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We've been sharing lots on our Facebook page but the chaos of summer has left us neglecting our faithful blog readers. Here's a catch up for those of you not on fb, and for those of you who are, here's a round-up of some of our recent posts!

Electronics Recycling Today (July 29)

Toronto Cat Rescue Adopt-A-Thon Today (Jul 29)

Wag on the Danforth, Toronto: 1918 Danforth Ave / (647) 349-8263

Come one! Come all! Please join us on Saturday, July 29th from 10am – 4pm for an adopt-a-thon with Wag on Danforth! We will have a lots of kittens and cats waiting for their forever families to adopt them and love them forever! Please come and bring home your new best friend – the cats need you!

Special Adoption Fees at the event only! Our adoption fee at the event only is $100 (vs. the standard $175 adoption fee) for cats and kittens over 8 months of age, and $175 for kittens under 8 months of age – payable by cash only. Our fee includes: spay or neuter, vaccination (receive a rabies vaccination, if age appropriate) and includes 6 weeks of free pet insurance. For City of Toronto residents, the adoption fee includes a mandatory City of Toronto cat license that is valid for one year.

Old's Cool Community Strength Event & Playback Theatre – Today (July 29)

For more info click here

Coal Mine Theatre – Season 4!

Here it is! Season Four at the Coal Mine! This year we are thrilled to bring you two Canadian premieres, including a commissioned translation, one Toronto premiere, and our first ever Coal Mine Concert!

Season Passes are now on sale (for a total savings of over $30) at www.coalminetheatre.com

August Wednesday Concerts at Stephenson Park – starting August 9

Brought to you by Friends of Stephenson Park (led by the amazing Peter Woodcock) and the Danforth Village BIA mark your calendars & do summer right with music and drinks in the park!

Call for Volunteers!

DECA could use a few more volunteers to sit at the DECA table at the farmers' market. Do you have a couple of hours on a Thursday to spare? Click here to sign up!

Call for Participants!

Artists, business owners, and artisans from the Danforth Village community are invited to show their wares/services at the Main Squared Marketplace!

Main Squared is a free 9-day arts & community festival that will activate and explore the public square at the corner of Main Street and Danforth Avenue from August 26 – September 3, 2017. The event will feature art installations, performances, workshops and more.There is no fee to participate. For more information and to apply online, visit: http://mainsquared.com/the-marketplace/ Deadline: July 31st.

Main Squared is presented by East End Arts and is a Signature project of the City of Toronto’s Cultural Hotspot


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What’s happening at the park?!?

Thanks to DECA’s longest-serving Board member, Alison McMurray, for this guest post and update 

ELP fencing

Have you have noticed the fencing in East Lynn Park (ELP) today and wondered what was going on?  Fifteen years ago a group of neighbours got together and rallied to make improvements to ELP in consultation with the community and Parks and Recreation.  Ten years ago plans were drawn up to have new playground equipment, a better sandbox and more trees.  Through patience and hard work, our new park took shape.

Phase two of the park was to improve accessibility by providing a path from the sidewalk to the playground.  Accessibility was an important theme that came out of the community consultation at the time.  The neighbourhood wanted the park to be available to everyone of every age and mobility. The plans left room for the path to go in between the concrete edge of the park and our newly-planted trees.

Fast-forward to this morning.  I woke up to discover that a swath of the park was being excavated for our “new path.”  However, no one had been told that this was going to be happening, three days before our market grand opening, no less.  I found out that the path is being constructed by a different arm of the City (Capital Works) and not part of Parks and Rec, and they did not hold any community consultation.  Ten years ago, the small path that the neighbourhood had agreed to fit in nicely to the overall look of the improvement plan.  Today, there are accessibility codes and rules for digging too close to trees which prevent the path from going where we had intended it to go.  Capital Works decided to keep it as close to the tree line and away from the soccer field/ice rink as possible but,  because it has to be quite wide and away from the trees, it cuts into the field.  It also extends to the bottom of the stairs to East Lynn avenue and to the pool which was also part of the original plan but not as wide and large as what seemed to be going in today.

