Flemingdon Park Ministry – Common Table Farm

Amos carries a a large bunch of freshly picked carrots

The Common Table

The Common Table is both urban farm and farmer’s market.  It came out of a desire to see healthy produce on the tables of the food insecure residents of Flemingdon Park and the surrounding neighbourhood. The Church of Our Saviour in Don Mills gifted FPM the unused land on their property in 2017 and now, after a few seasons of growing, you will find a farm that produces multiple tonnes of fresh, organic vegetables to be given to the families we serve.

Our produce list includes kale, tomatoes all of kinds, peppers of all kinds, lettuce of all kinds, onions, eggplant, cucumber, zucchini, swiss chard, bok choy, carrots, spinach, peas, radish, garlic, and the list goes on.

The harvested produce is taken to the FPM market where families get to shop with their awarded shopping points, given to them according to family size. Market day in the park is a weekly community event with other agencies and organizations joining FPM to build a fun day of gathering, learning and simply being in community. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 harvest was safely distributed to registered families at the Angela James Arena through a partnership with FoodShare and the Flemingdon Health Centre.  Over 750 families were served through this partnership.  We hope to reopen our market in the park in 2021, once again building a community atmosphere and bring people together.

“The Common Table Farm thrived this season thanks to agency partnerships.  More people received fresh and healthy produce this summer than ever before, and it is ongoing.  Snow may be in the air, but the kale is still being grown under row covers.  It is joyfully shared with the community each week.”

The FPM Advocate – December 2020