I’m so excited because tomorrow is the kick off of Nathan Phillips Square’s Fresh Wednesdays outdoor farmers’ market on Queen St. West! I hope you all liked the photos I posted from Trinity Bellwoods last week of my first farmers’ market trip of the summer. I’m going to make it my goal to attend at least one farmers’ market each week (at least for the summer anyway) and to show you all the goods! I went to Nathan Phillips Square’s Fresh Wednesdays last summer and had such a great time looking at all the fresh fruit and vegetables, taking photos, soaking in the hustle and bustle, and trying out some new eats like gooseberries! 😀 They have everything from fresh produce to bread and baked goods to food vendors firing up corn on the cob, potato pancakes, and pulled pork sandwiches!
Nathan Phillips Square and its surrounding area, located at the intersection of Bay St. and Queen St. W., holds a very special place in my heart. I know this blog showcases all of my foodie adventures around the city and my exploration walks and everything, but my life hasn’t always revolved around these activities. Having moved to Markham from Scarborough at 13, I never used to spend time in the city until my very late teens and early twenties, not because I didn’t have an interest, but mainly because I had overprotective parents and also because university undergrad just didn’t allow me that kind of time to devote to exploration at that capacity.
When I did begin spending more time downtown, I would always stick myself around the Eaton Centre area. It just made sense at the time given how I would take the GO to and from Union Station. It was my “home base” so to speak, an area in which I felt comfortable and an area in which I could always get my bearings. From there, I would push myself to get out of this comfort zone, to get to know different neighbourhoods, and to extend further into more unfamiliar areas. Thus, in the beginning, Bay St. and Nathan Phillips Square was my downtown “home” and till this day, it still feels like a home. I have great memories of branching out and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy knowing I’ve grown and learned so much from these experiences. I hope you all enjoy these photos from last summer’s Fresh Wednesdays and I’ll have a fresh batch for you tomorrow! It’s going to be a gorgeous day out, so go out and enjoy it if you can because I sure am 😀
Nathan Phillips Square is located at 100 Queen St. West at the intersection of Queen and Bay St. Fresh Wednesdays is an outdoor farmers’ market that runs on the grounds every Wednesday from 10am-2pm from June 1st to October 19th, excluding September 28th.