By Christina Rousseau, Community Services Coordinator
The Stop began over 35 years ago with a mission to increase access to healthy food, while also working to build community and challenge inequality.
Our Good Food Market connects deeply to this work. It brings healthy, affordable, and fresh fruits and vegetables into our neighbourhood, but perhaps more importantly, it creates a space for people to gather, share recipes, participate in food demonstrations, chat with friends, and make new connections.
Historically, markets have provided people with a space to come together to connect with friends and neighbours. But as food moves out of local markets and into massive grocery stores, the social and community aspect of one of life’s daily tasks is being lost—making us all a little more isolated.
Sharing our stories, experiences, and ideas about food is an essential way to build bridges across cultures and to begin creating a broader community. One of my favourite parts of the day is chatting with customers and volunteers at the market to find out what they will be cooking with the produce they’re buying. Last month, we promoted mushrooms as our food of the month at the market, and people shared some highly creative ways of using this versatile fungus. One of my personal favourites is a mushroom risotto (you’ll find a recipe at the end of this post).
When you come to shop in our market, you’re helping to create a positive space while also supporting local farmers. Through our partnership with FoodShare, we buy as much local produce as possible. Buying local helps farmers sell their produce at a fair price, and it also means you get to enjoy seasonal, sustainable, fresh, and flavourful food!
So next time you’re in the neighbourhood, come stop by the market and meet our wonderful volunteers and members of the community. Feel free to stay for lunch (served 12pm-1pm), and be sure to save room for some delicious cake, freshly baked each week by our Community Chef Monica Bettson.