The edibles pop-up market scene in Toronto is gaining momentum. Craft cannabis brands are coming out of the woodwork to meet customers, display their latest creations and expose newcomers to a whole new way to get high.
Although they are illegal, pop-up markets specializing in edibles are a new phenomenon sweeping Toronto. From all-female crews to bakers who needed a place to sell their goodies, the one thing these underground markets are showing us is that it’s high time for edibles markets to go mainstream. Unfortunately, due to the unauthorized nature of these events, they tend to lack consistent dates and locations are often announced at the last minute. Social media is often the best way to stay up-to-date with upcoming events. With that said, here are the 4 Toronto markets worth keeping tabs on.
Located at Planet Paradise in downtown Toronto – GreenMarketTO is the go-to spot to find the best local edibles brands in one place. The event takes place approximately every one to two months—though it has been on a minor hiatus since the end of 2018—and is run by the dynamic duo of Lisa Campbell and Sarah Gillies.
Lisa and Sarah, being two of Toronto’s strongest stigma-smashing cannabis entrepreneurs, have been great for garnering media attention and community love for the market. The two are constantly busy setting the standards for safety and transparency within the cannabis edibles industry within Canada. For instance, vendors at the Green Market Toronto are asked to adhere to strict guidelines that include accurate labelling and lab testing.
The best way to stay up to date on upcoming events are via their Instagram and Facebook pages (@greenmarketto).
2. Lifted Market
Lifted Market typically happens twice a month, once in the East end of Toronto and once in the West. The organizers have managed to introduce new customers to beloved brands like Sofa King Good Bakery and High Society Supper Club. The market took a hiatus over 2018 but hosted their most recent event, just this past April. Follow them on Facebook for updates on their next popup.
3. Natural Budz Farmers Market
For a more low-key experience with plenty of sweet bud for sale, try the Natrual Budz Farmers Market, which happens every Friday evening at 713 Krosno Blvd, Pickering (40 minutes from Toronto).
Natural Budz organizes all kinds of cannabis-related events, from games to open mics, and you’ll find all the info you need on their Facebook page.
4. High5 Market
While many other cannabis markets in Toronto are male-dominated, The High 5, made up of a rotating roster of green wig donning babes, leans toward the femme and LGBTQ community. Sarah Gilles, founder of The High 5, is a baker who wanted to create something that resembled her ideal image of a legal cannabis edibles market. It’s like a country bake sale with medicated goodies, prizes and entertainment. Sarah also seems to guide her vendors on best practices.
Follow The High Five on Facebook for info on their market + other weird and wonderful events.