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Weekly Market Notes for February 13, 2014

Hello Market Friends:

We got some nice online press coverage this week, in a surprising spot: USA Today's "10 Best" Travel Destinations section: I was asked for some information and images, and next thing you know, we're famous! It looks like endless summer (except next to the bake ovens) in the article, and I must admit that I enjoy the idea that our local markets "bring together hunters and vegans in harmony".

The writer also says "you can rebel from the harvest and get your dessert on, whether it is a gluten-free macaroon from DeFloured or a sticky cinnamon bun", and that's timely, because DeFloured returns this week (hurray!), and of course the park bakers will have their delicious goodies coming out of the ovens.

Continuing in a sweet theme, ChocoSol has pulled out all the stops with a new and special Valentine card (see above) to go with their chocolates, offering a lovely way to treat someone special. There will be lots of other treats and eats, too.

Ali Harris has an injured shoulder, but he can't stay away, so we'll have his tasty food to eat on the spot again, as well as the organic, protein rich hemp flour and seeds he has started to bring to market. Here's our list of vendors for this time:

  • Ali Harris (rotis and fritters, hemp pesto and seeds),
  • Bees Universe (honey and bee products),
  • Beretta Farms (organic and naturally raised meats),
  • Best Baa (cheeses, yogurt, sheep's milk),
  • Chocosol (coffee and chocolate),
  • Country Meadows (eggs, cheese, olives, oil),
  • DeFloured (gluten-free sweet and savoury baking),
  • Dufferin Park Bakers (wood-fired oven breads, soups,and snacks),
  • Field Sparrow (pastured meats),
  • Forbes Wild Foods (dried mushrooms, nuts, syrup, preserves)
  • Kind Organics (sprouts, kombuchas, chocolate, teas),
  • Shared Harvest Community Farm (root crops, kimchi, herbs, other produce)
  • Sosnickis' Organic Produce (veggies, perogies, cabbage rolls),
  • Spade & Spoon (formerly Growing Spaces: jams, pickles, soups)
  • Ying Ying Soy (tofus and miso)

The sun is getting stronger and the days are getting longer, so...

see you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S. Earlybird rate for Canadian Organic Growers Conference until Saturday:

The Organic Vision: In Search of Change

The conference will be on Saturday, February 22. This is our 8th conference, and we are once again holding it at the University of Toronto Conference Centre at 89 Chestnut St. Along with another selection of great speakers and panels, we will also have a delicious organic lunch as part of the day. We are keeping registration fees the same as in the past. They are $65 (after February 15 - $85) and $55 for COG members, seniors and students (after February 15 - $65).The keynote speaker is Woody Tasch, the founder and chairman of Slow Money, an organization formed to catalyze the flow of investment capital to small food enterprises and promote new principles of fiduciary responsibility that support sustainable agriculture and the emergence of a restorative economy. His vision is embodied in the title of his first book, The Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered. Named one of "25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" by Utne magazine, his work with Slow Money will inspire. There will be over 20 speakers including Dr. Thierry Vrain, a scientist for 30 years with Agriculture Canada and former proponent of genetic engineering, who no longer supports the technology; Alan Logan, N.D., author of Your Brain on Nature, a powerful wake-up call for our tech-immersed society; Cynthia Curl, from the University of Washington and one of the lead authors of a study comparing pesticide residues in children eating conventional vs organic foods and Dr. Donald Davis, a physical chemist and researcher working on the nutritional benefits of organic milk and nutrient declines in food.

Check our website for more information

Another interesting event:

So Ya Wanna be a Beekeeper

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014: 10am-12pm

Location: Bento Miso Collaborative Workspace, 862 Richmond St. W., Suite 300

Cost: $10 - Pre-register for this event at

If you have ever been curious about urban beekeeping, this event is for you. Learn the basics of the practice, what you will need, and where to begin. Visit for more information, and donít forget to register.

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