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Weekly Market Notes for January 27, 2011

Hello Market Friends:

Call it schadenfreude, but I'm cheered up by anxious news from Lorenz Eppinger this week. It's really just that it suggests winter may not last forever (my own annual fear):

"Every time the weather warms up mid winter I'm consumed by panic in fear of falling behind with preparations for the upcoming growing season. Even after 20 years of farming this pattern hasn't changed! Lots and lots of roots from Greenfields Farm this week: Carrots, Garlic, Beets (Chiogga, Red and Heirloom "Lutz"), huge Daikon Radishes (good for soups, stir fry and raw), Black Spanish Radishes (will take care of any cold!), Watermelon Radishes, Celeriac, Sunchokes, Parsnips and Rutabagas (possibly the last of the lot).
We would like to introduce more people to the native Sunchoke tubers we grow. They are especially good this time of year and are great roasted, on their own or with other root vegetables. As a further incentive we'll be selling them at a reduced price this week."

Roasted Sunchokes (aka Jerusalem Artichokes) - first three ingredients can be purchased at Dufferin market

  • 1 quart Sunchokes, scrub well and slice or cube about 1" thick - no need to peel
  • 1 onion (optional)
  • 2 or more tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Mix the above ingredients, spread out on a baking sheet and bake at 350 F for 40 minutes or until tender and slightly crisp.

Beretta Farms will be at the market with certified organic meats--but just until 6 pm this week.

A note from Irene Taylor: "Please let everyone know that if they would like to order venison from Deer Valley Farm to be delivered to the market, they can contact us directly at ."

Ted Thorpe has been stopping at the Bousfields' to pick up fresh-pressed organic cider for us. Delicious hot or cold, don't miss it! He'll have some other healthy extras to keep your menus varied, too.

To return to thinking about the growing season, there are lots of events coming up for those interested in organic agriculture and gardening: the 30th annual Guelph Organic Conference this weekend (program brochures available at the market), Seedy Sunday at Hart House on February 13th, and the Canadian Organic Growers Conference in Toronto on February 19th.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

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