Where to go apple picking near Toronto

 

The cool days of fall are perfect for picking some crisp, ripe apples. As the leaves begin to change, it’s the perfect time to spend a day in the nearby countryside, enjoying the fall colours, just slowing things down a little. Grab a cozy sweater and get ready to take a country drive. This is where to go apple picking near Toronto.

 

Carl Laidlaw Orchards

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Carl Laidlaw Orchards (9496 Heritage Rd, Brampton) is a 7th-generation family farm run by Mark and Laura Laidlaw. Carl is Mark’s dad. The farm was originally a mixed farm with sheep, pigs, cows, wheat fields and vegetable crops, as well as a few apple and pear trees. The orchards were planted in the 1960’s and the pick-your-own business has been up and running since the 70’s. Today, there are over 20 varieties of apples, and 3 kinds of pears, for the picking on this 100-acre farm in lovely Credit River Valley. Take a wagon ride out to the orchards, pick as much as you please, and enjoy the fresh air. You can have even more fun if you try the Barn Beam Walk, jump in the hay barn, and stop to shop at the Barn Market.

 

Organics Farm

Organics Farm GTA apple picking

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Organics Farm  (7550 19th Ave. Markham) had been growing conventional fruit for decades before they made the decision to go organic and take a more sustainable agriculture approach back in 2001. Their goal is to farm the land with the least negative environmental impact possible.

 

The pick-your-own orchard is open weekdays, from 9 am until 6 am, and weekends, from 9 am to 5 pm during apple season. The season runs from late August until mid-October. You can call ahead to listen to a recorded crop update and learn which apple variety is currently being picked.

 

There is a $12 minimum charge for each person over 3 years old to enter the orchard. This entrance fee includes 5 lbs of apples to take home. Additional apples are $2.40 per pound to pick your own.

 

Chudleigh’s Farm

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Chudleigh’s Farm (9528 Regional Rd 25) is a third-generation family farm. They first opened to the public in 1967 as a U-Pick apple farm. They are open weekdays, from 10 am until 5 pm, and weekends, from 10 am until 7:30 pm during Harvest Time (until October 31st). Admission fees are $15 per person or $52 for a family of 4. Kids under 3 are free. In addition to apple picking, there is a lot more fun to be had at Chudleigh’s Farm. Take a walk along the nature trail to unwind. Kids will love taking pony rides and playing in The Play Area which is equipped with giant slides and bridges, a hay maze, tire swings, a sandpit, and more! Remember to stop by the Farm Kitchen to take home some freshly-baked baked goods.

 

Applewood Farm Winery

Applewood Farm Winery

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Applewood Farm Winery provides a down-home farm experience not far from home. Apple Picking starts in early September and runs through October. There is also a farm store full of Fruit Wine, Ciders, Mead, Fresh Honey and Preserves. Kids will love the playground, tractor rides and the corn maze.

 

Frootogo Orchards

Frootogo Orchards

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Frootogo Orchards (573 Parkside Dr, Waterdown) is a family farm open for self-picking from 9 am to 5 pm daily (please leave your pets at home). The friendly staff can help you choose the variety that is right for your needs, or you can check out their Apple Variety Guide to choose your own. There are trolleys to place your harvest in, and the apples are easy to pick from the dwarf apple trees. When you’ve gathered your harvest, it’s time to play! The Playland offers slides, swings, monkey bars, a sandbox, jumping straw, a corn maze and more! Visit the Bakery and Farm Store for the trip home.

 

Myers Apple Farm

Myer's Apple Farm

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Myers Apple Farm (37 Hamilton Regional Road 52) offers the peace and tranquillity of the farm, and the freshest apples available. Enjoy the fall foliage as it comes into vivid colour, and breathe in the cool, crisp, country air this autumn. There are a wide variety of apples to pick. Choose from quarter bushel (10 lbs) or half bushel bags to take home. Pull wagons are available to help you carry your harvest. Head to the Orchard Store before you head home to pick up some fresh apple products, fresh flowers, fruits and veggies, as well as jams, jellies and preserves.

