Farmers and Vendors at the Village Market Saturday December 3rd, 2016

Open Saturdays only 8:00 - 1:30

Left: Local organic farmer Jim Giffen with radishes from his unheated greenhouse, Nov. 26th. Right: Nina and some of the peg dolls she had made and sold at the 2016 Candlelight Craft Market. Nina will be back with more of her makings at the Dec. 17th Christmas Craft Market, at which time we'll have free face painting and free puppet shows again..


Farmers and Growers:

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. As of Nov. 12, Angelo is going to Greece to harvest more olives. Country Meadows will be back at the Market Dec. 3.

FARMER: Earth Haven Farm biodynamic farmers from Tweed Ontario, raise vegetables, mushroooms and beef and publish a celestial planting calendar for gardeners and farmers. Schedule: Dec. 3, then here regularly again.

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

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: Mike Lanigan features a large selection of home-grown biodynamic vegetables. 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. We're not sure if Mike will still have biodynamic beef from his own certified biodynamic herd, now that he's planning to convert his farm to an animal sanctuary. Probably not.

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, both for vegetables and for meat.

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: Secret Lands Farm sells Russian-style sheep milk cheese, kefir and yogurts made from the milk of their own sheep. Secret Lands farms near Proton Station, and is working towards organic certification.

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: Oli Ullmann makes body ecology diet fermented foods. Schedule: Dec. 3

Makers, Resellers, Crafters and Therapists

NEW MAKER: Huron Sun sunflower seed oil made from locally grown organic sunflower seeds. Every Saturday.

RESELLER: Dael Wilson sources and sells local organic strawberries, raspberries, wild blueberries, apples and juice. Dael plans to be here every week now, through Christmas.

MAKER: Lili Golbous who makes textile crafts of various kinds plans to be at the Market every week now.

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

RESELLER: Styrian Gold pumpkin seed oil is usually at the Market every week. Armin now also sells homemade sauerkraut.

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

RESELLER: Chaim Gilad will be at the Market just about every 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: Paul Ciaravella is usually at the Market every week with food supplement products and health books.

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

RESELLER : Rose Verjee is usually at the Market every Saturday and is a distributor of Ayurvedic and Moringa products. All the products are manufactured or packaged in Canada and are Health Canada approved. Rose also has an online store called Esme and Sita (pronounced Ezmay and Seeta). . Rose is usually here every week.

THERAPIST: Jeanne Inamco is now doing chair massage at the Village Market in the community room most Saturdays.

MAKER, THERAPIST: Birgitta Adrian-Morley is a registered Homeopath and a registered Holistic Nutritionist. She has recently introduced a new line of handmade cosmetics. Schedule: Dec. 3.

THERAPIST: Marie Herrell is a practicing Osteopath who offers mini-treatments at the Market. Her specialty is treating allergies. Schedule: Dec. 3

MAKER, RESELLER: Michelle Messina makes Kango naturals handmade soap and scrubs. She also distributes Libre tea glasses.

The following vendors will be away:

RESELLER: Steepers Coffees & Teas (formerly of the York Farmers Market)  Check out their new Herb & Fruit Tea – Market Fresh ... A tea that is Wholesome and Good.  Brisk, crisp, sweet and fruity – a juicy mosaic brimming with tart summer fruit, rounded by fall harvest vegetal flavors. A market basket in a cup. Sip on a cup flavoured with Apple, Rosehip, Hibiscus, Tomato pieces, Cucumber, Apple, Lemon, Lime, Orange slices, and natural flavors. No caffeine so kids can enjoy a cup too!  They can be reached at to request their Coffee and Tea Menu. You can place an order for pickup at the Village Market. Check out Steepers Coffees & Teas on Facebook. Read their newsletter here. Schedule: Dec. 10

FARMER: Mohammed Ali Zare, of Tally Bees farms and keeps bees near Port Hope aims to be here every other week now. Now also offering Iranian vegetables and smoothies made from organic ingredients. Schedule: Dec. 10th.

