I woke up this morning to a chill in the air, put on a zippy sweater and hankerchief scarf, and prepared myself for a glorious day out in the city. I was really excited for my first farmers’ market of September today and I’m looking forward to so many more this fall, especially since this is my first year visiting the markets on such a regular basis. I can’t wait to see pumpkins, squash, gourds, cranberries, more apples, and everything else the fall harvest has to offer. It was overcast for most of the day today but I welcomed the lack of summer heat and relished in the fresh coolness instead. It felt so good today. Crisp, clean, cool, breezy, and perfect for walking around town and strolling through a market in the park. The last time I went to the market at Trinity Bellwoods was back in May, so I thought, “what better time to make a return visit than the first week of September? A visit at the cusp of summer and fall means a lot of new things to see!”
My feet were a little sore from my long walk akong Dundas West, but my spirits were high and I smiled when I saw the big, bustling crowd hovering in and around the market at Trinity Bellwoods. Babies were playing on playmats on the grass, people were lugging around bulging bags of fresh vegetables, and everyone was in happy, carefree spirits. It’s the best possible energy to be around and it’s engaging and infectious. Things looked vastly different from my first visit back in the spring. At the time, there was an abundance of asparagus, spinach, rhubarb, fruit and oatmeal cookies, and lots of bread and baked desserts.
The bread and baked desserts have stayed, but everything else has changed and it was so awesome seeing the vibrant fall colous at the market. They were absolutely beautiful and so perfect for the start of fall with burnt oranges, bright reds, and golden yellows at every other table of goodies. There were wooden baskets and barrels spilling out with tons of radishes, beets, parsnips, carrots, apples, corn, mini squashes, and pears and even though I knew summer wasn’t officially over, I could already hear the leaves and grass crunching under my feet and I could already feel the excitment and anticipation of carrying home bushels and baskets of fall goodies. All of this would drive any foodie’s mind in circles with all the possible fall dishes these fruits and vegetables could be a part of including fall stews, soups, risottos, baked desserts, and many more.
You all know I have a hard time leaving the market empty-handed so for the first time ever, I picked up a HUGE, leafy fresh bunch of kale and this baby is going in the pot for dinner sometime this week! I’m so happy I was introduced to this vegetable last year. I could munch on a whole plate of the stuff all by its lonesome with nothing on it and be a happy camper. I may have walked away from the adorable teeny yellow tomatoes and homemade blueberry scones I saw today, but I walked away with a very beautiful vegetable and as an added bonus, it made it all the way home with me sans the squish. I’d say the fall farmers’ market score card is off to a fantabulous start so far 😀
The farmers’ market at Trinity Bellwoods Park is located at Dundas St. West and Shaw St. every Tuesday from 3pm-7pm until October 25th. The next time you’re there, be sure to also sign the petition to prevent the increase in farmers’ market user fees. You can also access and sign the petition, and learn more, online here.