Farmers and Vendors at the Village Market Saturday October 29th, 2016

Open Saturdays only 8:00 - 1:30

Left: Biodynamic farmer Mike Lanigan's son Rowan with celery from Mike's farm. Now it is October and the celery season is soon coming to an end. Right: Amanda washes vegetables for the Global TV cameraman at Mike Lanigan's Farmhouse Garden biodynamic farm, as part of a feature on Mike's apprentice program. Watch that three-minute news clip here.


Farmers and Growers:

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: 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: 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: Earth Haven Farm biodynamic farmers from Tweed Ontario, raise vegetables, mushroooms and beef and publish a celestial planting calendar for gardeners and farmers.

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

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: Oct 29

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.

Makers, Resellers, Crafters and Therapists:

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

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: 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: Oct. 29

THERAPIST: Jeanne Inamco is now doing chair massage at the Village Market. Schedule: most weeks

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.

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,

RESELLER: Christine Waddington sells Guatemalan bracelets, purses and other decorative textiles and artifacts. Schedule: Oct 29

The following vendors will be away:

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.

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: Nov. 5

THERAPIST: Marie Herrell is a practicing Osteopath who offers mini-treatments at the Market. Her specialty is treating allergies. Schedule: Nov. 5

MAKER: Oli Ullmann makes body ecology diet fermented foods. Schedule: Nov. 5.

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

RESELLER: Michelle Messina sells Kango naturals handmade soap and scrubs. Also distributor of Libre tea glasses.

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: Nov. 12, Dec. 17.

MAKER Mrs. Abbas sells lemon preserves, and her new cookbook. Schedule: Nov. 12, 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 Oct. 26, 2016

Face painting in the photo above is by Josephine Vaccaro-Chang, who will also be doing the face painting at the Village Market's 25th anniversary celebrations on October 29th. Photo was taken at farmer Mike Lanigan's July 31st Farm Tour and Feast of the Ages event this past summer.

For more on the Village Market's 25th Anniversary celebrations, see the Events page.

Monthly Puppet Play Nov. 5th

PUPPET PLAY FOR NOVEMBER 5TH wil take place in one of the Toronto Waldorf School kindergartens. Details on Events page.

Please note that there will also be a free puppet play with retired Waldorf teacher Dianne Goldsmith on October 29th, as part of the Village Market's 25th Anniversary celebrations. Full details on the Village Market Events page.

LUCAS SORBARA'S Caravan Coffee Co. classic 1967 VW Microbus camper in the parking lot where Lucas will be serving organic coffees, lattes and cappuccinos in the parking lot while weather permits.

Local biodynamic red onions from Mike Lanigan.

Biodynamic cherry tomatoes from Mike Lanigan

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

Oct. 29 - 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 farmer Peter Seenath with garlic scapes, June 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.

  Above: First Saturday of the month puppet play with Dianne Goldsmith, October 1st, 2016. See listings for future puppet plays on the Market events page.

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