MARKHAM – Canadian Thanksgiving is a holiday that immediately brings to mind many of its signature foods from pumpkin and squash to turkey, stuffing and – always a perennial Canadian favourite – cranberry sauce.
One of the greatest things about living in the GTA is our access to farm-fresh produce and poultry throughout much of the year. Luckily for the turkey lovers in your family, seasonal Thanksgiving favourites are no exception! If you’ve still got Thanksgiving food shopping items to cross off on your list before the big dinner, these local marketplaces are great choices.
- For fresh veggies, fruit, and sumptuous baked goods, the City of Markham’s centrally-located Stiver Mill Farmer’s Market will be hosting its last market of 2014 on Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Located at the intersection of Main Street Unionville and Station Lane, the market opened a brand-new covered facility in June of this year.
- Open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM – even on Thanksgiving Monday – the Farm Shop at Whittamore’s Farm (8100 Steeles Avenue East) is another great spot to pick up pies, preserves, pumpkins and more – all in a festively decorated setting. Whittamore’s Farm uses sustainable farming practices, so you can feel great about your purchase (and for the kids, there’s also Pumpkinland!).
- If you’re in need of a locally-sourced turkey, Fresh from the Farm (350 Donlands Avenue in Toronto) offers a convenient online system for placing your pickup order. Fresh from the Farm’s turkeys are grain-fed, and consciously sourced from small family farms around the GTA.
- If you’re going to eat local, it’s always a good move to round things out by offering some locally-brewed beverages for your Thanksgiving guests. We recommend making the trip out to Etobicoke’s own Great Lakes Brewery (30 Queen Elizabeth Boulevard), where the retail shop stocks a seasonal Pumpkin Ale and, for those who prefer a lighter beer, the crisp and refreshing Golden Horseshoe Lager.
For additional tips on dinner preparation, decorating and more, we recommend checking out our previous Thanksgiving guide published in the fall of 2013. On behalf of Living Well, we hope you and your family enjoy a safe and relaxing long weekend!