Food is Fuel, Medicine, and Love – A Photo Spotlight on Cafe Belong at Evergreen Brick Works, Part I

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It’s the first day of August, so let’s start the month off with a bang!  I’ve wanted to dine at Cafe Belong at Evergreen Brick Works for over a year now but never even took a baby step towards doing so because the pricing is definitely more of a special occasions type of range.  But I took the plunge and had my first meal here recently and I can’t wait to tell you all about the darling of locavore, seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine in Toronto.  Even though I had never enjoyed their food or dining experience until now, I was still able to snap some photos throughout many of my visits to the Brick Works, so consider this a mini photo montage of sorts.  They have a beautiful outdoor patio, a fresh and inviting dining room, and a cafe area where all the baked goods, snacks, and java action happens, and a beautiful space with kitchenware and home decor.  It’s a space that grows and thrives on change and seasons and I’m so excited to share my first food experience with you all.   

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Cafe Belong is located at Evergreen Brick Works at 550 Bayview Ave.  They are open for weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, and lunch and dinner 7 days a week from 11:30am-10pm from Monday-Friday, and 11am-10pm on weekends.  Click HERE to view menus and to read more about this wonderful locavore cafe.

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Sampling Cheese, Picking Up Dips & Cornbread, and Seeing Beautiful Food – Summer at Evergreen Brick Works

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Going to Evergreen Brick Works always feels like a special day trip right here in the city.  It’s like a little oasis, combining urban and grassroots with its nature trails, scenic gardens, and historic industrial heritage.  Evergreen Brick Works is a thriving hubbub of activity with so much more than just their Saturday morning farmers’ market to offer.  There are site tours, outdoor fitness activities, gardening and cooking workshops, programs and camps for children, film screenings, family pizza nights, tastings, beer and brewery gardens, a Sunday morning antique market, local food festivals, a lovely cafe and farm-to-table restaurant, a portion of the area dedicated to cycling and hiking with workshops and community events, expos and installations (they’re currently promoting their MOVE: Transportation Expo and let me tell you, it is fantastic!), and of course, the venue and host of some of the city’s most popular food events such as Toronto Underground Market and most recently, Lobster Love. 

My latest visit was my first since Earth Day in April and my first during the summer months in general!  I had never been to the Brick Works in the summer before so I was itching to visit the beautiful and gigantic outdoor market to pick up some delicious food, in addition to checking out the MOVE expo, eating at Cafe Belong (you knew a blog post on Cafe Belong would come eventually!), and walking around the grounds a little bit on a warm summer morning.  It was wonderful.  I was there bright and early, just before it got too hot and being there felt so nice and invigorating.  The farmers’ market was already crawling with a large crowd of people and it was so exciting to see the market in its summer form. 

I drooled over the fresh corn tortillas by Maizal, nibbled on one very delicious pork sausage and cheese roll that my boyfriend had bought (piggy in a cheese blanket!), sampled some amazing cheeses, and picked up some corn bread, two spreads and dips by Mad Mexican (a turtle black bean and jalapeno dip and a roasted tomatillo and avocado salsa!), and a beautiful and delicous fresh fruit tart with kiwi, candied oranges, and tiny bright red gooseberries!  Gooseberries aren’t something you see very often on baked goods and pastries and they were so sweet and cute dangling from their stem, all chubby-like in their cluster.  I wanted to share with you all some of my favourite photos from the market that morning and some of the things I loved the most including garlic scape pesto, gorgeous heirloom and yellow tomatoes, bright and colourful swiss chard stems, pints of blueberries and tomatillo peppers, “rainbow” green, yellow, and purple wax beans (these beans make for fabulous salads!), and lots of cheese!

I also love, love, LOVE that a whole section of the market is dedicated to prepared food.  It makes it so much to fun to eat and grocery shop at the same time!  On hand in the EBW market “food court” were LPK with their vegan baked goods, Chocosol, Mad Mexican chips, salsas, and dips along with Maizal corn tortillas, crepes, grilled cheese and scrambled egg sandwiches, cupcakes, salad plates, scones, waffles, and so much more.  One of these days I will do a market “food court” post and get a bunch of different things to show you all!  This visit was probably my most favourite out of all my trips and it was so much fun seeing Evergreen in all its summer glory.    

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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.

Beer, Beer, Beer – Bed, Bed, Bed! Tacos, Hot & Spicy Food, Pizza Nights, and BEER Events in July!