RESELLER: Lucas and Amanda Sorbara sell organic latte, cappuccino, and other forms of coffee, as well as tea and hot chocolate from their VW microbus coffee truck in the parking lot, when weather permits.

THERAPIST: Sole to Soul Reflexology- Mary Taite is retiring from doing reflexology to care for her aged mother. She refers her customers to Jeanne Inamoco's Chair Massage instead. Jeanne is at the Market most weeks in the community room.

RESELLER: Christine Waddington sells Guatemalan bracelets, purses and other decorative textiles and artifacts. Schedule: Spring 2017

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

RESELLER: Nyree Gracey sells Perelandra products. Schedule: TBA

FARMER: Kind Organics is a local grower of many kinds of organic sprouts, in the Holland Marsh. Schedule: TBA

NEW RESELLER: Shirley Cavanaugh sells home vacuum food preservation technology, low water cooking pots and therapeutic light systems registered with Health Canada. Many years ago Shirley used to sell organic fertilizer for your garden, and now she's back again, many years later, with some interesting new stuff. Schedule: TBA.

FARMER: Antonio Valente is an urban gardener growing organic flowers in Thornhill. Schedule: TBA

FARMER: John Morgado: sells hot and super-hot pepper plants for your garden as well as hot peppers he has grown on his own. Schedule: TBA

MAKER: Noor Razvi makes mango smoothies and other drinks. Schedule: Dec. 17.

MAKER Mrs. Abbas sells lemon preserves, and her new cookbook. Schedule: Dec. 17

FARMER: Linda Kapeleris: Linda will be back next Spring with more heritage organic plants for your garden.

FARMER: Urban Harvest: will be back next spring (2017) with their ever popular local organic garden plants.

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 be back in the autumn of 2016

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

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

this page updated Dec 2, 2016


FREE Puppet Play Sat. Dec. 10th (postponed from Dec. 3)

PUPPET PLAY FOR DECEMBER 10th, "The Squirrel's Surprise", will take place in one of the Toronto Waldorf School kindergartens. Details on Events page. Next regular monthly puppet play after that will be on Jan. 7th, 2017. However, before that there will two performances of a puppet play at the Christmas Craft Market on Dec. 17th, at 10:30 and 11:30 am.

Above: Upcoming Christmas Craft Market on Dec. 17th will be the last major event of 2016, although please note that the Market will also be open as usual on December 24th, then closed Dec. 31, and re-opening again for the new year on Jan. 7th, 2017.

Local organic broccoli grown by farmer Jim Giffen. Photo Oct. 29, 2016

Local biodynamic dandelion greens grown by farmer Mike Lanigan. Photo Oct. 29, 2016

Local biodynamic bok choy greens grown by farmer Mike Lanigan. Photo Oct. 29, 2016

Local biodynamic leeks grown by farmer Mike Lanigan. Photo Oct. 29, 2016

Local biodynamic kale and swiss chard grown by farmer Mike Lanigan. Photo Oct. 29, 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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Live Music Calendar

Photo above: Cameron Birnie performs at the Village Market Oct. 1st accompanied by 5-yr-old Amira on the tambourine.

Dec. 17 - Cameron Birnie

TBA- Phil Digby
TBA - Kalvin and Brando (Two Bows)
TBA- Charles Beresford, Ed Crabtree
TBA - Quintessence Ensemble

  Above: Colourful local organic sweet peppers from farmer Jim Giffen, August 20, 2016
  Above:The family that farms together -- Mike Lanigan with his sons Rowan and Miles, and Rowan's girlfriend Amanda, who all work together to keep things humming at the Farmhouse Garden, along with many other helpers and apprentices.
  Left: Fran Earle of Molly B's won for the third year in a row with her blueberry tarts at the Brickworks contest against professional pastry chefs, none of whose entries were gluten-free like Fran's were. Congratulations Fran! Local organic grower Liz Foers packing sprouts, Nov. 26th, 2016. Liz farms near Cookstown.

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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.

  Above: Next free puppet play with Dianne Goldsmith will be on Dec. 3. And the next time after that will be at the Dec. 17 Christmas Craft Market. Full Schedule

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