The First of Many Fresh Wednesdays To Come! Fresh Fruit, Vegetables & Baked Goods at Nathan Phillips Square

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Today was another smokin’ hot one and it was the first Fresh Wednesdays farmers’ market of the summer at Nathan Phillips Square!  After having some brunch out on Dundas West, I made my way back east to the market, eager to get some great photos and to pick up some goodies to bring back home.  I didn’t see any of the lunch food booths out, but it was the first day of the market so I’m sure they will bust out the grills and smoothies in no time later on in the month.  The set up will most likely be a bit different for the time being because of the renovation construction taking place on the grounds right now, but there’s still plenty of room for the market to work with.  There was a wealth of fresh Ontario fruits and vegetables, baked goods, meats and cheeses, and fresh herbs and plants around the perimeter of the grounds and it made for easy hopping around from booth to booth! 

I was so excited to see bright coloured vegetables such as rhubarb, baby cucumbers, asparagus, and radishes and there were plenty of old favourites that I recognized from the summer before, like the little tubs of baby potatoes and baskets of Ontario apples.  Can you believe that today was the first time in my life that I saw rhubarb in its natural, veggie form?!  No lie.  I’ve eaten rhubarb cooked, seen and had its gloriousness in strawberry rhubarb pies, but have never seen it raw.  And I must say, it’s a beautiful vegetable!  It looks like celery, only magenta in colour!  How pretty.  The baked goods available ripe for the picking were also fabulous, with loaves of rye and caraway, plenty of danishes and scones, sausage rolls, and my favourite discovery of the day: poppyseed strudel!  Maybe if I’m lucky I can snap a photo next time.  Too many arms and hands swarming me today at the baked goods table, ha. 

If only fruits and vegetables weren’t so heavy though!  I would have picked up so much more, but I made do with just a few items.  I nabbed a big container of red and yellow bell peppers (which we chopped and sliced for tonight’s dinner) and a giant loaf of soft French bread which we’ll most likely munch on tomorrow night.  I had a great time and I’m so looking forward to seeing what the rest of the summer and early fall will bring!  Enjoy the photos!

I’m very proud of my purchases, ha!  😀  I may have been sweaty and gross, but I had fun and that’s what matters.  Take advantage of everything the city has to offer and enjoy the sweet taste of summer.  It’s just the beginning.

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Nathan Phillips Square is located at 100 Queen St. West at the intersection of Queen and Bay St.  Fresh Wednesdays is an outdoor farmers’ market that runs on the grounds every Wednesday from 10am-2pm from June 1st to October 19th, excluding September 28th.

   

A Sneak Peek at Fresh Wednesdays at Nathan Phillips Square!

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I’m so excited because tomorrow is the kick off of Nathan Phillips Square’s Fresh Wednesdays outdoor farmers’ market on Queen St. West!  I hope you all liked the photos I posted from Trinity Bellwoods last week of my first farmers’ market trip of the summer.  I’m going to make it my goal to attend at least one farmers’ market each week (at least for the summer anyway) and to show you all the goods!  I went to Nathan Phillips Square’s Fresh Wednesdays last summer and had such a great time looking at all the fresh fruit and vegetables, taking photos, soaking in the hustle and bustle, and trying out some new eats like gooseberries! 😀  They have everything from fresh produce to bread and baked goods to food vendors firing up corn on the cob, potato pancakes, and pulled pork sandwiches! 

Nathan Phillips Square and its surrounding area, located at the intersection of Bay St. and Queen St. W., holds a very special place in my heart.  I know this blog showcases all of my foodie adventures around the city and my exploration walks and everything, but my life hasn’t always revolved around these activities.  Having moved to Markham from Scarborough at 13, I never used to spend time in the city until my very late teens and early twenties, not because I didn’t have an interest, but mainly because I had overprotective parents and also because university undergrad just didn’t allow me that kind of time to devote to exploration at that capacity. 

When I did begin spending more time downtown, I would always stick myself around the Eaton Centre area.  It just made sense at the time given how I would take the GO to and from Union Station.  It was my “home base” so to speak, an area in which I felt comfortable and an area in which I could always get my bearings.  From there, I would push myself to get out of this comfort zone, to get to know different neighbourhoods, and to extend further into more unfamiliar areas.  Thus, in the beginning, Bay St. and Nathan Phillips Square was my downtown “home” and till this day, it still feels like a home.  I have great memories of branching out and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy knowing I’ve grown and learned so much from these experiences.  I hope you all enjoy these photos from last summer’s Fresh Wednesdays and I’ll have a fresh batch for you tomorrow!  It’s going to be a gorgeous day out, so go out and enjoy it if you can because I sure am 😀

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Nathan Phillips Square is located at 100 Queen St. West at the intersection of Queen and Bay St.  Fresh Wednesdays is an outdoor farmers’ market that runs on the grounds every Wednesday from 10am-2pm from June 1st to October 19th, excluding September 28th.