The good news is  that we took action today resulted in work on the park being put on hold until the community can decide what they want the path to look like.  The fencing must stay in place, but the company in charge of construction said the job would take them 7-10 days, weather permitting, from start to finish as the job stands now.
The sign on the fence says construction til the end of July but that is not the case.

On Thursday at the Farmers’ Market DECA booth you are invited to come and have your say!  There will be revised drawings of alternatives to the current path placement from Parks and Rec, and I will be there to answer questions as best as I can.  (I’m not with Parks and Rec, just one of the moms who helped with the original plan) Councillor McMahon will also attend around the supper hour to help. The community can write down their ideas and we can move towards a consensus of what we want as a community for East Lynn park moving forward.  We would like to get a consensus as quickly as possible so we can all have our park back!

A big thank you to Councillor McMahon and all the wonderful staff at Parks and Rec for listening to the community and coming up with ways to let everyone have a voice in this process.

See you at the market on Thursday!

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It’s almost that time again…time to make your way over to East Lynn Park for the Farmers’ Market! This week, there’s a whole lotta dancin’ goin’ on.


Wellness booth:

Pegasus Studios (361 Glebeholme Blvd.) will be at the Farmer’s Market Wellness Table to give you information, tips and maybe even get you moving! Come and learn how dancing not only is a fun way to exercise but it has additional benefits like; reducing stress, improving strength and flexibility, keeping our muscles and joints healthy, and improving posture and balance. Not only that but participating in dance, learning sequences, and mastering new physical skills helps with brain development, can make you smarter and can lift your mood!

Children’s activity:

We have a few activities going on this week, including performances by Irish Dance School around 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. You can also join us for story time with the Toronto Public Library at 4:30 p.m.

And don’t forget to check out DECA’s first Volunteer Fair at this week’s market. See you Thursday!

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Have you ever wondered what the farmers do on Thursdays before coming to the East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market? I’ve been wondering about this so I decided to stop by the Bio Vision tent to ask the bearded man about his day. Here is the first edition of the Thursday-in-the-life of an East Lynn Park farmer.

Henricus Verhoeven of Bio Vision Farm

Henricus Verhoeven of Bio Vision Farm

Last Thursday Henk’s day started ridiculously early. He was up at 4:30 a.m. Henk and his wife Jin operate a biodynamic farm called Bio Vision Farm just west of Orangeville. That morning they had some chickens that needed to be taken to the “plant”. But by 7:30 a.m. he was back at his farm for breakfast with Jin and then off to start his daily chores. This includes tending to the baby chicks, feeding the animals, changing water, etc. At 10:00 a.m. the couple started packing for the two markets they attend on Thursdays. After lunch, they drove to Mississauga to set up for the first market where Jin spends her Thursdays. Then Henk came over to our neck of the woods to set up at East Lynn Park. From 3-7:00 p.m. we know where he was. (He was selling us some lovely summer sausage.) And as you can imagine, his day didn’t end at 7:00 p.m. By the time he finishes packing up from East Lynn Park, picking up Jin, driving home and unpacking, it’s usually 11:00 p.m.

That’s a looong day. Be sure to stop by and thank Henk for choosing our market to sell at.  Or better yet, thank him by buying something nutritious and delicious from one of his coolers.


This week will be fun!  There’s a soccer activity with Canada First Academy at 4:00 p.m., crafts with Melissa at 4:30 p.m. and the magic show at 5:30 p.m. The movie will start as soon as it’s dark enough, around 8:30 pm. A huge thank you to Mary-Margaret McMahon, Councillor for Ward 32, for not only sponsoring this event but popping the popcorn for the movie!

Wellness Booth

Nana Jokura of Accept Wellness will be offering free 10 minute consults on how you can improve your health with naturopathic medicine. The Accept Wellness Naturopathic Community Clinic offers compassionate rates & high quality care so that you can feel your best and get the most out of life.

