Spent the weekend in lovely Cobourg and what better way to start the day at the beach than by visiting the Cobourg Farmers Market just a few steps away.
Apparently Mother Nature thought this annual food and drink night market needed some cooling down, after all, it’s one of the hottest tickets in town to get your hands on! If you were one of the fortunate ticket holders, the rain didn’t stop you from enjoying a fun night out with some of the town’s best cuisine and chefs. Even star chef Jamie Kennedy kept the fire going to keep up with the demand for his Griddled Grandview Farms Grass Fed Beef. This was my first time attending The Stop’s Night Market and I had a blast, eagerly anticipating what was next to taste at each stall. It was even fun seeing how each vendor designed their carts. Even magazine Design Lines thought so as they wanted to know which cart was everyone’s favorite at #DLTacoStop. See which one was mine and why;) While I was waiting in line, three-time visitor Jenny and her husband gave me some good advice. They said “to just take your time and enjoy the night, there’s plenty to go around”. And there surely was. Where else would anyone want to be than here when one is surrounded by scrumptious bites, drinks and fabulous company. One of Toronto’s best community building events by far and even more impressive to know that all the proceeds from this amazing 2-night extravaganza goes a long way to supporting The Stop’s anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs. Learn more about the event’s generous sponsors and The Stop organization here. If you did not make it out this year, see the list of vendors and be sure to do it next year! In the meantime, here are some pics to give you a small glimpse of this year’s.
Nothing is more authentic about New York than this fantastic culinary summer pop-up market, Broadway Bites. With well over 30 different tasty vendors on-site, what better way to taste what the Big Apple has to offer and it’s all in one place. Head over to Greeley Square Park at 33rd Street and Broadway. Better yet bike it over and work up an appetite! You have until August 1st, plenty of time to go back again and again. For more information on this tantalizing event visit http://urbanspacenyc.com/broadway-bites/.
Blog Interview with Hannah:
1. Tell us a bit about The Little Market.
The Little Market works with artisan groups in developing countries around the world who meet our fair trade, fair wages, and fair workplace standards. In this partnership the artisans create one-of-a-kind treasures, we offer design insights and the marketplace site, and customers allow the artisans to reach a global market. Each purchase makes it possible for the women to earn wages to support their families, for the artisan groups to offer health and education services, and for the customer to connect directly to the artisans.
2. How did The Little Market get started?
Lauren and I met in 2006 when were both attending the Fashion Institute of Design + Merchandising in Orange County. We traveled together to Bali, El Salvador, Tanzania, and Uganda. While traveling we met hardworking women who were struggling to support themselves. We wanted to find a sustainable way to help. We decided to set up an online store to support artisans from around the world. We worked with experts in International Development including non-profit Global Goods Partners to launch The Little Market in October 2013.
3. What do you want visitors to walk away with after visiting The Little Market?
We hope visitors have a new appreciation for handmade goods and how the sales of these items can empower the women who make them. When we meet women who continue on with hope despite living with hardships from extreme poverty to unimaginable trauma, it moves us to work as hard as we can on their behalf. We are humbled by the women we work with and grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in their future.
4. If you could visit any market in the world, which one would it be and why?
I have always wanted to visit the floating markets in Thailand. The floating markets are unlike any market I have ever been to. Vendors sell fruits, vegetables, and sweets from their Thai style canoes.
5. If you could take anyone with you to the market–who would it be?
Kristin Ess. She has an incredible eye for beautiful things. She is a great photographer and her photos capture incredible moments, gorgeous scenery and little details that most people miss.
This Little Market is win-win partnership! Started by best friends Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla. Their mandate is to assist artisans worldwide to bring their quality handmade goods to an online marketplace near you. The next time you are looking for something a little different with a bit of fashionable flair, go to thelittlemarket.com and see what Lauren and Hannah’s latest travels have brought home. See co-founder Hannah Skvarla’s blog interview to learn more about The Little Market and what market she would love to check next.