Farmers and Vendors at the Village Market Saturday February 6, 2016

Open Saturdays only 8:00 - 1:30

Left: Mike Lanigan, Rowan Lanigan, Amanda and Evie on Jan. 9, 2016, their first Market of 2016. Afterwards, Mike declared it the best first Market of the year, ever. Right: Jim Giffen grew these local organic romaine lettuces in his unheated greenhouse, under a fabric cover. Photo from Jan. 9, 2016.


Farmers and Growers:

NEW FARMER: Secret Lands Farm sells Russian-style sheep milk cheese, kefir and yogurts made from the milk from their own sheep. Secret Lands farms near Proton Station.

FARMER: Mike Lanigan features a large selection of home-grown biodynamic vegetables, as well as biodynamic beef from his own certified biodynamic herd. Mike will also have some imported fruit and produce to complete the selection during those times of year when a complete range of organic or biodynamic produce is not available from local sources.

FARMER: Elizabeth Foers is usually at the Market every week with certified organic sprouts and wheat grass.

FARMER: Earth Haven Farm biodynamic farmers from Tweed Ontario, grow vegetables, mushroooms and beef.

FARMER: Country Meadows Farm: Angelo and Linda sell organic olives and olive oil from Angelo's family farm in Greece, as well as dried mountain oregano. Angelo and Linda also raise fresh organic heritage vegetables and goats and turkeys at their local family farm near Queensville, Ontario. Country Meadows is usually at the Market every week. But this is the time of year when Angelo goes to Greece to replenish his olive and olive oil supplies from the family farm.

FARMER: Jim and Maureen Giffen, from Minesing (north of Barrie), are at the Market regularly. Jim and Maureen have a mixed farm with animals and greenhouse baby greens all winter long. Plus root vegetables. Jim and Maureen are certified organic.

FARMER: Peter Seenath, from Brampton, is at the Market regularly with certified organic vegetables from his garden. Peter is usually at the Market every week.

FARMER: Bio-Visions Farm (Henk and Jin Verhoeven from Grand Valley) is usually at the Market every Saturday with local meats, vegetables and eggs from their farm near Grand Valley Ontario.

FARMER: Gaille Lieberthal, from Guelph is usually at the Market offering an array of certified organic meats, (lamb, beef, chicken). dairy products, organic, raw milk cheeses, organic grains, coffee, baking, deli meats, maple syrup and more this week. A lot of what Gaille sells is not from her own farm and is certified organic. However the maple syrup, which is from her farm is not certified organic. Gaille also sells smoked local freshwater fish fillets from Ontario. This fish is recognized as sustainable by Ocean Wise. Orders taken at the market and at: 905.854.2697

FARMER: Mohammed Ali Zare, of Tally Bees farms and keeps bees near Port Hope aims to be here every week now.

Baking and Prepared Foods:

BAKER: Tan's Artisan Bakery is usually at the Market every week with their own original breads and treats.

CAFE: Mayda Baghboudrian usually has a range of mostly raw vegetarian entrees, salads and take-home items like hummus as well as raw cakes and other treats. .

BAKER, CAFE: Molly B's Gluten-Free Kitchen, at the market every week. ALL Molly B's products are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility and all are NON-GMO (registered in the Non-GMO verification program), using many certified organic ingredients. Baked products include: pizzas, breads, buns, muffins, tarts, bites, cookies and more (all are nut-free, most are dairy-free, some vegan and sugar-free items available). Come by for a delicious gluten-free breakfast (breakfast pizzas, omelettes and more).

BAKER Vitold Kreutzer is at the market with breads, cookies and brownies, mostly made with organic ingredients. Vitold is rarely absent, even though he has a long drive to get here from the Owen Sound area.

Makers, Resellers, Crafters and Therapists:

RESELLER: Styrian Gold pumpkin seed oil is usually at the Market every week.

RESELLER: Paul Ciaravella is usually at the Market every week with food supplement products and health books.

RESELLER: Chaim Gilad will be at the Market this week with special coffee and other products containing beneficial mushroom extracts. Note: Most of Chaim's coffee is not organic, although there is one kind which is certified organic. The mushrooms used in some or all of the coffee are certified organic. When in doubt, ask Chaim.

RESELLER: Mervyn Fogelman sells dried fruits and nuts from South Africa. Not certified organic. Mervyn is usually at the Market every Saturday.

TORONTO WALDORF SCHOOL AND CAMPUS INFO: TWS Board Member Elisabeth Chomko hosts a table at the Village Market most weeks where shoppers and visitors can learn more about events and opportunities at the TWS as well as at other initiatives on the campus, such as the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto (courses in introductory anthroposophy and Waldorf education) and Hesperus Village (a seniors' community).

RESELLER: Honeycombe Botanicals is usually at the Market most weeks, selling with beeswax products from skin creams to pollen to candles.

MAKER: Lili Golbous makes purses, broaches and other textile items.and other textile items.

RESELLER: Leslie Milthorpe, MyHealthAbility offers organic, non-gmo super food solutions for optimal health, weight loss and detox, anti-aging, kids health and athletes. Stop by her table for a sample of Power Shake of LOV Super Meal or the new Kids MVP drink.

