The Good Neighbours’ Food Market

The Church of The Messiah in partnership with the Residents of 250 Davenport, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, and Food Share bring you a weekly market featuring fresh vegetables and fruit at an affordable price. Unlike most traditional farmers’ markets, our food comes from a non-profit food-access programme called FoodShare. FoodShare only changes us a very slight markup from wholesale cost, and we pass those savings on to you! These are super-fresh vegetables coming from the same suppliers as the grocery store, but the price is the difference. DSC_1103

See Why Good is the New Super!

Our vision is enrich the life of the parish and surrounding community by providing a venue of fair exchange. As a contemporary Christian community we believe it is critical to respond to the needs of our community, and the number one concern raised to us after several months of research was “food security.” Simply put, many of our neighbours simply can’t afford to shop at the local boutique and high-end grocers. The Good Neighbour’s Food Market fixes that problem. Our goal is to create a market that attracts all kinds of people as we branch out to include small farms, artisans, and vendors in our effort. DSC_1171The market takes place on the lawn in front of 250 Davenport (Northwest corner of Avenue Road and Davenport) rain or shine from 4pm until 8pm. We plan to move the market indoors once the winter comes. We have big plans for the market. We want to start doing things like movie nights and cooking demonstrations. We also want to provide services like a monthly legal clinic, a tax clinic, and others. If you have a passion for community, contact us and let us know how you can help. Support for the project has been very positive from a variety of areas, including the office of city Councillor Adam Vaughan (before he was elected), the local BIA, and small business owners in the neighbourhood. We are happy for any input from the community, especially with regard to recruiting potential vendors. We are also looking for volunteers to help set-up, run, and clean-up the market. If you want to sponsor the market financially your help will be essential to making this endeavor sustainable into the future. Potential vendors are welcome! Please contact for more information or call 416.922.4371 and leave a message!

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The Weekly Bread Newsletter

Each week we publish a newletter focusing on one particular item of produce (our “Feature”) with lots of recipes and ideas. The Weekly Bread also include cook book reviews, articles about spirituality, and other information designed to help you live your best possible life in the corner of the Annex. Click on the covers below to view the PDF edition of the newsletter.

Live @ Messiah: Advent 6 2017

What impact does our church have on the community? Today we learn about how our efforts affect people around us. The service includes beautiful music, lessons from scripture, a sermon, and Holy Communion. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Live @ Messiah: Good Friday 2017

What makes Good Friday “Good?” Only that it is a small moment in our long lives to contemplate the end of a certain life: that of Jesus of Nazareth. We know that he was resurrected, but the reality of his death (and the reality of our sinfulness) are still realities to be dealt with on the journey towards love. Today we talk and think about the death of Jesus. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Holy Week Services 2017

Many people come to Church twice a year: Christmas and Easter. This is understandable, since they represent the two highlights of the church year–the celebrations of the birth and death/resurrection of Jesus. But if most people were forced to choose between them, they would probably go Christmas with its cheerful hymns, cozy traditions, and family vacation time. Yet for Christians nothing could be more cheerful than to commemorate the foundation of our hope: the death and resurrection of Christ.

We do this at Messiah in much the same way that the ancient Christians would have done thousands of years ago. The drama unfolds over the course of Holy Week beginning at Palm Sunday and climaxing at the Easter Vigil.

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When Jesus came into Jerusalem before his arrest, the Bible tells us that people laid palms on the street for him to ride over. This service begins at 10.30am on with a blessing over the palms in the park across the street from the church, which are then handed out so that we can carry them in procession around the church. The service moves quickly from the triumph of Jesus’s entry, when he was greeted as a king, to his betrayal, trial, and death. The sweep of these events challenge our understanding of how our world works and proposes that kingship might not look like we expect.

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On Thursday at 6.30 our community will gather to remember the Last Supper that Jesus had with his friends. Like them, we gather for a lush festival meal in the spirit of “Agape” (love). We even endeavor to recreate a feast that Jesus would have recognized with roast lamb, grains, and bread. This is one of the highlights of the community life of our church. When people have finished their supper, we tell the story of that last meal with the celebration of a Eucharist.

On that last night with his friends Jesus taught his disciples about true leadership by washing their feet–the chore of a lowly servant. We follow his example by taking turns washing each other’s feet. Finally, the church is stripped of all ornament and the community departs in silence. Only our youth remain–keeping vigil.

Burning-candleGood Friday

The saddest day of the church year is Good Friday. We will gather at 10.30 am around the cross to tell the story of Christ’s death on a similar cross in Jerusalem. We sing a powerful setting of the story and honor his sacrifice with humble prayers and petitions for the whole world that God loves.