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Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day, everyone!  I know not all of you are Canadian, but you read Ate by Ate so that makes you an honourary one in my book!  Today was absolute MADNESS in the city!  It was hot, scorching, and disgusting but that certainly didn’t deter any of the festivities that were going on in town: Pride parade, Euro, our Blue Jays game, Harbourfront Centre food events up the wazoo, and plenty of farmers’ marketing and patio dining all across town.  Let it be known that I typically don’t go out on Canada Day, in the sense of being out on the town.  In the past, I’ve either been working (hello, garden centre!), visiting my grandparents, or staying home to catch up on sleep and eat pizza.  But this time, things were different and boy, did I ever have a blast being out today!  I was hot, sticky, and gross and I was thisclose to coming down with a migraine because of the heat, but I’m back home squeaky clean, feeling much better, and ready to start July with a bang!  Here’s some of the great food stuff we can look forward to this month:

New markets and market events: 401 Richmond is now hosting a farmers’ market and local food market in the building’s lounge on Tuesdays from 4pm-6pm, and while you’re at it, check out their beautiful rooftop garden!  I haven’t been to the market, but I have been to the rooftop garden and it is absolutely beautiful.  There’s such peace and tranquility up there and I think it’s great spot to enjoy a quiet bite and a good book.  It’s a green space that everyone should take advantage of, so definitely check out when the rooftop garden is open with the staff. 

401 Richmond Rooftop Garden!

And speaking of local food, Constance Dykun and Rachel Silva of Monforte Dairy have finally opened their local food market shop, Crème Fraîche, at 639 Annette St. in the Junction in the west end!  Here you can find Monforte cheeses, DeFloured baked goods, bread from St. John’s Bakery, ChocoSol goodies, and more.  I can’t wait to eventually check out their shop and get in some yummy Junction eats while I’m at it!

Find Monforte Dairy and more at the new local food market shop, Crème Fraîche, in the Junction!

July is the month of BEER!  Oh my good lord is this month ever overflowing with beer!  For all of you who love your malts, stouts, and ale, this month is your month.  First off, Evergreen Brick Works is hosting a beer party in honour of Canada Day weekend from 12pm-4pm TOMORROW, appropriately named the Constitutional Draught at Brewer’s Backyard!  In addition to the event at EBW, The Stop is hosting 4, count ’em FOUR, Beer Gardens this month!  Taking place each and every Sunday from 1pm-5pm, you’ll be able to enjoy local Ontario beer with some fabulous nibbles to go along with your ice cold beverage.  The Stop’s Beer Gardens are spaces where you can taste and sample, learn about local beer purveyours and breweries, and meet people in the business.  Oh, and did I also mention that July 27th marks the 18th Annual Toronto Festival of Beer?!  Held at Exhibition Place, this highly anticipated event will feature over 200 brands on-site to sample and purchase, the World of Beer Pavilion highlighting the brews of Quebec, the Brewmaster’s Series where attendees can take advantage of workshops and seminars, and so much more!

Taco Takedown and many other food events & festivals!

July also welcomes the return of Summerlicious (July 6 – 22) and Tasty Thursdays (July 12 – August 30) and a host of food festivals including Harbourfront Centre’s Hot & Spicy Food Festival and its many cooking demos, food markets, and shows (July 20 – 22),  Albion-Islington’s Fusion of Taste Festival (July 21), and Evergreen Brick Works’ Family Pizza Nights series every Tuesday from 6pm-9pm! 

Harbourfront Centre is seriously dishing out the eats this summer and I am so, so excited for this particular event: TACO TAKEDOWN!  On July 20 from 6:30-9pm, attendees will have the chance to stuff themselves silly with sample platters of tacos from taco shops and chefs from all over the city, vote for their favourites, and crown a winner the end of the night!  This is somewhat similar to February’s Vegan Bake-Off where everyone gets to sample different things from different businesses and providers and at the end, vote on a winner.  I was extremely bummed about missing out on the Vegan Bake-Off (I couldn’t get in the door!) and I’m telling you, I’ve already penciled the Taco Takedown into my calendar.  I do not want to miss out on this!

Wine, cheese, and honey tasting at Le Dolci!

Finally, to sweeten up and cool down the heat this month, Lisa Kates (aka. Food Gyspy and Soup Queen!) is hosting a cooking class, tasting, and seminar on Cold Soup at the Culinarium on July 11 where you’ll learn everything you need to know in order to make delicious chilled soups that are perfect for summer entertaining, while the ladies at Le Dolci are hosting their very first cheese, honey, and wine tasting!  Mix sweet and savoury at this tasty soiree on July 8 at their new studio on Dundas Street West where you’ll get the chance to learn and sample wine, honey, and cheese pairings with the help of Rosewood Estates.

