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Pop-up fruit stand is our farmers’ market

Fruit vendor Jessica, on right, with Emma, Katie and mother Dayna Whitney

Fruit vendor Jessica, on right, with Emma, Katie and mother Dayna Whitney. Photo: Allan Williams

Leaside may not have its own farmers’ market, but this summer it’s had a pop-up fruit stand operating from the parking lot on the northeast corner of Sutherland and McRae.

BerryFresh Fruit Co., the brainchild of Tracy Premdas and her partner Brian Gay, is actually in its fourth season in Leaside but for the previous three it operated from the Canadian Tire parking lot at Eglinton and Laird. They’ve been busier this year, they say, probably due to the improved visibility of the new location.

The locally-harvested produce come from a handful of farms around Southern Ontario and is typically picked the same morning it’s delivered to the stand.