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Weekly Market Notes for December 15, 2011

Hello Market Friends:

Okay, the weather is not fantastic, but we have such great produce coming in from our growers that you won't want to miss out. There's some other interesting news below, but let's start with the FOOD!

Pine River Organic Farm news: Last week, when I had my usual chat with Helga, she reported that Bob was so busy bringing the carrots and beets in from the field that he couldn't pause to prep. for market. Now he's clearing excellent things out of the greenhouse, so THIS IS THE WEEK. Stock up on beautiful fresh roots and greens; it may be your last chance for Pine River produce til spring.

The Kind Contribution: "On Thursday we will have a full array of greens, and many harvested from OUTSIDE!!! Thank you for your co-operation weather! We will have Salad greens, Kale, Spinach, Arugula, Mustard Greens, Bok Choi, Swiss Chard and all the regular sprouts! We will also have Teas and Kombucha for Christmas presents. HoHoHo, Have a Healthy Holiday." Tamas and Sandra

A fond farewell to Seth Goering, Forbes Wild Foods staffer and the source of many wonderful market photographs. This will be his last week 'behind the table'. We expect he'll be back to shop soon, though, as we know he has a very long list of favourite market foods.

I'm hoping none of the recipients are reading as it would spoil the surprise, but I found such wonderful gifts last week that I can't resist telling: lovely packages of Flower Facial Steam from Urban Harvest, Governor Simcoe Strawberry Jam from Growing Spaces (Is that not a great name?? Blythe can tell you all about it), Cosmic Tea from Kind Organics.... I'll be filling my pockets with Cinnamon Honey from Bees Universe, Chocosol goodies, Forbes dried mushrooms and more this time. It's a NO-MALL holiday for me.

If you can't choose, Dufferin "Market Bucks" (in $2 and $5 values) that can be spent at any market vendor's table are available now (for a very limited time), so you can offer dear ones a chance to treat themselves to market delights. Ask Anne (a.k.a. me) if you want to buy some! Any of the vendors can point me out, or email to pre-order.

There is a WONDERFUL article about Linda and Angelos Kapelaris' turkeys in the December 14th Toronto Star, be sure to have a look: Here's a note from Linda to go with it: "I want to say a BIG THANK YOU for the on-going support from my Dufferin customers in my quest to help bring the iconic Ridley Turkeys back from the brink of extinction. They are teetering badly on the edge but I believe they can be saved, and my customer support will be one of the reasons."

Another thank you, to each and every one of you who signed our petition in the summer. The 2012 budget included NO FEE INCREASE for farmers' markets. We just can't say what the future may bring, so we're going to hang onto all the approximately 5,000 signatures in case we need them later. We're also glad that our friends at Montgomery's Inn, where there's a lovely Wednesday market and a new bakeoven, are not facing immediate closure.

In case you're wondering, we will be open regular hours next week, and there will be a smaller setup on the 29th so your cupboard doesn't go bare.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

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