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Weekly Market Notes for January 30, 2014

We're open from 3 -7 pm Thursdays, all inside the garage and rinkhouse this week.

Hello Market Friends:

Happy Lunar New Year--Gung hay fat choy! It's our last January market, and the days are getting noticeably longer. Yesterday I sat in a south-facing window and was very impressed by the strength of the sun! I am hoping that soon there will be milder days for our brave bakers and easier drives for the vendors.

Shared Harvest returns this time, with winter root vegetables and ferments. Kevin will also be selling cider, apples, and some additional items to round out our selection, thanks to our good friends at Plan B.

Ted Thorpe is having a very tough time due to the extreme winter. Equipment breakdowns and endlessly drifting snow have caused lots of challenges at his place, so he's unable to attend the market. WE MISS YOU TED!

Ying Ying Soy's healthy products were prominently featured this week in a short news report on CP24: 'Good Soy, Bad Soy?' You can watch it here:

If you want the 'twitter' version to save time: their tofu is really good for you!

Sorry, DeFloured will be away this week and next.

The Guelph Organic Conference is on this weekend, with plenty of workshops and a fun trade show:

In connection with the conference, there is a free session (on Saturday February 1st, from 5-6:30 at the Delta Guelph Hotel) with Rick Smith, co-author of Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World. Rick will offer some conclusions from his recent book, including recent tests conducted on a family in Toronto that showed drastic reductions in pesticide levels when they switched to an all-organic diet. HEY, WE CAN HELP WITH THAT!

Also on Saturday, the 4th annual Ontario Organic Awards will be presented. We are delighted to announce that some of our Dufferin vendors are nominees: Woolerdale Farm has been nominated in the category of Horticultural Producer or CSA, and both Kind Organics and Plan B Organic Farm have been nominated in the Innovation category.

We're proud to work with such a great team of local organic producers!

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S. Time for some activism.

On December 9, 2013 Bill C-18, the "Agricultural Growth Act" was introduced in Parliament. In short, this agriculture omnibus bill amends several federal agricultural laws, and would give multinational companies greater power and control over Canada’s seed industry. The National Farmers Union is working to oppose Bill C-18, but needs support. If we collect at least 25 signature, we can ask our local MP to present them in the House of Commons.

Please sign the petition against this OMINOUS OMNIBUS bill at the market!

There's loads of information on the issues involved at:

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