The Big Issues

CURRENT ISSUE:Feeding Toronto.

We all have to eat, of course, but what does food mean to us and why do we care so much about it?
We love growing, cooking and serving food to our family and friends. We hold an attachment to the food of our past, our culture and traditions. We want to know where our food comes from – how, where and from whom do we get the food we want to eat? And how does this food-getting process affect others, such as farmers, agricultural workers, the retail food industry? There are many aspects to food in Toronto, from farmers’ markets in our parks, to food processing and retail jobs, to the kitchens of our neighbourhoods. FEEDING TORONTO looks at some of them.

Wychwood Farmers' Market..ALL IN A WEEK’S WORK: Managing The Stop’s Wychwood Farmers’ Market

by Cookie Roscoe
How a farmers’ market got started, what it takes to keep it going and the principles that guide it.

Maman making cookiesMAMAN’S COOKIES

by Linda Perez
A family’s traditional cookies carry the stories of their lives.

 

Workgroup in garden.WORK GROUP: Planting, weeding, harvesting, canning, eating

by Mary Lou McQuillan
How a ‘work group’ makes serious farm gardening so much easier and a whole lot more fun.

Jars of giardiniera.A GIARDINIERA GARDEN REMIX

by Eizabeth Cinello
Documenting a mother’s recipe for a vegetable (and some tuna) antipasto.

Young farmers.YOUNG FARMERS: Bringing fresh organic food to your neighbourhood

by Paul Stewart
The journey of two young Toronto organic farmers whose market gardening is bringing more fresh food to our city.

Cenotaph words.OFFERING AT CENOTAPH

by Rebecca A. Pinkus
Food encountered at the cenotaph in Prospect Cemetery.

 

Tomatoes in dehydrator.THE SOLAR DEHYDRA-REVOLUTIONATOR

by Bengt Skoggard
Recycling, re-purposing and defying convention. All in the name of, mostly, drying tomatoes.

 

Knocking apples off tree.ON LOCAL APPLES AND 5,000-MILE APPLES

by Vincenzo Pietropaolo
Avoiding perfectly shaped grocery store apples for locally grown ones but do we really know how they’re cultivated?

 

Bags of bulgar.TORONTO’S MARCHÉ ISTANBUL

By Elizabeth Cinello
Specialty grocery stores import from everywhere. Here’s where the local Maraș Turkish community can buy bulgur from home, anchovies from the Black Sea, pointy chick peas…

Chicken standing on car.BACKYARD CHICKENS

By Chris Ioannou
Adventures of the urban chicken.

 

Toronto Food Policy Council logoTORONTO FOOD POLICY COUNCIL

By Schuster Gindin
Did you know we had one?

Coming:

Food processing.OUR COLOSSAL FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY

By Elizabeth Cinello
Torontonians don’t just eat food, we make it too. From wine juice producers to breweries, from bakeries to coffee roasters, from patties to pasta, food feeds the city’s economic engine.

 

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