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Weekly Market Notes for January 15, 2015

Hello Market Friends:

Have you spotted the farmers' market ads on the subway yet? Some of your fellow riders might not know what you mean if you yell, Hey, that's Colette! or perhaps Hey, those are DeFloured's amazing double-chocolate salted-caramel gluten-free tarts! but we hope they'll know soon. We want more Torontonians to discover that they can keep shopping from local food producers through the winter. Thanks to our talented market friend Laura Berman of Greenfuse for her work on the posters.

Julian, who's behind the table at Kind Organics these days, says the temperatures have been pretty close to the line in the greenhouses on some of these January nights, but so far, so good, meaning we can keep enjoying healthy, full-flavoured, cool weather salad greens and sprouts, such a fresh treat at this time of year.

Something else that's special this week is fresh apple cider from Bousfields, (via Plan B) just pressed for us. Supplies are limited, don't miss out!

Kevin Hamilton from Shared Harvest has spent a lot of time in the kitchen lately, making pierogies stuffed with roasted pumpkin, garlic and celeriac, and a variety of ferments, too. You'll find them alongside his root vegetables in the rinkhouse.

I love eating other people's cooking! Can't wait to see what kinds of homemade soup Spade & Spoon and Ali Harris will bring us this time. Ali has promised one more round of black cake, too, and then he'll begin soaking the dried fruits for next December's.

Best Baa is b-a-a-ck, with sheep cheeses of all sorts and their wonderful yogurt.

Be sure to visit everybody in the garage, where you'll find both savoury and sweet treats from Earth and City, eating and drinking chocolate (including hot cupfuls to have on the spot) and coffee from ChocoSol, meats from Beretta, and a nice selection of organic produce on Ted Thorpe's tables.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

Vendors this week, and where to find them:

(The Rinkhouse entrance is at the north end of the building, the Garage at the south.)

  • 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), Outside
  • Dufferin Park Bakers (wood-fired oven breads, soups,and snacks), Rinkhouse
  • Earth and City (raw foods and smoothies), Garage
  • Forbes Wild Foods (dried mushrooms, nuts, syrup, preserves), Rinkhouse
  • Kind Organics (sprouts, salad mixes, teas, chocolate), Rinkhouse
  • Shared Harvest & Plan B (organic vegetables, perogies, herbs, ferments, cider), Rinkhouse
  • Spade & Spoon (jams, pickles, soups), Rinkhouse
  • Ted Thorpe (veggies), Garage
  • Ying Ying Soy (tofus and miso), Rinkhouse

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