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Market day at CBC

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By Elizabeth Bridge, CBC Digital Archives

To get their hands on local foods this winter, downtown workers in Toronto — including lucky CBC staffers! — will have a new market to get a fix of meat, cheese, produce and and baked goods.

Starting on Thursday, Jan. 28, the Regional 'n' Artisanal Food Market will take place once a month until April in the Barbara Frum Atrium at the CBC Broadcast Centre. Toronto is already well served by winter farmers markets, but only this one will happen during the week in the downtown core, appealing to workers in surrounding office towers who don't otherwise have easy access to local foods in the winter.

"During the summer months, my staff and I participate at six farmers markets each week in the GTA [Greater Toronto Area], selling Canadian artisanal cheese," said Gurth Pretty, the market's founder. "Once Thanksgiving passes by, we and many other vendors are homeless. We have product to sell but there are so few indoor, winter market venues — so I decided to do something about it.”

I'm really looking forward to this market. If you're around downtown Toronto and want to check it out, stop by the CBC Broadcast Centre, 250 Front St. W., between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28.

Are there winter farmers markets where you live?

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Jen

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Can't make it to Toronto on a weekday (!) - but have a nice CBC building in Ottawa too - or there are other options in the downtown core here - I would really like to see something similar here - I miss the Farmer's markets I frequent in summer months and would appreciate the opportunity to access local food this way...

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