 

For your convenience, they provide two sizes of pick-your-own apple bags, a quarter bushel (10 lbs), and a half bushel (20 lbs). They offer pull wagons that you can take out to the orchard to assist with your harvest.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the amazing things that surround you. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

The best antique shops in Toronto

 

There is nothing wrong with furnishing your home with brand new, modern furniture and decor. But if you want your possessions to tell a story, go antique hunting. Antiques can add instant character to any space. Whether it’s a vintage sofa or that perfect little conversation piece in the corner, it’s worth spending some time searching for antique treasures. Here are some of the best antique shops in Toronto.

 

Eclectic Revival

Eclectic Revival Toronto antiques

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Eclectic Revival (3075 Dundas St. West) began as a traditional antique furniture shop back in 1985. In 1998, the light bulb went off and they got the bright idea to specialize in antique and period lighting exclusively. Today, they are a top source in Toronto for quality pieces from across North America and Europe, as well as custom pieces that incorporate reclaimed fixtures and materials, as well as a selection of shades and miscellaneous wonders. All the restoration work is done on site in the shop. The original fixtures, finishes and patinas are saved, and only new wiring and electrical components are replaced — with vintage parts whenever possible. If you’re in the market for one-of-a-kind lighting finds, it’s time to take a little trip to the Junction.

 

The shop is open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 11 am to 5 pm, Thursdays and Fridays, from 11 am to 6 pm, and Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only.

 

Green’s Antiques

Green's Antiques Toronto

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Located in Toronto’s historic Cabbagetown neighbourhood, near Village Green, you’ll find Green’s Antiques (529 Parliament St.). This shop carries an array of antique furniture, mirrors, carpets, memorabilia, lighting, clocks, statues, figurines, and much more. Green’s specializes in jewellery — from resales to design, resizing, gem polishing and appraisals. Browse the shop and find the perfect piece for your home.

 

Pay them a visit on weekdays, from 12 pm to 6:30 pm, and weekends, from 12 pm to 5:30 pm.

 

Trianon

Trianon Toronto antiques and design

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Trianon (247 King St. East) is an elegant and all-encompassing interior decor and renovation firm. This is not your typical, musty antique shop. The store takes its name from a retreat on the estate of Versailles. If you want to liven up your living space with an authentic Louis XIV reupholstered chair or a re-imagined 1940’s buffet in bright yellow, this is the shop for you. The tag on each piece will tell you a bit about its story. If you don’t have a bundle to spend, a little window shopping certainly couldn’t hurt.

 

Trianon is open Tuesday to Friday, from 10 am until 6 pm, and Saturday, from 10 am until 5 pm.

 

Cynthia Findlay Antiques

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Cynthia Findlay Antiques (284 King St. West) specializes in the Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern periods. This antique store is perhaps best known for its selection of luxury decorative antiques and vintage jewellery. Their pieces are sourced primarily from England, Europe, Japan and China.

 

Come and have a look at their elegant displays. They’re open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 am until 6 pm.

 

Bernardi’s Antiques

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For over 40 years, Bernardi’s Antiques has been a Midtown Toronto mainstay. They are located at 699 Mount Pleasant Road, just south of Eglinton and just around the corner from Davisville Village. The 2500 square foot shop is filled to the brim with beautiful antiques, decor, collectables and artwork. Their specialty is English and French furniture, as well as art, glass and silverware. Come and find what you didn’t even know you were missing. Bernardi’s Antiques is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 5 pm.

 

Mrs. Huizenga

Mrs. Huizenga Toronto antiques

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Owner Catherine Huizenga has an eye for antiques, vintage pieces, and great junque that tells a story. Mrs. Huizenga (28 Roncesvalles Avenue) is jam-packed with amazing pieces at reasonable prices. From silverware and stoneware to vintage jewellery boxes and delightfully creepy porcelain clown dolls — there’s something for everyone here. The relatively low prices mean that the shop enjoys high turnover, so you never step into the same store twice, and you never know what you’ll find. Enjoy a treasure hunt in the shop Monday to Saturday, from 11 am until 6 pm.

 

Whether you’re ready to buy, or simply want to spend some time antiquing and soaking up some of the stories and history of hard-to-find and one-of-a-kind items, these antique shops are sure to add a little richness to your life.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the valuable resources and hotspots that your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

The best swimwear in Toronto

 

It’s summertime in Toronto and the weather is hot. We wait all year long for these few, short months. Celebrate another season in the sun with a new bathing suit! Shopping for swimwear can be stressful for some. Finding the right style at the right price isn’t always an easy task. To help take some of the stress and guesswork out of your shopping experience, we wanted to share some hotspots where you can shop for the best swimwear in Toronto. Take a look before you take a dip.

