Twelve dollar nut-milk and dairy-free cheese. Fermented cabbage, kombucha everything and an old shipping container decked out with an energy guzzling refrigerator stocked with locally made craft booze.
It’s a hipster haven, and on the surface, it’s annoying ‘AF’ (as my child’s generation would call it).
It’s the farmer’s market at the Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto. A man-made ‘natural’ oasis in the middle of the city. The Saturday morning farmer’s market is well-curated, and the food court is pretty damn tempting.
A country girl at heart, I yearn for my connection to the earth. After all these years, I have to admit, that I can come across as a city girl too, and maybe that’s why I’m so attracted to the bucolic civility of a rustic market just off seconds from the Don Valley Parkway.
Rural life tethers us with invisible thread, connecting us to seasons, the earth, and the natural order of things. There is comfort in that. I believe it’s the main reason why, even here in the city, where many children and adults don’t know how to plant a seed or cultivate a garden or preserve food, that every walk of life flocks to farmer’s markets.
As pretentious as all downtown markets seem, they’re a sight better than our lives here in a city where anonymity is sweet, but the bitterness of a community lacking heart overpowers that sweetness. Markets are a small gesture of humanity within the momentum of the economic machine that is our lifestyle.
Our food sources connect us to the natural cycles of life, and to the intimate relationship that we have with our physical bodies. Food – the great equalizer. We break bread together as a symbol of opening our minds, hearts and homes to those whom we gather with.
Feeling some connection to that food is life-affirming and spiritual nutrition. Even if it just means it didn’t travel across borders to get here, and we received it from the same hand that harvested it.
If you have yet to make your way to your local farmer’s market this year, I encourage you to do just that. I reminds you where we are within the seasons, the community, and the planet as a whole.