RESELLER: Lago of All sells African-style cotton clothes and fabric most Saturdays at the Market.

RESELLER: German Sanchez sells South American crafts at the Village Market.

RESELLER: Michelle Pangdan sells Margaret Mackintosh's Beaulance skin care products as well as other things such as camel hair clothing and leather treatment products. Schedule Feb 6.

THERAPIST: Sole to Soul Reflexology is usually at the Market every other week. Schedule: Feb 6

The following vendors will be away:

RESELLER: Shop Yoga sells yoga clothes made of organic fabrics and yoga accessories

MAKER, THERAPIST: Birgitta Adrian-Morley is a registered Homeopath and a registered Holistic Nutritionist. She has recently introduced a new line of handmade soaps, lotions and skin care products. Schedule: Feb 13

MAKER, RESELLER: Oli Ullman sells salt lamps and body ecology diet foods, including fermented coconut cheese and coconut kefir, both made with organic coconut. Oli is usually here every two week, though there are exceptions. Here is Oli's schedule for the next little while: Feb. 27

CAFE, BAKER: ARWK (Steve and Cecille), who sell fresh baking and ready to eat roti and other Carribean-style delicacies, will be at the market every other week now. Schedule: Feb 13

NEW FARMER: Art and Sue Reimer sells wine made from their own organic grapes.

MAKER: Alice Fava makes kimchi and sauerkraut, as well as other treats and ready to eat dishes.

MAKER Mrs. Abbas sells lemon preserves, cookbooks and samosas.

RESELLER: Dael Wilson sells apples from local organic farms, apple juice, and wild blueberries. Dael hopes to return in the spring with wild leeks and fiddleheads.

BAKER Megan Hashemi sells vegan fruit pies made with fruit from her own backyard. Schedule: Spring 2016

MAKER: Alina Hellman makes chocolate treats with mostly organic ingredients.

MAKER Anna Bushmina makes organic banana chips, uncrushable for school lunches.

FARMER: Bill Redelmeier of Southbrook Vineyards sells VQA biodynamic wine from his vineyard at the Market. Schedule: TBA

MAKER: Akemi of Akemi Designs handmakes gemstone fashion jewellery and felted wool and silk scarves., akemidesigns at

FARMER: Antonio Valente is an urban gardener growing organic flowers in Thornhill. He hopes to return in June or July of 2016.

RESELLER: Christine Waddington sells Guatemalan bracelets, purses and other decorative textiles and artifacts. She will likely return in the spring of 2016.

RESELLER: Nyree Gracie sells Pelandria products. She hopes to return in the spring of 2016.

FARMER: Linda Kapeleris: Linda will be back in spring of 2016 with more heritage organic garden plants.

FARMER: Urban Harvest: will be here again with seeds and bedding plants. Schedule: Spring 2016

FARMER Lavender Blu (Mila Hanos) grows lavender on her farm north of Port Perry, and makes and sells all things lavender. Schedule: TBA.

FARMER: Blair Kovac, of Annanda Chaga, from the Barrie area, harvests wildcrafted Chaga mushrooms, for tea. Schedule: TBA

MAKER: Jeweller Jack Baghboudrian is expected back maybe next winter: Schedule TBA.

this page updated Jan 31, 2016

Mike's own potatoes, jerusalem artichokes, burdock root, and other organic root delicacies, Jan. 2016

Below: Sophie (from Secret Lands Farm) and her Russian-style sheep cheeses. Jan 9, 2016

About the Village Market

The Village Market is a social enterprise connecting organic and biodynamic farmers with consumers in York Region, and helping fund Waldorf education.

With more than 20 vendors including ten organic farmers,The Village Market offers an unusually wide selection of organic foods, from fresh greens to root vegetables, apples, fruits, milk, yogurt, beef, and chicken. We also feature a food-court style cafe with offerings from a number of different vendors of ready to eat food. While we strive to have only organic or biodynamic farmers, they may not all be certified all the time. Feel free to ask them about that. And while we ask prepared food vendors to use organic ingredients where possible, there may be some ingredients which are not organic. Once again, it's good to ask the vendors to be perfectly clear.

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Above -- early Saturday morning when the vendors are still setting up their stalls -- photo January 2016

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  Above: Farmer Jim Giffen's local organic greenhouse greens at the January 16, 2016 Village Market

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Left: It's Jan. 9th, 2016 and farmer Mike Lanigan is still selling all these veggies and more from his own farm.

.More of Mike's own root vegetables, Jan 2016


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Getting here by Transit

Getting to the Village Market by public transit from Toronto: Take the TTC Subway to Finch station. Then take the #88 (Bathurst) bus from Finch Station. Check the bus schedule at the York Region Transit (YRT) website. Get off at Teefy, cross Bathurst, and walk down from the Toronto Waldorf School's parking lot, down the footpath or down the drive to the school. The market is in the lower level of the school.

  New local organic farmer Art Reimer started selling his wine at the Village Market January 16th, 2016

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