What to do in Toronto: Visit Evergreen Brickworks

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By guest contributor Anna Rigby.

Every time I venture down to the The Evergreen Brickworks, I can’t help but find myself caught up in the energy, excitement and burst of activity that this former industrial site and quarry located in the Don Valley River brings.

Fortuitously, we discovered this hidden sanctuary in our first few exploratory months here in Toronto, and it has become a ritual and refuge on a Saturday morning when time allows.  It really is one of the coolest environments for daily eco-minded and local “earthy” activities.

This past Saturday morning, we were fortunate enough to be part of the 6th Evergreen Brick Works Farmers Market which saw the kick-off to the 2012 Summer season.  The start of the season brings out the best of the market stalls which includes organic fruit and veg, hormone free meat, local honey and cheese, fresh flowers and plants along with all sorts of cooked food, ready to sample and take home.

It is refreshing to see all generations, including family pets supporting this amazing enterprise.  Communal tables in the large pavillion encourage sharing, idle chit chat and conversation.

The Outdoor Workshop is mind-boggling; a “wonderland” for little children and a haven for moms and dads to grab some respite, while watching their offspring hard at work.  Through observation and “play” they learn to get down on their hands and knees and really connect with nature.  Whether it be scribbling on the massive chalk board, inspiring others with their ideas and artwork, to climbing through the impressive fort that others before have helped construct, or harvesting potatoes from the ground and then roasting chips over the open fire pit.

My husband and I were quite happy to sit and ponder, away from our usual daily distraction, simply observing the natural beauty of the Moore Park Ravine,  and be inspired by all those “busy little bees” surrounding us.Don’t miss out this Spring and Summer…check out the Monthly Calender for a detailed listing of Special Events and weekly activities.  Whet your appetite for a day full of family, food, music and sense of community that is unique to the EGBW farmers market this coming weekend.

What a fantastic outing for Mother’s Day this forthcoming Sunday!  Enjoy!

Born and raised in Australia, Anna Rigby lives with her husband, two children, dog and cat in Midtown Toronto and blogs at  livelovelearntoronto.com.

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