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Weekly Market Notes for August 2, 2007

Hello Market Friends:

Last week I mentioned how grateful the farmers are to you, loyal market-goers. While we usually focus on the vendors here, there's many a story we could tell about our interesting customers. One of them is Maria Solakofski, who hosts Guerrilla Gourmet dinners in her home (you can learn more by writing Maria was the subject of a one-hour radio program aired recently on Kootenay Co-op Radio's "Deconstructing Dinner", hosted by Jon Steinman. The show was largely taped during a walkabout at Dufferin, so if you tune in (via the archives), you'll hear lots of familiar voices.

I met Jon on that visit to Toronto, and since I was just on my way to British Columbia, I asked him all about where to find interesting food in Nelson. Wow. If Toronto could get as much local, organic, healthy food stuff happening per capita as they have in that small city, we'd make some kind of miracle.

Here's a little of what's happening around here this week:

From the Sosnickis:

"Ben and I will be loaded with tons of field fresh sweet Cantaloupes! More fresh cucs; get them before they are gone. Lots of fresh dug Yukon and Red Norland Potatoes, Cherry tomatoes, Slicing tomatoes, lots of zucs, the first of our beets, the first of our green and yellow beans, bunched sweet onions, basil and parsley to round out our very, very hot sweaty day of harvest, but soo worth it!" Jess.

From Greenfields:

"The heat sure is on! Maybe the deer are sleepy and tired too, since they finally left our lettuce alone. We will have some nice fresh head lettuce as well as mix for market. The golden and chioggia or 'candy-kane' beets are aesthetically and flavourfully wonderful! We have lots of garlic cleaned for market, and freshly bunched green onions. The kale and chard are holding up well(look for a new kale recipe this week). For those brave enough to BBQ in this heat, a handful of our tasty green and yellow zucchinis will be a hit. We'll be seeing tomatoes, beans, eggplants, carrots, cilantro, dill and more lettuces in the near future. Also, we'll bring a helping of fresh local broccoli from Waterloo to tide people over until the Dufferin growers have more a bit later on. Kudos to our field team for slugging away to harvest in this weather! Stay cool," Monika.

Rufus Glassco of Seldom Seen/Seldom Heard (lamb-burgers)will be away for several weeks, so Irene of Deer Valley will team up with Ute of Smiling Goat & Co. to offer some extra items on the grill.

I've got my fingers crossed that the compressor for Peter and Nicole's (Best Baa) ice cream freezer is all fixed up for a delicious afternoon.

See you at the market!

Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers' Market
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