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Weekly Market Notes for July 10, 2008

Hello Market Friends:

Henrik Bechmann (our dedicated webmaster) reports that we've reached a new record, with over 550 of you subscribing to our weekly news. Can't say it enough--the support you show our market farms and small-scale food producers means so much. Three cheers for Dufferin market spirit!

Last week it felt like we hit our summer stride: strong selection, great turnout, the kind of market that sends vendors home tired and happy. This week, news of more great food has been rolling in, starting with a 6:30 am note from Jessie Sosnicki:

"Ben and I are heading out today to harvest fresh for Dufferin: Sweet White Spanish Onions, big heads of Broccoli, Zucchini and some blossoms too, Beet bunches; digging a fresh batch of Potatoes - enough for all hopefully, lots of Sweet Shelling Peas, Sugar Snap & Snow Peas, still a nice variety of lettuces, like our crispy batavian and a softer red butterhead, big Spring Garlic bulbs - NICE tangy garlic finally, big Basil Plants, parsley, Red Swiss Chard and perhaps a bit of kale.....AND just a few of our first cucumbers too!"

Plan B will have lots of their own fresh onions, salad mix, garlic, and cooking greens.

From Monika of Greenfields: "The Broccoli is fantastic this week! Red and Gold Chard are beautiful as well. Check out our recipe for "Chard Torta" at the market. Beets are sizing up well, with very sweet, tender greens. The Garlic Scapes make an excellent Pesto. (Check out our recipe for that too.) Huge, tender heads of Green Leaf, as well as our Salad Mix as usual. Fresh Cilantro and Parsley to brighten up any dish too!"

From Laura Sabourin (Feast of Fields): "We'll have lots of cherries and raspberries, and maybe even the first few figs of the season."

From the Akiwenzies: "We wonít be down. We donít have enough fish and the weather is not cooperating with us. Sorry about this but we will see you next week if all runs smoothly."

Seth and Jonathan of Forbes Wild Foods will have fresh Ontario saskatoon berries (no, that's not a mistake, saskatoons aren't only for that other province), and fresh BC sea asparagus. Check out the article about these foods in Wednesday's Star: http://www.thestar.com/living/article/456728

From Urban Harvest: "For those of you who missed our 50% off sale last week we will extend it this week too. We have lovely Echinaceas, Shasta Daisies, Coreopsis, Mixed Colour Bergamots, Wild Strawberries, Scented Geraniums (Lemon and Attar of Rose), Lavender (4 varieties left), thyme(6 varieties left)and more. We will also bring seeds that can still be planted and soil amendments to feed all that you have already planted." There was a great little article about Colette, too, in last week's paper. Here's the link if you missed it: http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/452326

See you at the market!

Anne


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