 pm since bakers get up early and therefore need to go to bed early too. His cell number is 226-974-2094. Schedule: July 22nd.

BAKER: Tan's Artisan Bakery is usually at the Market every week with their own original breads and treats. June 24th will be their last day at the Market for a while. They will be away all through July and will return to the Market in August.

MAKER: Akemi of Akemi Designs handmakes gemstone fashion jewellery and felted wool and silk scarves.

FARMER: Secret Lands Farm sells Russian-style sheep milk cheese, kefir and yogurts made from the milk of their own sheep. Secret Lands farms near Proton Station, and is working towards organic certification.

FARMER: Urban Harvest: have been at the Market with their ever popular local organic garden plants and seeds all through May and now we can look forward to having them return in May of 2018.

MAKER: Debbie McQuaite sells handmade chocolates and candlies, made with organic ingredients. Schedule: pre-Christmas 2017.

MAKER: Huron Sun sunflower seed oils made from locally grown organic sunflower seeds. Huron Sun may return in the autumn of 2017.

MAKER: Mark Kolb of Brainy Games in Aurora, makes handmade family and educational games, puzzles and magnetic artifacts. These include laser-cut puzzles and word games, with some even being magnetic. Mark can also make custom games for home and school, as well as unique magnetic photo puzzles. Visit for more information. Mark may return in the autumn of 2017.

RESELLER: Lucas and Amanda Sorbara sell organic latte, cappuccino, and other forms of coffee, as well as tea and hot chocolate from their VW microbus coffee truck in the parking lot, when weather permits.

RESELLER: Christine Waddington sells Guatemalan bracelets, purses and other decorative textiles and artifacts. Schedule: Fall 2017

RESELLER: Nyree Gracey sells Perelandra products. Schedule: TBA

NEW RESELLER: Shirley Cavanaugh sells home vacuum food preservation technology, low water cooking pots and therapeutic light systems registered with Health Canada. Many years ago Shirley used to sell organic fertilizer for your garden, and now she's back again, many years later, with some interesting new stuff. Schedule: TBA.

FARMER: Antonio Valente is an urban gardener growing organic flowers in Thornhill. Schedule: TBA

FARMER: John Morgado: sells hot and super-hot pepper plants for your garden as well as hot peppers he has grown on his own. Schedule: TBA

this page updated July 20, 2017

FREE Puppet Play Sat. Aug 5th

AUGUST 5TH FREE PUPPET SHOW will take place in one of the Toronto Waldorf School kindergartens at 10:30 am. Details.

Above: Local organic spring lettuce and greenhouse tomatoes from farmer Peter Seenath.

Above: Wild leeks and fiddleheads from Osoleo. Photo from May 2017.

Photo above: Customer Eva Cabaca is excited about farmer Jim Giffen's greenhouse Romaine lettuce at the Village Market already in May.

Summertime... and the fashions are colourful. Christina and Georgina of Lago of All with customers Susan Richard and Paul Hodgkins.

About the Village Market

The Village Market is a social enterprise connecting organic and biodynamic farmers with consumers in York Region, and helping fund Waldorf education.

With more than 20 vendors including many local organic and biodynamic farmers,The Village Market offers an unusually wide selection of organic foods, from fresh greens to root vegetables, apples, fruits, milk, yogurt, beef, and chicken. We also feature a food-court style cafe with offerings from a number of different vendors of ready to eat food. While we strive to have only organic or biodynamic farmers, they are not all certified. Feel free to ask them about that. And while we ask prepared food vendors to use organic ingredients where possible, there may be some ingredients which are not organic. Once again, it's good to ask the vendors to be perfectly clear.

The Market is open Saturdays ONLY from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm, all year round except that we're closed after Christmas for one Saturday only.

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  Above: first field lettuce of 2017 grown by local biodynamic farmer Mike Lanigan June 17th.
  Above: local organic farmer Jim Giffen with radishes from his greenhouse, May 2017.

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Getting here by Transit

Getting to the Village Market by public transit from Toronto: Take the TTC Subway to Finch station. Then take the #88 (Bathurst) bus from Finch Station. Check the bus schedule at the York Region Transit (YRT) website. Get off at Teefy, cross Bathurst, and walk down from the Toronto Waldorf School's parking lot, down the footpath or down the drive to the school. The market is in the lower level of the school.

  .Above: Certified organic beef growers Kim Inglis and Paul DeJong win awards for their organic management practices from the conventional beef industr. Kim's no longer at the Market. They're moving farther north. However, Gaille Lieberthal is still selling off some of Kim and Paul's beef that's been in storage here in the freezer.

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