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Weekly Market Notes for January 29, 2015

Hello Market Friends:

Did you know that 2015 is the International Year of Soil? The United Nations' objectives in doing so are to:

  • Raise awareness about the profound importance of soil for human life;
  • Educate about the crucial role soil plays in food security, climate change, ecosystem services, poverty alleviation and peaceful development;
  • Support policies for the monitoring and protecting soil resources;
  • Promote sustainable management to maintain healthy soils.

When you buy your food from our organic farmers, you're supporting growing methods that respect the good stuff beneath our feet!

(Thanks to David Cohlmeyer for sharing information on the UN declaration.)

Can't think about soil without thinking about planting, and some people have been asking after Colette and Pablo of Urban Harvest. They're busy packing seeds for the coming growing season (yes, it will come!) and will return to Dufferin in March. If you can't wait, visit their website: for descriptions of the many varieties they carry. It will get you dreaming of warm days ahead.

Keep your belly happy with Spade & Spoon's fermented sauerkraut, carrots and turnips, as well as tickling your tastebuds with Blythe and Adam's great soups, jams, chutneys and pickles.

I like to call Sandra Dombi The Queen of the Labels because she always adds such nice details to the packages for Kind Organics' products. Their tasty teas are just one lovely example. Kind will have a variety of salad and sprout mixes, water kefir, tinctures, chocolate and chaga as well.

Marvellous Edibles will bring more of their meats this time. Ask about their very popular bacon, generally available every other week. Lots of tasty veggies will be on the table, too, including squash, onions, cabbage, carrots, beets and several varieties of potatoes.

Andrew Akiwenzie will not be driving down this week, but he's hoping for next.

Nick will have some specials of the week at the Beretta Farms table in the garage.

Anybody heading to the Guelph Organic Conference this weekend? (

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 warm drinks), Garage
  • Forbes Wild Foods (dried mushrooms, nuts, syrup, preserves), Rinkhouse
  • Kind Organics (sprouts, salad mixes, teas, chocolate), Rinkhouse
  • Marvellous Edibles (organic vegetables, Berkshire pork, baking), Rinkhouse
  • Spade & Spoon (jams, pickles, soups), Rinkhouse
  • Ted Thorpe & Plan B (organic veggies and fruits), Garage
  • Ying Ying Soy (tofus and miso), Rinkhouse

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