Thursday, June 18, 2015
Our cart survived Monday's torrential down pour (pheuff) and two consecutive evenings of festivities! The Stop's Night Market was a huge success, and we had an amazing time participating. Big shout out to our two restaurants (The White Brick Kitchen & Woodlot), and the Barn Board Store for helping out with the supply of our cladding.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Monday, June 8, 2015
Here it is -- the last few progress shots before the grand reveal! The cart is built, has been painted and is ready to be installed on site. All that's left to do is sort out the signage and menu board for our two restaurant users. Its been an intense few weeks but has been well worth all the effort.
If you haven't bought tickets to the event yet, there's still time, and we would love to see you there!
Friday, June 5, 2015
It was finally time to tape out our graphic -- a familiar and simple series of lines inspired by a typical Ontario farmscape. Laying out parallel lines with masking tape proved to be a fun bonding experience for the team. Now that the layout is ready, we can put our fine painting skills to work!
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Saturday, May 30, 2015
After a fabulous evening chatting with one of the chefs who will be using our cart, we were keen to start building. We had a super productive day, building the base, countertop and supports for the canopy. We're hoping to tackle the cladding tomorrow and then its time to start painting. Just under 3 weeks to go until show time!
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015
With a month and a half to go, things are getting serious over here. We're currently testing out paint colours, and deciding whether or not to sand the barn board -- it makes for an easier application, but may take away from the overall aesthetic. Once it dries and we remove the tape, we can make a final decision.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
We have a pile of scraps and off-cuts that can be repurposed for structure, but we were determined to find some authentic barn board to be used as cladding. After scouting out materials last weekend, we knew exactly where we had to go. A big thanks to Mike and Austin at the Barn Board Store in East York, who helped sift through the material, avoid splinters and load up the truck!
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Between 1996 and 2006, Ontario lost 600,000 acres of Farmland due to mass housing developments. This startling statistic has extensive ramifications on existing rural landscapes, and the notion of preserving farmland. Additionally, it puts more pressure on farms that remain and has a ripple effect in the grocery store, where the price of food is constantly on the rise.
In Toronto, a preference for locally sourced farm products is rapidly emerging, as people are choosing ‘local’ as a means to a healthier, greener, more sustainable lifestyle. Unfortunately this lifestyle comes at a premium and often is out of reach for many families.
Farmscape is intended to highlight the importance food plays in our everyday lives by calling attention to the agricultural landscape. The cart will be constructed with salvaged wood boards in an ode to traditional farm buildings, while a two-dimensional graphic overlaid on the rough textured wood will recall the agricultural landscape familiar to so many of us. The variety of green shades used in the graphic will emphasize the unique diversity in crops and range of seasons celebrated in Ontario.
Following The Stop’s mission statement, Farmscape aims to relate the notion of rural landscapes with urban living, while “fostering opportunities for community members to connect to resources.” By bringing to light the importance of rural agricultural landscapes, the community’s awareness of farming and eating locally will be enriched.