This is the first time that I’ve ever had to split up a farmers’ market post into two parts because of the number of photos I have of both dessert and non-dessert foods. I know juicy fruits are sweet and dessert-like as well, but today we’re talking about oodles and oodles of fair-trade chocolate and chocolate baked goods, vegan baked treats, cinnamon rolls bigger than your hand, platters of fresh pastries, and sheep’s milk ice cream. If you have a sweet tooth and you’re looking for a good variety of things to try (or, you know, to stick your face in), the Riverdale farm farmers’ market in Cabbagetown is really fantastic. I wanted to take away so much more with than just my baby orange grape tomatoes and giant loaf of poppyseed egg bread but there was simply no way I could do that without 1) dropping everything and 2) squishing everything. I had a lot of bags on me that day (my canvas tote, mini backpack, and my market groceries!), so my take-home sweets will just have to wait for another day.
BUT, that’s not to say I didn’t grab myself a little something to eat while I was there 😉 Before I get to that though, I want to show you all a bunch of delicious photos of ChocoSol’s table first. I totally remember seeing them at the Bay-Adelaide farmers’ market last month (blog post forthcoming) and drooling over their vegan baked treats. The sheer volume of chocolate they have on their table would make any sweet tooth beg for mercy. ChocoSol is a community group dedicated to creating and maintaining trans-local relationships specifically through chocolate goods.* They had bars and bars of fair-trade chocolate, as well as many vegan baked goods: gorgeous frosted cupcakes, fresh blueberry tarts, giant cookies (seriously, these cookies were the size of a small pizza), cookie cream sandwiches, and cake loaves.
Oh! And they have Mexican-inspired vegan drinking chocolate! I watched a few girls order some and ohhhh man, did they ever look good. The drinking chocolate is made by putting two pucks of chocolate and 1 cup of hot water in a blender and serving the drink cold with ice. There is also an option of putting raw hemp (a protein-rich seed that is unprocessed) and agave sweetener in it as well. When I looked at the finished product, it looked so creamy and refreshing and I can only imagine how good it tasted. That Mexican drinking chocolate is going to be mine next time.
In addition to the chocolate and vegan baked goods, there were these delicious cranberry custard cream danishes on the same table I nabbed my poppyseed egg loaf. While the rational part of me walked away without any because I knew they’d get squished and ruined on the way home, the irrational part said, “I want four!!” The recognition of good self-control is really no consolation here. I wanted those danishes!
I did get myself something sweet though: honey vanilla sheep’s milk ice cream! They had a number of flavours that day including blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, coffee, and vanilla chocolate chip. I got my honey vanilla on a cone (a small for $2.50) and I ate it right in the park on a park bench under a tree. It was lovely, and really, not small at all! The ice cream was sweet and creamy, with a noticable difference in texture from regular ice cream. It was little less thick and dense and it was very good. I’m really glad I got the ice cream to try, but good grief, I am still thinking about that drinking chocolate and those danishes two days after.
The Riverdale Farm farmers’ market is located at 201 Winchester St. in Riverdale Park. My way of getting here is to either walk along Carlton St. eastbound from Yonge St., or take the College St. streetcar eastbound to Parliament St. and Carlton. From there, keep walking eastbound on Carlton until you get to Sumach St. and you’re there! This year, the market is held every Tuesday from 3pm-7pm from May 17th to October 25th.
*source = ChocoSol website and blog