Farmers and Vendors at the Village Market Saturday May 23rd, 2015

Open Saturdays only 8:00 - 1:30


Left: Local organic asparagus from Mike Lanigan. Farmer Jim Giffen also has asparagus and Aric and Mary Anne Aguonie of Earth Haven Farm expect to have their asparagus ready to harvest for next week's Village Market. That's them in the photo at right.


Farmers and Growers:

NEW FARMER: Aric Aguonie (and Mary Ann) of Earth Haven Farm are biodynamic farmers from Tweed.

FARMER: Julie Belli farms near Goodwood and Sunderland. Julie has been farming for 15 years and specializes in organic sheep cheese which she makes herself from the milk of her own sheep. The cheeses Julie makes are hard cheeses that are aged 4 months. Julie is not yet certified organic, but she expects to be within the next year or so. Julie will now come every other week. Schedule: May 23.

FARMER: Urban Harvest: will be here again with seeds and bedding plants. Schedule: now through early June 2015

FARMER: Linda Kapeleris: Linda will have plants for your garden again from now through early June 2015

FARMER: Mohammed Ali Zare, of Tally Bees farms and keeps bees near Port Hope Ontario.

FARMER: Mike Lanigan features a large selection of home-grown organic vegetables, as well as organic beef from his own certified organic 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 produce is not available from local sources.

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 greenhouses and root vegetables.

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. This time of the year, Peter may not have a lot of produce to sell and so may run out before the Market is done. Come early for best selection.

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

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.

FARMER: Bio-Visions Farm (Henk Verhoeven from Grand Valley) is usually at the Market every Saturday with local bio-dynamic meats, vegetables and eggs from his 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

Baking and Prepared Foods:

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.

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: May 23

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

BAKER, CAFE: Gluten Free Products from Molly B's are usually at the Market every week. Products include fresh crepes, crepe mixes, fresh baking & jams. Latest gluten free innovation from Molly B's is a line of gluten free breads. At the Market Molly B's also often sells ready to eat crepes and omelettes.

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: Osoleo (Dael Wilson) hopes to be at the Market from now through December. This time of year they have wild leeks and wild fiddleheads, and a bit of frozen apple cider from last fall.

RESELLER: Dael Wilson sells apples from local organic farms, apple juice, and wild blueberries. Sylis Weaver, who works with Dael, will be at the Market starting May 16th with wild leeks and fiddleheads.

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: This coffee is not certified organic although the mushrooms may be.

RESELLER: Honeycombe Botanicals will be at the Market this week with beeswax products from skin creams to pollen to candles.

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

MAKER: Mila Tzur makes and sells photos, cards and crystals.

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).

The following vendors will be away:

THERAPIST: Cherylin Gilad usually does energy work for clients at the Market, Schedule: TBA

THERAPIST: Sole to Soul Reflexology is usually at the Market every other week. Schedule: May 30

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: June 6th.

RESELLER: Michelle Pangdan hope to be at the Market every other week with Beaulance skin care products as well as other things such as camel hair clothing and leather treatment products. Schedule: TBA

THERAPIST: Birgitta Adrian-Morley is a registered Homeopath and a registered Holistic Nutritionist. She will be offering health testing at the Market. Birgitta's schedule is: TBA

FARMER (COMING SOON): Southbrook Vineyards: biodynamic wine grower will have VQA wines for sale at the Village Market starting end of May.

FARMER (COMING SOON): Tawse Winery: biodynamic vineyard will have VQA wines for sale at the Village Market.

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

FARMER: Achim Mohssem-Beyk, from Prince Edward County is usually at the market every week with vegetables and meats and eggs from his own farm. Achim says he will be not be back this season for personal and economic reasons.

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

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

MAKER: Lili Golbous offers hand-made crafts and purses, etc. She planned to be back in May.

RESELLER and Coconut Advocate: Edward K sells versatile coconut products and offers suggestions for their use. Gourmet grade Virgin Coconut Oil for Raw Food preparations, Bio-Pure Virgin Coconut cooking Oils, Coconut Jams, Coconut water from Baby Green Coconuts, Coconut nectars, Coconut flours, Coconut beauty & skin care are just some of the traditional hand made products unrefined and natural --- quality premium made in small batches that supports small farmers. All products are (COR) Canadian Organic Regime and USDA organic plus other pending organic certification. Latest Vegan and Coconut Derived food products are Red Palm Oil, Paleolithic Coconut Diet Sports Bar, Probiotic Coconut Bars, Premium Quality Coconut based MCT Oil, and Nutri-Oil for Raw Foodist and Vegan Lovers. Please visit Schedule TBA.

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

RESELLER: Polina Gohshtein, (Barefoot Books for children)

this page updated May 21, 2015


About the Village Market

With more than 30 vendors including eight organic farmers,The Village Market offers an unusually wide selection of organic foods, from fresh greens to root vegetables, apples, fruits, milk, yogurt, beef, chicken and salami. We also feature a food-court style cafe with offerings from a number of different vendors of ready to eat food. Live music is another frequent attraction at the Village Market.

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June 6- Cameron Birnie (photo)
June 13 - Phil Digby
July 18 - Robert Helgason
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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

Fresh Local Organic for May

Above: Mike Lanigan, with Amanda, and some of the spinach she picked from his greenhouse. Below: Mike Lanigan's parsnips -- fresh-dug this spring.

  Farmer Jim Giffen's farm tour June 7. See Events page for full list of farm tours coming up

Randy, from Urban Harvest, May 16, 2015. Urban Harvest will be here through early June.

  Village Market local organic farmer Linda Kapeleris with strawberry transplants ready for your garden. Linda will be here with plants through early June.

Sylis, of Osoleo, with wild Fiddleheads, May 16


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  .Local organic arugula with edible nasturtiums, from Earth Haven farm, May 16, 2015