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Weekly Market Notes for December 04, 2014

Hello Market Friends:

We've got SUCH beautiful greens at the market right now, even though it's December! Last week , the baby bok choy that Ted Thorpe has been growing under cover was so gorgeous that I had to borrow a basket and take a glamour shot of it . He'll have more this week, along with plenty of the 1,000 pounds of flavourful carrots he recently pulled out of the ground.

In the garage, debates are in full swing between Kevin Hamilton of Shared Harvest, Ted, and some curious customers. Whose carrots, and which variety, are the tastiest? Whether that comes down to 'most carrot-y' or simply the sweetest seems to be a deeply held conviction, but they are all good!

In the other end of the building, Everdale's tables will feature jerusalem artichokes, red onions, daikon, parsnips, winter squash, purple-topped turnips, beets, kale and more.

This will be Knuckle Down Farm's last week for the season. We wish Jenny and the family a lovely winter, and look forward to early crops from the greenhouse in the spring!

Next week you'll find Angelos Kapelaris (Country Meadows) back in that corner of the rinkhouse. A note from his wife Linda:

“Angelos is winding down the harvest and preparing to ship the olives and olive oil. I don't know if you've been reading any of the reports on the disastrous olive growing year Italy, France and Spain have had. Greece is the only European olive oil producing country with a top quality olive oil harvest this year. Angelos said that olive oil buyers from all over Europe are in Greece trying to buy up all the Greek olive oil but he wouldn't sell to them. He said his customers are more important, so his olive oil is coming over here for his customers to enjoy.”

Here's a link to an article about the olive woes in Europe:

Keep bodies and souls happy with lovely treats from Earthly Paradise this winter! Colette prepares skin creams and bath oils with pure ingredients, brings fragrant (or fragrance-free if you prefer) soaps from Toronto Beekeepers, and of course, has seeds to inspire your favourite gardeners.

Among the market's other delightful treats for gift-giving are Forbes Wild Foods' packages and jars of many kinds of wild mushrooms, perfect for risotto, soups and savoury dishes.

From Natasha Akiwenzie: “We won’t be down to Dufferin again this week. Winds have been challenging and (if the forecast holds true) winds will go light Thursday afternoon. That means Andrew needs to be here to fish. I liked the past weekend’s forecast for this week: “Wind light for three days”, but of course they changed that and it has been blowing and changing direction every couple of hours. Will keep trying. Hopefully we can be down once before the holidays…. “

Micha Kennedy promises to be back in action, cooking up batches of hot fresh french fries for skaters and market-goers.

Just three markets left in 2014! Note that since Christmas and New Years Day fall on Thursdays, we'll be closed for a couple of weeks then. Time to start stocking up!

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

Vendors this week, and where to find them:

(The Rinkhouse entrance is at the north end of the building, the Garage at the south, and Outdoor vendors will be along the west side.)

  • Ali Harris (Fish Shak) (rotis and fritters, hemp pesto and seeds, beverages), Rinkhouse
  • Bees Universe (honey and bee products), Outside
  • Beretta Farms (organic and naturally raised meats), Garage
  • Best Baa (sheep's milk, cheeses, yogurt), Rinkhouse
  • Chocosol (coffee and chocolate), Garage
  • Culture City (tempeh and fermented condiments), Outside
  • DeFloured (gluten-free baking), Outside
  • Dufferin Park Bakers (wood-fired oven breads, soups,and snacks), Rinkhouse
  • Earth and City (raw foods and smoothies), Outside
  • Everdale Farm (organic vegetables), Rinkhouse
  • Forbes Wild Foods (dried mushrooms, nuts, syrup, preserves), Rinkhouse
  • JK Kitchens Fries (french fries from organic ON potatoes), Outside
  • Knuckle Down Farm (organic vegetables), Rinkhouse
  • Kind Organics (sprouts, salad mixes, teas, chocolate), Rinkhouse
  • Shared Harvest (organic vegetables, herbs, ferments), Garage
  • Spade & Spoon (jams, pickles, soups), Rinkhouse
  • Ted Thorpe (veggies), Garage
  • VQA Wines (rotating roster of organic wineries, Southbrook this week), Outside
  • Ying Ying Soy (tofus and miso), Rinkhouse

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