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Market handbag design

Weekly Market Notes for July 20, 2006

Hello Market Friends:

You might not associate Dufferin Grove with high fashion, but starting tomorrow [ed - today's market] all the best-dressed groceries will be wearing one of our freshly hand-printed, organic hemp and cotton market bags! They are $10 each, and the supply is limited, with all proceeds going to help with market expenses. Special thanks to Jane Low-Beer, Richard Peachey, and Karen Krupa for their design and technical contributions, and also to Matt, Claire, and Jenny.

It will be a very full market, with all the delights of summer. Too good to miss, no matter what the weather! Here's some news from the vendors:

From Laura Sabourin of Feast of Fields:

"The heavy rains and high temperatures have been great for ripening fruit. Red Raspberries will be finishing until the fall, sweet cherries are still going strong with several more varieties still to come. Due to the amount of rain we are receiving the cherries will have been sprayed for mildew. High humidity and temperatures are perfect conditions for mildew too.

We will have a better supply of early apricots and the golden plums are starting.

Our limited supply of Fresh Niagara Figs were a real hit last week, selling out in minutes.We will have a small quantity again this week. Figs crop twice in a season, when grown in Italy or a greenhouse. We lost most of our first crop this season due to warm days in February but the second crop looks great and will be coming in about a month.

Purple raspberries are the best for making jams and sauces and will be at their peak this week.

For those who missed Blueberries from the first picking last week, there should be lots this week."

Available from Deer Valley Farm this week: A great selection of cuts of fresh venison, freshly made burger patties & sausages, great for the bbq at home or to enjoy while at the market.

Some new items this week from Evelyne Gharibian:

In addition to my usual vegetarian Sushi Rolls (wrapped in Banana Leaf), I will have some Rice paper wraps stuffed with seasonal vegetables with a dipping sauce on the side.

I have added a Lentil Salad with Thyme & Fennel, as well as Fava Bean Salad with Grilled Tomatoes to my offerings this coming week.

On the Sprout Front: please note that in addition to the Sunflower Greens/Sprouts, I also have available Wheat Grass, Pea Shoots, Garlic Chives, Salad Mix, Crunchy Bean Mix, Alfalfa, Broccoli Blend, Big Crunch, Nutty Sprout Mix, Sandwich Booster, Daikon Radish, and Red Clover. If you don't see what you want on display, chances are I have it in my coolers. Everything is harvested on Wednesday for the Thursday market.

Marc and Marie of The Purple Sprout should have working wheels to bring them back this week, while Colette Murphy(Earthly Paradise/Urban Harvest) will be enjoying a well-earned holiday.

See you at the market!


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