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Weekly Market Notes for January 12, 2012

Hello Market Friends:

You might not think of this as harvest season, but this week we have a report from Feast of Fields on the ice wine grape crop!

"After -12 temps overnight January 1st, we headed out to harvest our ice wine grapes at 7:30 a.m. We were able to pick in the day because THE TEMPERATURE CONTINUED TO DROP. Usually ice wine is picked at night so it stays rrrrrrreally frozen. With the help of 25 hardy pickers Matthew and I harvested both of our farms with ice wine grapes. The grapes were stored in insulated bins to wait for pressing. Broken equipment LOL well that`s farming. It always breaks when you need it most. So one of our two ice wine presses was out of service from the first minute of pressing until we were almost finished. But our customer now has a wonderful supply of Demeter certified organic Vidal and Riesling juice to make his amazing ice wine with. Stay tuned, one day we may be able to sell it at the farmers' market." Laura and Matthew

Sosnickis' contribution: "What a mild January! Ben and I have been eating field Spinach (usually covered by snow) so that has been a treat! Still patiently waiting for the next heavy freeze so we can put straw down on the Strawberries. As soon as we fire the greenhouse - it'll freeze and snow for sure! Ben will be at Dufferin with Cabbage, Potatoes, Garlic, Leeks, Celeriac, Perogies and Sweet Corn." Jess & Ben

Fresh-picked kale, along with leeks, squash and roots this week from Greenfields!

Kind Greens will have 2 types of salad blends and kale this week at the market. Plus sprouts, teas, kombucha and sprouts. Come early for the greens!!! Sandra Dombi

Forbes Wild Foods and Best Baa will be back, along with the usual crew.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S. Here's a good article from The Atlantic, titled, "Organic Can Feed the World".

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