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Weekly Market Notes for January 25, 2007

Hello Market Friends

Before I'd caught up with the news last week, Alvaro at Plan B and Lorenz at Greenfields were busy working out what impact freezing temperatures in California and Mexico would have on our market. As you may know, with temperatures as low as -8 degrees for 5 days in some areas, many major crop losses have been reported, including an estimated $6 billion in citrus, the hardest hit because blossom formation for next year will be affected, too. A tough stretch for those farmers. Fortunately, for us, we still have a supply of many local storage crops, including apples (Plan B just got a fresh shipment out of oxygen-reduced storage) cabbage, onions, carrots, squash, and more, and the farmers have strong and loyal suppliers like the Pfennings who will keep other food coming our way without many big price changes. We'll be enjoying lots of the Slegers' local hydroponic greens, including watercress, cilantro, basil, spinach and lettuce. There's good value in our local food system!

From Mark at Greenfields:

"The snow keeps coming down at the farm. Makes for great hikes/dog walks. Lots of fresh produce from us this week. Broccoli looks great, Black & Green Kale, Rainbow Chard, Collards all look nice, Red Leaf and Lettuce Mix are a great price! A good selection of Fruits as well. Bundle Up!!"

And from Lorenz:

"In support of the Glencolton Farm Legal defense fund we will have buttons and posters available this week. They show the blue bus with the inscription "Raw Milk - Right To Choose". They are $5 each and all the money collected goes to the legal defense fund. We hope that many of you will show your support by buying and displaying a button or poster. We all know how restrictive government regulations can be when it comes to producing or purchasing free range eggs, poultry, even asparagus and the list goes on. Glencolton Farm and Michael Schmidt have a long history of producing local sustainable quality food and their stance is benefiting all of us."

Whitney of Toronto Sprouts will be back with a fresh harvest from very close to home.

FunGuy Farms and Tim Clement will be taking a break for the next while.

The Akiwenzies report that their truck should be back on the road in time for next week's market.

And something to whet your appetite from Jessie Sosnicki:

My grandma Stella, Mary, Stella, Wanda & Krystine pinching the perogies:

Yum! See you at the market!

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