There is SO much more waiting in the wings and if you can believe it, I’m not finished with July’s Food Calendar – it is the largest one yet so don some shades, slather on the sunscreen, and get ready for one hefty month of summer eats!

Fresh Market Produce & Asparagus Love – Farmers’ Market News, Updates, & Events for the Upcoming Season!

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In just 5 days we’ll be welcoming the beautiful spring month of May and we all know what that means: outdoor farmers’ market season, fresh market produce overflowing from bulging canvas tote bags, and oodles of asparagus!  I know the last part makes many people giddy with glee so I just had to throw that in there!  There are SO many markets and market events to look forward to in the coming weeks and months and I am bursting at the seams with excitement!  

Just the other day I looked over at my sidebar and realized I had 44 (44!) farmers’ market and local food market posts and till this day, I can’t believe how much fun it’s been visiting all these markets and writing about the Good Food Sector and local food movement.  What an incredible difference a year makes.  Last May, my tastebuds were still unacquainted with Earth & City‘s amazing raw, vegan food, Toronto’s big-time markets, Evergreen Brick Works and The Stop at Wychwood Barns, weren’t even close to entering my orbit, and it would be months before Toronto Office Markets graced the city with its local food and first appearance.

Because of the sheer number of posts in the Farmers’ Market category and series, I’ve started to break things down to make it easier for you all to find some of the posts.  It’ll continue to grow as I visit certain markets more and more, but for the time being, I’ve broken part of the series down into 5 markets.  You can now easily check these posts out in these subcategories on the sidebar:

There’s lot of news to share, so let’s hop to it!  The city will be dishing out some brand new markets in previously unchartered market territory while annual favourites will make their highly anticipated return to the summer spotlight.  New markets include Edwards Gardens at the Toronto Botanical Garden (OH.MY.GOD!) on Thursdays and the Junction Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, while markets in the Distillery District, University of Toronto (St. George), and Bay-Adelaide have yet to be confirmed at this point.  My eyes and ears are on high alert though so I’ll report back if and when I find out anything new about these ones!

In addition, the beloved Eglinton Appletree market celebrated its last indoor market this past Thursday in the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre and will be RELOCATING to Mount Pleasant Village for the spring and summer market season!  I just read about all the trouble this market has faced in recent weeks with its relocation to the Yonge-Eglinton area, what with the construction and closure of the Yonge-Eglinton Pedestrian Square and the closure and sale of the Canada Post outlet and front terrace property a block north.  I’m really excited about the temporary relocation of the Appletree market to Mount Pleasant Village, but good lord at all the bureaucracy.  For those of you who are interested in reading about the market’s recent updates and news, click here.

Finally, let’s talk annual market festivities and special farmers’ market events!  I’ll give everyone the lowdown in greater detail in May’s Food Calendar, but for the time being, here’s the scoop: May marks the return of Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market, an all-day street festival with food vendors, live music, and a ton of fun!  Pedestrian Sundays take place on the last Sunday of every month from May to October and I’ve only ever been to one once so I’m hoping to change that this summer.  Fresh Wednesdays at Nathan Philips Square return in June, Tasty Thursdays return in July, and Evergreen Brick Works will be celebrating its’ 6th birthday on May 5th so get ready tp break out the noisemakers and party hats because it’s going to be one big, happy occasion!

And to make the month of May even more special?  Mark your calendars for Jamie Oliver’s global Food Revolution Day on May 19th!  Our dear Mardi of Eat.Live.Travel.Write and Food Bloggers of Canada is spearheading the Toronto leg of this initiative, campaign, and inaugural day of action and I’m going to do whatever I can to help her out, including promoting events happening in the city and spreading the word!  This is all preliminary, sneak peek information to get us pumped and ready for the season, so I’ll let you all know when I have the official goods!     

Being involved has been a rewarding, eye-opening experience and it has made me appreciate the food I eat, the people who produce it, and the conditions under which the food is produced so much more.  When I started this market project on the blog last May, I had no idea I would become as dedicated as I have to it.

Celebrating Our Earthly Riches With a Market & a Vegetarian, Vegan Food Fair – Earth Day at Evergreen Brick Works

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Apple jelly at the marketplace!

