For this episode of our blog, Naoki and I wandered a short block off of St. Clair to the Wychwood Barns Farmer’s Market.
The Barns, as locals call them, were built in 19I3 to house the maintenance facilities for streetcars. When the transit company
stopped using the facility, it was scheduled to be destroyed but with the efforts of neighbours and the city councilman this wonderful building was saved and turned into a community hub of which the market is an integral part. The market is open every Saturday all year around. In the summer it moves outside under festive white tents.
I go to the market to get wonderful fresh vegetables, cheeses, meats and fruit. Naoki goes to the market to eat! And eat he does. So we decided to highlight some of his favourite foods and vendors.
Now, I’ll turn this over to him for all the yummy details.
Naoki’s Food Review
Whenever I go to the Wychwood Market, I always eat and drink in a certain pattern through the market. I will always start with something to drink. In the winter, I will get a green smoothie with kale, banana, and strawberries. But in the summer, like this past week, I decided on a strawberry lemonade. I like it because it has the perfect amount of sour in the lemonade and the strawberries add a perfect amount of sweetness. And the best part is Ann won’t bug me about plastic waste because they use paper straws.
So, with my drink in hand, I moved on to FOOD. I was starving when I got to the market because I had forgotten to eat my breakfast that day. So I was pretty hungry and ready to eat. I headed for the stand that sells the breakfast sausage sandwich. It has mustard seeds, corn, relish, cheddar cheese and a breakfast sausage patty that was grilled to perfection all on a corn meal bun. It tasted heavenly. The crunch of the corn balanced out the moistness of the breakfast sausage. But it did not satisfy my hunger so I had to go searching for some more yummy food
I had to wait for Ann because she was signing a petition for making climate change a top priority in the upcoming election. There’s always a lot of stuff happening in the market. I just waited while she signed and got hungrier.
We kept walking until we came to the Japanese stall (Natural Japan Eats) where I usually get my mochi. I love mochi but that day I wasn’t feeling like it. So I decided on the Sushi Megabites which I always call the “sushi burrito” because of it’s long long round shape like a burrito. I like it because it has a whole bunch of flavours from the sweetness of the tofu to the saltiness of the soy sauce. The sushi megabite has cucumber, carrot, fried tofu, and rice, of course, wrapped in nori which you probably
know is seaweed. I offered a bite to Ann who doesn’t like tofu but I told her the tofu was not raw and jiggly but it was fried. She said she liked it. While I was eating the rest of it,
Ann was taking to the two young women behind the counter telling them about our blog. They were very excited and let us take their picture.
After that I was feeling like I wanted something more savoury. So I walked a few steps more to find my favourite Momos which me and Ann both like. These are Tibetan dumplings which I just love. I find it hard to explain it in words. They are just delicious and my mouth waters when I think of them. My usual order is two pork and two beef momos topped with cabbage salad that is simply purple cabbage and carrots. Once I get them, I drown them in soy sauce and cut them in half so they absorb the soy sauce and then eat them. One time, I made the mistake of putting too much hot sauce on them and had to run across The Barns to the water fountain a dozen times to cool my mouth down. Ann always buys frozen momos and always the same kinds — two vegetarian and two beef. the first time she bought them she didn’t didn’t know how to cook them so I had to teach her how to cook them.
I was ready to sit down and eat my momos but Ann had to have a conversation with all of the people making the momos. They all had a good laugh. Thankfully, they got
busy selling more momos so we had to leave and I was able to finally drag Ann off to a shady place so I could eat. On the way we saw a lady doing some chalk painting on the sidewalk. Today, I went by and saw the finished painting and it was beautiful.