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Weekly Market Notes for February 26, 2015

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Hello Market Friends:

One of the reasons I wanted to get involved in having a farmers' market in our community is that every time I headed out of Toronto, I passed more and more farms turning into building lots. It's great to live in a city that people want to move to, but farmland is irreplaceable, and it seemed like there wasn't enough value --beyond just cash -- being placed on that land, or the work and knowledge of local farmers.

We've still got big challenges with urban sprawl and loss of farmers, but the establishment of Ontario's Greenbelt was an important step in setting limits on development on 1.8 million acres of the prime farmland and key natural areas surrounding the GTA. It's the biggest official greenbelt in the world!

This week, we're celebrating the Greenbelt's 10th anniversary by featuring free tastes of great winter foods from many of the Greenbelt's best-known areas, including the Niagara Escarpment, the Holland Marsh, the Bruce Peninsula, and the Oak Ridges Moraine. In the garage and the rinkhouse, you'll find vendors offering these tasty samples.

We'll set up a map, too, so you can see where all our market farms are located, both within the Greenbelt and beyond. Bring a friend along, it's a nice chance to learn about where our food comes from.

Look for the "I Heart Local" signs around the market, and you're in for a treat!

Vendors this week, and where to find them:

(The Rinkhouse is at the north end of the building, the Garage at the south. On windy winter days we need to close the big garage door and use the east (rink) side entrance, but there are still vendors inside!)

  • Ali Harris (fish sandwiches, fritters, hemp pesto, beverages), Rinkhouse
  • Bees Universe (honey and bee products), Rinkhouse
  • Beretta Farms (organic and naturally raised meats), Garage
  • Best Baa (sheep's milk cheeses, yogurt), Rinkhouse
  • ChocoSol (coffee and chocolate), Garage
  • Country Meadows (olives, oil, eggs, cheese), Rinkhouse
  • DeFloured (gluten-free baking), TBD (weather dependent, in or out)
  • Dufferin Park Bakers (wood-fired oven breads, soups,and snacks), Rinkhouse
  • Earth and City (raw foods and warm drinks), Garage
  • Forbes Wild Foods (dried mushrooms, nuts, syrup, preserves), Rinkhouse
  • Kind Organics (sprouts, salad mixes, teas, chocolate), Rinkhouse
  • Marvellous Edibles (organic vegetables, Berkshire pork, baking), Rinkhouse
  • Spade & Spoon (jams, pickles, soups), Rinkhouse
  • Plan B (organic fruits and veggies!) , Garage
  • Ying Ying Soy (tofus and miso from ON organic soybeans), Rinkhouse

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

We're open from 3 to 7 pm every week. Parking is available across from St. Mary's High School (at the north end of the park) from 2:00 pm on Thursdays, and there are stops for north and southbound Dufferin buses at our corner.

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