By: Francine Mansur Telles
The Stop’s Farmers’ Market was one of the 150 events during Green Energy Doors Open that showcased community efforts to becoming more sustainable. The Stop’s Farmers’ Market is located at Artscape Wychwood Barns; a converted heritage building that was once a streetcar maintenance facility. It now contains artist housing and studios, office space for many local community groups and the general public, and The Stop’s Green Barn, which houses public green space, a greenhouse, and hosts the weekly farmers’ market.
The Stop Community Food Centre’s Green Barn site focuses on the relationship between food, the environment and the community. They work to provide a variety of programs and services, such as: sustainable food production in the greenhouse and at two community gardens, a bustling community kitchen, a sheltered garden, the Global Roots Garden with a diverse range of international vegetables and herbs, a community bake oven and a compost demonstration center.
Local farmers sell a variety of fresh and organic vegetables and fruits. As well, people from the local community are welcome to cook healthy, tasty food from their own cultures. They have a variety of food from different parts of the world; additionally, everything made there produces no waste. They reuse all leftovers! You can find coffee, chocolate, fruits, vegetables and flavours from all over the world.
Their greenhouse offers tours for people who are interested in learning how to grow specific types of gardens. You can learn how to start your own home garden depending on the space and resources available in your home. There are also workshops and courses throughout the year if you want to gain an in-depth knowledge of gardening and how to grow your own food.
The Stop’s programs encourage people to live healthier lives, starting with what you eat, and work to ensure that families are able to access healthy and affordable foods, particularly at their 1884 Davenport Road location, which houses additional community services and programs. It is clear through their community programs that diversity and sustainability are at the core of everything they do.
To learn more about The Stop Community Food Centre and their amazing programs, please visit: http://thestop.org/