Monday, August 18, 2014

Vegiterra at Junction Flea, Aug. 17

On Sunday, we made our first appearance at the Junction Flea at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto's lush green Don Valley.  The location is a community environmental centre reclaimed from an old brick works that is home to the very cool Evergreen Garden Market, gardens, parklands, bike shops, a cafe, and the innovative Centre for Green Cities.  This Junction Flea, alternately located at Sterling Road near where Dundas Street West and Bloor Street intersect, is held in conjunction with the weekend Evergreen Brick Works' Farmers' Market, where we met some of the wonderful local sellers: Molly B's Gluten-Free Kitchen (their pumpernickel is incredible!) and TC's Tibetan Momos (yummy vegetarian whole wheat momos with a side of pickled cabbage and hot sambal).

Kristofir eagerly awaits refreshing messages from the iced tea.

We were among five of this Junction Flea's food sellers.  Next to us were our Annex Flea friends Crumble and Flake who had cupcakes, cookies, beverages, and vegan buttered "chickun" sliders and just down the way, Detour Coffee with their iconic old camper van converted into a comfy cafe on wheels.  We also chit chatted with Eugenio from London, Ontario, who sells vegan Slow Cooking Sauces.  We loved getting to talk to some of the sellers of soap, crafts and vintage at the Junction Flea as well.

We sold three of our popular items from this summer, and sold out of the Crispy Sweet Potato Gnocchi that we first made for the Toronto Underground Market in July.  We also had Jhal Muri (Crunchy Indian Salad) and African Peanut Stew Empanadas.  As with the TO Food Fest last week, we served Lemongrass Basil Seed Iced Tea.  Our new dish, incredibly well received by everyone who tried it, was a vegan lemon coconut panna cotta with an Indian mango coulis.  So delicious that Kristofir's Dad proclaimed he would give up fish and chips for it - quite an accomplishment!

Welcome to the Junction Flea, Aug. 17th, 2014 edition.
Four food items: vegan lemon coconut panna cotta with mango
coulis, peanut stew empanada, crispy sweet potato gnocchi, and
jhal muri.
Christopher rocks the mango coulis at the booth.
After which, Kristofir collected
his mango award.
Our friendly neighbours Crumble and Flake and the crowd at the Junction Flea.
Check out that panna cotta, a traditional Italian dessert made vegan!
Our famous crispy sweet potato gnocchi with
cilantro aioli and a lemon garlic mayo sold out with the lunch rush.
A tasty medium roast Americano from Detour Coffee kept us alert!
We were happy to find a proprietor of vegetarian Tibetan momos
at the Evergreen Brick Works' Farmers' Market next door.
And to all... a good night!

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