dark.creamy.yummy ChocoSol at the Farmer’s Market

Tomorrow, Wednesday afternoon, the U of T Farmer’s Market will be running inside UC from 2:30pm until 5:30pm. Among the fabulous local farmers, we have a chocolatier with an amazing story.

Mathieu is one of the people who works at ChocoSol: local chocolatiers who produce pedal-powered, stone ground chocolate right here in Toronto. We asked Mathieu to give us a quick introduction to ChocoSol, and here is what he had to say:

 

We are ChocoSol Chocolatiers. We make stone-ground dark chocolate directly from the cacao bean here in Toronto. We make locally processed chocolate which is made in a traditional Mexican style instead of an industrial factory. Traditional Mexican chocolate is like the “Drinking Chocolate Pucks” (sold at the market) which are used to make chocolatey which is a traditional form of Mexican drinking chocolate. Chocolatey comes from the word xocolatl which means “bitter drink” in Mayan. We draw our inspiration from the tradition of chocolate from the region the chocolate is grown in. Our project in Toronto has an educational component. We try to connect people here with the tradition of cacao and inform them of where chocolate comes from. We also combine this chocolate with local Toronto ingredients like local hemp seeds from Peterborough and locally grown chillies and mints, some of which are grown on our green roof. It’s a wholesome dark chocolate that is ecologically produced, nutritional and delicious. You can come out and try the chocolate any time- we have free samples here. We are here every Wednesday. Everything is done on bicycles around the city, so we are all over the downtown core.

 

They encourage volunteers to join ChocolSol and participate in the production of chocolate the way it has been done for centuries in the Mayan regions. There are no skills needed, and no predetermined hours. It is a great way to connect with the food you consume. Feel frère to ask Mathieu about volunteering, and to try some of the free chocolate (by the way, the vanilla seed chocolate is to die for!).

 

So drop by the Farmer’s Market tomorrow afternoon, bring your own mug, sip on some of the best hot chocolate in town and learn about chocolate-making, from the fields in Mexico to the Farmer’s Market at U of T.

Full of Flavor Food Itenary

Dear UeaTers,

This is going to be a very exciting week on campus. We know that you have too many assignments due on the same date, and no time to think about food. That is why we have made a FULL OF FLAVOR AND NUTRITION FOOD ITENARY for you to follow this week.

 

Monday, February 8, 2010: To kick off Aboriginal Awareness Week, First Nations House is serving lunch at 12:00pm. Check out their calendar for events lined up all week!

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2010: ABORIGINAL AWARENESS WEEK LUNCH

Bring $3.00 (plus tax) to Medical Sciences Building Cafeteria, Robarts Cafeteria, Sid’s Café, Veda in Sanford Fleming, Howard Ferguson Dining Hall at UC, or Sammy’s at Hart House, and try some Aboriginal Soup. We are serving a Three Sisters Soup with Corn Biscuit.

You may be wondering, who are the three sisters, and what are they doing in your soup? The Three Sisters are crops native to some Aboriginal cultures: squash,  beans and corn. They are called the three sisters because they are usually planted close to each other, because each one helps the other grow. You can find the full description on their Wikipedia page.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010: Between 2:30pm and 5:30pm, stop by the U of T Farmer’s Market with your reusable mug and some cash. You can pick up cheese from all over Canada, chocolate bars, bread and fresh produce. And while you are there, enjoy a cup of ChocoSol’s amazing hot chocolate.

Thursday, February 11, 2010: CHINESE NEW YEAR LUNCH

$6.95 (plus tax) will get you Barbequed Pork with Steamed Rice and Sautéed Bok Choy at the following locations: Victoria College, Trinity College, Howard Ferguson Dining Hall at UC, Medical Sciences Building Cafeteria, Robarts Cafeteria and Sid’s Café.

Sammy’s at Hart House will serve Chicken Chow Mein.

Chestnut Residence (open to all U of T members) will also be serving a Chinese menu included in their all-you-care-to-eat menu.

The Fresh Food Company at New College, from 11:30am to 1:30pm, will serve a special menu which includes chicken balls and pineapple tapioca.

Friday, February 12, 2010: Stop by Veda in Sanford Fleming for some healthy Indian food.

