Afro-Caribbean farmers market to open July 4 in Little Jamaica

Josh Matlow

The Afro-Caribbean Farmers Market, presented in partnership with the York- Eglinton BIA, and City Councillor Josh Matlow – Ward 12, will debut as a weekly outdoor, farm-to-table vending experience that features affordable, ethical, local and organically grown fruits and vegetables of diasporic cultural origin.

Each Sunday starting July 4th to October 3rd from 11 am to 3 pm, Toronto’s Green P, Carpark, located at 1531 Eglinton Ave West, will be transformed into a vibrant animated food space cultural food hub forming a collective platform for sharing food and exchanging food culture with the community.

With select imported food from the Caribbean and Africa, alongside a curated group of lifestyle items made by local food artisans to compliment takeout food options, such as; freshly baked bread, juices, dessert and sauces/jams, this market elevates racialized farmers alongside food-producers in densely urbanized neighbourhoods.

The Afro Caribbean Farmers’ Market — literally — will sow seeds that will root themselves in the heart of the newly designated Little Jamaica-Afro Caribbean Cultural District.

In April of 2021 a motion unanimously approved by City Council put forth by Councillor Josh Matlow, designated ‘Little Jamaica’ Toronto’s newest cultural district.

According to Matlow: “This market will provide residents with fresh produce and delicious food that reflects our city’s Caribbean communities and African Diaspora. It will also create a vibrant and animated “town square” every Sunday that brings people together and contributes to the economic and cultural development of Little Jamaica”

Jill Andrew

“The key to having thriving, successful and strong communities is to have inclusive food security. Visitors to the market will be supporting our local farmers and small businesses while also receiving the freshest, healthiest food possible.” says Nick Alampi, Chair of the York-Eglinton Business Improvement Area (BIA).

Once a historically vibrant neighbourhood, the Afro Caribbean Farmers’ Market is set to revitalize its commercial district, a district heavily impacted by the Metrolink/Crosstown extension project. For this reason, this project is singular and distinct among food markets across Toronto and the GTA.

The Afro Caribbean Farmers’ Market will also debut its own market currency, called ‘Callaloo Cash’ a market currency program that will help to subsidize and reduce financial barriers for low-income eaters.