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Weekly Market Notes for April 30, 2015

Hello Market Friends:

Even if your thumbs are just a little bit green, Dufferin Grove is the place to be. Look at all these choices for gardeners:

  • Crystal and Liam of Wildlife Gardening return this week: " We have been super busy with getting designs ready for spring garden installations as well as getting this year's nursery stock ready. We are excited to say we will be offering several new species of native wildflowers, trees and shrubs that we didn't have at market last year. We also will have terrariums and seed bombs (made with native wildflower species) that are great for guerrilla gardening. Each one contains over 10 native species; just toss them anywhere that could use a little more biodiversity!"
  • Colette from Urban Harvest promises to bring some of their beautiful plants this time, too, along with organic heirloom herb, flower and vegetable seeds.
  • Gro4 Organics will be back with worm castings and soil mixes to buy and take home or order for delivery.
  • Byron from ChocoSol will begin bringing cacao shell mulch, and is taking orders, too.
  • Forbes Wild Foods will have pots of wild garlic. (Advance notice: next week there should be WILD LEEKS ready to eat!)
  • Country Meadows is in on the action too: "Angelos will have some nice plants and to play it safe, I'm sending only the "cold tolerant" types, just in case we get a blast of chilly weather. These plants can take the cold, so they are all ready for planting." Linda

And coming up on Sunday at the park:

"Join us for a free & open info-session this weekend with the West Toronto Butternut Tree Task Force! The session will take place on Sunday May 3rd, from 3:30pm - 4:00pm next to the pizza oven (weather permitting!), and includes a presentation about the endangered Butternut Tree as well as other local nut varieties (Persian walnuts, Heartnuts, etc.). Feel free to join us beforehand for the usual Sunday community gardening session as well; 2:00 to 3:30 in the vegetable gardens. Light refreshments will be provided, so join us, & find out how to get some butternut trees of your own! " from The Dufferin Grove Gardeners

Southbrook Vineyards will be in the VQA wine tent.

A setback at the Sosnickis:

" Ok, Ben broke the plow so we are behind planting SO he wont be coming in this week. I'll keep you posted...we are getting early greens in so it wont be long until we are back full force :))" Jessie

Although I like to give you reasons to run to the market, next week, please walk slowly and carefully as you bring all your favourite knives along to our new knife sharpener, Michael Fohr. Mike has many years of experience and an excellent sharpener, and he will be joining us for the first market of every month through the outdoor season. Note that he only does knives, not lawn mowers or other tools.

YES, there will be fries and lots of other tasty snacks to eat on the spot, as well as fish, and fresh greens, meats for the launch of the BBQ season, and all the fixin's. The full list of who's coming is below.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

Vendors this week, and where to find them:

  • Akiwenzies Fish (fresh, frozen and smoked Georgian Bay fish), Outside
  • 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 (wild garlic, dried mushrooms, nuts, syrup, preserves), Rinkhouse
  • Gro4 Organics (worm castings and soil mixes), Outside
  • JK Fries (freshly made french fries with assorted mayos), Outside
  • Kind Organics (sprouts, salad mixes, teas, chocolate), Rinkhouse
  • Marvellous Edibles (organic vegetables, Berkshire pork, baking), Rinkhouse
  • Plan B (organic fruits and veggies), Garage
  • Spade & Spoon (jams, pickles, soups), Rinkhouse
  • Urban Harvest (plants, seeds, body care, soil amendments), Rinkhouse
  • VQA Wine (Southbrook Vineyard this week), Outside
  • Wildlife Gardening (native species perennials and shrubs), Outside
  • Ying Ying Soy (tofus and miso from ON organic soybeans), Rinkhouse

P.S. In neighbourhood news, a reminder from Ann Ball:

Rosina Shopkeeper Project Jane's Walks, Saturday May 2nd and Sunday May 3rd:

''On Saturday join an expert stroll along Bloor that will bring the architectural background into the spotlight and transform the mundane to the spectacular. This diverse strip of Bloor St. (Christie Pits to Dufferin) is considered the best preserved mile of architectural streetscapes of all of Bloor-Danforth.

Sunday, hear first hand from shop keepers along Bloor about their experiences and how our community has developed over the years. These are the grocers who fed us, the hairdressers who cut our hair and the business owners who have helped define and build our neighbourhood. An oral first hand history of life before Walmart.

And join us Saturday May 2nd for a community party celebrating Bloor shopkeepers, hosted by Dave Bidini with local musicians and entertainers at St. Michealís the Archangel Church (across the street from the Ossington station Delaware exit.

You will learn things about our neighbourhood you never knew, you will meet your neighbours and shopkeepers and you will definitely have fun.''

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