 

With such a food-filled week ahead, we wish you nutrition and energy to help you study for those assignments and tests!

 

Chocolatiers, Composting, and Green Students!

Welcome back UeaTers!!!!

Hope you had a fabulous holiday!

At UeaT, we have decided to kick off 2010 on a sustainable note. We are bringing back our Weekly Local Farmer’s Market. Starting tomorrow (January 6, 2010), you can drop by University College from 2:30pm to 5:30pm to indulge in fresh produce, baked goods and cheeses from vendors that continue to bring delights to U of T. You will also find two new vendors:

The Cutting Veg and ChocoSol. Yes, we now have a chocolatier at U of T!!

We are also bringing the U-ComposT campaign to Sid’s Cafe, Robarts Cafeteria and MSB Cafeteria. Keep an eye out for our Green Team, a team of enthusiastic students who are working hard to spread awareness about front-of-house composting on campus. Not sure what the Green Team is? Check back in 24 hours for a video of the Green Team in action!

New Farmer at your Market: The Cutting Veg!!

Hey UeaTers!

Please join us in welcoming The Cutting Veg, our newest farmer at the U of T Farmer’s Market (held on Wednesdays). Come on down to the Farmer’s Market and pick up their fresh produce, brought to you from their farm in Brampton.

The Cutting Veg (TCV) is not just a farm, it is a community-health promotion enterprise rooted in organic farming.  TCV runs programs aimed at cultivating personal, social, environmental, and economic health, and grows a variety of vegetables, fruits, and herbs, which are sold at the U of T Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays, from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.

The Cutting Veg also runs the “Global Garlic Project.”  They grow over a dozen varieties of garlic from around the world, including Tibet, Persia, Italy, Russia, Korea, and Israel. 

TCV also provides Food Coaching Services, which offers garden & composting project support, educational workshops & urban farming internships, dietary & meal planning support, and food-career counselling; and one-on-one “Wellness Counselling” for individuals who want to take steps forward with their health and happiness.

And guess what? They have a blog with lots of pictures! You can check it out here.

Or better yet, you can come on down to the U of T Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays, from 2:30pm to 5:30pm (inside University College) and speak to The Cutting Veg farmer while buying amazing local produce from Brampton, Ontario.

See you there!

Brrrr…Farmer’s Market moving inside

Worry not UeaTers, the Farmer’s Market is not moving far. Just step into the warm hallways of University College and behold! There are the farmers and all the fresh produce you can eat. This is a great opportunity to meet the farmers and ask them any questions you may have about local farms.

 

For those wondering, the Farmer’s Market is held every Wednesday, from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.

 

Hope to see you there!

 

Farmer's Market at UC
Farmer's Market at UC

Farmer's Market at UC
Farmer's Market at UC
Farmer's Market at UC
Farmer's Market at UC

Eat Local! at U of T: A passion for food politics

Dear UeaTers,

 

Have you ever pondered over whether it is really possible to be a 100% locavore? Ever wondered if local trumps organic? What about culturally symbolic foods that can’t be grown in Ontario soil? Is the 100-mile diet just a trend?

 

To help you with your ponderings, we would like to introduce you to Eat Local!, a student run initiative on campus to promote eating local, sustainable foods. This group of students has worked very hard to put together an annual Eat Local! Day on campus which features information tables, guest speeches, a local farmer’s market and….A FREE VEGAN LUNCH!

 

Here is what one of the organizers of Eat Local! had to say about this initiative:

 

 

Guest Post by Lynnette Choo

 

The Eat Local! event started off as a group project for an enviro course in our undergraduate years. We were challenged to find something that we were passionate about and find a creative way to express that. Anne, Mina and I were all passionate about food politics and were particularly intrigued by the idea of eating locally. Since we all volunteered with the Hot Yam!, we decided on a public awareness event to show the benefits of eating locally and supporting our local food producers. And, most importantly, to show that there are so many diverse fruits and vegetables that can be grown in Ontario…not just potatoes.

