This summer, Moss Park Market will be bustling with fun activities!
Live Music. While large gatherings and indoor concerts are off the table, Building Roots has stepped up by offering a bi-weekly concert series in the beautiful green space outside the Moss Park Market, every other week starting June 27th (weather permitting). The performances will take place 12:00-2:00pm, with an emphasis on cultural diversity. Don’t be surprised to see a variety of circus acts as well! We are thrilled to be able to support artists during this very challenging time, as well as bringing the joy of music and performance art to our community members.
Fun Zone for Kids. Alongside the live music will be our Fun Zone for Kids. This feature will take place on a weekly basis from 12:00-3:00pm. The Fun Zone is where parents from all over Toronto’s Downtown East can come to pick up educational and recreational resources for kids. This includes a wide variety of books from the Children’s Book Bank, art supplies and creativity kits, outdoor activities such as hula hoops and sporting equipment, and even toy packs sponsored by Pokemon Canada (while supplies last). The Fun Zone will also have an activity area where families can safely enjoy the outdoors this summer and children can play with their new toys. We will have chalk markings on the grass to encourage social distancing, and volunteers helping to enforce these safety measures.
Toronto Grown Food. The Moss Park Market will continue with curbside pick-up of fresh food bags which are all pay-what-you-can. We are ensuring everybody has affordable access to fresh food during these financially difficult times, and also that community members most vulnerable do not have to travel far or go to crowded indoor spaces for fresh food. In addition to our fresh food bags containing organically grown food from our very own Urban Farm at Ashbridge Estate, they also contain freshly grown food from a whole community of local growers. Our Growing Meals Together program, designed as a solution to potential overcrowding at our urban farm, has people from all over the city growing food in their backyards and rooftops like the Ryerson Urban Farm, and Carrot Green Roof and contributing the harvests to our food bags. Lastly, we’ve partnered with a few other local farms, making the Moss Park Market one of very few farm stands operating in the city of Toronto.
The Moss Park Market is open 11:00-4:00pm every Saturday. We are located at 260 Queen St. E, one block east of Sherbourne (Queen and Seaton), across from Kim’s Convenience.
Giving food and sharing meals is the most
basic and affirming thing people do; it’s a sign of welcome and hospitality
around the world, and opens the way to deeper relations.
What you may not know is that much of the
produce at the Moss Park Market is donated by farmers, and some is grown by our
own tiny volunteer-powered urban farm in the east end.
In this difficult spring of 2020 we can’t
meet over a meal, and that’s a sore loss of fellowship. So we’re inviting you
to share a meal in a different way – by growing a little for the market.
We’re looking for 20 people to grow a small
plot each, 1m by 2m (3’x6’). It might be beets or beans, cucumbers or carrots
or cilantro, tomatoes or hot peppers … you get the idea : )
If you haven’t grown vegetables before,
this is your chance to notch up a new skill with support from our gardener.
It’s very, very satisfying to see a tiny seed develop into … food for a
person to eat.
Building Roots can supply seed, help with
suggestions, and post photos of your developing plots. It would be ideal if you
can bring the harvest to the market, but we do have capacity to do some of the
If you have
grown vegetables before, we’d love you to take on some of the trickier veg –
for example, carrots that need a deep soil and constant moisture while they
To be part of this Growing Meals Together program, please contact us. And if you have friends and neighbours who are gardeners or would like to give this a try, pass the message on to them!
With COVID-19, we are working hard to provide food for the most vulnerable in our community right now, and are offering new at-home resources for children, families, and seniors in need.
Building Roots is committed to maintaining the health and safety of our volunteers, workers, and the people we serve. Our Moss Park Market remains open Saturdays at 260 Queen Street East from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. We are no longer letting anyone into the shipping container, but are providing our bags of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as soup from the door. When a line forms, distancing of two meters is in place.
Right now we are also shifting our focus to more at-home resources to provide relief and support to those who need it most. We are delivering food baskets with fresh, nutritious food to seniors, community members living with emotional or mobility barriers, as well as those in self-isolation that have trouble accessing food. These deliveries started on Saturday, March 21. We’ve heard from our deliveries that residents are very thankful for the food right now and are helping neighbours in their building as well.
We are also providing educational resource and activity kits for families with kids home from school. Books and other resources can be picked up in addition to groceries from the Moss Park Market during regular Saturday hours (11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), following the same strict social distancing policies.
If you’d like to help, please consider making a donation. 100 percent of your contribution will go towards the cost of our emergency food provisions. You can donate $5.00 for one basket, or any increment of $5.00. For example, $50 provides ten baskets of food. All donations will receive a tax receipt.