At the Market this week: 1 lb of Worms with a side of Artisan Cheese

Cathy’s Composters: If you don’t know much about vermicomposting then visit Cathy’s Composters at the market this week. She’ll be showcasing the composting power of worms. Cathy has worms, organic mung beans and sprout grower to available for purchase.


Also happening this week:

  • Toronto Public Library Storytime will be at 4:30 p.m.
  • Susan from FoodSaq will have reusable veggie and fruit bags available for your market goods – three for $5.

“If I were to move to Toronto, I’d want to move to this neighbourhood.” Steacy de Hann, dairy farmer.

Steacy’s farm, Primeridge Pure, is located in Markdale up towards the Bruce Peninsula. She lives on the farm with her husband Scott, one year old Grace Anne and 16 dairy cows. Their combined expertise in herd management (Scott) and Artisan Cheese-maker certification (Steacy) make for the perfect partnership for making pure, natural Artisan Cheese. Each week she brings a selection of cheese curds and cream cheeses

The East Lynn Farmer’s Market runs every Thursday from 3-7 p.m. between June-October at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave.

Hirut Hoot this Friday, July 27 – only $5!

Headliner Darren Frost is this month’s feature comedian at Hirut Fine Ethiopian Cuisine. 

Rumour has it that Hirut has become a top comedy space for professional performers looking to test run new material and stay sharp. The show is now monthly and happens the last Friday of the month!

On July 27, Hirut Hoot features Canadian Comedy Award Nominee (and East York resident!), Darren Frost. The host will be Scott McCrickard.


Hirut Hoot @ Hirut Fine Ethiopian Cuisine, 2050 Danforth Avenue (at Woodbine)

Friday July 27, 2012

9:00pm $5

Featuring: Timothy Allen, Andy Boorman, Luke Gordon Field, Darryl Purvis, Dave Martin, Darren Frost

Darren Frost

Market this week: Henna, Kindermusik, TEGH, Socktopuses and Syrup!

What’s going on this week?
  • Joanne will be doing henna body art at the park from 3-7:00 p.m. for market goers.  You can get a sneak peak at some of her designs here, which she’ll be doing by donation.
  • Nadia will be hosting a Kindermusik session at 3:30 p.m.
  • Nurses from Toronto East General Hospital’s Emergency Department will be on hand with some summer safety information.
  • Socktopuses! This weeks craft is super easy to make for all ages. Have any lonely socks laying around, sad without their partner? Give them a new purpose in life as cuddly, playable socktopuses. 4:30 with Mrs. Darling this week at the Market’s Kids Kourner.

Do you know the difference between good sugars and bad sugars?  Well, Jay from Danbrie Farms thinks our neighbourhood is full of people who know the difference and that’s why he likes coming to our market.  Jay brings us only the best sugars found in real maple syrup produced on his family’s sugar bush in Milton.  He sells a variety maple delights, including maple syrup, maple butter, maple raspberry jelly and maple jalapeño jelly (which is apparently a great addition to a stir fry). He also sells beefy goodies from his father Jim’s farm in Durham – beef patties, ground beef and summer sausage – all grass fed.  How about a little beef stir fry for dinner tomorrow?

Getting fit in the ‘hood

We’ve been contacted about a few exciting, local, summer health and fitness specials and wanted to share them with you!

From Career Fit Mom:

Our Summer Class Pass season is running through July until Thurs. Aug. 30th. We are offering a variety of classes which you can drop into with a Class Pass.  Drop into any class / any time all summer long!  The benefits are great if:
  • You are planning a vacation this summer and don’t want to pay for classes you can’t attend;
  • You want to try out different classes (a great way to cross train and see amazing results);
  • You want to share your pass with a friend to save money. Passes are transferrable and two or more punches can be used each class if you want to bring someone.
Classes are located in the Danforth East and Upper Beaches area – East Lynn Park, Cassels Park and Monkey Magoo’s Indoor Playground.
You can purchase a 5 Class Pass ($90 + tax) or 10 Class Pass ($160 + tax) online. (Check website for other payment options)

We have just added a 2nd Mommy and Me Boot Camp class, and to celebrate, we are allowing you to try your first class FREE for the rest of July.  Classes are Mondays at 3:30pm and Thursdays @ 3:00pm.  For more information, please contact us here.

