Paint The Town Peach And Other Happenings

“Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring and because it has fresh peaches in it.”  – Thomas Walker

ontario peaches

Is there anything better than fresh Freestone and Red Haven peaches in the height of peach season?  Well perhaps if you add some peach kuchen from True Brew Cafe and some peach cobbler from Small World Cafe.  As if that wasn’t enough to get you to the East Lynn Farmers’ Market this week, you will also see a karate demonstration from Dragonz on the Danforth and stay in your seats for Movie Night In The Park at 8 p.m.  (Popcorn is half price if you bring your own bowl!)

Danforth East Arts Fair

DECA is no one-trick-pony.  We’ve always got something new and fabulous up our collective sleeve.  While our market team has been beavering away bringing you another fabulous farmers’ market season, another equally dedicated team has been working away on DECA’s first annual Danforth East Arts Fair for September 19th and 20th.  More than 30 artisans – from as near as Wolverleigh and Lumsden and as far as Sarnia and Peterborough – will be selling their goods at East Lynn Park.   To make this extravaganza a roaring success, we need some help.  We need volunteers to help publicize the event by putting up posters and spreading the word in churches, schools, daycares and beyond.  We also need volunteers to help the weekend of the arts fair – specifically to help manage traffic.  Can you help?  Do you have a helpful idea?  Please let the organizers know at

Canning Workshop

What did Carolyn say about last night’s canning workshop?  “Great workshop last night DECA – thank you.  I learned many tips and tricks to canning that I didn’t know.  I’m inspired and will be making peach blackberry jam this weekend.”

Home Energy Audit Workshop

DECA, along with the East Toronto Climate Action Group and Live green Toronto are proud to host the Home Energy Audit Workshop on September 1st from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Danforth Mennonite Church at 2174 Danforth (just east of Woodbine).  There will be a presentation by Windfall Ecology Centre and case studies by (bear with me here) two handsome neighbours – Mr. Slow and Mr. Meticulous.  RSVP to Mary Margaret McMahon at 416-693-9276 or or sign up at the DECA tent at the East Lynn Farmers’ Market.

Mary Margaret is Collecting Milk Bags

milk bag

If you know our Mary Margaret (she’s often dressed as a carrot or a pea) you’ll know she’s always got 15 projects on the go.  The latest is that she is collecting your used milk bags to make sleeping mats for people in third world countries.  If you have an excess of milk bags in your house, drop them off with Mary Margaret at the DECA tent at the East Lynn Farmers’ Market.

Finally – two quick notes from the neighbourhood…

Yannick is a student entrepreneur who wants to help raccoon-proof your green bin.  I don’t know what magic potion he uses, but it costs around $8/bin ($7 for seniors).  You can call or text Yannick at 416-460-8845.

And – my neighbour is looking for milkweed to attract butterflies.  Do you have some growing in your yard that you can spare?  Let me know.

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  1. Is it just me or has the intrepid Deca Diaries neglected to mention the most amazing and fantastic-o-rama opening of Better Bulk on the south side of Danforth east of Woodbine (just east of the huge hole in the ground).

    I went in last week on the recommendation of a neighbour and was greeted by some local owners that even pointed out their suggestion booklet for things I might want them to carry.

    The big surprise came when I found out that they were selling the pine nuts I was looking for (and organic at that!) for less then Value-Mart. When I came back and told one of the owners his reply was an understated, “oh, we did our homework.”

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