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Weekly Market Notes for January 15, 2009

Hello Market Friends:

It's definitely not be the growing season, but market organizers from the Toronto Farmers' Market Network aren't hibernating. We're busy working on helpful ideas for the City as Toronto develops its Food Strategy, and getting ready to host a discussion forum and display at the Guelph Organic Conference, on next weekend. More info. is available at or the conference website: We'll also have conference brochures at Dufferin. Of course, at our market, Thursday means business as usual, and there's lots of vendor news for you:

From the Sosnickis: "Very cold temperatures headed our way, but thinking spring, stoking our wood fire and continuing to plan our new season. I'm creating two new blogs to take the chill off: all about seeds, with links and info. on great companies and how we decide on varieties, along with a photo blog regarding our farm's storage, with recipes! Log onto to view. Ben will have potatoes, onions, garlic and tons of our storage cabbage for tomorrow along with our frozen foods. Buy a tub of our sauerkraut and pork sausages together for $10! Still vegetarian and pork cabbage rolls available and all the perogies you can handle!" Jess.

"A warming bowl of Carrot soup, roasted Parsnip, Celeriac,Yams. Greenfields has everything you need to keep warm and cozy this week. Good selection of fruit including Avocado, Banana, Grapefruit, Lemon, Navel Oranges and Bosc Pears. Broccoli, Red Chard, Green Kale, Spinach, Red Leaf Lettuce, Romaine and Red Peppers are all here. Local veggies available are Greenfields Carrots (last week for our own Carrots!) Sunchokes, Celeriac, Black Radish, Red Beets, Garlic, Shiitake Mushroom, Red Onion, Rutabaga and Winter Squash. Don't forget your bags or your toque!" Mark

From Forbes Wild Foods: "We’ll be bringing our usual lovely stuff to the market, and we’re having a special on Dried Chanterelle Mushrooms (two bags for $20), and Balsam Jelly ($7 ea or two for $13)."

From Beretta Farms: "This week's deals will be DELI ENDS (5 for $3), and fast-fry ribeye and striploin steaks (thinner than your usual steak, hence the "fast fry"), 2 steaks/package, $16.50 per package! This is a special we'll be running for all of January, and Dufferin Grove Market patrons get only the sweetest deals." Lindsey

John Alecu, his wife Irina, his brother Florin, and Florin's wife Marta are all very involved in Bees Universe now, and they've been working hard on some new products. Honey containing propolis, pollen, or cinnamon, each with specific health benefits, is now available, as well as great chemical-free lip balm and skin cream. The cream requires no preservatives because the propolis protects it, and is excellent for the most sensitive skin, diaper rash, and repair of sun damage.

Best Baa will be away this week.

Chocosol will be back, and Andrew Akiwenzie hopes to come down this time to please all the fish lovers, but come inside to find him as we definitely won't have outdoor vendors this week.

You'll get a warm welcome in the rinkhouse and garage.

See you at the market!


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