I have a tiny confession to make: the squash and pumpkins I saw at Dufferin Grove farmers’ market two weeks ago were not actually the first ones I saw this season. I know, how scandalous of me to tell such a fib! I had seen the ones at David Pecaut Square by Roy Thomson Hall earlier that morning and had taken so many photos that I just had to put them aside for the Fall Harvest series. With so many photos of apples, squash, pumpkins, and gourds, it was too perfect to pass up for this series because it’s everything anyone could ever want in a fall market. There were barrels of squash and pumpkins at multiple farmers’ booths and vendors, little buckets of beautiful, gleaming apples in over 10 varieities in a rainbow of colours (green, yellow, gold, blush red, candy apple red, and purplish red!), potatoes, beans, rutabagas, plums, and LOTS of sweet baked goods!
I knew we already had apples, potatoes, and beans in our kitchen at home, so I didn’t pick up any produce; however, I didn’t leave the market empty-handed either! You know me, it’s hard visiting a market without bringing something back for the fam or for a friend. One of my favourite booths at the market, More Than Pies Baking Co. Ltd., had brand new goodies I hadn’t seen at their booth before because almost everything was fall-themed and inspired! Vanilla cupcakes with maple buttercream frosting, pumpkin spice loaf cakes, cranberry scones, and plenty of cookies and bars.
I picked up a pumpkin spice loaf and a maple buttercream frosted cupcake and I looooved both so much! I scarfed down the cupcake right then and there (no, really, I did. Owner Louise asked me if I wanted a paper baggy for my cupcake and I told her not to bother, ha!) and saved half the pumpkin spice loaf for my boyfriend and brought the other half home for the fam. My dad enjoyed it so much he finished off the loaf after we all had a slice!
I can’t get over how much I love the market here. I was anxiously anticipating the arrival of the fall bounty in all its glory and seemingly overnight, the market transformed into a harvest market just begging to be brought home and turned into warm comfort food. Summer was enjoyable, but fall has just inspired me in a completely different way and I feel pumped! Visiting the markets does wonders for your creativity and imagination. You look at all the fresh, amazing food and you think, “what can I do with it? How many different ways can I cook with this? How can I turn these foods into a great meal?” All I’ve been thinking about lately is fall baked goods! I don’t think a day has gone by over the last week and a half that I’ve haven’t been excitedly browsing and paging through apple, cranberry, and pumpkin recipes to try out. I hope you all liked the apple lemon poppy seed muffins recipe that I posted yesterday and I’m so looking forward to adding to the growing collection of recipes I have here. It’s the first day of October today and that means there’s at least a whole month of fantastic fall farmers’ marketing and baking. I can’t wait.
The farmers’ market at David Pecaut Square is located at 55 John St., at the intersection of King St. West and John beside Roy Thomson Hall. The market operates every Thursday from 8am-2:30pm, and will be open until October 20th, 2011 for this year.
*Formerly known as Metro Square, David Pecaut Square was renamed in honour of David Pecaut, co-founder of Luminato, who passed away from cancer in 2009.