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Weekly Market Notes for December 16, 2010

Hello Market Friends:

We'll probably be fully indoors this time, though Toronto will be moving to balmier temperatures. Even at the snowiest point in the week, I knew we didn't have 'the real thing', as calls and messages came in from vendors. Natasha Akiwenzie says their roads have all been closed and it's lucky they had a bit in the pantry as it may be awhile before a trip to even the closest store is possible. Further south, but on a high and windy plain near Conn, Nicole from Best Baa wrote that catching up on accounting by the woodstove made the snowstorm--and even the accounting-- seem like a treat.
Now speaking of treats, we've got lots!

Colette will be at the market with lots of body care and seeds. She will also bring some teas and spices from Whole World, and flour from CIPM. Table space is limited so please send us a quick email asap if you want flour for sure: Red Fife, Spelt, or

Forbes Wild Foods will have wonderful choices for presents on their table, and don't delay, as they have to be absent next week (returning on the 30th).

"Kind Organics has a very limited supply of greens as the temperatures have been very low lately and our greenhouses are not heated. However, we are offering a new type of green called micro-greens which are extra flavourful sprouts such as Arugula and radish and a delicious mix. We are also featuring a sprout salad." Sandra

Sosnickis' news: "We've been busy busy busy cooking at the hall with all the ladies! Lots of perogies for the holidays! Lots of cabbage rolls available for the 23rd market - vegan ones too!! Ben's packing extra sweet potatoes and lots of other storage crops for all your holiday cooking needs! Feel free to talk to Ben about ordering extra food for the holidays- he'll have our clip board for orders!" ;) Jess & Ben

Greenfields and Bruno (Fun Guy Farms) will be absent.

ChocoSol Chocolate Gift Packages: Good for Mind, Body and Soil Freshly made! Our special Jaguar chocolate made with albino cacao beans (it took 5 months to hand-crack all of the beans necessary for this batch!) Purchase a golden bar for $5 each, or 5 for $20. For the holiday season, ChocoSol is offering great gift packages, including our 10 for $100. Get 10 gifts of chocolate and fresh, organic coffee for $100. Great for small gifts and stocking stuffers. But of course, you arenít just purchasing chocolate. The value inherent in these packages goes beyond simply enjoying dark chocolate; you are also helping build sustainable and innovative initiatives bridging Southern Ontario and Southern Mexico. We want to sell upwards of 500 gift packages this season so that the revenue can help us build an off-grid, zero-waste container factory where we can self-finance our own social research.

Event notice: Solstice at the Cacao Loft. We will have an open house on Tuesday the 21st for you to visit our space and see where this delicious chocolate is made. There will be a potluck starting at 8pm. All welcome! Pick up your holiday gift packages on the solstice, or any time during the week. Visit our website, phone or drop by the Cacao Loft to find out more! The Cacao Loft, Open Monday to Friday, 10 - 6, 6 Joseph Street, 4th Floor, 416-923-6675

Country Meadows has three heritage turkeys to sell, first come-first served, with a small deposit required to confirm delivery to the market next week.

Beretta December Specials (save approx $3-$4 / lb):

  • Rib Eye Roasts
  • Prime Rib Roasts
  • Beef Ribs
  • Baby Back Pork Ribs
  • Lamb Chops
  • Prime Rib Roast
  • 5 lb Chicken Legs

There's still time (but only a little) to place orders for Deer Valley Venison to pick up next week: email or go through their website:

Don't forget the Dufferin Grove Winter Craft Show, this Sunday from 11-4 by the rinkhouse.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S. A message from Food Forward:
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