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Weekly Market Notes for April 16, 2015

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We're open from 3 to 7 pm every week. Parking is available across from St. Mary's High School (at the north end of the park) from 2:00 pm on Thursdays, and there are stops for north and southbound Dufferin buses at our corner.

Hello Market Friends:

We've reached an exciting point in the year. Every week for the next stretch, there will be fresh and new products appearing on tables, outdoor-season farmers and vendors returning, and/or new people joining us. With so many skilled, imaginative and hard working local organic food producers coming to Dufferin Grove, the market lineup this season looks wonderful.

An introduction this week: Troy Morrissey wrote to us quite some time ago about the hot sauces he and his family have been developing on their small pepper farm, and we've invited them to join us once a month to offer their products to you. Here's a little description: "PEC Hot Sauce Company's 1792 line of Hot Sauces are made with Prince Edward County hot peppers and produce. Family-farmed in an organic-minded process; we harvest, cook, and bottle all of our homestyle hot sauces." Troy likes to say, "The Sauce Is Family". Friends Mandy and Ryan will be helping out at market.

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Last week's Sauerkraut Showdown was remarkably friendly despite the fierce competition. Opinions were so divided about which of the four entries was the finest that quite a few voters had to go back for more samples. So hard to choose, so tasty to consider....A representative selection from connoisseurs' comments:

  • Spade & Spoon (jar 1): "nice and light, good texture"
  • Marvellous Edibles (jar 2): "classic German style"
  • Culture City (jar 3): "well-fermented, good and sour"
  • The Peasant's Pickle (jar 4): "like the spice"

When at last the beans were counted, it emerged that Spade & Spoon (Blythe and Adam) were the victors, by a breathtakingly close single vote. Dan, maker of The Peasant's Pickle, who originally threw down the glove that launched this contest, was the runner-up. Someone else will be behind the Plan B table until Dan returns next week; he's probably busy working on his concession speech. Just as well, as the carpenters need time to build the podium for the big awards ceremony....

Andrew Akiwenzie has to wait until the ice goes out to catch more fish.

Ben Sosnicki will be back with organic veggies.

Greens, glorious greens! Kind Organics has a fantastic selection of sprouts and salad blends now, and Jens and Ayse from Marvellous Edibles are harvesting lots in their greenhouses, too. Just the taste of spring we all need.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S. Julia Levin of the Graduate Environmental Students’ Association wrote to share this announcement: We are hosting an evening panel discussion on April 16th, “Bees, Neonics and Policy” (6:30-8:30, George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place) Here is the link: Representatives with contrasting points of view on the impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides on pollinators will be taking part.

Vendors this week, and where to find them:

  • Ali Harris (fish sandwiches, fritters, hemp pesto, beverages), Rinkhouse
  • Bees Universe (honey and bee products), Outside
  • Beretta Farms (organic and naturally raised meats), Garage
  • Best Baa (sheep's milk, cheeses and yogurt), Rinkhouse
  • ChocoSol (coffee and chocolate), Garage
  • Country Meadows (olives, oil, eggs, cheese), Rinkhouse
  • Culture City (fermented condiments, tempehs), Outside
  • DeFloured (gluten-free baking), Outside
  • Dufferin Park Bakers (wood-fired oven breads, soups,and snacks), Rinkhouse
  • Earth and City (raw foods and warm drinks), Garage
  • Forbes Wild Foods (dried mushrooms, nuts, syrup, preserves), Rinkhouse
  • Kind Organics (sprouts, salad mixes, teas, chocolate), Rinkhouse
  • Marvellous Edibles (organic vegetables, Berkshire pork, baking), Rinkhouse
  • PEC Hotsauce Company (farm-produced hot sauces), Outside
  • Plan B (organic fruits and veggies), Garage
  • Sosnickis Organic Produce (organic vegetables), Outside
  • Spade & Spoon (jams, pickles, soups), Rinkhouse
  • Urban Harvest (seeds, body care, soil amendments), Rinkhouse
  • VQA Wine (Frogpond Farm this week), Outside
  • Ying Ying Soy (tofus and miso from ON organic soybeans), Rinkhouse

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