 

Sandpipers

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Sandpipers Sports & Funwear have locations at 2580 Yonge Street and 87 Yorkville Avenue. They have been a go-to source for swimwear since 1985. They bring the best of the beach lifestyle home to Toronto, from across the country and overseas.

 

La Vie en Rose

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You can count on the undergarment experts at  La Vie en Rose  (2300 Yonge Street unit #c25), in the Yonge Eglinton Centre, to offer a great selection of products that properly fit any woman. Let their experience help make your choice easier. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you look your best, and help you find the perfect style for you. Check out their latest collection of Mix & Match, One Piece, Beachwear, and Beach Accessories. They have everything you need for a hot summer look.

 

Hudson’s Bay

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Have you been to The Bay, lately? It’s a great home base for all your summer swim and beachwear needs and wants, for both men and women. Whatever your style, whatever your shape, The Bay has you covered – or as uncovered – as you’d like.  From lounging by the pool, to looking cool with the latest and greatest accessories. The Bay is a one-stop-shop for all your summer fun supplies. Find Hudson’s Bay locations at 44 Bloor Street East, and its flagship store at 176 Yonge Street in the CF Toronto Eaton Centre.

 

Bikini Village

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Sometimes it takes a village to help you find the swimsuit you’re most comfortable in. If The Bay isn’t you brand of choice, take a short trip to Bikini Village. They are also conveniently located in the CF Toronto Eaton Centre. They feature top brands, including Bauhaus, Billabong, Body Glove, Boto and Diesel for men. And all the latest styles for women from brands like Ellen Tracy, Red Carter, Christina, and more. From bold to bashful, and everything in between — you’re bound to find your next bathing suit here.

 

Boathouse

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If you’re looking for stylish swimwear that is also comfortable and affordable, you need to visit Boathouse. They offer very reasonably priced swimwear in the latest styles, so you can take a dip, without getting soaked. Find them at 316 Yonge Street (Yonge and Dundas).

 

Whatever you’re style, shape or budget — everyone needs and deserves a swimsuit they feel great in. It’s required attire for summer fun. So before you hit the beach, or chill out by the pool, treat yourself to the best bathing suit you’ve ever owned. It’s a great start to a great summer. We hope these convenient shopping options in your community help make your choice easy and enjoyable.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you discover the best that your city and community have to offer. We hope these local swimsuit shop recommendations help you feel comfortable and look your best. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Decorate your balcony with Hauser

 

Your balcony is your personal outdoor sanctuary. How you choose to decorate it can make a world of difference. If you’re on the hunt for quality, outdoor furniture that was made to last, you may want to look to the experts at Hauser (218 Merton Street) in Davisville Village.

 

Hauser is a family-owned Canadian company. They believe in living life to the fullest, outdoors. This philosophy first came from the company’s founder, John Hauser, more than 60  years ago. John was a fifth-generation Austrian blacksmith who moved his family to Canada in 1949 and opened the John Hauser Ironworks, specializing in wrought-iron ornamental fixtures.

 

John Hauser and his family spent much of the warmer months entertaining family and friends outdoors. Hauser’s passion for outdoor living, family and craftsmanship made him a leader in the outdoor furniture industry.

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The second generation of Hausers run the company today, and continue to create quality outdoor furniture with the same philosophy and passion that was passed on from John. Hauser continues to manufacture the majority of what they sell, themselves, locally. You can choose from a variety of materials and styles, including cast, tubular and wrought aluminum, rattan, teak, as well as all-weather rattan. Since Hauser is the manufacturer, customers can also mix and match styles and technologies and have Hauser’s state-of-the-art welding, paint and fabric production line produce the perfect piece.

 

Hauser takes pride in being a leader in outdoor furniture options. They are open year round to serve you and their dedicated staff are experts in their field.

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Your balcony is the perfect place for some serious lounging. Hauser offers a selection of quality outdoor chaise lounges and outdoor lounge seating, including sofas, chairs and ottomans. Choose from a variety of finishes and fabrics to suit your personal style.

