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Weekly Market Notes for April 3, 2008

Hello Market Friends:

We're getting more and more restless in our indoor market quarters, and as soon as temperatures allow, a few vendors will spill out the doors onto the concrete along the rinkhouse to join the winter-hardy Chocosol guys and Andrew Akiwenzie. No official move for quite some time yet, though.
Here's some news full of spring promise from the vendors:

From Monika at Greenfields:
Mark is working away getting the new chicken house up and running, so the 'ladies' can start enjoying a fresh new pasture. The greenhouse is filling up more each day- onions, eggplants, celeriac, kales, chard and lettuce and others are well on their way! We'll have lots of flavourful Spring Mix this week, as well as the usual favourites from Greenfields- Sunchokes, Celeriac, Parsnips, and Rutabaga. Other local goods include Beets, Rainbow Carrots, Mushrooms, and Arugula. Many tasty treats as well, including delicious Pears, Avocadoes, and fresh ginger. Check out our website, for photos and weekly updates (under 'news').

Ben will come to market with potatoes and perogies. It's best for us to come every other week for a small while, as it's getting busy around here! So load up on your spuds, and throw an extra pack of perogies in the freezer. Ben has been on the phone ordering lots of seed stock, like our sweet corn! We'll be sprouting some early potatoes soon. Greenhouses are warm and very 'green' now. Finally snow has melted and we can see our GARLIC! Log onto our farm blog at to see some pics of our garlic I took this morning and for what we've been up to the last few weeks on farm.

Jessie Sosnicki.

From Natasha Akiwenzie:
Andrew will be down with smoked fish at least. But the better news is as long as the weather holds we should have fresh next Thursday. Our boat should be put back in the water Friday possibly and the nets will finally see water. We still have ice breaking off and moving around but with the warmer temperatures and favourable winds it should not be a concern. I am so glad Andrew can get out on the Bay again. He almost wore a hole in his boots going to the shore to watch the ice.

Deer Valley Farm will be at the market with a great selection of cuts, fresh breakfast sausages and fresh ground venison. Venison summer sausage is now ready and available as well.

The many fans of Alli's baking will be glad to know she is in a new, closer location with a storefront, at 1738 St. Clair Ave West, near Keele (phone 416-850-8929). When you need to taste her wonderful creations between market days, she invites you to come by for a visit.

Home bakers take note: Miquela Leahy of Merrylynd Organics will be coming more often now with locally milled flours and grains. You'll find her in the zamboni garage this week.

See you at the market!


Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers' Market
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