After months and months of farmers’ market visits, I have finally made my way to Wychwood Barns for The Stop Community Food Centre Farmers’ Market! I’ve been looking forward to my first Wychwood farmers’ market visit for so long, especially after I mixed up the market times the first time I tried to go last summer and ended up showing up after the party! For whatever reason, I mixed up the times and thought the market went on until 4pm when it actually went on until 12 noon. I learned from my mistake and knew better this time. I knew the market would be amazing given the size and scope and all the wonderful things I had heard from others; my going was only a matter of time. I woke up at the crack of dawn, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to get an early start to my day. Today was absolutely beautiful out and it was the perfect day to go to the market. The air felt fresh and comfortable with just a tiny bit of nip in it.
The market, held indoors in Artscape’s barn #2 on Wychwood Ave., is arranged in a rectangular shaped “O” offering everything from local Ontario winter squash, fruits, and root vegetables, fresh cheeses, pickled vegetables, loaves of bread and giant scones from city bakeries, meats and meat spreads, breakfast food, roti, vegan delights, savoury pot pies, chocolate, and so much more. Coming here felt simaltaneously brand new and familiar. I was seeing the market in all its glory for the first time, and yet there I was excitedly saying hello to market vendors I had met over the summer and friends I had made along the way on this market journey.
Going to Wychwood today made me realize everything I had been missing out on and it made me appreciate the experience so much more. I want to come here every Saturday now. I want to integrate this market into my weekly schedule so I can take photos, buy vegetables, eat breakfast, eat pot pies and vegan food, and sneak in a sweet dessert here and there. I think I could feasibly feed myself for an entire day here! In hindsight I really should have picked up some kale to take home, but I didn’t leave the market empty-handed! I ate some samples and took away two giant scones (one spinach and blue cheese and one orange and chocolate chip!) and a heavenly frosted brownie from Earth & City which I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into.
I’m so happy to finally feature the Wychwood market on the blog and I have a ton of photos to post and so much to write about, so I’m making this into a 3-part Wychwood farmers’ market series: a post full of photos for today, a full write-up about The Stop Community Food Centre in conjunction with Artscape Wychwood Barns, and a delightful new vegan foodie post of Earth & City!