 

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If wood is what you love for the outdoors, have a look at Hauser’s line of quality teak benches. It’s like having your own elegantly-styled park bench. Perfect for relaxing and looking out at Davisville Village.

 

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If you prefer to use your balcony as a place to sit and sip a cold drink, or perhaps enjoy a card game with a few friends, have a look at their line of outdoor tables and chairs. You’ll never have to fight the crowds to try and find a spot on a local patio this summer! It doesn’t get more local than this.

 

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Perhaps you prefer to grow something green in your outdoor space. Have a look at their line of outdoor planters, pots and topiaries and get growing with a little help from Hauser.

 

No matter what you like to use your balcony for, the experts at Hauser can help you make it all that it can be, and more!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you make your home feel like home. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Save on groceries near Village Green

 

Whether you love to roam up and down every aisle, or you’re more of a surgical strike, get-in get-out kind of shopper, everyone needs groceries. Prices and selection can vary wildly from one store to the next, and these days, every dollar counts. To help you save a little money and time, check out these ideas on where to save on groceries near Village Green.

 

Rob’s No Frills

 

Rob’s No Frills (345 Bloor Street East) is a big and bright grocery store with very affordable prices. No Frills are all about delivering the goods for less, without all the, well…frills. This store is the polar opposite The Loblaws at 60 Carlton. This store isn’t meant to wow you, it’s meant to save you money. That said, the food is fresh and well displayed. There is a good selection of canned and frozen food. You may even be surprised by the selection and discover some Indian sweets or Asian veggies that you weren’t expecting to see. The selection on weekends can begin to run low by afternoon, and the hours are shorter too. Rob’s No Frills is open from 8am to 8pm on weekends, and until 9:30 pm on weekdays. It’s a great affordable option for your midweek shop.

 

Sobeys

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Sobeys (777 Bay Street) is a great choice for prepared foods like soups, fresh salads, and ready to eat options like sushi rolls. It’s also great for fresh produce. They’re open until 11pm during the week, and 10pm on weekends. This location is their upscale ‘Urban Fresh’ brand, so be prepared for a bit more of a markup. You can save a few bucks by taking the escalator down to the Metro, in the same plaza.

 

Metro

 

Metro (444 Yonge Street) at Yonge and College is in the same plaza as the Sobey’s Urban Fresh. Metro may not have the same selection and specialty products, but they are sure to have almost everything you could want, for slightly more affordable prices. The big plus is that they are open 24 hours, so they’re ready whenever you are.

 

Loblaws

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As long as you have to do a weekly grocery shop, why not do it in a space that’s unique and has extraordinary style? The Loblaws at 60 Carlton street is housed at the awe-inspiring, historic, original site of Maple Leaf Gardens. The moment you step inside, you realize that it’s much more than just a grocery store. There is an in-store Ace Bakery pumping out quality baked goods along with extraordinary aromas.  There is a giant wall-of-cheese, a huge deli, and a great prepared food section. Don’t forget to grab coffee at Loblaws Café, complete with a Nutella Bar! There is even an LCBO and a Joe Fresh.

 

It may not be the cheapest store in the neighbourhood, but for a flagship store with so many premium features, the prices are very reasonable. Maybe not No Frills reasonable, but definitely Sobey’s reasonable. It’s also the store to find those hard-to-find items that you can’t find at regular stores. It’s open daily from 7am to 11pm.

 

H Mart

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When you’re in the mood for food, but not in the mood to deal with crowds, H Mart (703 Yonge Street) is a great go-to. This Asian grocery chain is open daily from 8am to 12am and features a variety of Asian specialty drinks and pastries that you usually have to head to Chinatown for. Prices are a bit higher than they are in Chinatown, but it saves you a trip! There is also a small-but-good-quality produce section, prepared meals, and a surprisingly good selection of fresh meats that are on par with what you may find at Sobeys and Loblaws.

 

Bulk Barn

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Bulk Barn (2 Carlton Street) isn’t going to replace your weekly grocery shop, but it is a great stop for the dry goods you want to stock up on, or store away. From grains and pasta, to nuts, beans, baking ingredients, even coffee and tea. They also carry a good selection of snacks, spices, spreads and pet food. Buy as much as you can carry home and save!

