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Weekly Market Notes for February 1, 2007

Hello Market Friends

Just a little news from the vendors this week, and a bit more about our connections to the world around us....

The Akiwenzies' truck has been repaired and they will be back with fish.(Hurray!)

We're also looking forward to a visit from Jonathan Forbes, who will be in the rinkhouse this time:

"I've got lots of dried wild mushrooms, #3 Dark Maple Syrup, and wild rose petal jelly and syrups for Valentine's Day."

Delicious bread is coming out of the Dufferin Grove ovens these days. Anna Bekerman and Jenny Cook brought some to share with farmers and market folks when we went to the Guelph Organic Conference last weekend, and that bread is a great way to make friends.

From Greenfields:

"Greenfields will be bringing lots of flavourful veggies as well as a good selection of fruit to market this week. Greenfields would like you to show support for Michael Schmidt and YOUR ' Right to Choose' by purchasing a button/poster or a ticket to the Big Big Benefit Concert. This event is being held on Feb.24 at Cilento Winery in Woodbridge. The evening will include fine culinary offerings, inspiring music and an auction. All proceeds go to the Raw Milk Legal Defence Fund. Show your support and have a great time too!" Thanks, Mark.

Also in the news: the lowly plastic bag. Very handy, but our landfills are full of them. CBC listeners may have heard about the tax on bags in Ireland,(which brought about an enormous difference in bag consumption)possibly coming soon to Toronto. We've looked into compostable grocery bags as an alternative, but at more than 30 cents a bag they seem too pricey. So, please do haul out your baskets, cloth bags and used plastic bags as part of your weekly market habit.

And to keep that "every little bit counts" spirit going, before you come to the market, please join in turning off your lights from 1:55 to 2:00! If you haven't heard about this yet, details are included below.

See you at the market!


Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers' Market
Thursdays, 3-7 p.m. year-round

The 1st of February 2007:

Participate in the biggest mobilization of Citizens Against Global Warming! The Alliance for the Planet [a group of environmental associations] is calling on all citizens to create 5 minutes of electrical rest for the planet. People all over the world should turn off their lights and electrical appliances on the first of February 2007, between 1.55 pm and 2.00 pm in New York, 18.55 for London, and 19.55 for Paris, Bruxelles, and Italy. 1.55 pm in Ottawa, 10.55 am on the Pacific Coast of North America. This is not just about saving 5 minutes worth of electricity; this is about getting the attention of the media, politicians, and ourselves. Five minutes of electrical down time for the planet: this does not take long, and costs nothing, and will show all political leaders that global warming is an issue that needs to come first and foremost in political debate. Why February 1? This is the day when the new UN report on global climate change will come out in Paris. This event affects us all, involves us all, and provides an occasion to show how important an issue global warming is to us. If we all participate, this action can have real media and political weight.

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