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Weekly Market Notes for February 25, 2010

Hello Market Friends:

The Canadian Organic Growers conference, Seedy Sunday, and the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention all fell within the same week this year, so I've been looking at our local food supply from a few different angles. Seeing senior Ontario organic growers Wilhelm and Barnhild Pfenning honoured at COG and hearing Mr. Pfenning quote Goethe and others as he spoke with satisfaction about their life's work was a real pleasure. Seedy Sunday was full of people happy to make a connection between their own efforts to grow food and community and local farmers' markets, so the conversation was good. I heard some interesting things at the OFVC, too, but was a little distracted by the free coffee sponsored by Dupont Laboratories, the pens from Bayer Crop Science, and the bags everyone received with insecticide ads on the side. How do we want our home grown?

I'm looking forward to market day, and catching up with our producers, so I was glad to find some messages waiting when I got home:

Sosnickis' news: "Yup, we fired the middle greenhouse on Monday and the snow decided to fly! Always seems to go this way. Well, we are heating with wood for now and it's beautiful in there! Today after we grade storage crops we will be shredding soil in preparation for tomato transplanting (the early ones for our 'covered field'). A job I love! Still very early to seed most other crops - our onions will be next, but not until next week or so. We appreciate your support with our prepared foods and storage crops!" Jess& Ben

Greenfields' report: "Back on the snowplow the other day! A nice selection of fruits; Ambrosia Apples, Bosc Pears, Avocado and lots of citrus to choose from. Red Peppers, Cauliflower, nice big Leeks and a great selection of Greens. A good display of Local goodies including Parsnip, Shiitake Mushroom, Butternut Squash and Salad mix. Greenfields grown Red 'Lutz' Beets, Celeriac, Rutabaga, Orange & Purple Carrots and this will be the last week for our super fabulous Jerusalem Artichokes. Don't miss out! Canada vs. Russia...Gotta go!" Mark

This week Tony of Deer Valley Farm will be in the zamboni garage with fresh venison and jars of venison chili. He may not be here next week, so be sure to take this opportunity to stop by for some venison.

Beretta Organic Meats “SPRING STOCK-UP SPECIALS”: Skirt Steaks, Rib Eye Steaks, Lean Ground Beef and Beef Burger Patties.

Urban Harvest, Ted Thorpe and Fun Guy Farms should be back after various adventures, so we'll have lots to choose from.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S. Here's an idea for those who are feeling restless: "W.W.O.O.F. Canada. Vacationing and volunteering on Organic Farms is a wonderful way to broaden your education and practical experience. You'll learn about organic gardening and farming, meet people and it is also a great way to travel around Canada inexpensively. Visit"

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