Ms Peach in Toronto
I’m a Brit abroad like Rach, although a lot of Toronto Coldplay fans I’ve met so far say I sound Australian. So, er, G’day, Canada. Must be the over-consumption of Australian soaps aged 11, or something.
As a Peach, I take the GROW campaign very seriously. So seriously that the first thing I did when I hit the hot streets of Toronto this weekend was connect with my Peachy Ontario relatives at the city’s best markets and food emporiums.
I figured the best place to start would be St Lawrence Market in town. This incredible foodie mecca kicks off at 5am (yup, ouch) and offers up a smorgasbord of locally-grown, fair trade and seasonal produce, from Colombian coffee to Toronto tomatoes.
It’s a heavenly place for anyone in the city testing out Oxfam’s GROW Method – easy everyday ways you can make the food system fairer.
Spending the morning there, I shot the breeze with some organic Ontario peaches, had a cheeky gossip with a posse of Ontario plums, and from what I hear, this city seems to be pretty great at celebrating its local farmers and local produce.
Apparently there’s a whole wave of restaurants that pride themselves on focussing on what’s seasonal and buying from local small-scale farmers, and there’s even an initiative called Farmers Feed Cities that raises awareness of the value local farmers bring to a city. Restaurants, cafes, and shops that stock local produce often carry their stickers in the window. Have you seen them?
My peachy-keen buddies also gave me the down-low on Food Forward, a local non-profit that raises people’s voices in support of a better food system. They’re working with the public, politicians and those involved in the food sector to educate and advocate for food that is healthy, local, sustainable, ethically produced and accessible for all. So they’re definitely GROW-minded folk.
As a street-Peach, I especially love their Toronto Street Food Project, which is championing street food and trying to get Toronto to be as street-food friendly a city possible.
The Ontario peach and plum clan also clued me up about Canada’s legendary maple syrup. Something apparently we peaches love taking a dip in… So if you’ve got a family recipe for peaches and syrup, I’d love to hear it.
Think it’s about time this Peach really immersed herself in some Canadiana… Yum!
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