Bringing fresh produce to the area
James Pasternak Ward 10 Councillor
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.