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Todmorden Village

Lifestyle in Todmorden Village

The Pape Village shopping district south of O'Connor is brimming with local retailers that cater to the homeowners in the surrounding area. This busy shopping district is very diverse and includes everything from hardware stores and pharmacies to grocery stores, bakeries and restaurants.

The retail district located at Broadview Avenue and Pottery Road includes a large grocery store, restaurants, a health centre and professional offices. On a hot summer day it's worth a stop at the local Dairy Queen at the north-west corner of Broadview and Pottery Road. At the back of this Dairy Queen is an observation platform that provides a spectacular view of the Don River Valley.

The following article is courtesy of
Summer 2009 edition

Evergreen Brick Works: Toronto’s New Gathering Place

The Evergreen Brick Works situated in the Don Valley ravine off the Bayview Extension seems like a world away from everyday life in Toronto. Evergreen Brick Works is Toronto’s newest Green initiative and it is attracting visitors of all ages from all parts of the city who are gathering here to shop at the popular farmers market, hike along nature trails and to learn about Toronto’s urban nature.

The Brick Works; formerly known as the Don Valley Brick Works originated in 1889. Many of Toronto’s early houses were made from bricks manufactured on this site. Thanks to the City of Toronto and its partners, as well as private citizens, $32 million has been raised thus far in an effort to rehabilitate the former brick-yard and to restore the historic building’s on this site.

The master plan for the Evergreen Brick Works is to cultivate a multi-purpose community space combining the historic buildings on the site with an interpretive outdoor centre where individuals can learn about native plants and gardening, local foods and cooking, green design and the ravine eco-system.

For sure one of the highlights of the Evergreen Brick Works that has already emerged is the immensely popular Saturday Farmers’ market. There are a plethora of vendors at this market selling everything from native plants and organically grown local fruits and vegetables to freshly baked breads and organic meats. One popular vendor delights the early morning and lunch time crowd by selling freshly made crepes as well as breakfast burritos. Waffles and organic lemonade are other popular stops for hungry shoppers enjoying the fresh air of the open market. The Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 8am until 1pm until October.  

Locally grown fresh vegetables offered for sale at the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers' Market

Freshly baked breads at the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers' Market

The Weston Quarry Garden lookout and interpretive trail at the Evergreen Brick Works.



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