Farmers’ Market This Week and Next

This week’s market was simply delightful.  Thanks to Vera and Slavcia from the Cozy Cafe and Bakery (Woodbine and Danforth) for providing complementary, delicious hot cinnamon buns and marscapone cheese blintzes.  If you haven’t yet been to the bakery and cafe at 2075 Danforth, you really should drop in.  You will not be disappointed.

Next Week

Beginning next week, you can buy organic sausage on a bun.  Back by popular demand, Simply by Amanda soap-maker.  Also the 32 Spokes Cyclist Parade and  pilates in the park!

We still need volunteers to help set up and take down the tents at the market.  If you can offer half an hour either before or after the market, we could really really use some extra hands.  Let Shelley know at shelleydarling@yahoo.ca

Wednesday Update

This week at the market…

In addition to the tasty delights of farm fresh meat, produce and honey (as if that weren’t enough)…

  • Sell out sale – we’re selling off the last of the Klean Kanteens from $5 – $10 and the Simply in Season cookbook $15.
  • Soap-making by Simply By Amanda – local artisan and soap-maker.

Tree Trauma

Speaking of East Lynn Park, you may have noticed that a couple of trees in the park were damaged this winter.  Two Ash trees were vandalized and burned  by people who set the sledding-safety haystacks on fire.  One of those trees is going to be removed and the other will be pruned.  It’s too bad to lose a big beautiful tree in our local park and serves as a reminder that we should all be vigilant about calling the police when we see people in the park doing naughty things.

Tree Tour

Speaking of trees, 13 folks joined in on the LEAF tree tour last week – taking notes and photos and learning more about the trees in our neighbourhood.  A few of them signed up to join DECA Woods – the team of DECA members who are working with U of T to survey our neighbourhood tree canopy and determine how best to keep it strong and healthy.  Want to know more?  Contact Mary-Margaret at spargy@rogers.com

DECA Bikes

Along with some of our DECA Bikers, Gledhill Public School is organizing a bike rally for its students on June 16th and 17th.  Students will take part in a ‘fun-packed’ morning of bike safety and maneuvering exercises as well as signalling, stopping, turning and other safe-biking skills.  Why am I telling you this?  Because if you would like to arrange such a bike rally at your school, DECA Bikes would like to help.

Contact Jamie at jamiethiers@gmail.com, Mary-Margaret at spargy@rogers.com or talk to them at the DECA Bikes booth at the East Lynn Farmers’ Market.  Don’t forget to bring your bike to the market for tune-up help and any matter of biking advice. (Oh and Mary-Margaret wants you to know that you can now get CAA service for your bike.)

DECA Bikes works with a few other east-end bike groups to advocate for biking and tonight (June 9th) that group of East End Cyclists is meeting at the East York Civic Centre at 7 p.m.   Want to know more or get involved?  Go forth to East York Civic Centre and prosper.

Earl Haig Family Resource Centre – Best Ever Garage Sale

This Saturday (June 12th) you’ll want to make your way to the GEHA (Greater Earl Haig Area) for the garage sales supporting the Family Resource Centre at Earl Haig School.

The centre is a drop-in for all families with young children and is a great place for parents and caregivers to go with young children to sing, do activities, visit with other adults and play.  Families on neighbouring streets are raising money to keep the centre open for another year.

The garage sales on Currie, Earl Haig Ave and Hillingdon will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by a kids’ bike parade at noon.  For more, contact Natlie at nhc@sfu.ca

Sports For Kids

First – I notice that Goodlife Fitness is offering free summer memberships for teens 14-17 for July and August during the day.  There is a Goodlife at Coxwell and Gerrard.  There is bike parking inside the club and a bus stop outside the front doors.

Second – If you miss out on the registration (tomorrow) for the City of Toronto summer programs, there is always Jack of Sports – now offering swim and summer camp programs at Monarch Park indoor pool.

Last Day Music Fest

Save the date – Friday, June 25th is the Last Day Music Festival.  This, rock and roll show will take place in the St. Brigid’s school yard (Glebeholme and Woodmount) from 7 – 10 p.m.  And get this?  The bands are seriously good bands – all made up of kids.  Want to see some great music performed by some young people with talent?  The whole thing will be hosted by 102 The Edge’s – Darrin.  Funds raised will go to support outreach projects at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church.