While we’re on the topic of health and fitness, here’s a list from Tara S. of a few other local places that you might want to check out:

The Yoga House 7 Copeland Avenue

Counter Balance Studio Pilates 2464 Danforth Avenue

Dragonz Martial Artz Centre 1998 Danforth Avenue

Bomb Wellness: 1338 Danforth Avenue

If you have any additional places to add to our list, please leave a comment!

Next DECA Board meeting July 31 – you’re invited!

Thanks to Sarah K. for this post

What do you get when you combine passionate local volunteers with laughter, tears and votable motions? Well, that would be a DECA Board meeting!  Our next bi-monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m., and we would love for you to join us!  (Just joking about the tears!)

What happens at a DECA Board meeting?  Our meetings are where we meet to chat, laugh, debate, brainstorm, share, and plan all of our neighbourhood improvement events and activities.

Maybe you don’t know us?  Don’t let that stand between you and DECA. We are your neighbours, and truly, we believe that more is merrier!

Once upon a time we used to meet in each other’s homes but DECA folk are just too much fun for even the most sizeable East York kitchen, so we moved to a local restaurant! That’s right – you can order food and drink at our meeting to tide you over to the very last motion!

Our meetings are open to all DECA members, and/or to anyone interested in volunteering or helping out in some way. If you’re interested in attending the meeting, or if you have any questions about DECA, please email info(at)

By the way, have you “liked” us on Facebook yet?  Please click here to find our page!

CornFest & Trees

Market this week: CornFest, Godelie Family Farms & Cooks
Time to celebrate all things CORN! It’s Cornfest at the East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market this week.   Toronto’s famed storyteller Dan Yashinsky will be telling his stories at 4:30 p.m.  and the music of Bad Dog will set the mood for market goers and picnickers alike starting at 5:00 p.m. Be prepared to sing along!  And don’t forget your toonies as there will be cobs of boiled corn for sale at the DECA table.

Speaking of corn, I spent some time chatting with Harry from Godelie Farmily Farm last week.  Godelie Family Farm owners Gary & Blanche Godelie have been one our market’s pioneers having been with us since the first year.  Harry leaves the Godelie farm in Otterville at about 10 a.m. each week with corn, beans, cucumber, potatoes and many other fresh goodies that are picked daily.  That means that the corn he sells at our market is picked at 6:00 a.m. and can be on your table at 6:00 p.m.  Amazing!  As people shopped last week Harry asked them how long they boiled their corn – most people said between 8-10 minutes.  Turns out you only need to boil it for two minutes as it keeps the sugars from turning starchy.  I can attest that the corn is scrumptiously sweet right now as Harry convinced me to try some raw last week.  It was surprisingly delicious.  Try it.

Volunteer cooks:  We have over a dozen volunteers who cook dinner for our farmers each week.   They do it as a way to say thank you to the farmers and makes it so they don’t have to drive home on an empty stomach.  We have one volunteer signed up each week but given it’s peak season for the market we are looking for some additional volunteers to help with meals over the next two months to help distribute the load.  If you are interested in helping contribute to a meal please contact Shelley  – shelleydarling (at)

DECA Tree Group

The new DECA TREE GROUP meets this Thursday July 19 at 7 p.m. at Relish (back room). New members welcome!  We are hoping to get the group started on some projects, big and small. If you have time before the group meets, please read Every Tree Counts: A Portrait of Toronto’s Urban Forest.  This will help us make a plan for enhancing the tree canopy in our fabulous neighbourhood. If you can’t read it in time, please come anyway. There are many ways to get involved. We especially need to get water to our newest local trees.  Hope to see you there!