 

With a free vegan, local and mostly organic lunch made by the Hot Yam! and partnering with UTERN, Eat Local! has grown, attracting over 200 attendees in the past. Last year we’ve included a small farmer’s market, a speaker’s series (from professors to chefs to farmers), booths from organizations like Local Food Plus (LFP), the Greenbelt, Foodland Ontario, and more. At Eat Local!, you can find useful resources such as a list of local farmer’s markets, small sachets of local and organic sprout seeds donated from Toronto Sprouts….and many more ideas on how you can start to eat locally.

 

We realized that eating locally is one of the many big food issues out there. We understand that when it comes to eating locally, we’re all struggling with our own dilemmas. Does local trump organic? What about culturally symbolic foods that can’t be grown in Ontario soil? Is the 100-mile diet just a trend? Is it really possible to be a 100% locavore? This event is here to spark interest and discussion. Food politics is everywhere.

So come out and join us at the third annual Eat Local! in October….it will be hosted on October 21, 2009 from 12:pm to 4pm at the International Student Center.

 

For more information, send us an email: eatlocaluoft@gmail.com

 

Bread with a purpose!

Dear UeaTers,
We would like to share a unique and inspiring story with you about one of the vendors at our Farmer’s Market.
When you come down to the U of T Farmer’s Market on Wednesday afternoons, you will not be able to resist the delicious breads being sold by St. John’s Bakery. They claim that for them, its more than selling bread at a market…..their breads and sweets build community. It is run by St. John’s- The Compassionate Mission, who helps those in need by employing them in the bakery and elsewhere. This way, by buying breads and sweets from the Farmer’s Market, you are helping somebody in need.

(The following is taken from St. John’s Bakery’s website)

St. John’s started as a drop-in centre in a strip mall on 53 Blake Street in South Riverdale. Two stores down was Joe Link’s bakery. The second day we moved in, Joe arrived with a whole tray of doughnuts, and after that he just kept dropping by and bringing us wonderful, fragrant goodies from his bakery.

Joe’s history took a turn for the worse. He took ill and lost his family and his bakery—everything. He ended up on the street. But slowly, he started pulling his life together, baking bread at our drop-in centre with his old equipment. We saw him being transformed; he “rose” like his bread. We started to sell his bread throughout the neighborhood. Two years later, Joe died. It was a terrible loss for us. But he left us his old dough mixer and a taste and desire for good bread and honest labour.

For us, it is more than our breads and sweets. It is about connecting with people, about building comunity. We draw people in with our bread. We believe our bread builds community.

On that note, UeaTers, come on our to the U of T Farmer’s Market, indulge in some delicious breads and help make somebody’s day!

The U of T Farmer’s Market: The best way to spend your afternoon

Hello UeaTers! How is your week going? Ours is going fabulous! Why, you ask? Well..the U of T Farmer’s Market has been a big success! For those of you who missed it, don’t worry…it will take place at Sir Daniel Wilson Quad next Wednesday..and the Wednesday after that…and the one after that as well!

UeaTers taking in some sun, fresh air and local produce
UeaTers taking in some sun, fresh air and local produce
Saint John's bakery with an assortment of fresh baked breads. Yum!
Saint John's bakery with an assortment of fresh baked breads. Yum!

These pictures will give you an idea of what you can pick up at the market. Be sure to come out next week for fresh veggies, breads, tarts, cheeses, maple syrup and honey!

Ontario Corn
Ontario Corn
Juicy Currants
Juicy Currants

By the way, the Sir Daniel Wilson Quad is located on the corner of University College, 15 King’s College Circle.

Jars full of goodness: Maple syrup and honey!
Jars full of goodness: Maple syrup and honey!

Enjoy!

U of T’s Farmer’s Market: Back by popular demand!

Yes, U of T has its very own Farmer’s Market! We received positive feedback about the Farmer’s Market last year, and are excited to introduce four new farmers for the 2009-2010 Farmer’s Market.

Did we mention that some of the participating farms are Local Food Plus (LFP) certified? That means that all the food you buy is produced locally in a sustainable environment; and that means that you are helping to save the planet while eating healthy…and that, dear UeaTers, is a good reason to come out to the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday afternoons and indulge in fresh fruit, veggies, cheeses, soups and breads. Yum!

Farmer's Market
Farmer's Market