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Weekly Market Notes for December 18, 2008

Hello Market Friends:

Wow, news has been pouring in from people busy preparing wonderful treats for our markets this week and on Tuesday the 23rd.

Boost our (very) local economy and make people happy! It's way more fun than a trip to the mall.

Alli's Bakery Christmas List

It is our pleasure in this Festive Season to do the baking for you. Ordering ahead will ensure that your favourites will be available for you. Phone: 416-651-2929 Email:

Festive Cookies by the dozen: Ginger Snaps, Candy Cane Cookies, Hand Painted Sugar Butter Cookies in Christmas shapes,Wreath Cookies-with Marzipan, Holly chocolate & Vanilla

Scottish Shortbread Cakes

Speciality Breads: Guiness, Pumpkin, Cranwalnut, Fruit & Nut Challah, and Christmas Tree Bread

Festive Sweet Loaves both large and small: Ginger Chestnut Fig & Kumquat, Pumpkin Cranberry and Walnut, Cinnamon Bun

From Evelyne of Hearty Catering: I am looking forward to being at the market this Thursday. I will prepare lots of festive looking cakes such as Organic Lime-Coconut Cake with Grilled Pineapple (vegan) and Organic Genoise Sponge Cake with Fresh Fruit and Orange Pastry Cream. Also coming along for the ride will be the Terrine, a layered brown rice dish wrapped in phyllo pastry. Some visitors to the Dufferin Market will remember it from the summer. It consists of layers of brown basmati rice, nuts and seeds, raisins, grated carrot, onions and spices. I will also have Hummus, Sundried Tomato Tapenade, Banana Curry Dip, Tuscan Bean Dip, and a couple of salads such as the Carrot-Beet Salad, Quinoa and Broccoli Salad. Really looking forward to seeing everyone again.

From the Sosnickis: "What a week at the hall kitchen! We have lots of cabbage rolls coming to Dufferin this time and for the 23rd. Lots of extra sauce and garlic make them extra good this year! Packed full of our own farm's ingredients, fully roasted, so just a matter of heat and serve for the holidays. Stock up on perogies and sauerkraut too! Ben will continue to bring storage crops for holiday meals."

From Greenfields: "Great news; our friend John wanted to clean out his greenhouse so we will be bringing Big bunches of Local Red Mustard, Red Russian Kale and Pac Choi. With the thaw we had on Monday I was able to chop down the rest of our Green Kale. Great week for Greens lovers, make sure to get them while they're here this week! Greenfields root veggies available are: Carrots, Sunchokes, Celeriac and Black Radish. Local goodies this week include: Sweet Potatoes, Rutabaga, Parsnip, Garlic, Beets, Shiitake Mushroom and a few varieties of Winter Squash. Nice Red Leaf Lettuce & Romaine, Broccoli, Green Onion, Parsley and Ginger. Good selection of fruit including: Avocado, Banana, Clementines, Grapefruit, Lemon, Navel Oranges and BC Bosc Pears. See you at market." Mark

Ted Thorpe is away enjoying a rare and well-deserved holiday. He'll be back for the 23rd.

Colette will be at the market with her low cost, high quality organic & natural skin care products including Gardener's Salve and lip balm; she will also be bringing Urban Harvest seeds. Seeds make a great stocking stuffer and what better way to beat the recession than growing a little of your own food.

Irene of Deer Valley will have fresh venison and breakfast sausages.

Beretta Farms will not be able to come on Tuesday, so stock up on what you need this time.

Special Holiday Guests:

Andrew McNenly will bring vegan fudge and macaroons made with organic and fair-trade ingredients.

Fruit Farmer Debbie Wiecha, who plants lavender between her peaches as an alternative to pesticide, will visit with lavender sachets and culinary lavender.

and Maria Solakovski will return with spiced fruitcakes: "This is the 5th year of these cakes. Every year they are a little different and that much better: densely packed with dried fruit (featuring the leading star of these cakes- tons of handmade lightly syruped lemon peel made with cardamom & agave syrup), soaked in litres of dark spiced rum and many more litres of the lemon juice from the peels, and mixed with amaranth flour, flax seeds, cacao butter & kicking spices. No pesticides, gluten, animal products or added sugar. Teas made from herbs grown in my urban organic garden (from Colette's seedlings) combined with more from Underground Organics will be available too."

I'd better slip in a reminder that we still have lots of calendars for you and your friends ($15 or 4 for $50).

There's so much more to mention: cinnamon honey, wonderful wild foods, hearty breads, Red wagon preserves, chocolate delights, the best tamari in town, fresh-pressed cider (limited supply!), olive oil, great cheese for parties...good company, too.

See you at the market!


p.s. After I wrote about David Cohlymeyer's presentation on the state of Ontario agriculture last week, he kindly sent me a text version, which we've posted on our food news page.

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