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Weekly Market Notes for August 23, 2012

Hello Market Friends:

We've turned the corner into that lovely stretch where the sun is strong but the nights are cool, and the rich rewards of summer will be piled high on the tables. Don't take them for's a short but sweet time! Here's the news from the vendors:

From Feast of Fields: "We are accepting orders for full baskets of wild blueberries for delivery this Thursday. Price for 11 quart basket is $175, pre orders only. This maybe the only week we can do this for the 2012 season. Please send orders to, subject line WBB

In addition we will have blue seedless grapes, Vivid freestone peaches, blue plums, nectarines, blackberries and figs." Laura and Matt

It's probably the final week for Niagara Lavender Farm: Dufferin Grove will be having one of our last loads of fruit for this year. Well have a wonderful load of fresh free -stone peaches at their peak of ripeness..we also have some raspberries and backberries. The season was so short for us..but it was all good in the end....Debbie Wiecha

Ted Thorpe reports that he has loads of arugula, mizuna, nutritious and delicious purslane, carrots, yellow zucchini, and beautiful red tomatoes "that will blow the doors off"!

Sosnickis' contribution: "We'll have our sweet Watermelons, Sweet Corn, baskets for everyone of our Romas! We'll bring extra cases if you get ambitious and want to make sauce! But feel free to order to make sure you get yours: Also gorgeous Peppers, Onions, huge bunches of Kale, Spuds, Sun Sugar Cherry Tomatoes, lots of Heirloom Tomatoes, HUGE Eggplant!! More Green Beans, Cucumbers, bushels of Basil and Garlic!" Ben and Jessie.

Carnivorous, but not much of a cook? Pick up a package of Chris Blakeley's smoked pork chops, throw them in a frying pan--no other prep or seasoning required--and your tastebuds will be mightily impressed. So much so that you'll want his fantastic maple-smoked bacon for the next morning's breakfast as well. (If you weren't around last week, look for Chris 'up top' by the bread.)

Seth says: "The famous but elusive Golden Chanterelles have graced us with their presence, as well as a few of the extremely rare and beautiful Indigo Milkcaps. Stop by Forbes Wildfoods for these and other woodland delicacies."

Blythe Weber (Growing Spaces) will be absent for the next couple of weeks, and Evelyn's Crackers and Denzil of Exact Edge will be away this time.

From Knuckle Down Farm: "I will be running in and out of the market, but a kindly soul has agreed to watch the table for me, so do drop by and say hello! Tomatoes, beans and onions this week, why not buy all three and cook them up together? Frenched beans with onions and garlic in tomato sauce, comfort food for these sudden cool evenings. There will also be swiss chard, herbs and if all goes well some lovely flowers to fill the gap while Blythe is away." Jenny Cook

Eat up, healthy tastes good.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S. Farmer David Cohlmeyer is part of a team developing plans for an Agriculture and Food Hub in the Rouge Park. This would be a great local resource. You can tell Parks Canada that you think so when you follow the survey links on the website about it:

P.P.S. There are still some tickets available for September 1st's Greenbelt Harvest Picnic at Christie Lake, featuring Feist, Emmy Lou Harris, The Sadies, many other musicians...and quite a few farmers you'll recognize! For more info visit:

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