My love for the St. Lawrence Market is boundless, but I'm the first to admit it has its faults. Perhaps the most glaring is that, despite two floors of greengrocers, butchers, bakers, fishmongers, and other purveyors of delicious foods, there are few organics on offer.
I know this sounds odd coming from someone whose pantry includes such earthly delights as calcium chloride, but I'm really quite sincere. Given the choice, I prefer using organic products. I'd like to think there are countless others in Toronto who feel the same, but the dearth of organic vendors in the market leads me to think otherwise.
If you go to the market looking for organic produce, for example, there is only one option: Golden Orchard Find Foods.
As something of a regular, I've begun to develop a relationship with the people there. That's important, and not because I'm looking for a discount. What I'm really after is a chance to get my hands on their highest quality and rarest ingredients. That's why the first thing I do after work every Friday is head to the market to see what special items are going to be available that weekend.
Sometimes it works out nicely. Like the Friday a few weeks ago when I asked what interesting items were going to be available the next day and was promptly shown a large box of wild asparagus. My eyes almost popped out of my head. Here was an ingredient I'd never seen for sale in Toronto. At almost ninety dollars per kilo it wasn't cheap, but I was quick to buy a large bag of it.
What to do with it was a dilemma.