A Cozy Market That’s Fresh and Local – Earth & City, Nice Buns, and More at the CSI Lunchtime Market! Part I

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With fall in full swing and winter approaching, you might be inclined to think that that the farmers’ markets in the city have slowed things down.  Truth?  They haven’t.  Although many markets have recently packed up for the year, there are still plenty that are raring to go every week, offering more amazing food, baked goods, and fresh produce than ever before.  There are so many markets I want to revisit now that they’ve moved indoors for the rest of the season and into the new year, and I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ll have in store for the holidays! 

When I first started going to the markets on a weekly basis in late spring (sometimes visiting more than one in a week), I thought, “what will I do once they’re gone for the season?”  I thought I had exhausted most of my options over the course of the summer and the first month and a half of fall.  I was well aware that some of them operated year-round, but I still wondered how I was going to keep things active on the market front aside from going to one here and there during the winter. 

I had been bitten by the market bug and I wanted more.  I craved for the opportunity to keep learning, to keep growing and, of course, to keep bringing home delicious food!  Lucky for me, the market fairy came knocking on my door last month.  I was finding out about new markets sprouting up and new ways to engage in market culture.  I started reading magazine articles, learning more about circulating petitions and local market events (if I only I had known about Foodstock sooner!), following farms, vendors, and local businesses on Twitter as I came across them, and just immersing myself in whatever literature that was available to me. 

One particular market discovery in October has captured my heart: the Lunctime Market at the Centre for Social Innovation.  I admit it, I’m a devoted groupie.  After my first visit to the market at CSI in the Annex, I’ve become so invested in following this market and finding out as much as I can about the businesses that participate and how the market came to be in the first place as the market didn’t even exist during the spring and summer months.  I’m super excited to share these photos with you all tonight and I can’t wait to talk about the idea behind this growing market, and the wonderful, delicious food from Earth & City and Nice Buns tomorrow!  Be prepared – it’s going make you monstrously hungry.


The Centre for Social Innovation (Spadina) is located at 215 Spadina Ave. on the 2nd and 4th floors of the Robertson Building.  They also have a location in the Annex at 720 Bathurst Street, just south of Bloor Street West and Lennox.  Nice Buns is located at 402 Queen Street East (visit their Facebook page here) and Earth and City serves several farmers’ markets in the city (most notably the market at Wychwood Barns on Saturday and the Sorauren market on Monday), as well as Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington Market.  They do catering and orders, so visit their site and blog here for more information on their food, mission, and menu.

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