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Weekly Market Notes for February 20, 2014

Hello Market Friends:

You can feel it even though the temperature is fluctuating: the season is turning, and with that shift, we have some changes to report.

Ben and Jessie Sosnicki have decided that it's time to put all their energies into getting their winter-battered greenhouses ready for planting, so this will be Ben's last visit to the market until spring. Grab those perogies, onions and tasty potatoes while you can!

Kevin and Sandra of Shared Harvest are also attending for the last time until they've got new harvests to bring. This week you'll have the opportunity to get lots of their organic dried herbs: oregano, thyme, Tulsi (Holy Basil), cayenne powder, jalapeno powder, habanero powder, savoury, horsetail and sage. "We will also have black radish, watermelon radish, turnips, rutabagas, pumpkins and celeriac. For preserves, we have salsa and tomatillo salsa, and for ferments we have beans and pickles."

Not to worry about these departures, though, we have good news about returns as well! Ann Van Der Heyden from Woolerdale called today to say they're coming in with all their great storage vegetables: carrots, beets, cabbage, potatoes, winter radishes, garlic, turnips, baby blue Hubbard and other squashes, and shallots. Good timing!

Kevin will have some extra produce on his table organized by Plan B this week, and they will step in to staff the table next time, rounding out our selection for the coming weeks. Ted Thorpe's pal Ron may arrive with Ted's cabbage and potatoes, and we may have the pleasure of some veggies from Field Sparrow and their Amish neighbours as well; whatever it takes to make sure we've got great options for you.

Krista's back, so Chris doesn't have to hold down the DeFloured fort alone anymore. Bring on the salted caramel chocolate tarts!

For a little late-winter inspiration, here's a quotation from local farmer Harry Stoddart's post on (a website well worth browsing round...).

"When you eat, you are swallowing the future - literally and figuratively....You, as an eater, have more power over the food system than governments or multi-national corporations because collectively, eaters spend more than either. Significantly more. Many people challenge me by saying their purchases are inconsequential in the larger scheme of things. Every year, many rivers overflow their banks. Every year, people protect their homes by building dykes. Those dykes are primarily constructed of bags of sand. Every one of those dykes starts the same way - with one bag of sand filled by someone. Think of your grocery bag the same way."

Eat well, and support local organic producers.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S. Don't forget the Canadian Organic Growers conference, on this Saturday in downtown TO:

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