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Weekly Market Notes for June 12, 2014

Hello Market Friends:

Here it is folks, the moment we've all been waiting for:

"Little farmer Sadie Sosnicki found the first ripe strawberry a few days ago and we're picking the first batch for Dufferin! So BANG! Basically everything all at once! Our first lettuce harvest is happening with the first Strawberry harvest! Peas are in blossom, so not long for them either! Our strawberries are certified organic, proudly sprayed with absolutely nothing!! We cannot wait to see everyone! Though it was a hard winter and challenging spring - we have been working hard and are doing just fine :) See everyone soon!" Jess, Ben & Sadie

Asparagus, radishes and rhubarb are still going strong, and the supply of greens is building: chard, arugula, baby bok choy and kale, lettuces, salad mixes, green garlic and more will be available.

Quench your thirst while you browse, our vendors have a great selection of beverages, from Earth and City's lemonades and kale smoothies, to Ali Harris's Caribbean-inspired juices and ginger beer, Kind's kombuchas and water kefirs, ChocoSol's chilly chocolate and coffee, and Tapioca Gourmet's herbal ice tea. You might also enjoy a sample sip down at the VQA Winery tent, where we will be featuring the organic wines of Reimer Vineyards.

Jacob Saphra (Brixton Grill) and the Akiwenzies will be absent this week.

Have you tried Evelyn's Crackers' new cookies? Wow. Now that I am letting this slip out, I plan to run right to their table and get some before they're all gone. Made with Ontario whole grain flours, they are moist, chewy and delicious. Chocolate or ginger, who can decide on just one?

After more than a decade of rarely missing a market, I have a large and lovely collection of familiar faces I look forward to seeing and miss when they're absent. I could probably provide more information about these people's favourite vegetables or cheeses than I could about what they do any other afternoon in the week, but I've learned that our community of market friends includes more wonderfully talented and diverse individuals than could be described in a month of Thursdays. This week I want to share a note from author Marianne Apostolides:

We thought that market-goers at Dufferin Grove might be interested in our play Feast: A Modern-Day Symposium of Daemonic Proportions. The play riffs off Plato's Symposium, exploring the nature of food/ appetite/ eating in all its ethical, delectable, and essential aspects….

Subsequent to our initial workshop, we're hosting a cocktail party/ fundraiser to support the next phase of development. Tickets are PWYC, with a suggested donation of $20. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 17, 7-10pm at The Burroughes Building (639 Queen West at Bathurst.

For more information — either about the play itself or the upcoming cocktail party — please visit

Don't forget, Friday night supper is back, from 6 on by the bake ovens.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S. de Floured is looking for help at the bakery. Some experience required. If you are interested, please forward your resume and a contact number to: defloured Krista and Chris.

Vendors this week:

  • Ali Harris (rotis and fritters, hemp pesto and seeds),
  • Bees Universe (honey and bee products),
  • Beretta Farms (organic and naturally raised meats),
  • Best Baa (cheeses, yogurt, sheep's milk, ice cream),
  • Chocosol (coffee and chocolate, tortillas),
  • Country Meadows (eggs, cheese, olives, oil),
  • DeFloured (gluten-free baking),
  • Dufferin Park Bakers (wood-fired oven breads, soups,and snacks),
  • Earth and City (raw foods and smoothies)
  • Evelyn's Crackers (crackers, granola and other baking from ON grains),
  • Everdale Farm (organic vegetables),
  • Field Sparrow (pastured meats),
  • Forbes Wild Foods (dried mushrooms, nuts, syrup, preserves)
  • Kind Organics (sprouts, kombuchas, teas),
  • Knuckle Down Farm (organic vegetables),
  • Pine River Organic Farm (organic vegetables),
  • Plan B Organic Farm (local and imported organic produce),
  • Sosnickis Organic Produce (organic vegetables, strawberries)
  • Spade & Spoon (jams, pickles, soups, rhubarb),
  • Tapioca Gourmet (gluten-free tapioca pancakes with seasonal fillings),
  • Ted Thorpe (represented by Ron, vegetables)
  • Urban Harvest (seeds, body care, soil amendments),
  • VQA Wines (rotating roster of organic wineries, Reimer Vineyards this time),
  • Waymac Farms (oyster and shiitake mushrooms),
  • Wildlife Gardening (native plants),
  • Ying Ying Soy (tofus and miso).


Shared Harvest just can't stay away any longer! They will be joining us today:

“We are bringing some lettuce, kale, mint, oregano, arugula, garlic scapes, green garlic, and dried cayenne pepper, yarrow, tulsi, spearmint and maybe another thing or two.” Kevin

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