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Weekly Market Notes for February 27, 2014

Hello Market Friends:

I've been trying to think of a 'How many market customers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?' joke, but I haven't landed on a good one yet, so I'll cut straight to the punch; our farmers and vendors have been toughing it out through this mighty winter, and we're asking the same of you. It doesn't just take healthy food to make a great market, it takes healthy attendance. We've been around so long now that maybe it's easy to take the market for granted. Not a good idea.

We don't want to take you for granted either, so just for a little fun, I'm bringing along a few prizes this week. The first 20 customers who spend $20 or more can come see me (the one in the black ski jacket wandering around with loot bags) if you'd like your choice of a handsome water bottle, a set of re-usable produce bags, or a heartfelt thank-you, while supplies last. (The thank yous won't run out!) Call it a party if you like, or call it showing February what we're made of (and kicking it out the door).

In vendor news, we are so lucky to have Woolerdale's beautifully stored winter vegetables to choose from once again. Ann will be filling Ben Sosnickis' spot inside the rinkhouse, and her tables will be piled high with leeks, rainbow carrots, beets, shallots, potatoes and more, wonderful for stews, soups, pot pies, and other seasonal classics. Down south in the garage, Dan from Plan B will fill in the gaps with more organic produce options, and Ron will be selling Ted Thorpe's potatoes and cabbages. Chances are you'll need to use the east side garage door, as that makes for a warmer setup than leaving the big south door open.

LATE-BREAKING NEWS: Unfortunately, Woolerdale and Bees Universe have had to cancel due to road closures/conditions in their areas. Plan B and Field Sparrow are bringing some extra veggies for us.

Colette Murphy's Urban Harvest returns next week, so start garden-dreaming!

Here's the gang we expect 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 baking),
  • Dufferin Park Bakers (wood-fired oven breads, soups,and snacks),
  • Field Sparrow (pastured meats),
  • Forbes Wild Foods (dried mushrooms, nuts, maple syrup, preserves)
  • Kind Organics (sprouts,chocolate,kombuchas,teas),
  • Spade & Spoon (formerly Growing Spaces: jams, pickles, soups),
  • Ted Thorpe (represented by Ron) (potatoes and cabbage)
  • Woolerdale Organic Farm (organic vegetables),
  • Ying Ying Soy (tofus and miso).

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S.Urban Harvest is looking for a few good people to work full time until the end of June.

Great work ethic, knowledge of heirlooms and vegetable gardening essential. Retail experience and a drivers license with a clean driving record.

Urban Harvest is also looking for a pop-up store location with outdoor space for our plants for the months of April, May and June. March would be great too. Preferably in the west end.



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