Our Mandate

Connecting everyone to good food

By fostering engagement and relationship among marketgoers and local environmentally responsible food producers, Leslieville Farmers’ Market increases access to and awareness of local and seasonal food.

Our Pillars

  1. We act as a platform of support for new farmers entering the industry
  2. We treat our vendors with the utmost respect and appreciation, and provide them outstanding customer service and overall market experience.
  3. We break barriers to entry, stereotypes and elitist mentalities. We are a space to be enjoyed and accessed by all… one that can influence behaviour and create change.
  4. We consistently create an outstanding guest experience.

Our Values

The Leslieville Farmer’s Market embraces the tenets of Food Security defined at the 1996 World Food Conference:

“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.”

 

The definition of Food Security is often expanded by describing the pillars that uphold it. Various agencies describe these in various ways, but they can be expressed as follows:

  • Availability: sufficient food for all people at all times

  • Accessibility: physical and economic access to food for all at all times

  • Adequacy: access to food that is nutritious and safe and produced in environmentally sustainable ways

  • Acceptability: access to culturally acceptable food, which is produced and obtained in ways that do not compromise people’s dignity, self-respect or human rights

  • Agency: the policies and processes that enable the achievement of food security

 

The Leslieville Farmer’s Market further positions its own values within this context as follows:

1. Nourishment

Of bodies, minds, hearts and souls, of food producers and farmland, of collaboration and partnerships, of the spiritual and material goals of our community

2. Integrity

Honest claims about food quality, trustworthiness, transparency, genuine commitment to positive social change

3. Inclusivity

Creating a space that is respectful and welcoming to all

4. Celebration

Of life, of flavour, of the seasons, of culture, of our community

5. Education

Increasing access to information, knowledge and awareness about sustainable food production, distribution and nutrition

6. Growth

Personal, professional, communal, economic and spiritual growth of the market itself and of its community members