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Thank you to everyone who attended, shopped, ate and enjoyed the activities at the Grand Opening of the market last week!  Every week in June we add more farmers to the mix as their produce becomes available, so be on the lookout for a few new vendors this week.

This week, Toronto Public Library are coming to the market with a 3D printing demonstration. And the Michael Garron Hospital will at the community booth sharing both health information and information on their upcoming (major) construction project.

If you are looking to get involved in the market we have two weekly volunteer gigs that we could use some help with.  The DECA Booth volunteer and cooks.  Check out the links provided to find out more about the roles and to sign up for a date!


The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 1 – October 19 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave. Stay up to date by visiting the East Lynn Market Facebook page or by following us on Twitter.

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I met Sal Sabila at the Monarch Park ping pong table this week.

She was sitting on the table. She doe not play ping pong, it turned out. But I brought two paddles, and Sal is always game to try something new.

She’s the winner of this years’s DECA Young Leaders scholarship.

She told me her story, in between trips under the table to collect the ball.

Sal arrived to Canada from Bangladesh six years ago, with her little brother, mom and dad. She didn’t speak any English, but she was clearly a quick learner. Three years later, she enrolled into the brainy International Baccalaureate program at Monarch Park. She’s a math whiz. She got 97 per cent in Grade 10 Principles of Mathematics. She’s going to the University of Toronto next year, to study mathematics and physical sciences. She wants to become a high school math teacher.

The DECA scholarship isn’t for academics though. It’s for community activism.

So Sal told me about the “amazing dream” she had a year ago. It was of a room filled with passionate teenagers, talking about problems and dreaming up ways to tackle them. Big problems: human trafficking, racial inequality, poverty. Seriously.

“People don’t believe me when I say this,” she said. “But it really was a dream.”

So she drafted a poster and put it up around her Regent Park apartment. It said “Youth Council, Regent Park. Come let’s have a passionate talk.” Unsurprisingly, nobody came to that first meeting. But she persisted. In the past year, Youth Gravity (that’s what she called the group) has done some impressive things. They hosted a community potluck with the nearby Native Cultural Centre to mix local residents with their indigenous neighbours. They ran a donation drive for the local women’s shelter, collecting more than 1,000 pieces of clothing. The organized a march on International Women’s Day.

But that’s not all. While she was doing all that in her neighbourhood, she was doing amazing things in ours too, at Monarch Park Collegiate.

She launched the local women’s empowerment club, called 50/50. And she started the mental health club called “Rise Above” because, in the middle of all this activism, she was diagnosed with clinical depression.

 “There’s very strong stigma around anything to do with mental health,” she said. “My community activism was the only thing I’d get out of bed for.”

I could have talked to her all afternoon. But she had to run. She won the Toronto Youth Award for 2016 from the Toronto Police and had a photo appointment at Station 51. As we were packing up our stuff, she asked me if I knew anything about pay equity the wage gap.

“It’s really terrible,” she said, before racing off. “We have to do something about it!”

I think she might just.

Now, the DECA Young Leaders Scholarship is $2000. We’ve committed to raise at least half of that, and Scadding Court Community Centre will kick in the rest.

You can help us do it by finding a partner and signing up for DECA’s second annual Table Tennis for Tuition Tournament, happening in three local parks this June. You will play in one “mini-tournament” at 6 pm on either June 1, 8 or 15. If you win that, you’ll go onto the finals on June 22, at East Lynn Park.

You’ll have fun, meet your neighbours, win some awesome local prizes and help pay for Sal’s books.

So, find yourself a partner and register here.  The entry fee is only $20 for adult players and $10 for teenagers, aged 13-19.

If you want to donate, but don’t want to play ping pong, you can do that too by going here and clicking the “donate to DECA button.”

The world needs more Sal Sabila’s. Let’s help get her on her way, Danforth East!

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The Danforth East Community Association (DECA) is

Looking for Artisans

for this year’s juried outdoor arts and crafts fair

Online applications are due
March 31, 2017

Apply Now!

For further information, visit the Danforth East Arts Fair website.

The Danforth East Arts Fair provides artists with a unique opportunity to showcase and sell their work. Our vibrant community is filled with new families, established homeowners and creative folks who are eager to support local artists.  Our neighbourhood event has drawn coverage and rave reviews from media and blogs.  Don’t miss out!

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While the DECA activity at the market is over a number of our vendors will still be coming this week to sell their wares (apples, squash and fries to name a few!)  If you weren’t able to make it out last week, please come out this week to say good-bye and say thank you for their contributions this season.  I’m sure they’ll appreciate your business!


Over the years the market has become such a fixture in the neighbourhood for four months every summer. It’s easy to think that it just ‘happens’ now. But it doesn’t. Many volunteer hours and donations of services are provided each week to help ensure that the market runs smoothly.  So in addition to the many individuals and businesses named last week, we have a few more thank you’s to add this week.

