Cari explores Green Barn Market
Although Cari and I have lived in the Corso Italia area for over two years, we’ve found the area of St. Clair east of Dufferin to be a bit more appealing than the relatively homogenous stretch between Lansdowne and Dufferin. Khmer Thai and Mezzetta have become two of our favourite restaurants, we’ve delighted in The Cupcakery, and 2Q Video has become our go-to place for DVD rentals like recent favourites Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Rachel Getting Married.
For every place we’ve visited, eaten at or explored, there’s been at least five or six places we keep passing by and commenting, “we need to check this place out!” The Green Barn Market, located in the Artscape Wychwood Barns just south of St. Clair on Christie, was not one of these places. In fact, when my sister Melissa told us about it, we had no idea where she was talking about. Our curiousity was piqued, so we decided to make our way there this morning to check it out.
Heading south on Christie, you definitely won’t miss the Artscape Wychwood Barns. What was once a streetcar depot is now the home of a Saturday morning farmer’s market, open from 9am to 12pm. In reading up about it, we realized that this farmer’s market is affiliated with an outdoor one we had seen driving by on St. Clair.
This multi-generational string band was a nice touch
The west-end farmer’s market that gets talked about the most is Dufferin Grove, but when it comes down to it, Cari and I have never been all that impressed with it. This one was a completely different story, reminding us of a lot of the farmer’s markets we’ve been to in other cities like Vancouver and Seattle. Not only were we greeted with a lot of fruits and vegetables, there were also vendors selling everything from eggs, cheeses and meats to yarn and homemade soaps to pastries and crackers. We ended up buying a pound of Kurtis Coffee‘s Wychwood Barns Blend and the vendor treated us to two cups of same blend to drink outside. Fresh, bold and delicious.
Outside the Artscape Wychwood Barns
Green Barn Market is open every Saturday morning from 9am to 12pm, and during the summer will have extended hours and extend into the large outdoor space. We’ll definitely be back. A weekly tradition, perhaps?