Farmers and Vendors at the Village Market Saturday November 28th, 2015

Open Saturdays only 8:00 - 1:30

Spinach and bok choy from local biodynamic farmer Mike Lanigan, Nov. 14th, 2015. Bok choy is still growing under row covers -- amazing this late in the season!


Farmers and Growers:

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

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

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

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: 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

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.

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

MAKER: Alina Hellman makes chocolate treats with mostly organic ingredients. First time Nov. 28th.

Makers, Resellers, Crafters and Therapists:

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

RESELLER: Dael Wilson sells apples from local organic farms, apple juice, and wild blueberries. Dael hopes to be here until Christmas. Then he'll be back in the spring with wild leeks and fiddleheads.

THERAPIST: Sole to Soul Reflexology is usually at the Market every other week. Schedule: Nov. 28

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.

Christmas Market (Dec. 19th) Craft Vendors (so far):

MAKER: Elyse Pomeranz handmade fairies and necklaces made of beads gathered over a lifetime

MAKER: Mila Tzur -- original photo greeting cards

MAKER: Armand Grandinetti -- handmade wooden toys

MAKER: Denise Catalano -- handmade jewellery (downstairs)

MAKER: Isis -- handmade peg dolls

MAKER: Noor -- handmade knitted hats and accessories

MAKER: Mrs Abbas -- cookbooks and lemon preserves

MAKER: Bob Bainborough -- beeswax candles

The following vendors will be away:

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. Country Meadows will return on Dec. 5th.

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: Dec. 5

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: Dec. 5

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: Dec. 5

BAKER Megan Hashami sells vegan fruit pies made with fruit from her own backyard.

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

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.

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

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. Schedule: TBA

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

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

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.

this page updated Nov. 28, 2015

Farmer Mike Lanigan's Swiss Chard Nov. 7, 2015

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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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. Note Detour through end of August 2015 But if you are walking, the footpath from Bathurst St is now open and you won't need to use the detour. That's only for motorized transportation, like cars.

Doll houses from Candlelight Craft Market Nov. 14

  Left: United colours of local organic carrots, grown by Mike Lanigan. The red (bottom right) are new as of Nov. 7th. . Right: Farmer Jim Giffen's eggplant, holding garlic.
  Farmer Jim Giffen's local organic greenhouse spinach and lettuce -- grown all winter long for Market customers. Farmer Jim Giffen's apples, cabbages, etc.
  Local biodynamic oyster and shitake mushroom from Earth Haven farm, Nov. 7th at the Village Market.

Farmer Mike Lanigan's biodynamic kalette

  Left: Fresh local organic carrots in the middle of November from farmer Peter Seenath, Nov. 14, 2015

Jim Giffen's local organic peppers, Oct. 31st.

  DETOUR -- is no longer necessary as of Nov. 27th. Everyone can now enter off Bathurst St as that road is reopened!

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