Bring­ing fresh pro­duce to the area

James Paster­nak Ward 10 Coun­cil­lor

Bayview Post - - News -

A grow­ing pri­or­ity in our com­mu­nity is en­sur­ing res­i­dents have easy ac­cess to fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles. For se­niors and those with dis­abil­i­ties or lack of ve­hi­cle ac­cess as well as fam­i­lies with young chil­dren, it can be dif­fi­cult to reg­u­larly make the trip to a dis­tant grocery store for fresh pro­duce that is vi­tal to a healthy diet. To as­sist, my of­fice and city part­ners are un­der­tak­ing a num­ber of ini­tia­tives to bring fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles to our neigh­bour­hoods.

We are very ex­cited that on Tues­day, Oct. 3, from 2 to 6 p.m., the Bathurst-Finch Hub will be host­ing its first-ever farmers’ mar­ket with fresh lo­cal pro­duce, en­ter­tain­ment and kids ac­tiv­i­ties. Food grown in the Bathurst-Finch Hub's own com­mu­nity garden by vol­un­teers will be avail­able in ad­di­tion to pro­duce from GTA farmers. This will be a pi­lot project for what could be­come a weekly oc­cur­rence next year.

An­other great op­tion is the popup food mar­ket at Shep­pard West TTC sta­tion (for­merly Downsview) that runs ev­ery Tues­day and Thurs­day from 3 to 7 p.m., put on by Toronto Pub­lic Health, the TTC and FoodShare.

The FoodShare Mo­bile Food Mar­ket, a truck that trav­els across Toronto sell­ing af­ford­able fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles, is also parked at 4455 Bathurst St. ev­ery Tues­day from 5 to 6:15 p.m.

The city also re­cently im­ple­mented new zon­ing rules that al­low fruit and veg­etable stalls to open near new apart­ment build­ings and ground floor re­tail. We hope this will en­cour­age en­trepreneurs to set up food mar­kets in ar­eas that lack a lo­cal grocery store.

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