Contact Information

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Contact Fateha Hossain if you have any questions about this program.

Fateha Hossain
Community Markets Support Facilitator
fateha@foodshare.net

Community Markets increase access to high quality, culturally-relevant, affordable produce in neighbourhoods where it might not otherwise be available, and where farmers’ markets aren’t viable because sales are too low to cover farmers’ costs. Introducing a Community Market brings seasonal, local produce plus imported favourites to the neighbourhoods they serve. Markets act as a place-making tool to bring residents together, often evolving into informal community hubs with engaging activities, information booths, freshly prepared foods, artisanal vendors and harvest celebrations.

Check out the Community Market map to find the closest one to you.

Who runs Community Markets?

Community Markets can be community-run or agency-run. The network of market organizers and coordinators includes seniors’ living facilities, public housing tenants, community agencies supporting newcomers, passionate friends and neighbours, and more. Anyone with a passion for building community food infrastructure can run a Community Market, and FoodShare can help.

FoodShare’s role in Community Markets

FoodShare supports our Community Market partner organizations and resident leaders to operate independent markets by delivering fresh produce to them sourced from local farmers and from the Ontario Food Terminal (local and imported). We provide training, tools and resources to the coordinators who manage the operational aspects of the market.

Start a Community Market in your neighbourhood

To qualify for this program, interest in the development of a market should be driven by community members. Markets must find a partner to handle leftover produce. FoodShare will not supply a business or individual with produce, since all produce purchased through us is part of a community development strategy to support community self-organization.

We can work with you to find a great location and advise on ordering, storing, and managing fresh produce to minimize losses. We provide training on market start-up, financial management, community engagement, partnership building, advertising and developing a sustainable market.

Are you interested in improving access to food for yourself and your community? Do you work for a community centre, health centre, school, grassroots group, social service or other agency that prioritizes food security and think this program would be a great fit in your neighbourhood? Explore the resources we have made available on this page and contact us to discuss the potential of hosting a market in your community.

Resources

Community Markets Map