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Weekly Market Notes for April 19, 2007

Hello Market Friends:

Lots to tell this week. First, for those of you who have been around awhile, some news of fondly-remembered market participants:

From Mojdeh and Saeed:

It is Camros' 1st year anniversary on Thursday April 19th. It has been a wonderful year for Camros Organic Eatery, and we look forward to the future.

The Market was crucial to the birth of Camros - all those weeks of selling our food got the word out and built confidence in our idea. We still have people coming through our doors after hearing about us at the Market. We at Camros are very grateful to the Dufferin Grove Park Market. Please visit our web site:

Last time, in introducing Miquela Leahy, our new flour and grains vendor, I should have mentioned that Marc and Marie (The Purple Sprout), who brought flour to the market last summer, won't be back this year because they're concentrating on their goal of acquiring a piece of land on which to build a cob house...perhaps with a little inspiration from Georgie Donais?

Here's a taste of what's coming this week:

From Alvaro of Plan B:

"This week we'll be bringing a good mix of local foods including watercress, basil, cilantro, arugula, mizuna, russian kale, spinach, salad mix and more local greens. Also plenty of parsnip, rutabaga, onions, local apples! finally! and fresh garlic, plus lots of fine shiitakes. We'll also have a good variety of other goodies to round out the market so we hope to see you with the first of the nicer weather."

From Monika of Greenfields:

"Longer days and the warmer weather are sending the sea of seedlings in the greenhouse reaching for the roof! We just freshly mulched the asparagus- won't be long now until the tender new shoots are ready to enjoy! Mark has been busy harvesting more delicious sun chokes- perfect for a creamy spring soup! The local bunches of greens are fantastic as ever. We will have lots of them as well as the local spring mix and field grown spinach!

New goodies this week include: artichokes, sugar snap peas, cucumbers and radishes. See you at market!"

Angelos of Country Meadows Gardens will have some very fresh, never frozen soup chickens (this week only!) and will bring more of his beautiful young rosemary plants.

From Jonathan Forbes:

"I'll be at the market tomorrow with more maple syrup, dried mushrooms, wild fruits and veggies. I will also have Black Walnut meats in smaller bags. Nothing fresh only stopped snowing up here yesterday!"

Now to Park News, from Jutta Mason:

This Friday April 20, at 6 p.m., there's a special Japanese-influenced Friday Night supper at Dufferin Grove Park, for Earth Day.

Yo Utano, a York Environmental student from Japan who discovered Dufferin Grove Park last October, will be the main cook, working with Mary Sylwester and Lea Ambros. They will make a fire in the cob courtyard fireplace, and cook farmer's market foodstuffs there. Picnic tables will be set up nearby, with another campfire lit too.

There will also be some Japanese music, and a dance performance.

The theme is Japanese because park friend Rachael Frankford told the staff about the Japanese cherry blossom festival,which has just passed in Japan. Rachael, who lived in Japan for several years,said that the agrarian tradition of that festival involves cooking outside and eating under the trees. That fits the park here too. Rachael sent us this poem, for the cherry blossom festival:

As the years stream by

My own life passes from me

Still I am renewed when I see the blossoms

My heart's sorrows disappear

It's been a long winter, but this supper marks the start of spring in the park. Everyone welcome, as for all the Friday Night suppers. (Please note that the next supper is not until after mid-May.)

See you at the market!

Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers' Market
Thursdays, 3-7 p.m. year-round

P.S.: if you're looking for some food-related entertainment, you might give this a try:

In its international debut, U.S. feature documentary KING CORN comes to Toronto, bringing with it an in-depth exploration of the ways in which industrial farming is changing the North American landscape, diet, and dinner table. Screening Times Saturday, April 21 at 9:45 pm: The R.O.M. Theater, 100 Queen's Park, and Monday, April 23 at 11:45 pm: Bloor Theater, 506 Bloor St. West
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