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Weekly Market Notes for April 21, 2011

Hello Market Friends:

Last week we could feel the fun of the outdoor season returning: new faces and ones we hadn't seen in a while, surprise musicians to entertain us, and the babies were out in droves. The miraculous, annual Dufferin Grove baby boom! Before you know it they'll be lining up for honey sticks from Bees Universe.
This time we'll have vendors both indoors and out, including some very happy returns:

Bob Felhazi's (Pine River Organic Farm) faithful helper Helga will be back with salad mix and spinach fresh from the greenhouse (a fine one from the old days when the farm grew tobacco), as well as potatoes, garlic and a couple more items.

And (drum roll please) we're pretty sure that Andrew Akiwenzie will be making his first trip with Georgian Bay fish after a true deep-freeze of a winter. Welcome back!

'Linda Kapelaris of Country Meadows Gardens writes:

"Angelos will be bring some nice Rosemary and Mint potted plants, great for the Easter Lamb and other traditional Easter dishes. These plants are also cold tolerant for our bizarre temperature changes. As well, he will have some beautiful heritage lettuce plants, these are cold tolerant and have been hardened off, so for anyone who wants to get a jump start on their own salad, but don't have the garden ready, these lettuce do well in containers and are very happy with this rather cool damp weather. Heritage turkeys: a great big thank you to our customers who've inquired about and placed orders for our amazing Ridley Bronze Heritage Turkeys. We are sold out for Easter. Several of the female turkeys are now showing signs of broodiness, so it looks like Christmas turkeys might be in the works, however, as the saying goes, "never count them til they're hatched". With this breed of turkey, that saying is so true, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!!"

The weekend would be a fine time to start some seeds from Urban Harvest; lots of good growing advice available if you're in need.

Here's an update from the Sosnickis, who'll be returning before you know it:

"Ben and his mom are in the radish greenhouse, hoeing today despite the rain outside. Also despite the weather field work is getting done! We're thinking positive: it's not a 'late' spring - we just got lucky last year and it was very early!! We're transplanting some beautiful peppers today. We'll have a special treat for Dufferin this year as I will have huge beautiful sweet red 'shepherd' pepper plants. These are from my grandpa who saved the seed for years, passed them along to my uncle who has now passed them down to me. I love canning and roasting these gems. Have a great weekend everyone! We are staying busy!!" Jessie & Ben

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

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