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Afro Caribbean Farmers Market Opens in Little Jamaica, Toronto

This weekend, the unique farmers market is back on the streets ofLittle Jamaicain Toronto.

Caribbean islands, food from African countries, andlocal agricultural products cultivated bydiaspora farmers in the African Caribbean were provided. It happens weekly throughout the summer until late September.

"We are Canada's first culturally specialized farmer's market, and we'll be in Leger Lane, Little Jamaica every week for the next 13 weeks," market-founder Lori Beeser told Global News. rice field.

The market started in 2017 on Jane Street and Wilson Avenue area and was relaunched in 2021 in Little Jamaica. Eighteen separate vendors have entered the market, baked goods, fresh food, and the Caribbean.

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"It's important to the community, it's important to the community, it's important to the business, especially now that people are small businesses and It is important to encourage support for local businesses, "said the founder of the Toronto Black Farmers Collective.

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"It's also important to eat near your home."

The market is in Toronto Located in the Little Jamaica-Afro-Caribbean Cultural District, created by the city to preserve the unique history of the region.

The rich Caribbean history of the neighborhood of Little Jamaica dates back to the 1960s, when Jamaican immigrants settled in Toronto and transformed the space into a global hotbed of reggae culture.

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{49 Jamaica-Canadian historian Afua Cooper, a longtime resident, remembers the heyday of Little Jamaica.

"In Little Jamaica, grandparents, parents, children, cousins, everyone, etc. will be seen for generations," said a professor of history, sociology, and social anthropology at Dalhausie University. Cooper told Global News.

"The church was there and it was a real community site ... you could speak your language, you could speak Jamaican Creole or Patois, it It was a place where you could just exhale, "Cooper said. He also mentioned the "large scale" of cultural capital output by the neighborhood.

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Market organizers said the event was recovering from a pandemic and years of construction turmoil along Eglinton Avenue. He says he hopes to help.

"The Afro-Caribbean Farmers Market wants to plant its roots in the heart of this new district," the market website was triggered by the ongoing construction of the Eglinton Crosstown project. It is explained by quoting the confusion.

— Global News Kayla McLean

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