 

Hopefully, shopping at these stores helps you shave a few bucks off the bottom line of your grocery bill.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you save money while stocking up on the abundance that is all around you. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Check out the Green Living Show

 

From food and fitness classes, to fashion and travel ideas, many of us are looking for healthier, cleaner and greener options for all aspects of our lives. The 12th annual Green Living Show returns to the Metro Convention Centre April 6th, 7th and 8th. It’s the largest eco and healthy living show in Canada! It features a huge array of products, speakers, food and more to help us all live more optimally, efficiently and sustainably.

 

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Health and well being is what the Green Living show is all about. Both our own personal health, and the health of the planet we all share. Over the three days of the show, visitors will have the opportunity to learn from speakers and their talks, get advice on food, nutrition and fitness, or shop for the latest products in order to lead a more balanced lifestyle. Come and get a taste of all there is to discover at this year’s event.

 

Delicious Delicacies

 

The Delicious Local Food & Drink Pavilion celebrates the wealth of diversity and health-conscious cultural traditions that make the Canadian food landscape so unique. Using local and sustainably sourced ingredients, over 20 chefs, breweries, and wineries from Canada and around the world will showcase recipes, dishes and drinks that reflect their heritage. Choosing what to enjoy is the hardest part, so sniff out the finest fare from the aromas that surround you. Food tickets are available at the Green Living Show Box Office or upstairs at the Delicious Local Food & Drink Pavillion.

 

Fitness

 

The Sweat Equity and Fitness Pavilion will show how to take action toward a healthier lifestyle. Whether you wish to take part in a free yoga class, or just chat and connect with a guest lecturer, this is the place to stretch your body and expand your healthy horizons.

 

Eco Travel

 

Take an eco-tour of the world, without adding to your carbon footprint. The Eco Traveller Pavilion features booths representing over 60 exciting countries. Get a taste of the culture as well as the cuisine. Access special travel packages and information on some of the best eco-friendly beach trips, eco-lodges, historical cities, and more.

 

Fashion and Beauty

 

These days, being fashion conscious is a whole lot deeper than simply keeping up with the latest trends. The impact of our fashion choices on the environment and the workers who make our clothes are at the forefront of eco-fashion and cosmetics. Lean how to naturally look and feel your best.

 

Urban Forests

 

There are forests hidden all around us. Modern Canadian cities are home to around 7 billion trees, and growing! The interactive Urban Forests exhibit explores the importance of our forests, how trees fight climate change, and how to use urban fallen wood and portable sawmills to create quality wood products.

 

Wood Artisans

 

Discover the quality and variety of local Ontario wood, with a 2,000 square foot exhibit featuring 14 Ontario wood artisans and the glorious gallery of locally hand-carved creations.

 

Eco Kids

 

Kids 12 and under get into the Green Living Show for free! Once inside there are interactive exhibits to enjoy while getting a bit of an education on the natural world that connects us all. Kids will give a green thumbs up when they get their hands dirty and learn about gardening with the Midgard Insect Farm booth. Children of all ages can choose to transplant the seedling of their choice, and take it home to see it grow!

 

The 12th annual Green Living Show offers the opportunity to take meaningful steps toward a more sustainable world, while reducing our carbon footprint. Learn how to embrace a healthier, more vibrant way of being in both the local and global community. Show tickets are available now.

 

Greenrock Property Management wants to help you explore a healthy and green lifestyle within your community. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Toronto’s winter farmers markets

 

The arrival of Spring is always welcome after a long Toronto winter. Soon, the grey and white of winter will give way to the green and gold of spring. Farmers will soon be peddling their wares at local farmers markets. While this is something to look forward to, you don’t have to wait another second to experience the fresh, local flavour. There are several farmers markets in Toronto that keep the barn doors open year-round. As winter draws to a close, it’s time to show these robust retailers some love.

 

MONDAY

 

Start the work week off right with a trip to the Sorauren Farmers Market at Sorauren Park (50 Wabash Ave). Hosted by the West End Food Co-op, this year-round market is open on Mondays from 3pm until 7pm. During the winter and early spring, the market is housed in the Sorauren Park Field House and provides local seasonal produce, meats, eggs, dairy, bread and baked goods — including gluten-free options. They also offer full meals and take-home dinners — because it’s Monday and you’re too tired to cook! There is also live music upstairs in the community eating area.

