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!
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.
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 😀
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.