I can’t believe it’s already been three weeks since my last CSI farmers’ market post! I don’t know if it’s just the hustle and bustle surrounding Christmas and the upcoming holidays or if I’m losing track of my days (probably a little bit of both), but the days are whipping by and there’s so much to do and see I’m driving myself mad trying to do everything I want to do without making myself sick! If you can believe it, there are still markets I haven’t been to yet and I am making it my mission to get to them during the winter months.
I have yet to visit the indoor market at Eglinton Park, the market at Wychwood Barns (I KNOW, it’s one of the biggest, most popular markets in the city! I did try to get to it once but I showed up late because I got confused with the time and missed the whole thing. Sigh.), and a few of the markets that have moved indoors are still waiting for me. Farmers’ marketing during the winter definitely isn’t as easy as it is during the summer, but I enjoy maintaining this part of the blog, even if it means going out of my way to visit a market on a specific day and time.
It’s been a few weeks since my last CSI market trip and I miss it. I’m so sad that the market will be coming to an end by mid-December and you can bet your bottom cupcake I’ll be trying my darn hardest to make it out to one of the last lunchtime markets of the year. At this point, I’m not certain if the CSI lunchtime markets will still be around come the new year, but either way, it’s been one heck of a wonderful ride watching this market grow and I’ve enjoyed growing with it so much. I love seeing what healthy and delicious food Cassandra and Lisa of Earth & City dish up for every market, and the sight of chubby, pillow-soft bread and baked goods by Sara of Nice Buns makes my mouth water and makes me wish the table was an edible ball pit I could flounce around in while nibbling on said bread buns. I can dream.
Sara brought in her famous cocoa sourdough and fougasse breads, biscotti, and zucchini loaf and along with those, she had a platter of apple walnut cinnamon buns of monumental proportions and an overflowing basket of fluffy white bread buns! I tried some of Sara’s white bread and I couldn’t believe how amazingly delicous it was! I mean, all the baked goods are yummy, but this bread just brought a whole new level of foodgasmness to the ball game (and yes, I said foodgasmness. If people can make up the word foodgasm, I can make up suffixes to go with it!). It was so incredibly soft it melted in my mouth. I enjoy bread the most when I can eat it by itself. Bread is versatile, but the true test of tastiness is when you can eat it without any meat, any vegetables, or any condiments slathered on it. And these white bread buns were so good they would entice anyone to grab five and inhale them all in one sitting.
In addition to the apple cinnamon walnut buns and white bread, this particular visit to the CSI market was a new and exciting treat because the market had some new faces and yummies! Fresh City Farms and Boardwalk Chocolates were right there alongside Earth & City, Nice, Buns, and Chocosol with their fruits, vegetables, and vegan chocolates and it was so great seeing new faces and others joining in on the market action. There’s so much I want to write, so I’m going to continue my big write-up tomorrow and leave you with a whopping batch of Nice Buns market photos from my last visit. The market won’t be around for long so enjoy a lunch and grab all the great food while you still can at this wonderful little market.
Nice Buns is located at 402 Queen Street East, Unit 2, just east of Parliament Street. Sara’s fresh baked goods can also be enjoyed at the 99MRKT, Red Line Coffee and Espresso Bar, and Depanneur on College Street. The Lunctime Markets at the Centre for Social Innovation in the Annex and on Spadina take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays respectively from 11:30am-1pm. The Centre for Social Innovation (Annex) is located at 720 Bathurst Street, just south of Bloor Street West and Lennox. They also have a location on Spadina at 215 Spadina Ave., 4th floor.