 

WEDNESDAY

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Montgomery’s Inn Farmers Market operates on Wednesdays from 2pm until 6pm, all year long. During the winter, the market is housed in the beautiful and historic 1840’s Inn. The kitchen and tavern are turned over to local vendors, offering fresh baked goods, organic produce, meats, cheeses, preserves, honey and treats of all kinds. There are often free tours of the museum on market days!

 

THURSDAY

 

Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 3pm to 7pm. This market, located in the park across from Dufferin Mall (with free parking), offers fresh, local and organic produce, as well as meat, dairy, fair-trade and wild game options. The market was launched in 2002. It focuses on creating a connection between urban consumers and local producers.

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The Toronto Botanical Garden Organic Farmers Market (777 Lawrence Ave East) also operates on Thursdays, from 2pm until 6pm, all year long. Find the freshest, healthiest foods, and meet the organic vendors behind them in one of the most beautiful gardens in the city. They sell fresh salad greens all winter long, plus veggies, free-range eggs, chicken, grass fed beef, pork, lamb, cheeses, maple syrup and more! Free parking is available.

 

SATURDAY

 

You’ve got some options when it comes to Saturday shopping at Toronto Farmers Markets. Evergreen Brickworks Farmers Market is open early, from 9am until 1pm. Featuring 25 local farmers and producers, they offer local produce, eggs, meats, cheeses and tastings. There is often live music too! While you’re there, be sure to explore the grounds and hike the nature trails.

 

The Stop Farmers Market, at Artscape Wychwood Barns, is open Saturdays from 8am to 1pm. This weekly community event features live music and local artisans, as well as loads of fresh, local, organic food.

Established in 1803, The St. Lawrence Market is a long-standing Toronto tradition, and one of world’s great markets. They get going early, with a market that is open from 5am until 2pm. It’s a great spot to soak up some local culture as well as stock up on local produce and products. Learn more about the amazing history of this local landmark in our feature article.


Eating seasonally and locally means a shorter travel time between your food and your table. Local food involves less energy and is more kind to the environment. Buying local is also a great way to support local farmers and producers, and there is no need to wait for summer to do it! For more information on local produce, and a full list of Toronto farmers’ markets, check out the Toronto Farmers Market Network.


Greenrock Property Management wants to connect you with your local community and all that is has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.


Where to shop for the holidays near Davisville Village

 

The holiday season can be a magical time or a stressful time. It all depends on the choices we make. Why head downtown to battle the biggest crowds in the city when you can find everything you need in your neighbourhood?! Avoid the hustle and bustle and choose simple and smooth. To help you get your shopping done close to home, here is a list of where to shop for the holidays near Davisville Village.

 

Yonge and Eglinton Centre

 

The Yonge and Eglinton Centre (2300 Yonge Street) is your local mall. It’s not too big, overwhelming, or overfilled, but it’s big enough to house everything you need for the holidays. There is even a Metro grocery store — so can get your gifts and groceries all at once! If you’re looking for quality beauty products, you’ll find the largest Sephora in North America, right here. Step into Walking on a Cloud and give the gift of comfortable and stylish footwear for men and women. Indigo wrote the book on great gift giving. They offer not only books, but a wide variety of gift ideas, specialty toys and life-enhancing products. There’s also a great food court for when you get hungry, and a movie theatre for when you want to escape it all for a little while.

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Best Buy

 

Get quality brand-name electronics, computers, appliances and more from a retailer you can trust. The Best Buy at 2400 Yonge Street has everything you need to put a smile on their faces this holiday. They also feature a lowest price guarantee and easy returns, so you can shop with confidence this season.

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Lululemon

 

For the active folks on your list, Lululemon offers everything they could need or want to stay warm and stylish during winter workouts. The brand has moved beyond yoga pants. Find great gifts for men, women and girls. From great stocking stuffers to full outfits, outerwear and activewear. Step into your local Lululemon (2558 Yonge Street) and breathe a little easier this holiday season.