Arts In The Neighbourhood

The FINAL deadline to apply for the Danforth East Arts Fair is Tuesday, June 15th. There are already a lot of great artists who have applied for this year’s fair so it looks like it will be even better than last year.  The application and fee ($175) must be submitted by June 15th.  For more information, contact deca.arts@gmail.com

Three Wishes Storytelling Festival – June 11th and 12th join Aubrey Davis, Deborah Dunleavy and Ruth Danzinger for stories, lively poems, chants and music for children and families.  There is one concert on Friday and three workshops and concerts and Saturday at Pegasus Studios (361 Glebeholme Blvd. 3 blocks north of Danforth, east of Coxwell).  Costs range from $5/person to $30/family depending on which event you attend.  For more info call 416-699-2608 or visit www.storytellersforchildren.ca

Danforth Mosaic BIA Family Fun Fest

Join your local Business Improvement Association on Saturday, June 12th at East Lynn Park for the Family Fun Fest.  There will be face painting, beading, boomerang decorating, clay sculpture, bouncy castles, Razzamatazz, clowns, african drumming and more.

First Farmers’ Market – This Thursday

Thurday, June 3rd is DECA’s first Farmers’ Market at East Lynn Park.  Be there for the 4:30 fest (pilates in the park) and the cafe, sponsored by Guru Coffee.  Our fabulous face painters will be there turning run-of-the-mill children into fantastic fairies and super heros.  Also – DECA Bikes will be there to help you tune up your bike and get it road-ready for the season.

Oh – and guess what?  The cheese lady is back!  Ruth Klassen is back at the market.  Now you’re excited, right?

P.S.  –I notice Celena’s bakery and True Brew Cafe are both open on Sundays

P.P.S. – Nancy Greene  is offering free reiki as she completes the final stage of her certification from the Canadian Reiki Association.  If you would like to know more contact here at ngreene11@sympatico.ca>

Enjoying (and not enjoying) Your Neighbourhood

A miscellany of things to tell you about today…

Jack of Sports provides swim lessons and summer camps at various places around the city.  Now, it’s moving into our neighbourhood – at Monarch Park Collegiate (west of Coxwell, south of Danforth).   They run the Red Cross swim program.  It costs $160 for 10 lessons of 1 hour each and lessons will be starting at the end of June.  They’re also planning on offering summer camps.  For more info call 416-489-4777 or info@jackofsports.com

Environment Days

The Ward 31 Environment Day is Saturday, June 5th from 10-2 at Stan Wadlow Park at 373 Cedarvale Ave. Pick up free compost, buy native plants, exchange broken green bins and kitchen catchers, buy a rain barrel or water saver kit, learn about the city’s environmental programs, get free seeds, drop off hazardous waste and special recyclables, and much more.

Red Sable

Check out the paintings by Lisa Crouch, Ana Gribbons and Cynthia Noel during the month of June at Red Sable at 1765 Danforth.  The opening reception is Saturday, June 5th from 1 – 4 p.m.  Red Sable is open Thursday and Friday  11-6 and Saturday 12-5.  Call 416-436-3733 for more info.

Tree Tour

Want to learn how to distinguish a sugar  maple from a silver maple?  Join Lauren B  own from LEAF (Local Enhancement and  Appreciation of Forests) and learn how to  identify trees, the benefits of trees, the  challenges our urban forests face and ways    to help.

Meet on Sunday, June 6th at the Grinder  Cafe at 126 Main St. (south of Danforth).    The tour will take place from 1 – 3 p.m. Fore  more information, contact Mary-Margaret  McMahon at spargy@rogers.com

Car Wash

A group of people who live near the car wash at Aldridge and Danforth are getting very frustrated with the noise of the car wash and the noise and exhaust of the cars idling in the back lane waiting to use the car wash.  Linda has posted about it here on the blog and the residents there looking for any advice people may have about how to proceed.  They’ve formed a committee called the West Lynn – Aldridge Peace and Enjoyment Committee (because they’ve lost the peace and enjoyment of their yards).

Not To Brag But….

Since the only thing I do for DECA’s farmers’ market at East Lynn Park is to write about it and eat my way through it, I feel absolutely no need to be modest about it.  Thank you to Renata for pointing us to the fact that Toronto Life has put out it’s list of the best farmers markets in the city (the top eight) and guess which little community market appeared on it?   Yes, we made the list!

Why?  Because we have an incredible group of women who put in tons of volunteer hours to arrange the special events, work with the farmers, paint faces, set up tents, get permits, make caramel apples, organize buskers etc etc etc.  And because we have fabulous volunteers who cook for the farmers (a unique and much-loved piece of east Toronto hospitality) and pitch in whenever we need them.  And because a LOT of people come and shop there and hang out with their neighbours.  And because we have a terrific community vibe that the farmers thrive on and that makes going to the market an ongoing, community building event that helps people get to better know their neighbours and make our neighbourhood safer and more vibrant and at the same time supports local business by significantly increasing foot traffic on the Danforth.  Umm.  I think that’s all.

The market starts next Thursday (June 3rd).  This year, every day at 4:30 there will be a family-friendly activity.  And if you’re looking to sit down and just soak up the atmosphere, check out the new farmers’ market cafe.  Of course, we’ll still have all our special events – from the spring strawberry social right to the fall harvest pumpkin festival.