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Weekly Market Notes for July 12, 2012

Hello Market Friends:

We had a terrific market last week, with that great feeling that the glory days of summer have arrived. For some of us lucky ones, maybe there's a little more time to savour the long lovely evenings, and we've got abundant food to choose from:

"At market this week Plan B will have - zucchini, green onions - swiss chard - kale and more!" Alvaro and Mel

Sosnickis' contribution: "We'll have the first of our Heirloom Tomatoes and Basil this week! More fresh dug Potatoes, bunches of Sweet Onions, Beets, Swiss Chard, Broccoli, Cabbages, Kale & Garlic." Jessie & Ben

A hearty welcome to Woolerdale Organic Farm, joining us this week with beans, onions, beets, and salad mix. Some of you will know the farm from other markets and may have enjoyed their delicious produce already; we're happy to have them as part of our 'clan' now. Ann and John van der Heyden and their daughters farm in the beautiful rolling Murray Hills, this side of Trenton. I spent an interesting HOT afternoon on the farm recently, and was truly impressed by their positive, thoughtful approach to farming, as well as the evidence of how much work goes into it!

From Niagara Lavender: "We will not be able to go to market this week. The peaches are not quite ready and the raspberries are done.Hope to see you next week with peaches." Debbie Wiecha

Matthew and Laura Sabourin of Feast of Fields will have a nice selection of fruits and berries, including wild blues, plums, cherries and apricots.

Does anyone have a favourite recipe for 'kale slaw'? It's one of our most abundant greens right now, and I'm looking for more summery ways to enjoy it.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S. Unfortunate news from the Park:

There will be no Friday Night Supper and no cafe at the wading pool this weekend. Since the city's Recreation management has not allowed any replacement hiring for Dufferin Grove part-time program staff since 2011, this summer there are not enough staff to keep all the shifts covered. Sad! There's more information in the July newsletter: Two of the weekly kids' pizza days were already cancelled, and now it looks like every third Friday Night Supper, and some of the cafe days, will have to go too. Too bad. Those programs made the park more fun and raised a lot of money in donations, but you can't cook and serve dinner (or cafe snacks) without cooks and servers (and dish-washers, floor-moppers, grocery-shoppers, etc).


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