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Spoiled Baby

 

Taking care of a new baby can be tough, but finding great gifts for babies couldn’t be easier! Spoiled Baby offers a quality selection of fun and practical baby gifts. From clothing and shoes to toys and educational products. They carry a wide array of ‘Smart Baby Products’ to help babies develop, grow and have fun. If you can’t decide on what to get, their Gift Cards are the perfect solution, or let them help you put together a custom baby gift basket. Make caring for a new baby just a little easier with a visit to Spoiled Baby. They’re just down the street at 2a Davisville Avenue.

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Sporting Life

 

No matter who you have left on your shopping list, you’ll find something they’ll love at Sporting Life. Whether you’re looking for ski or snowboard equipment for die hard enthusiasts, or quality winter gear to keep warm comfy in the city, they’ve got you covered. Sporting life features the best apparel from Canada Goose, The North Face, Burton, Sorel, Spyder and more! If you find yourself lost and out of your element, their friendly and knowledgeable staff will be more than willing to help. You have a couple of options for Sporting Life locations near Davisville Village. There is the smaller outpost, Sporting Life Boards and Bikes (2454 Yonge Street) or the massive, flagship store just up the street at 2665 Yonge Street.

 

Hopefully, this list will help you shop more efficiently and make the most of your precious spare time this holiday season. Your neighbourhood offers everything you need and more to make this a great season. Happy Holidays!

 

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The best places to go holiday shopping near Village Green

 

Have you started shopping for the holidays? There is no shortage of store options in a city like Toronto. In fact, there may be too many options! With so many great shops, boutiques and specialty stores in the city to choose from, deciding where to shop can feel a bit overwhelming. To help make the most of your time this season, here are the best places to go holiday shopping near Village Green.

 

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Toronto Eaton Centre

 

Back in the 19th century, Timothy Eaton opened a dry goods store that revolutionized the Canadian retail market and became the largest department store in the country. The Eaton’s department store closed it’s doors in 1999, but the Toronto Eaton Centre (220 Yonge Street) retains the name as an ongoing tribute to the man and the original store.

 

Today, the Toronto Eaton Centre is one of the busiest malls in North America and Toronto’s top tourist attraction. The iconic “Flight Stop” geese sculpture by artist Michael Snow is instantly recognizable. You can find everything you’re looking for under one, soaring glass roof. The mall is home to over 250 retailers, restaurants and services. Once you’ve found all the great gifts you need, let someone else worry about wrapping them with their Gift Wrap Valet service. Let their Concierge assist you in choosing from range of decorative styles, then enjoy a complimentary snack and drink in the lounge as your parcels are elegantly wrapped. Take advantage of The Eaton Centre’s extended holiday hours, Monday to Saturday 9am to 9:30pm, and Sundays (including Christmas Eve) from 10am to 8pm.

 

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Yorkville Village

 

Original known as Hazelton Lanes, the luxe shopping centre was rebranded as Yorkville Village (55 Avenue Road) following a one hundred and twenty-five million dollar renovation last year. Here you will find some of the most high-end and quality shopping options in the city.

 

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Shop fine footwear at Jean-Paul Fortin, or treat someone special on your list to luxury eyewear from Dior, Armani, Gucci and more at DuMonde Optical. Make someone’s day with a piece of jewellery from Serli & Siroan Fine Jewellers. And stop in to the BRIKA Pop Up for the best in modern craft. They sell heirloom quality products that make extraordinary gifts. The centre’s complimentary gift wrapping station provides gift wrapping for purchases of $50 or more (2 parcels per visit). Yorkville Village is open Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm and Saturday 10am to 6pm.

 

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Manulife Centre

 

Built in 1972, the Manulife Centre (55 Bloor West) helped to make the corner of Bay and Bloor a landmark shopping destination. The three floor concourse is filled with quality retailers to make your holiday shopping a breeze. In addition to the boutiques and shops, there is also a specialty grocery store, drugstore, Indigo book store, LCBO and a VIP movie theatre where you can take a load off once you’ve crossed all the names off of your list.

 

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Urban Outfitters

 

Urban Outfitters (235 Yonge Street) is cool-central. The brand has come a long way since it began selling T-shirts, jeans and lifestyle products in Pennsylvania back in 1970. Today, the store is more like a super-hip mini-mall for cool stuff. The Yonge Street store features a Vinyl Shop featuring records, turntables and more for the analog amigos on your list. There is also an Apartment section where you can browse bedding, lighting and more. UO is the best place around to buy cool clothing and shoes for the hipster in your life. They’re open from 10am to 10pm.