The market organizing team, consisting of Alison McMurray, Rebecca Green, Shelley Darling, Nana Jokara, Diana Gonzalez and Nicole Bergot-Browning, will take about a week off before they begin planning next years market season. Our partners at Farmers’ Markets Ontario and FMO market manager, Yuri Fraser, help to ensure our market has certified local producers, deal with the fun stuff like permits and insurance and manage the weekly operations.

We were fortunate to have a team of people helping out with our blog updates this year.  Thank you to Sheri Hebdon, Sarah Hutchinson, Shelley Darling, Kate Nichols, Jen Rowe and Karolina Hordowick for helping to get the word out each week. We also had some generous sponsors and supporters pitch in to help bring more entertainment and animated fun.  Thank you to D on D Dental, Councillor Mary-Margret McMahon, MPP Arthur Potts and MP Nate Erskine-Smith for you contributions.

And finally, thank you to all of YOU, our shoppers, for supporting the market each week with your presence, your participation and your dollars!  Our market is only successful if people support the farmers whose livelihoods depend on us.

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While there are still  two more weeks of left of the East Lynn Park Farmers Market, for some of our farmers this will be their last week. Be sure say thank you for choosing our market to sell at each week!

A local vineyard will grace us with their presence for one last week. Stop by Rancourt Winery to sample their wears and stock your cellars until next year.


This will also be the last week for our amazing team of volunteer face painters. We’ve enjoyed your artistic talents and your patience as you make magic appear on the faces of so many little ones each week. Be sure to wish them best of luck as they return to various schools across the country. Rabeea is attending the OCAD University, Kelly will be returning to York University, Doris and Zilin are heading back to Leaside High School, Maha goes to Monarch Park, Fiza is at University of Waterloo and Rebecca is off to UBC!


We’d also like to express a huge thank you to our many, many volunteers that make the market happen each week.  This week, let’s thank our weekly cooks and DECA Booth Volunteers.

2016 Cooks: Susan & Bruce Croft, Deb Dorsey, Renee McKenzie, Ruth Heathcote (Wag on the Danforth), Alisa Metcalfe, Alison McMurray (The Ceili Cottage), Kirsten Hurd, Shelley Pogue, Sheila Colla, Susan & Brian Spratley, Nicola St. John and Melanie’s Bistro,

2016 DECA Booth Volunteers: Justine Saccomanno, Aris Englhard, Stephanie Vorstermans, Meghan Parks, Jennifer Jewell, Annette Bourque, Deb Dorsey (again!), Carolyn Rouse, Fahreen Ladak, Sheri Hebdon, Kendal Gerard (and wee Frankie Rose), Carrie MacMillan and Zoe Flatman.

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 2 – October 20 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave. Stay up to date by visiting the East Lynn Market Facebook page or by following us on Twitter.

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It’s Harvestfest at the East Lynn Farmers’ Market this Thursday, October 6th from 3-7 p.m.  Stock up on all your Thanksgiving produce, cheese, meats, breads, pies, maple syrup, honey, wine and pumpkins from our fabulous Farmers!  Stay and enjoy the band, the Turnups, and a performance by James FunnyHat.

If you’re looking for some recipe inspiration for the long weekend, here are a few of the ideas submitted by your neighbours:

Due to a rainy day last week, the City of Toronto Planners will be back again this week to talk about the upcoming Danforth Avenue Planning Study.

See you there!

P.S. Honeycrisp apples are here.


The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 2 – October 13 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave. Stay up to date by visiting the East Lynn Market Facebook page or by following us on Twitter.

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Fall is here and it is our favorite time of year to enjoy the amazing variety of produce from our Ontario farmers. We are always excited to see the butternut squash appear this time of year, because it means soup season has begun. One of our favorites is the butternut squash, kale and farro soup shown below. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Here is the recipe.



City Planning – Danforth Avenue Planning Study Planners in Public Spaces (PiPS) Event

Representatives from City Planning will be at the East Lynn Farmer’s Market on Thursday, September 29th from 3PM to 7PM to meet with local residents and discuss the upcoming Danforth Avenue Planning Study. For more information on the study, please visit www.toronto.ca/danforthstudy. While you are shopping for delicious treats from the farmer’s market take a few minutes to stop by, meet your local planning staff, and discuss the study. We would love to hear your thoughts on your neighbourhood and what local features are important to you. Your feedback will be helpful to shape the study’s terms of reference, goals and outcomes. We look forward to chatting about this important topic!

Free Yoga with Camila Sinisterra

Everyone is welcome to join Camila Sinisterra for yoga this week between 5:30 – 6:30 pm. All ages and abilities are welcome and no mat is necessary.


The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 2 – October 13 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave. Stay up to date by visiting the East Lynn Market Facebook page or by following us on Twitter.


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