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Rental inquiries: for facilities rentals, like the Club House or rink, call Frankland CC at 416-392-1819; for outdoor parties/events in the park visit the City's Outdoor Special Events page. Please do not contact the market about permits.

Withrow Park has Friends!


posted May 22, 2014

We are finally working on a new website! Our new market manager Zeus has the technical knowledge to get us closer to our goal. We'll try to make the transition as smooth as possible.

What have you missed so far? The market news for May 17 opening day. Fresh off the presses is the market news for May 24! Come eat with us!!

posted May 11, 2014

It has been an extremely busy dash through spring for us here behind the scenes of the market: getting our Parks permit application out in time, catching up with vendors, interviewing new vendors & sampling their goodies, reaching out to market guests... All this done by a small group of volunteers, & we're HAPPY to run the show for you every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., until October 25.

We've also hired a new market manager, & we are very much looking forward to introducing you to John Zeus Tokatlidis, a long-time Riverdale resident, who is excited to take on the role of ringmaster, & who will be taking on the market newsletter the week following opening day.

As you know, this past winter has been long & harsh, & things are a bit slow at greening up, so expect a bit of a slower start to the produce season than in past years. However, with a bit of help from the sun, we should be handsomely rewarded for our patience.

We will follow up with a list of vendors & products in our regular Thursday evening edition of the weekly newsletter, but for now we will reveal that our bicycling friends from Wards 29 & 30 will come by to do free bike checks & tune-ups, councillor Paula Fletcher has arranged a load of City compost for free pick up, & that there will be seeds, seedlings, kids' crafts, music, coffee, fresh spring greens & prepared foods!

We LOVE meeting new friends! Consider becoming a market volunteer: a couple of hours once a month, or even just three times over the season will make a big difference in the market's life, & will enrich yours. Please consider giving us your time.

We look very much forward to seeing you soon!

posted April 03, 2014

We are accepting applications from Ontario farmers using ecological or organic growing practices. Producers of both fresh farm produce and value added farm products (must be farmer) are welcome to apply. Please direct your inquiries to info[at]

posted March 27, 2014

We're hiring! There are two opportunities to join our team: as the market manager and as the market assistant & kids' activities coordinator. Please click on the highlighted links for details.

posted March 17, 2014

We are currently working on preparations for the 2014 market season. Drop by again in April to see our market opening date!

Not sure about when you can take a risk with your produce? Perhaps this will help you decide: The Dirty Dozen & Clean 15.


You can join the Riverdale Arts & Letters Club for their 2013/2014 reading and discussion series on Wednesday evenings at the Riverdale library branch.

Have a free local community event you'd like posted? Contact us at info[at] Please make your submission at least 2 weeks prior to your event date.

Peak into our '''Stale News" cupboard further down this page for events, activities and good food you've missed.


perhaps they are no more than babies right now, but they will be amazing once they are fully mature

Adopt A Tree in Withrow Park

Close to 100 trees have been planted in Withrow Park last year and it's adoption time!!

As you likely know, new trees need some tender loving care and water. We are looking for volunteers to adopt one or more trees to take care of and ensure their survival and thriving.

If you are interested in adopting one or more trees please contact the Friends of Withrow Park Trees Group at withrowtrees[at] or 416-466-2390.

Musicians/Buskers wanted!

If you live in the neighbourhood and like to jam, bring it to the market! Non or minimally amplified classical, folk or pop music, vocal or acoustic, is welcome, but let me know you want to grace market folks with your music: info[at]

Even if you don't live in the hood, but love to play to an appreciative crowd, our market patrons will toss coins or bills in your hat or guitar case. Come join our lovely community and liven it up with tunes and tricks.

The market encourages community groups and non-profits to apply for a spot at the market to promote their programs free of charge. Unfortunately, although we work with elected officials in the promotion and development of the market, we cannot host political parties. To get an application, please e-mail info[at]

Stale News!

posted December 13, 2013

Registrations are now open for two fantastic & delicious hands-on cooking workshops: Ethiopian Vegetarian with Mesey Abataneh (Sat Jan 11), and Indian Vegetarian with Tiffinday's Seema Pabari (Sat Jan 18).


Both workshops are from 11:30AM to 2PM in the Hurndale Kitchen of the Eastminster United Church (310 Danforth Ave, at Jackman). For course details, registration & payment options visit Eventbrite.


posted October 24, 2013

Look at how time flies: last market of the season already! Come spend it with our lovely vendors & get your fill of local eats in our neighbourhood urban green space one more time. We'll be carving pumpkins with the kids, & there's face painting, too. You can read all about it in our Oct 26 newsletter. We'll be active this winter on our blog, facebook & twitter. Please drop in!

posted October 17, 2013

Ooh, we're getting close to the wire, folks! Only 2 more Withrow Market Saturdays!! Please join us! To find out what's coming, take a look at the Oct 19 market newsletter.

posted October 10, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving feasting! There's loads of good stuff coming, as always. Read the Oct 12 market newsletter to find out what.