 

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Hudson’s Bay

 

The history of the Hudson’s Bay Company, AKA “The Bay”, is a long one. The company was incorporated by English royal charter in 1670. The fur trading company even functioned as the de facto government in parts of North America for a time. Today, the flagship store at 176 Yonge is a one-stop treasure trove for all your holiday shopping needs. The store is connected to the Eaton Centre by a pedestrian sky bridge walkway — perfect for big shopping expeditions on cold Toronto days. You can find everything from designer apparel to premium candy and chocolate, houseware and even appliances. Of course, anything adorned with the company’s iconic stripes, makes a great gift.


With so many options in the neighbourhood, it can be easy to get lost in the sea of shops. We hope you visit one of these great places for holiday shopping this season!


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Discover the Toronto Christmas Market

 

It’s time to embrace the holiday season. The Toronto Christmas Market is the place to be if you want to make some magical, romantic Christmas memories this year. Come and experience the lights, the food, the wonder of it all — and get some Christmas shopping done at the same time.

 

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The Toronto Christmas Market is on now, until December 23rd at the Historic Distillery District (55 Mill Street). The moment you step onto the cobblestone streets, you’ll be transported to another world. It’s a world of twinkling lights, delicious food, hot beverages to warm your body and soul, and performances that will warm your heart.

 

The performances change from day to day. Each day features a different theme, so there is something to suit everyone and every taste. Take in Traditional Tuesdays, with bluegrass, folk, roots and traditional music. World Wednesdays bring world music, dance and cultural performances to the Market. Come for Classical Thursdays to experience seasonal opera and crossover Classical performances. Feel the groove of Friday Night Jazz, featuring holiday swing and jazz. Pop/Variety Saturdays are always popular. Catch emerging artists and featured artists performing pop, rock, blues and more. Ensemble Sundays bring instrumental ensembles in the afternoon and vocal ensembles and choirs in the evening. There are also daily Santa’s Elves Sing-Alongs for the kids and daily carolling performances. The Market is closed on Mondays.

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There is so much to see and do at the Toronto Christmas Market. Take in the majesty of the massive Christmas tree, bask in the magical glow of the lights and colours as the cobblestone streets transform into a glittering winter wonderland. Kids will love to visit Santa at his house and get a photo. You can also pose for a picture at The Heart of Christmas —  a 14 foot tall, 12 foot wide heart sculpture made of steel. You can give back this season by bringing a canned food donation for the Daily Bread Food Bank — just drop it off at The Giving Pantry. For even more fun and excitement, visit the Family Entertainment Zone. It features a ferris wheel, carousel and life-sized gingerbread house to enjoy — additional Fun Zone tickets are required.

 

In addition to all the fun and excitement, this is first and foremost a market. It may well be the best way imaginable to cross everything off your Christmas list. World-class crafts and craftspeople, art and artisans, have come together to offer a selection of gifts that simply isn’t available anywhere else.

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What are the holidays without food! It’s best to show up to the Toronto Christmas Market hungry. Treat yourself to all kinds of tasty snacks or full meals. Raclette serves up a Swiss-German delicacy of Roasted Cheese served over Rosemary Roasted Baby Potatoes. Santa’s BBQ serves up great brats, sausages and other grilled favourites. There’s a Waffle Bar, as well as fresh baked goods from Uncle Betty’s, Tartistry and Stickling’s Bakery. The amazing aroma of fresh roasted cinnamon glazed nuts (pecans, almonds, cashews and peanuts) from The Nutty Bavarian fills the air as well.

 

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The Market is free to attend on weekdays, until Friday at 5pm. Weekend admission is $6 for adults, children under two are always free. Tickets can be purchased in advance, online and same-day tickets are available onsite. Keep in mind that weekends at the Market are crowded. Even with advanced tickets, you can expect to line up. If you’re looking to avoid the lines at all cost, Express Pass tickets can be purchase for $20 – or visit during the week.

 

The Toronto Christmas Market is fast becoming a Toronto tradition. Make your way to the Market and make the most of your holidays!

 

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