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Weekly Market Notes for August 14, 2008

Hello Market Friends:

It's a menu planner's dream this week, with so many colours and flavours to feast upon. Quite an assortment of news "beyond the market", too:

John Ferrari will be joining us (after a blueberry-free year's absence) with wild blueberries from the Timmins area.

Another return: Evelyne Gharibian (Hearty Catering) has settled into her new, improved kitchen, and will be back with salads, veggie stews and wraps.

From Jonathan Forbes: "We'll have fresh ONTARIO chanterelles at the market! What a fabulous year for mushrooms!!"

From Jessie Sosnicki: "Despite the wet weather, we are holding our own. Half the tomato crop is bad, but we planted lots, so we'll bring as much as we have. We are thinking positive, as we can't grow and learn as organic farmers without challenging years. Quite a few unique heirloom called 'ceylon', a tiny looking version of costoluto genovese. Very tasty and cute for salads. For tomorrow we will also have the first of our sweet carrots along with rainbow carrots plus our first corn harvest! Also, you can expect more sweet onions, beets, potatoes, garlic, leeks, green bell peppers, fresh basil, thyme, oregano and parsley. See all with or without umbrellas. Ben and I really appreciate all you die-hard Dufferin shoppers, as even in the face of the thunderstorms, you all keep heading to the market!"

Congratulations to newlywed Mark Skinner of Greenfields. (Hope Lorenz agrees that it's excellent timing for a honeymoon!)

Our market celebrities continue to make the news. Recent Toronto Star profiles include Ted Thorpe and Bruno and Paula of Fun Guy Farms

The dodgy weather kept the Bold Steps Highland Dancers away last time, but we look forward to seeing them perform at 6 this week.

If you've made it to Horse Feathers and Dusk Dances and you're looking for another evening out:

ACT for the Earth and The ACTivist magazine present a free screening of:

The Real Dirt On Farmer John

Friday, 15 August 2008 At 8:00 P.M., Harbourfront Centre (Studio Theatre)

235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

The film will be preceded by a panel discussion on the sacred connections between people, food, and community and followed by an audience Q&A. The panel will include representatives from local CSA (community supported agriculture) farms and community food programs.

More details at

And if you'd rather stay home, two more websites to visit: is a recently launched Toronto project to connect people with local food sources.

For further info. on seasonal eating, more vendor stories and listings of all the markets in Toronto, visit

See you at the market!


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