Farmers and Vendors at the Village Market Saturday April 29th, 2017

Open Saturdays only, 8:00 - 1:30

Left: One of three types of micro-greens grown during the winter by farmer Jim Giffen in the greenhouses on his farm near Minesing (north of Barrie) Photo: Feb. 2017. Right: Kathryn from Earth Haven Biodynamic Farm with local biodynamic greenhouse Arugula from her farm near Tweed, Ontario. Photo April 15th, 2017.


Certified Organic or Biodynamic Farmers and Growers:

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. Mike will also have some imported fruit and produce to complete the selection during those times of year when a complete range of organic or biodynamic produce is not available from local sources. 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.

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

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 Farm biodynamic farmers from Tweed Ontario, raise vegetables, mushroooms and beef and publish a celestial planting calendar for gardeners and farmers.

Not-Certified Farmers and Growers:

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: 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.

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 is looking 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 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.

BAKER: Tan's Artisan Bakery is usually at the Market every week with their own original breads and 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: Styrian Gold pumpkin seed oil is usually at the Market every week. Armin now also sells homemade sauerkraut.

MAKER: Huron Sun sunflower seed oils made from locally grown organic sunflower seeds. Huron Sun will be here only til the end of April 2017.

MAKER: Lili Golbous who makes textile crafts of various kinds plans to be at the Market every week now.

RESELLER: Lago of All sells African-style cotton clothes and fabric every Saturdays at the Market.

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

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.

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

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

THERAPIST: Jeanne Inamco is now doing chair massage at the Village Market in the community room most Saturdays.

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 (pronounced Ezmay and Seeta).

THERAPIST: Marie Herrell is a practicing Osteopath who offers mini-treatments at the Market. Her specialty is treating allergies. Schedule: May 6th.

The following vendors will be away:

MAKER: Debbie McQuaite sells handmade chocolates and candlies, made with organic ingredients. She may not be back til the pre-Christmas season.

MAKER: Oli Ullmann makes body ecology diet fermented foods. Schedule: April 22nd.

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: TBD

RESELLER: Dael Wilson sources and sells local organic strawberries, raspberries, wild blueberries, apples and juice. Dael was here on April 15th and expects to send Alexandra here to sell his wild leeks on April 29th.

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: Spring 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

FARMER: Linda Kapeleris: Linda will be back in May 2017 with more heritage organic plants for your garden.

FARMER: Urban Harvest: will be back this spring (2017) with their ever popular local organic garden plants.

this page updated April 23, 2017

Above: Local organic farmer Linda Kapeleris with the first heritage eggs of the season, April 15th, 2017.

FREE Puppet Play Sat. May 13th

May 13th FREE PUPPET SHOW, titled "Caterpillar Friend" will take place in one of the Toronto Waldorf School kindergartens at 10:30 am

Usually these puppet plays are on the first Saturday of the month, but this month, in May, it will be on the second Saturday of the month, May 13th because the TWS parent event "Mayfest" is on May 6th.

Read Elyse Pomeranz's presentation to the OMB (Ontario Municipal Board) on behalf of trees slated for removal to make way for development in Richmond Hill

Read Armin Kluge's report on his recent 10th anniversary trip to his school in Cambodia.

Spring garden plants for May growing in the Country Meadows greenhouse of Linda Kapeleris, Apr. 2017

Photo above: Local organic greenhouse bok choy, at farmer Mike Lanigan's table, April 8th.

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 ten organic 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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Photo above: Cameron Birnie performs at the Village Market, accompanied by 5-yr-old Amira on the tambourine.

April 29th - Clara Moir
May 14 - Children's Violin and Flute Ensemble
May 27 - Phil Digby
June 10th - Cameron Birnie (photo)

  Above: Local organic farmer Peter Seenath and two bags of his mixed local organic greens, grown in a greenhouse on his certified organic garden near Brampton. Although this photo is from Dec. 10th, Peter had similar greens on Feb. 11th and he's planning to harvest some more for Feb 18th.
  Above: New spring veggies including these local organic baby spinach from farmer Mike Lanigan, April 8th, 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: Village Market farmer Jim Giffen's farm tour is coming up June 4th. Farmer Mike Lanigan won't be having a farm tour this year, after last year's biggest ever farm tour and feast, though he will have periodic visiting days for his new Farmhouse Garden Animal Home. The next visiting day is Sunday May 7th, 2017.

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