The Easter Vigil

In the darkness a new light is kindled–literally. Having come together at 9pm, our community gathers around the priest in darkness as a flint is struck and kindling lights. By the light of this fire a candle is blessed and lit. Then others are also lit as we tell the story of how God’s promises came true for our ancestors. Jesus was resurrected from the grave. After communion we depart in joy.

_MG_2642Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday is the sweetest day of the year for Christians as we savor the freedom from death and sin which God has brought us by bringing back Jesus from the dead. Our worship will begin at 10.30 on Easter Morning. We sing songs of thanksgiving and praise and celebrate.

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Messiah Hosts 250 Davenport Development Open House

We were pleased to host members of the community for a meeting called by city Counselor Joe Cressy to discuss the development plans for the property adjacent to 250 Davenport. 250 Davenport is a large Community Housing (TCHC) complex close to Messiah. For some years we have been partnering with that building to run the Good Neighbours’ Food Market. The objective of the Market is to provide affordable fresh fruit and vegetables in an area with few other options. TCHC, which manages the building at 250 Dav, has sold some of the adjacent land to condo developers in order to finance the rejuvination of the TCHC building. The purpose of today’s meeting, ahead of a more formal meeting to be held February 18th, was to bring various stakeholders together in the area to talk about the plans.

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Market Report: January 14, 2015

After a few weeks’ break for the holidays the market is back! Join us every Wednesday at 250 Davenport for deals on Butter CUP squash and many other delights.

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The Weekly Bread: Cabbage


It’s time to forget everything you thought you knew about cabbage and turn over a new leaf

  • Editor’s Note: the Centre for Social Innovation
  • Food of the Week: Cabbage
  • Recipe Box: Braised Red Cabbage with Caramalized Apples
  • Kitchen Techniques: Fermenting Sauerkraut
  • Kids’ Table: Colouring Page and Word Find Puzzle
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The Weekly Bread: Carrots

These roots run deep: Carrots take over the world beginning with your kitchen

  • Editor’s Note: When the Weekly wasn’t weekly
  • Food of the Week: Carrots
  • How to Cut Onions
  • Recipe Box: Gajar Ka Halwa
  • 250 Dav: Social Assistance and the Food and Shelter Gap
  • Kids’ Table: Colouring Page and Word Find Puzzle
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The Weekly Bread: Onions

A universal ingredient in world cuisine, Onion makes the cut onto everybody’s plate, with a few tears.

  • Editor’s Note: The Shelter and Food Gap
  • Food of the Week: Onions
  • How to Cut Onions
  • Recipe Box: French Onion Soup
  • 250 Dav: Social Assistance and the Food and Shelter Gap
  • Kids’ Table: Colouring Page and Word Find Puzzle
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Recipe: Pumpkin with Chicken

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Nasreen Zahida


  • 2 lbs. chicken pieces
  • 1/8 of a medium pumpkin; ripe
  • 1/3 cup cooking oil
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 4 tbs. onion blend
  • 2 tbs. ginger blend
  • 1 tbs. garlic blend
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 3 bay leaves


  1. Place a medium sauce pan on heat
  2. Add the oil
  3. Add all the spices and saute until flavor comes out
  4. Add the chicken and saute well to mix
  5. After 5 minutes put the lid on the pan
  6. Let the water come out from the chicken; check frequently to avoid burning
  7. Remove the lid and reduce the water completely
  8. Add 1/2 cup of water
  9. Peel and chop the pumpkin into 1 1/2” pieces before and clean and drain
  10. Add pumpkin to chicken when it boils vigorously
  11. Cook for 10 minutes
  12. Cover and simmer in low heat for 10 minutes
  13. Enjoy with bread, pita bread or rice
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Recipe: Mashed Pumpkin

villafane-pumpkin-carving-knockoutMashed Ripe Pumpkin

Nasreen Zahida


  • Ripe pumpkin wedge
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tsp. fresh dill seed


  1. Peel and chop the pumpkin into 1/2’ slices
  2. Clean and drain
  3. Chop the onion in coarse pieces
  4. In a sauce pan put the pumpkin, onion, salt and 1/2 cup of water
  5. Cover and cook in medium heat until all the water is gone
  6. Mash with a potato masher
  7. Keep aside
  8. In a skillet pour the oil and heat
  9. Add The dill seeds and let it pop
  10. Add the mashed pumpkin and cook until the water is gone.
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