Happy Earth Day weekend everyone!  Whether you’re spending the weekend gardening, spring cleaning, tree planting, or farmers’ marketing, I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!  I’ve been looking forward to Evergreen Brick Works’ special Earth Day farmers’ market and vegan food fair for the past month and even with the threat of impending icky weather (cold wind and rain?  Oh, joy), I wasn’t deterred in the least.  I love markets and food fairs too much to miss out on them because of not-nice weather and I’m so happy I decided to stick to my plan of going because coming back to the Brick Works made me realize how much I missed it.  I hadn’t been back since Thankgiving last October and I was really disappointed when I didn’t get around to making another trip during the Christmas holidays, so a spring market trip was definitely in order! 

Today’s Earth Day festivities was comprised of three fun things: the Evergreen Brick Works gourmet food and merchant marketplace, the Saturday farmers’ market, and the vegan food fair.  The Brick Works’ marketplace is one of my favourite parts of this eco community because there are always new, seasonal goodies and items to see and purchase.  Grainy mustards, olive oils, balsamic vinegars, preserves, jarred and canned foods (check out the pretty jars of apple jelly up top!), kitchen accessories, gifts, food books, and so much more.  The philsophy and mandate behind Evergreen Brick Works is food sustainability and accessibility, eco awareness, and supporting local farmers, food producers, and businesses while providing avenues for learning, growing, and being inspired. 

The beautiful green space at Evergreen

I love ogling the selection of books at the marketplace, especially the ones about the farm-to-table philosphy and ones championing fresh farm ingredients (a book about farm-to-table breakfasts in Prince Edward County by Elizabeth Pulkner?!  OH.MY.GOD) and I guess this is because it’s a topic I honestly haven’t grown up being surrounded by and learning about.  It fascinates me and it makes me want to learn more.  I may never be a locavore and I think I’ll always be a city girl at heart as opposed to a country girl, but there’s certainly nothing stopping me from educating myself about the good food sector and broadening my breadth of knowledge and food options. 

As much as I wanted to pick up a cupcake apron, every single book, and a jar of apple jelly and mustard though, I settled for some kettle chips by Covered Bridge to take home for my mum.  Sweet potato with cinnamon and brown sugar?  Yes, please.  The books, condiments, and cute baking outfit would have to wait for another day because I still had a farmers’ market and vegan food fair to entertain!  While I was excited to see what the Saturday market had in store for me, I was especially excited about the vegan food fair.  I couldn’t wait to see who would be there and what goodies I could pick up. 

And it’s here that I’ll preface the following by saying that the vegan food fair wasn’t, well…exactly what I had in mind.  Partly because I was hoping for a bigger fair (there were about 6 vendors with prepared food ranging from juice to chocolate to soups to crepes) and partly because it wasn’t entirely vegan.  In attendance were Cruda Cafe (a vegetarian and vegan eatery located in the St. Lawrence Market), ChocoSol, Augie’s Gourmet Ice Pops and Soups (she’s often at the Toronto Office Markets and Sorauren farmers’ market), and Clément’s Crépes (who you can find at the Dufferin Grove market on Thursdays from 3pm-7pm!) among others. 

I thought many of the food options were great for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, but unfortunately, not everything was entirely vegan.  Even though I know this point may not matter to some people (“well, at least it’s vegetarian…”), I know it matters to many others, especially when the food fair was clearly advertised as being a VEGAN food fair.  I know the principle matters (going to a vegan food fair and knowing there are no animal products at the event), so that’s the place I’m writing from and it’s just unfortunate that it ended up being a slight flop for me.

The bustling, indoor farmers' market!

Hot and fresh apple beignets!

I did enjoy the farmers’ market though and it was my first visit to their indoor one so it was a fun experience.  There was amazing live music (I actually thought the music was filtering through a radio!) and there were so many happy, excited little ones at the market with their families, dancing to the music.  It was impossible not to feed off of the energy of everyone milling about in the venue buying bread, sampling cheese, eating fresh cut herb fries with aioli, carrying around fresh waffles with whipped cream and chocolate sauce…should I go on?  It felt like a market mixed in with the carnival and I had the pleasure of trying some hot and fresh (right out of the vat!) apple beignets tossed in cinnamon sugar!   

