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Food Markets & Bake Ovens
Food access programs such as our markets and pizza oven drop-ins are ways to transform public spaces into bustling, friendly venues, where the community can engage with each other, connect around mutual needs and strengths, and have a great time!
The Stop's Farmers’ Market at Wychwood Barns
The Stop’s Farmers' Market is located in the historic Wychwood Barns at St. Clair and Christie. Operating year-round, the market is open every Saturday from 8AM to 12PM and focuses on local, sustainable, organic and/or artisanal products.
The range of produce available varies from season to season, connecting customers to the natural growing cycle of our region. The market provides fresh, local food to our community while supporting local producers. Learn more about The Stop's Farmers' Market.
The Stop's Good Food Market
While farmers' markets have become a popular way to bring fresh, local produce into a community, farmers have a hard time making a living selling in low-income neighbourhoods without the support of subsidy programs.
To address this problem, FoodShare developed the Good Food Market model. In this model, FoodShare purchases large quantities of produce from local farmers and the Ontario Food Terminal; the produce is then sold by volunteers and community organizations in market stands across the city. The goal is to provide as much local and culturally appropriate produce as possible at affordable prices.
The market is held every Tuesday from 3PM to 6PM, either in The Stop (winter) or behind the Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre (next door to The Stop).
While outdoor, wood-burning ovens can be used for anything from bread to casseroles to drying herbs, the most popular use for The Stop’s ovens has been in weekly do-it-yourself pizza sessions.
Community members are provided with free dough, cheese, and toppings from our community gardens to make their own pizzas in a safe, welcoming, and relaxing outdoor space. This also encourages them to socialize and learn about incorporating vegetables and whole grains into favourite foods.
We opened our second bake oven at The Green Barn in the spring of 2009 and it is used for various programs and events, including film nights and the After-School Program.