Nana Jokura

Nana Jokura

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If you didn’t make it out to the farmers market last week, don’t worry.  It was pretty special, but this week it’s time to officially celebrate!

The Grand Opening Celebration of the East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market is set for this Thursday, June 11th. Weather forecast… awesome!  Sunny and 24C.


Bring your picnic blankets and take in the melodies from Lisa Olafson of the Dirty Dishes.  She’ll be performing along side Sing Along Tim. Houla hoopers, stiltwalkers and balloon artisits will also making appearances.

Wellness Booth

Laura Belus & Nana Jokura of Accept Wellness will be offering free 10 minute consults on how you can improve your health with naturopathic medicine. Laura Belus is a naturopathic graduate with a special interest in heart health. The Accept Wellness Naturopathic Community Clinic offers compassionate rates & high quality care so that you can feel your best and get the most out of life.



We’d like to send out a huge thank you to some local business who stepped up to sponsor this event.

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The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 4 – October 15 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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Come for the produce, stay for dinner!  To make sure you have enough time in your day for a trip to your favourite local market, why not let the market take care of dinner planning and spend the whole evening at the park.  No need to pack a picnic yourself, a number of farmers and vendors would love to serve you dinner!  The full list of farmers and vendors can be found on our website.

FRESH Fries from Godelie Family Farm

FRESH Fries from Sun Ray Farm

Porchetta Sandwiches from Stock-in-Trade

Porchetta Sandwiches from Stock-in-Trade

The featured winery this week is Tawse Winery from Vineland, Ontario.

At 4:30 p.m. Toronto Public Library will be hosting storytime for the little ones. Please pull up a piece of grass and enjoy!  DECA Tree will be back this week with information about the adopt-a-tree program for the new trees planted in the park and general tree health.

Wellness Booth

Join Pegasus Studios at the Market! Pegasus Studios will be set up from 3:30-6:30. Visit their table to learn more about what Pegasus offers for young dancers, artists, actors and musicians. They are focused on the healthy development of children in a positive and fun environment. After the Story Time, at 5:15, Pegasus director, Jane Davis-Munro and faculty will pass on some of their most popular dance activities for healthy brain development, coordination and fun fitness. Parents, will learn invaluable activities to do with their young ones at home to keep their mind and body active with dance!


The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7 p.m. between June 5 – October 9 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.

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Another submission to the photo contest!  Just beautiful!  Thanks for submitting Stephen.  To see more photo’s from Stephen Caissie, check out the full album on Facebook.

Did you know that some of the produce for sale at the market are grown by Toronto high school students?  School Grown is run out of Toronto non-profit organization, Food Share.  Their goal is to increase food literacy in youth by hiring high school students to run urban market gardens.  Students learn in a classroom  throughout the year, then get practical experience during the summer managing the garden, selling at markets and delivering to restaurants.   The proceeds from sales are reinvesting into ongoing food literacy projects throughout the city.  Be sure to quiz the students on exactly which genus and species the pepper your buying belongs to.

Red rocket, tiburon poblano, islander bell & sweet carmens

Red rocket, tiburon poblano, islander bell & sweet carmens

This week we have guests from the David Suzuki Foundation and Toronto Water attending.  We also lined up a sunny 23 C day for you, your friends and family to enjoy a stroll through the market or to stay for a picnic.

On August 22nd we’ll be having our annual Movie Under the Stars night.  Want a hint at what the movie is?  It’s Princess Bride!  OK, I suck at giving hints.  (We also told you last week, but someone else wrote that post.) The movie won’t start until the sun goes down around at 8:45 pm, but we’re looking for a handful for volunteers to help make popcorn from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  If you or someone you know is interested, send me an email.  It’s simply inconceivable to watch a movie in the park without popcorn!

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7 p.m. between June 6 – October 17 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave. Stay up to date by visiting the new East Lynn Market Facebook page.

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