The inaugural season of the CSL Farmers Market has wrapped up and and my unscientific polling of those residents that were milling about yesterday was more than positive. My own family had fun picking out farm fresh corn on the cob, tomatoes and cucumbers and we treated ourselves to artisanal breads baked with olives and whole grain.

The Nashens picking up some fresh produce at the CSL Farmers Market

The Nashens picking up some fresh produce at the CSL Farmers Market

Never before did we have the opportunity to pick up vegetables from the field so close to home.  The same treat was on the minds of several residents I bumped into this day. Along came Councillor Ruth Kovac with her grandson Eitan.

Cllr. Ruth Kovac with grandson Eitan

Cllr. Ruth Kovac with grandson Eitan

Shortly after we bumped into Councillor Allan J. Levine with his wife Rhoda and their granddaughter.

Bialik teacher Leslie Silverstein shared a corn on the cob with his son Mickey

Bialik teacher Leslie Silverstein shared a corn on the cob with his son Mickey

And while most were arriving for the fresh produce some were towed by their kids directly to the inflatable toys.

Danand Matthew Gabay get ready to jump, jump, jump...

Dan and Matthew Gabay get ready to jump, jump, jump…

Others explored the food trucks and the overall ambiance and natural beauty of Trudeau Park.

Carole and Alyssa Blank enjoy a stroll past the Farmers Market

Carole and Alyssa Blank enjoy a stroll past the Farmers Market

Some kids found other sweet treats hidden among the healthy offerings.

Jeremy Nashen was lucky to find a lollypop tractor to sweeten his teeth

Jeremy Nashen was lucky to find a lollypop tractor to sweeten his teeth

And many thanks, of course , to the brainchild of the marketplace and overall urban agriculture initiative in CSL, City Manager Tanya Abramovitch, along with community development manager Sarah Topey-Arns, along with a small army of support staff and volunteers.

Tanya Abramovitch with a healthy dose of cotton candy surrounded by CSL's finest in blue

Tanya Abramovitch with a healthy dose of cotton candy surrounded by CSL’s finest in blue

I am proud to support this innovative initiative in building a healthier, stronger community and look forward to the return of the Farmers Market in CSL next spring.

 

 

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