Drum roll, Toronto now has a Public Market Week!
On June 8th, Councillor Shelley Carol announced at the 11th International Public Market Conference that our city had declared the second week in June Toronto's Public Market Week.
From Farmers' Markets to Bazaars, Good Food Markets to Neighbourhood Markets, Antique and Vintage Markets, and also Wholesale Markets like our unique Ontario Food Terminal, every year, this week-long celebration provides a platform for showcasing the unique products, cultures, and experiences that Toronto's markets offer. It's also an opportunity for residents and tourists to explore and learn about the city's different markets, and support local businesses and entrepreneurs.
More importantly, this annual event is an opportunity to celebrate and increase awareness about the importance of public markets in advancing inclusive economies, increasing access to locally and culturally diverse food, fostering relationships between neighbours, and advancing climate action.
St. Lawrence Market, FoodShare Toronto and marketcity TO championed the process and advocacy efforts, and we are so happy that the Mayor and city staff supported this declaration to move forward.
Soon will start planning for next year. In the meantime, check your neighbourhood this week, as the outdoor harvest season is here!