Farmers Market to delay 2020 opening

Weston Farmers Market in August 2004 at the old John Street location. (file)

Weston’s farmers market can’t catch a break.

Run by the Weston Village Business Improvement Area, the market was supposed to open in its spanking (if constrained) new Hub location on John Street in 2018 and when the site wasn’t ready, the market was able to survive thanks to the generosity of Weston Park Baptist Church. They loaned their parking lot by the UP Express station.

The new WFM space photographed last November.

The 2019 booting out of long time trader (and actual farmer) Joe Gaeta was another setback and then as luck would have it, the following week, city inspectors withdrew the Farmers Market designation because of insufficient, er, actual farmers.

Joe Gaeta at work in August 2018. (file)

In yet another blow to the WFM, the BIA announced yesterday that the market will delay its 2020 opening until Saturday, July 4 at the earliest.

From the Facebook post announcing the delay:

“On behalf of the board of the Weston Village BIA, I regret to inform you that because of Covid19,and the city’s restrictions with respect to gatherings of 5 and over, we are delaying the opening of the 2020 market to Sat, July 4th or until restrictions are lifted by the city.

The market is a wonderful community gathering place, but, right now, the health and safety of our customers, vendors and market staff are the main priority.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Stay Safe. We are all in this together!”

For extra credit; read more here.

Frontlines raising money for food drive

Frontlines launched a drive to raise money to provide meals and groceries to 75 families in need. They raised $1500 in no time flat, meeting their goals, but I don’t see any reason why we can’t push them higher than that!

If you or yours needs a little help in this difficult time, go to Frontlines.to and click on “Register”. They offer grocery and meals for pickup on Mondays and Thursdays.

UrbanArts update

UrbanArts has started posting online programming until we’re all ready to get back to work. Some of the programming has included:

New arts activities are posted every day on their Facebook page.

Comal Y Canela starts a food bank

As if there was any doubt that that Comal Y Canela is the finest restaurant in Canada, they’ve gone and outdone themselves.

Last week, even when business likely wasn’t smashing, Comal Y Canela organized a free food pantry for those  “most in need in our community. To those who through no fault of their own are now unemployed and unable to obtain support from traditional support systems”.

Comal Y Canela will have another food pantry tomorrow, April 1.

 

From Comal Y Canela

 

 

Business Networking Group is online

If you have a small business and are looking for help getting through the COVID mess—or even just to meet new people—the M9N Business Networking Group is meeting online every other Wednesday, and they’d love to hear from you.

Photo from Brigitte Sachse

Currently, the group includes:

  • Bee Video Production– we are a full service corporate video production company. (Check this one out.)
  • Credit Coalition: A boutique, solutions-driven finance broker who provides credit writing, documentation and funding support for the commercial equipment leasing industry.
  • Paula Ruiz Psychotherapy & Counselling Services: Providing psychotherapy and counselling services in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Weston Eyecare Optical and Optometry, A full scale practice.  “Our office offers a price beat guarantee on glasses (no brand and designer brands).”
  • Jonny Reps Fitness – Offers one-on-one coaching to achieve any fitness goal.  National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Weight Loss Specialist.
  • The Shepherd Group:  “We can review all of your policies to ensure that you are properly protected with the best premium.  This includes your home, cars, business, group benefits, life insurance and even your investments.”
  • Livi Solutions provides Salesforce consulting and Project Management services to a diverse set of clients throughout Canada.
  • Zumba with Fatima Dias—now offering online Zumba dance fitness classes.
  • The Carriage House Studio: Rebeautifying antique & vintage furniture in the heart of Weston Village, Toronto and offering our spring Take & Make Kits for curbside pickup, ready to go for you and/or the kiddos!
  • Serenity Path Psychotherapy Services: Angie Gorenc is a registered Psychotherapist with a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. “I’ve been working in the field of mental health for over 16 years, and have a private practice located right here in Weston.”
  • McDonald Estate Services Ltd. providing the following services:  preparing and filing Trustee Applications (Probate) and Professional Executor Services.
  • Katie Rodas– Independent Consultant with Arbonne International “I empower people by helping them develop and nurture their mind, body and skin to be the best versions of themselves.
  • Genevieve’s Cakery: Each cake is made from scratch and made to order with only the best ingredients, real pureed fruits and vegetables. Simply delicious!

Other members of the M9N Business Networking Group include Westonminister Dog Grooming, Joanne Acri (Recruiting), Luisa Bada (Real Estate).