Out of all 7 days of the week, the hardest day to pick and choose which market to go to is Monday. Why? To my knowledge, there are plenty of markets on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, for instance, but only one farmers’ market on Monday! I’m game for just about any market so long as the weather cooperates, but because I made it a goal to visit as many markets on as many days as possible, I was a little bummed when I realized there was only one to go to on a Monday. It’s like when you’re reading a book that you love and when you finish it, you feel really sad that it’s over. Sigh. That’s how I felt when I first went to Sorauren, that it would be my only Monday market and when it was over, it’d be…well, over. While some markets are “must come backs” for me, other markets are one-time visits, and it’s only because some of them aren’t as accessible to me with the times and public transit.
I thank my lucky stars though that the Sorauren market on Mondays is located in an area which I can access without too much difficulty. Right off of Dundas Street West on the streetcar line, it’s just a short southbound walk on Sorauren Ave. It’s a lovely little park with lots of green grass, trees, and benches and my favourite part of it is the archway with cute little paintings on the side and a cursive ‘S’ for Sorauren up at the top. This is community; this is home. I could envision myself coming back to this market to pick up other fruits and veggies and to try some of the delicious baked goods!
There were lots of vendors at the market, selling everything from kale, heirloom tomatoes, swiss chard, squash, to baked goods made from spelt. While perusing the market’s wares (and sweating my tooshie off in the hot sun), I absolutely fell in love with these adorable baby carrots and baby yellow plums. With my track record, y’all know how all things cute and small make me squeal! I know what you’re thinking. “Aren’t you allergic to plums?!” I am. And although I could lie and say that I bought them solely for my mum and dad, I won’t. Because I didn’t. The baby yellow plums were so beautiful and so cute, I couldn’t pass them up and I thought to myself, “well, they’re little yellow ones. Maybe there’s a tiny chance I’m not allergic to these?” Wishful thinking on my part.
After bringing them home and giving them a quick rinse, we kept the little plums in an empty tofu tub (our kitchen is stocked with them!) and I could not stop sniffing them because they smelled so sweet and fresh. And that’s about the closest I would get to them after eating the tiniest one. Long story short, I tried the smallest plum of the bunch, revelled in its fresh sweetness and juiciness and then got stabbed by the allergy fairy anyway. Thankfully, the swelling in my throat wasn’t so severe that I needed to down a bottle of Benadryl, but it was apparent enough to make me whimper at my misfortune. The one tiny plum I had was so delicious. If you love succulent fruit and are not allergic to plums, you absolutely must come here to pick up a pint. Or even two. I can’t sing enough praises about them. They’re $2 a pint and well worth it.
Allergies or no allergies, I am so grateful for the market at Sorauren and I am really happy I was finally able to go last week. There are lovely people operating a wonderful market with so much to offer in a peaceful park. Hopefully when I come back next time it won’t be so hot so I can take my time and enjoy it more. I’m definitely looking forward to going back for some fresh fruit danishes and maybe some heirloom tomatoes to make some fancy pants grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches, or some colourful tomato sauce for pasta. In the meantime, I still have visions of (sugar) plums dancing in my head. Sigh.
The Sorauren farmers’ market is held on Mondays from 3pm-7pm in Sorauren Avenue Park. The easiest way to get here is by streetcar as Sorauren Ave. intersects with Dundas Street West out on the west end. If you’re envisioning major roads and intersections, Sorauren sits between Roncesvalles Ave. and Lansdowne Ave. For more info about the market and other events in the area pertaining to organic, local food, and the West End Food Co-op organization, click here.