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.

The Weekly Bread: Pears

Weekly Bread 2014 10 1 Pears, a delicious and mild treat for your autumn table.

  • Editor’s Note: Winter is Coming
  • Food of the Week: Pears: A fruit so delicious that even saints can be sinners, sometimes.
  • Recipe Box: Honey Caramelized Pears
  • Tandoor Ovens
  • 250 Dav: Field Trip Report: Thorncliffe Park: How sheer determination transformed a park and a neighbourhood.
  • Kids Corner
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Plümemoose: Ukrainian-Mennonite comfort food brings memories of Easter and prairie life

Ukrainian farmers near Foam Lake Saskatchewan

Ukrainian farmers near Foam Lake Saskatchewan

by Velma Yoder

Every Mennonite home needed Plümemoose (also spelled “Plumamose”) for any celebration in the Ukraine. Easter Christmas, Pentecost, …, were not complete meals without some form of Plumemoose. And with the Plümemoose there was usually ham. According to one of my recipe books,* the fruit soup made with fresh or dried fruits, has been part of the Mennonite cuisine since the Dutch Mennonites lived in the Vistula Delta (Polish Prussia) in the sixteenth century. The fruit soups continued to be part of the meals in the Mennonite colonies in Russia. The warm summers and rich soil in the Ukraine helped make the orchards produce bountiful crops of peaches, plums, apples, cherries, apricots and pears, etc.

According to Voth, in the Vistual Delta, dried fruits were the only source of wintertime fruits for the fruit soups. The farmsteads had a bake house with an oven. There the plums and other fruits were dried in great quantities. In the Ukraine drying racks in the yards were used to dry the delicious fruits.

I recall that we always had Plümemoose, ham and potatoes at Easter in our home in the Saskatchewan prairies. The Plümemoose was made with mostly dried plums or prunes with dried apples added if possible. We never called it soup, only Plumemoose. I still like that meal!

*Voth, N. J.  (1994). Mennonite Goods & Folkways from South Russia. Vol.1. Intercourse, PA 17534: Good Books

Aunt Lydia’s Plümemoose

1.5 cups raisens
1 cup dried prunes
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
3 cups milk
3 pints water
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar


  1. Add 3 pints water to dried fruit and cook until almost soft. Add 1/2 cup sugar during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  2. Make a paste of the milk, flour,and 1/4 cup sugar. Add slowly to hot fruit mixture and stir until done.
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Market Update: “Developments”

10365911_10152345497944353_1890968174449119938_nThis week saw a positive up-tick in the number of contributions made to the magazine. I was pleased to receive several articles, notices, and (of course) recipes. I’ve also heard from several people who are considering starting regular columns on topics of interest to the community. Keep it coming!

We are currently in the peak of market season in southern Ontario and it’s important to take full advantage of the weather and fresh produce to build as much of a presence as possible as we go into the fall. Making the Good Neighbours Food Market part of your routine helps not only your own pantry and bottomline, but does tangible good for many others by ensuring the market remains sustainable on an ongoing basis.

Another major goal (besides developing a regular clientel and a magazine to support community communication) is to recruit additional vendors to the market. If you are interested in selling with us please contact us using any of the e-mails on this site.

Want to say something in the pages of the magazine or on this blog? Try us. We welcome submissions. We are especially looking for non-spiritual and non-food content! In the meantime we are planning some excellent new programmes to make life richer around here.

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The Weekly Bread: Plums

Weekly Bread 2014 9 17 One of the oldest fruits known to humans, plums are easy to love and even easier to cook with.

  • Editor’s Note: Contributions
  • Food of the Week: The humble plum will make your gut as happy as your tongue when you eat this sweet and flexible fruit.
  • Recipe Box: Hazelnut Plum Crumb Tart
  • Messiah Moments: Plumemoose
  • 250 Dav: Revitalization Guiding Principles
  • Kids Corner
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The Weekly Bread: Cantaloupe

Weekly Bread 2014 9 10 Cantaloupe may not sound impressive, but wait until you see what you can do with this inexpensive wonder.

  • Editor’s Note: Developments
  • Food of the Week: Cousin to more flamboyant melons like watermelon and honeydew, cantaloupe remains melon king of the world because it plays well with others and offers inexpensive luxury.
  • Recipe Box: Rock Shrimp Quesadillas with Cantaloupe Salsa
  • Messiah Moments: Take This Bread and Eat It
  • Kids Corner
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The Weekly Bread: Peaches

Weekly Bread 2014 9 3 What does this sweet and tangy summer fruit have to do with a Japanese festival celebrating girls and dolls?

  • Editor’s Note: Feeling Peachy
  • Feature article: Mouth watering peaches are here to please the palate with sweet and tangy flavors
  • Recipe Box: Death by Peach
  • Messiah Moments: When is Food more than Food?
  • Kids Corner
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The Weekly Bread: Zucchini

Weekly Bread 2014 8 27 Due its incredible versatility, great flavour, and nutritious constitution zucchini makes a great addition to your roster of weekly meals.

  • Editor’s Note: Squeezing the Summer Out of it
  • Feature article: Zucchini is so plentiful in the summer months that its little wonder people have devised a
    thousand ways to eat this summer squash.
  • Recipe Box: Ratatouille
  • Messiah Moments: What is Prayer? What difference does it make?
  • Cook Book Review: Good and Cheap
  • Kids Corner
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The Weekly Bread: Cauliflower!

Every week we are producing a newsletter for our market. For the week of August 20th, the launch of the newsletter included a shocking number of recipes for cauliflower, a collection of table graces, and interesting facts about cauliflower. Download the newsletter by clicking on the cover.

Weekly Bread 2014 8 20 Our inaugural edition of the “Weekly Bread” is out! It’s full of recipes and ideas for our feature vegetable for that week: Cauliflower! Cauliflower is a cheap & versatile staple for everyday meals The newsletter contained more than 14 ideas and recipes for how to use this delicate tasting item.

  • Editor’s Note: The Weekly Bread has Arrived
  • Feature article: Cauliflower: The albino cousin of brussel sprouts, kale, and spinach, this versatile and mild-tasting vegetable is full of surprises
  • Messiah Moments: Just what does founding a market have to do with the church, anyway? Rev’d Tay explains
  • 22 Ways to Say Thanks
  • Kids corner: food themed puzzles and games for little ones
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