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Weekly Market Notes for August 11, 2011

Hello Market Friends:
I am sending this from 'away' this week, thinking about the great foods I'll be missing! Luscious peaches, fabulous corn on the cob, all the gorgeous summer vegetables you could wish for, dinner on the spot, plus our wide selection of treats and specialties.

Laura Sabourin's (Feast of Fields) forecast: "I see peach and blueberry cobbler on everyone’s table ! The peaches are small but very sweet and ready to eat. Wild and “tame” blueberries will be in good supply with Wilds at the lowest price we will see this season. Larger baskets of wild blues (3 litres) will be available for those want to can/freeze or just plain love them. Raspberries are taking a break until our fall cropping varieties start up towards the end of August. Our blackberries are just starting to ripening and maybe the Chiro plums will be ready too. As usual we will have a few figs for the early birds."

At Dufferin, corn shows up slightly later than elsewhere because organic seed can't be planted as early as chemical-coated-conventional, but now that their succession plantings are coming on strong, the Sosnickis predict a good supply right into the fall.

Green Beans, great salad makings, more field tomatoes and superb new potatoes are some of the highlights on the vegetable list.

Come a little early to beat the supper line-ups for roti, crepes, burritos, tortillas and other tasty choices. The vendors will be bringing as much as they're able to feed you.

DeFloured returns, with savoury and sweet baking, all gluten-free.

August Specials from Beretta Farms:

  • Natural Turkey Franks
  • Spicy Italian Sausages

NEW PRODUCT: Natural Jalapeno Pork Breakfast Sausages
The next Beretta Family Farm Day is Sunday, August 28! RSVP to

As the abundance rolls in, we want to make the most of all of it. Here's a link to a great article from the New York Times on using parts of fruits and vegetables you just might have added to the compost. Thank an organic farmer for growing chemical-free food "stem-to-root".

Enjoy the market, and have a bite for me!

Anne Freeman

P.S. Check for ongoing park news updates.

Please sign our petition opposing potential fee increases that would have a devastating effect on Toronto's farmers' markets, and pass it along via facebook, twitter, talking to your friends, etc. (told you we'd be asking for your support again soon...) Here's the link:

We'll have paper copies at the market next week.

To get a sense of why higher costs passed along to farmers are a really bad idea, have a look at this summary: Farmers' Costs to Attend Toronto Markets

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