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.
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.