posted October 03, 2013

Happy October! The local feast continues, & you can read about some of the produce highlight in the October 5 market newsletter!


posted September 26, 2013

The countdown is on! We're down to our last 5 market days, & there's a whole lot of good food to share!! Read about it in our Sept 28 newsletter.

posted September 19, 2013

Six more delicious market days left this season! Don't miss a bite, & start drafting your shopping list for Thanksgiving! Read the Sept 21 market news to find out what's on offer & more.

posted September 12, 2013

Ready to join us for our big community cooking experiment? This is it: Stone Soup & Fresh Produce Drive! Read all the details in the Sept 14 market newsletter!!!

posted September 05, 2013

Hello September! Be gentle... If you are attending the Toronto International Film Festival, stock your fridge with fresh local foods to keep you going. Read the Sep 7 market news to see some of what you can expect this market day.


posted August 29, 2013

Goodbye, August! We'll be catching your tail this market day... You can read in our Aug 31 market news what's in stock for you! Oops, we made a mistake: Tiffinday WILL be at the market this Saturday!!

posted August 22, 2013

For the love of food one just can't take any of it for granted: the weather, the people, the seasonal changes... You'll have only 10 more chances to get the goods at your friendly neighbourhood farmers' market. Read about some of what you'll find in this August 24 market news issue.

posted August 15, 2013

Good food, good fun! August 17 market news.

posted August 08, 2013

The back to school ads are a bit unnerving. No matter; summer continues at the market with loads of good eats. Get the details in the August 10 market news!

posted August 01, 2013

Hello August! Haven't seen you in a year! Bringing good eats this Aug 3rd market day, we see. So good you'll stay a while.


posted July 25, 2013

A picture is worth a thousand words! When you can eat the depicted, than that's even a better deal! There'll be lots of good eating at the market this July 27.

posted July 18, 2013

How do we manage to keep ourselves sooo busy? It's a mystery. We're hosting Food & Water First this market day, beautifying the park's paths by sidewalk chalking with the Friends of WP, & loads more. Find out the details on that and more in our July 20 market news.

posted July 12, 2013

In the July 13 market news: apricots making their 2013 debut & more!

posted July 04, 2013

Here's the July 6 market news with the scoop on what our farmers & food vendors are bringing to table!


posted June 27, 2013

Loads of great food coming our way this June 29 market day. Bringing people & good food together; now that's something we can sink our teeth in!

There's still time to get your spot in our first From Scratch Cooking Workshop! But hurry, registration closes Tue July 2! First up: strawberry-rhubarb jam.

posted June 20, 2013

More fresh produce is arriving each market day from Ontario farms. We're lovin' it! Read our June 22 market news for a full scoop!

posted June 13, 2013

Join us for a wonderfully busy & delicious market day this June 15. Food, crafts, a rummage sale... it's all here in the news.

posted June 06, 2013

We have special guests from Ontario's office of Ocean Wise this June 8 market day, & great music lined up with The Crones. You can read about all the other details in this week's market newsletter.

For other good stuff happening in the park this month check out the Friends of WP newsletter.


posted May 30, 2013

When we say rain or shine, we are totally serious! Coming up on market day #3: loads of goodies! Read about it in our June 1 market news. Our special for this coming market day is Field Sparrow Farm's lamb sausage.

posted May 23, 2013

We had a fantastic opening day, and are geared for market day #2!

Read our newsletter to find out what's good to eat this May 25 market day.

Here's a quick spoiler: rhubarb, anyone? Of course, there'll still be asparagus & loads of other good stuff.

posted May 16, 2013

We are super psyched about the first fresh arrivals from Ontario farms! The leader of the pack: asparagus!! Find out what else is coming in our latest e-news issue. By the way, we omitted to mention that Danbrie Farms is also back with maple syrup this May 18.

posted May 07, 2013

We are gearing up for market day # 1! Cookbook Swap Clothing Repairathon FREE Bike Tune-up Cherry St. Cats Free City Compost Seedlings & Transplants...

posted May 03, 2013

We are trying to keep things nice and neat! Here's a link to our latest newsletter.


posted April 19, 2013

Join the Friends of Withrow Park and the many groups that play here for our first Jane's Walk on Saturday May 4, starting at 3 p.m.

posted April 08, 2013

Congratulations to Ben and Jessie Sosnicki on the arrival of their new baby girl! We wish them all the very best (she'll be eating healthy for sure)!!

posted April 1, 2013

Here's a quick April news update with a call for action against GM Alfalfa, on Tuesday April 8, at St. Lawrence Market (on the sidewalk), 95 Front St E, Toronto, 12 noon (sharp) to 1 pm.:

Our Eating Their Words food quote contest is now closed! We thank all those who played! Our contest partners will be announcing winners & their prizes in a little while.

To see all contest submissions click here.

posted March 18, 2013

Our nonprofit home organization, the Centre for Local Food Initiatives, is looking for volunteer board members. Love food and community? Then help us become the change we want to see in the world! See the full recruitment ad here.

Interested in the past? Check out some of our 2012 highlights here.

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