Last Tuesday was one of the most topsy-turvy days I’ve experienced all year. I was taking a vacation day from work as a “me” day and I had my fun day all planned out: lots of yummy food, walking around town, a little bit of shopping, and oh, going to the amazing Taste of PEI and PEI Cooking Challenge event taking place at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen in Liberty Village and MEETING MICHAEL SMITH! Holy shit on a stick. Rest assured, you will all see and hear about it once I get my wits together and bang out those posts in the new few days!
But was last Tuesday ever a rollercoaster. One minute I was in such happy conniptions I was ready to jump out of my skin, the next I wanted to cry because my head was pounding so hard from an oncoming migraine that couldn’t decide if it wanted to just call it a day and leave me alone once and for all or, well, kill me. I could not believe my rotten luck. SERIOUSLY. On the day I was set to immerse myself in PEI cuisine and Michael Smith’s presence. The sheer coincidence was worthy of an eye-roll and a few choice curse words at the very least. It really shouldn’t have come as any surprise though. The weather had been shit: it was cool and overcast, then drizzly, then back to overcast, then sunny and warm, then uncomfortably warm and it’s any wonder I made it through the entire day in one piece.
Then as soon as I thought the dull pain in my head had subsided, my feet decided to revolt against me. I mean, I know I was walking around town in Mary Janes but in my defense, they had nice rubber soles and were quite comfortable aside from the fact that the strap on my right shoe was strangling my right foot because my right foot is lame and is slightly bigger than my left.
Even after that, I made it out at the end of the day happy and excited and so full of joy. And a part of that joy came from making a return visit to the farmers’ market at Trinity Bellwoods! It was Tuesday, the event didn’t start until 4pm, the market started at 3pm, and I was only a hop, skip, and step away from Ossington which would take me straight into Liberty Village on bus.
IT WAS MEANT TO BE.
I miss going to weekday markets SO MUCH. Coming back to this one felt like home. I snapped photos of beautiful asparagus, granola cookies, the pretty rainbow of colours in Evelyn’s Crackers’ packaging (my boyfriend is quite the fan of their stuff and I’d recommend their lavender shortbread!), the cutest of mushrooms and baked goods among other yummies. Highlights? Seeing Apple Mint being sold by Wooler Dale Farm (I didn’t know such a thing existed!), drooling over lemon ricotta croissants and apple, coconut, almond granola from Breadsong, snapping shots of the gorgeous yellow oyster mushrooms from The Mushroom Man from Waymac Farms (can you imagine how awesome these would look on a mixed mushroom pizza or flatbread?! It’d be gorgeous and most likely delicious), and seeing the giant Trinity Bellwoods market banner strung over the fence by the kids playground in the park.
Markets are so integral to our communities and woven so tightly into our communal fabric. It’s a beautiful thing to see and an even more beautiful thing to be a part of regardless of what part of town the market is in or the size of it. No matter how many times you go to the same market, there will always be something a little different to see, to try, and to explore. Looking back at my Trinity Bellwoods market posts, with the exception of nice asparagus in the spring posts, nothing is exactly the same and that’s a good thing because while consistency is nice, it’s the new and the different that will keep things fresh and keep everyone engaged. I’m happy I braved my head pain to make this visit and while I didn’t pick anything up to bring home this time around, I can’t wait to come back later on in the summer during my time off and really take advantage of the market groceries!
The farmers’ market at Trinity Bellwoods Park is located at Dundas St. West and Shaw St. every Tuesday from 3pm-7pm.