Despite the reservations I had with the food fair not being entirely vegan, I really enjoyed my time at the Brick Works and I love what the space represents in the grand scheme of things: grow it, learn it, make it, eat it.  There’s an organic fludity that flows throughout the community, bringing together how we grow and cultivate our food, how we use the Earth’s riches to create beautiful works of art (both culinary and otherwise), how the emphasis is on preserving, sustaining, and respecting the environment as best as we can while going about these culinary endeavours, and learning to appreciate the diversity and richness of food from our Earth. 

The eco site is like a unified collection of thoughts and processes: learning how to grow food with the least amount of damage to the Earth from their gardens, learning how to cook it via their seminars and classes, how to taste and savour it from their markets, events, and cafe, and finally, finding ways to give back and help the communities that don’t have access to these food luxuries by way of community building, fundraising, and educating.  There’s so much more to explore and I am happy that this space is here for us to enjoy.  Happy Earth Day weekend, everyone.  

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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.

April Showers Bring Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Easter Sweets, and an Earth Day Farmers’ Market & Vegan Food Fair!

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Sweet Easter treats, National Grilled Cheese Month, a vegan food fair, and a month-long fundraising event in support of The Stop Community Food Centre – well, April is looking like one very foodielicious month!  While I was really hoping Veggielicious would be returning for a second round this spring, it doesn’t look as though it’ll be taking place until later on in the year (if at all) so I have my sights and stomach set on a number of other spring food events that I’m just as excited about! 

First off, April is National Grilled Cheese Month!  I didn’t even know such an occasion existed until I saw a special Cheesewerks ad promoting it in the current spring issue of CityBites magazine.  A whole month devoted to cheese and grilled cheese?!  OH.MY.GOD.  One of my favourite breakfast indulgences during university and grad school was to go to one of the best places on campus, Blueberry Hill, for an order of over easy eggs and toast and a foodgasmic cheddar grilled cheese.  It was all sorts of heaven in my mouth and belly.  I love grilled cheese but don’t eat it often enough to satiate my cravings, so this month is as good a time as any to go a little grilled cheese crazy. 

Cheesewerks, located at Bathurst and Wellington, is spearheading this month of toasty, ooey gooey cheesy goodness with an entire month of promotions, new menu items, and lunch specials which everyone can keep up with on their official website and on their Twitter @CHEESEWERKS.  For other delicious grilled cheeses, you can check out the Leslieville Cheese Market on Queen Street East (pictured above), Grilled Cheese in Kensington Market, and Cool Hand Luc on King Street West just to name a few!  The crunchy, melty grilled cheese and veggie sandwich you see up top is courtesy of T&T Bakery & Cafe on Main Street Markham, one of my favourite places in my neck of the woods.  I am so looking forward to going to Cheesewerks and the Leslieville Cheese Market sometime this month (hopefully!), and I would love to check out other sandwich spots to see what other grilled cheese gems I can find.  Feel free to share your favourite grilled cheese experiences and stories! 

April also marks The Stop Community Food Centre’s Stop For Food fundraising event and initiative taking place during the entire month of April at 20 different restaurants across the city.  Stop by any of the participating restaurants (the list can be viewed here), add $5 to the total of your dinner bill (or lunch bill at the Drake Hotel, pictured above), and know that the additional $5 will raise money for The Stop’s drop-in and hunger-fighting food programs. 

In addition, April wouldn’t be April without an Earth Day celebration!  Evergreen Brick Works will be holding a special Earth Day farmers’ market on Saturday, April 21st as well as a vegan food fair!  What you see below are vegan sweet potato doughnut holes tossed in maple sugar by Toronto’s LPK Culinary Groove from a previous market!  I am so excited about this market and food fair, especially considering how I haven’t been back to the Brick Works since last fall.  And it just so happens that Cafe Belong at EBW is a participating restaurant in The Stop’s Stop For Food event, so it’s a great tie-in and a great way for Cafe Belong to do what they always strive to do: showcase some of Ontario’s tastiest, local seasonal ingredients that are at the peak of their freshness.  Earth Day and fundraising all rolled into one!

Here on Ate by Ate, I’ll be promoting the *NEW* Oreo Anniversary Series throughout the month and beyond, as well as the new Sushi Lunch Special series!  There’s so much to look forward to in the coming weeks including more supper clubs and food events at The Depanneur, more farmers’ markets waiting in the wings (the Lunchtime Office Markets just might be making their into Liberty Village!  Fingers crossed), and LOTS of Easter fun including Easter brunches and a sweet Easter dessert tour around Kensington Market!  For a full listing of April’s food events, check out the Food Calendar up on the main menu bar.

