I finally made it, everyone! After months and months of wanting to go, I finally made my way to Evergreen Brick Works for their amazing Saturday farmers’ market and marketplace and it was everything I imagined it would be and more. And I don’t think I could have planned the trip out more perfectly – during a long weekend with gorgeous weather to boot! I don’t even remember how or where I first learned about the Evergreen Brick Works site (or Don Valley Brick Works as it is/was otherwise known as); all I know is that once I knew about it, I had to go. It bummed me out enough over the summer knowing I hadn’t been able to make the trip all those months; there was no way I was going to miss out on one of the city’s largest weekend markets on one of the most beautiful fall weekends.
The Evergreen Brick Works site is so rich with history and so thoroughly woven into Toronto’s social fabric. After all, as the city’s chief brickmaking factory in the 1900s, it contributed much to Toronto’s architecture, infrastructure, economy, and community. Just like The Distillery District though, the industrial shutdown of the factory led to years of quiet site abandonment before its restoration, revitalization, and development in the late 1990s and early 2000.
The development of Evergreen Brick Works has done wonders for the city in so many ways. Not only does the space serve as one of the city’s most beautiful green spaces for biking, hiking, gardening, and nature conservation, but it has also transformed into a gathering space and cultural heritage site for artists, teachers, farmers, and community groups. Art studios and children’s programs have been created, workshops, classes, demos, and site tours take place every week, hundreds are drawn to the antiques market, marketplace, and farmers’ market every weekend, and charitable community events such as Picnic at the Brick Works and Toronto Underground Market have found turned the site into their home.
When you learn about Evergreen Brickworks, you learn so much about the local communities and about Toronto as a whole. For those of you who are 1) history buffs or 2) just interested in knowing more and seeing cool photos, definitely check out the St. Lawrence Market Gallery on the 2nd floor of the St. Lawrence Market. It’s free, there’s beautiful photos and artwork, and there’s plenty of articles and info to read about the Don River and the heritage site itself. In my opinion, much nicer than your school days history class 😉
My visit today was wonderful and coming here just makes me want to explore that much more. I want to take photos of all the gorgeous colourful trees and gardens in the area. I want to have a picnic lunch. I want to buy cookbooks from the marketplace. And because I enjoy being driven around in a cute, chubby bus, I want to ride the free shuttle bus from Broadview station again. I took a LOT of photos today, so I’ll be splitting up the posts over the next few days! Today’s collection of market photos: the pumpkin patch! 😀 Okay, so it’s not exactly a real pumpkin patch, but there were pumpkins everywhere so this is my compilation. Enjoy!
Evergreen Brick Works is located at 550 Bayview Ave. The farmers’ market takes place year-round every Saturday from 8am-1pm. If taking public transit, there is a free shuttle bus that operates 7 days a week beside Broadview subway station, as well as the 28A Davisville TTC bus that runs on Saturdays from 8am-3pm between Evergreen Brick Works and Davisville subway station. Click here to learn more the site, their events and programs, and how to get here by bus, bike, car, or foot.