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Weekly Market Notes for April 30, 2009

Hello Market Friends:

Welcome to our new subscribers! The arrival of spring has seen a surge in signups, and we've now hit about 700 addresses on our weekly news list. We're very pleased to have so many people taking an interest in the market. I'll mention, though, that if you're now getting the news at multiple addresses, or have moved away and wonder why you're reading this, you can help us with our housekeeping by following the link at the bottom of the news to edit your subscription.

This week, Laura Sabourin of Feast of Fields vineyard and orchard in Jordan Station sends word that her peach trees are in bloom. Heavenly....We may see April out with some greening showers, but the market will be lovely, as the vendors' tables are getting greener every week, too. If you're unfamiliar with varieties, here are a few of the salad ingredients you'll find in mixes or on their own this spring:

Mizuna: great all-rounder, for salads, stir-fries, sandwiches, and eating straight from the bunch (long, pointed oak leaf shape)

Mibuna: similar, but spoon-shaped and a little more delicate

Arugula: the grownups' green, smoky and intense, an amazing accent with a kick you may crave

Baby beet, kale, lettuce, mustard greens...and the list goes on: all super-nutritious, beautiful on the plate, tender and especially sweet at this time of year

From Plan B: We'll have lots of our own salad mix, fresh garlic and local apples for the market this week along with a bounty of other foods. Cheers, Alvaro

From the Sosnickis: Ben will be bringing our own cabbage, compost, plants and some frozen perogies and other food. Next week we hope to be able to offer some greens. We are very busy with the fields now. Jessie.

From Greenfields: Exciting times this week, as we bring you a great selection of much anticipated Ontario greens! Our friend John Sutherland from Deerfields Nursery in Hillsburgh has supplied us with Mustard, Pac Choi, Red Russian Kale and more! Also from Ontario in the greens department are Basil, Spinach and Bok Choy. We also bring you local Rainbow Carrots, Potatoes, Rutabaga, and Shiitake Mushrooms. Time to celebrate spring with delicious salads and stir-fries! Lesley

If you want to grow your own, the market's the place to begin:

From Country Meadows Gardens: I have a variety of plants: lettuce, spinach, several herbs, including basil, thyme, chives, rosemary, Bay Laurel, Lemon Grass and Stevia, large size early tomatoes, some already in flower, great plants for container gardening or for anyone wanting to get an early start. I'll also have a few of the bags of the soil we use for our container plants. Angelos

Urban Harvest will bring a wide assortment of organic heirloom seeds, and more plants each week now.

Tim Clement will be absent; crepes again next time.

In celebration of the new BBQ season Deer Valley Farm will have venison burger patties (2/pkg) as well as smoked sausages and fresh venison cuts. You are always welcome to email requests or visit:

Andrew Akiwenzie is back and had some luck out fishing, so he will be coming with fresh and smoked Georgian Bay fish--in limited quantities.

Lots more to choose from, both inside and out.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

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