The Fall Harvest Series – Today’s Thanksgiving! Enjoying Baked Goodies From Evergreen Brick Works, Part III

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Happy Thansgiving to all my fellow Canadian lovelies!  I hope everyone’s had a fun and relaxing long weekend and I hope you all got the chance to eat some amazing food, with or without the turkey!  I’ve had a fabulous weekend, going to Evergreen Brick Works with my family for the first time, having a delicious Sunday brunch at Cardinal Rule (blog post forthcoming!), visiting two more markets on Sunday, and catching up on some much needed sleep today!  There’s so much that I want to do and see still (I still want to get in an apple orchard visit for starters!), and I feel like the days and weeks go by so quickly I can never get everything I want done actually done.  I will say though that this weekend was fantastic and I’m glad I got to fit in so much of what I wanted to do. 

I am bummed though that I wasn’t able to get out and capture a Thanksgiving meal to the nines for you all though.  There were some amazing Thanksgiving feasts being put on by some really places in the city, but the timing just didn’t work out for me.  No extravagent Thanksgiving meal photos – not for this year anyway!  Even though my family and I fancy the idea of traditional Thanksgiving food (you know, the roast turkey, potatoes, cranberry sauce, that kind of thing), there have been very few times in my life that I’ve actually had that type of meal with all the trimmings.  Just think, the first time I ever had pumpkin pie was last October and the last time our family did the big Thanksgiving dinner with the turkey was five years ago!

Mini pumpkins from Kensington Market. Awww ❤

Amazing mini buns from Evergreen Brick Works!

Do I wish that I had more of those meals to enjoy?  Sure I do, but at the same time, I’ve been really happy just having fun with the season in other ways.  I love fall comfort food and baking, and every year I get excited about the festiveness that surrounds Thanksgiving.  My brother and I love watching the Thanksgiving episodes of F.R.I.E.N.D.S, I adore reading holiday-centric books (the Baby-Sitters Club fan in me is still alive and kicking!), I get inspired by scrapbooking fall themed pages, home decor and kitchen accessories, and flipping through fall food magazines and cookbooks.  I may not have the tradtional meals under my belt, but what I have are sweet memories from Thanksgivings past (I don’t think I’ll ever forget the amazing spread my aunt put out when I was 9!), wonderful, homecooked food, and a family, boyfriend, and friends to go through life with.

    

Pumpkin cranberry scones!

I’m bookending the Evergreen Brick Works fall series today with a look at some of the mouth-watering baked goods at the market!  Bread and baked yummies and sweets are definitely a weakness for both my mum and I.  She’s a breadhead and I have a sweet tooth, so together we basically carry a whole bakery home with us when we decide to purchase things.  The market is amazing for things like this because there’s so much variety.  Different kinds of baguettes, loaves, and buns, muffins, cakes, pies, squares, pastries, and all sorts of other goodies.  We picked up a beautiful and delicious mini vegetable and cheese pizza  for my lunch, a blueberry maple syrup scone (OH.MY.GOD), a raisin muffin, and a grab bag of 8 mini bread buns in all these different flavours!  The grab bag had plain ones, wheat ones, corn bread, pumpkin, and BEET BREAD!!!

As my family and I were waiting for the Evergreen Brick Works shuttle bus, there was this nice woman who we chatted with who told us about the famous beet bread at the market and we totally lucked out finding the vendor and bakers who made it.  I’m a weenie though because in my giddy haste over cute buns I didn’t take a photo of the booth itself or get the name of the lovely people behind it.  All I can tell you is that it’s one of the first tables you see on the left when you come into the farmers’ market barn.  I promise I’ll get the name for you guys next time!  The bread was absolutely delicious and I loved it because we were able to try so many different kinds in the grab bag.  We popped them in the oven for our Thanksgiving brunch this morning and they were crispy on the outside and mega soft on the inside.  Every farmers’ market has its own draw and for me, this would have me coming back for more all on its own.

I’ve enjoyed doing the Fall Harvest series so much over the past week and there’s so much more that I want to show you guys that I’m going to continue the series intermittenly for the rest of the month!  I would keep it going every day for the next two weeks or so, but if I’m going to be honest, I am so behind on my scrapbooking that there are certain posts I don’t want to post because I want to do my scrapbook pages for them first.  I’m having a lot fun with the series though, so I’m not going to stop it until winter hits.  There’s still too much pumpkin fall fun and delicious food I have yet to unleash 😀

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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.