Moss Park Market

Community led

Now Open | Tuesday-Sunday | 1pm-6:30pm

After meeting with residents when they identified their frustration with the lack of fresh, affordable food we came up with the ideal solution of having a retrofitted storage container as a permanent place where fruits and vegetables could be bought.

The container will is on TCHC property in Moss Park. Wallid from Arman Market, will operate his produce business three days a week, 12 months a year. The market is NOW OPEN.

Food in Mirvish Village


Building Roots partnered with Westbank Corp to provide food at the fall festival in Mirvish Village. We had vendors from the neighbourhood and BIA lining Markham Street with delicious food, from Pad Thai to pretzels and roti.

Building Roots also hosted three events in Markham House:

  1. An open house featuring wonderful Zimbabwean meat and vegetarian pies from Evis, owner of Mnandi Pies.
  1.  Future of Urban Agriculture Summit with a dynamic group of presenters; Toronto Urban Growers, Toronto Beekeepers Co-operative, Wastenot Worm Farms, Waterfarmers Aquaponics, Evergreen, Grow For Good Inc. Abokichi served onigiri and Le Dolci provided us with sweet treats.
  2. Bev Yap, owner of Kyopo Kitchen hosted an event where everyone made dumplings with her vegan kimchee. It was tons of fun.

Urban Harvest Festival

Allan Gardens

The Urban Harvest Festival was the first of its kind in Allan Gardens. Building Roots worked closely with ERA Architects, caterToronto, Friends of Allan Gardens, Ryerson and involved residents to create a hugely successful event in the park.

It was a day that brought out many families to hear Sharon and Lois, eat delicious local food, see what new and exciting things urban agriculturalists were up to, drink fresh cider from Not Far From The Tree and get a strong sense of what was possible in Allan Gardens. We look forward to developing an exciting urban agriculture project soon!

Food Space Consultants

Toronto Community Housing

Building Roots was hired by TCH to help the residents of 250 Davenport create a vision and plan for the future of their event and kitchen space. More than this, we worked closely with resident leaders, hired part-time staff in the community and held tours and events like the potluck dinner shown here.

We formulated a comprehensive document for TCH that included professional recommendations along with the residents’ many ideas and thoughts about the future of the renovated kitchen and what functions this community space would play in their day to day lives. We continue to support programming partnerships and resident leadership.

11 Wellesley Market

Presented by Lanterra

Lanterra Developments and Kristyn Wong-Tam worked with Building Roots to create a market at 11 Wellesley St, a part of downtown Toronto that welcomed the animation of a space sitting dormant for years. With support from Food Forward and our market manager, Ryerson University and the Bay Cloverhill Community Association, we engaged new and established food vendors, craftspeople, musicians and others. The market was a boon to the community and we look forward to more projects in the future park.