Despite the common belief that master-planned developments inhibit organic community growth, neighbourhoods like Concord CityPlace are rewriting the book on high-density living with unique community programs which make the most of the area’s ample public spaces and amenities. The young neighbourhood, which was derided as a 'vertical subdivision' and even in extreme cases as 'the next St. James Town', has now achieved the critical mass needed to support a number of community initiatives, and the one we are looking at today is one that many neighbourhoods around the city would love to have. 

CityPlace seen from above last year, image by Jack Landau

Out of the hundreds, if not thousands of new residents of Concord CityPlace who have moved into the neighbourhood since last autumn, many were surprised to return home from work last Tuesday to a farmers' market at their doorstep.

Produce from fertile countryside around Toronto is available at the CityPlace Farmers' Market, image by Craig White

CityPlace Farmer's Market, image by Jack Landau

On Tuesdays this year from June 4th to October 15th, CityPlace’s Canoe Landing Park—designed by Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg with artwork, like the colurful bobbers below by Douglas Coupland—will be home to one of MyMarket®’s Certified Local Farmers' Markets.

CityPlace Farmer's Market at Canoe Landing Park, image by Jack Landau

CityPlace Farmer's Market at Canoe Landing Park, image by Jack Landau

Buyers converse with the people who grew their food, image by Craig White

For the next four months, community residents will have the opportunity to pick up farm-fresh organic groceries from farmers from the Niagara fruit belt to the Holland Marsh north of the city, sometimes known as Ontario's salad bowl. There's just plain fun to be had too: the market happens every Tuesday, from 3:30 pm until 7:30 pm.

Fresh produce at Cityplace Farmer's Market, image by Jack Landau

Balloon animals for the youngsters, image by Jack Landau

Don’t live near CityPlace? Some other neighbourhoods share in the bounty! MyMarket® offers three other unique urban locations, each serving a different distinct Toronto neighbourhood from early June through mid-October. A list of all locations and times can be found below.

Tuesdays from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm, image by Jack Landau

In the Annex at Bloor & Borden: Wednesdays, June 5th - October 23th, from 3 to 7 pm

On the Danforth at East Lynn Park: Thursdays, June 6th October 17th, from 3 to 7 pm

In Liberty Village: Sundays, June 2rd - October 27st, from 9 am to 2pm

Concord CityPlace: Tuesdays, June 4th - October 15th, from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm

For additional information, including specific location maps, visit MyMarket® online at www.my-market.ca .

Related Companies:  Concord Adex, DTAH, EllisDon, figure3 Interior Design, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, LiveRoof Ontario Inc, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, RAW Design, RJC Engineers, Walters Group