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Weekly Market Notes for June 16, 2011

Hello Market Friends:

Storms knocking out power and keeping fishers on shore, hail falling on greens, mud keeping farmers out of the fields: all kinds of obstacles have presented themselves recently, but things are looking up, and you'll start to see tables piled high. Here's what we've heard from the vendors:

Welcome back to the Sosnickis! "Fields are almost full! Been very busy planting all storage leeks and celeriac. Ben will come with tons of lettuces, storage cabbages, garlic scapes (our garlic patch is awesome!), perogies....PEAS start next week! :) " Jess

Greenfields news: "Finally some perfect farming weather! And with the weather the harvest has improved: wonderful bunches of Collards, Dinosaur Kale, green curly Kale, Chard, the first few Kohlrabi and Broccoli, leaf Lettuce, Romaine and still a good amount of Asparagus. If time allows I'll also be picking some Spinach in the morning. Looking forward to seeing everyone in the park." Lorenz

Ted Thorpe's cousin grows great strawberries (extra tasty for early ones because they're fed with molasses and fish emulsion) and LOTS will be coming in!

Plan to go home or directly to a dear one with some flowers this week, the peonies from Growing Spaces (Blythe) and the sweet william and other blooms from Under Ground Organics are exceptional right now.

Plan B will have salad mix, green onions, scapes, and other delicious field-fare.

Pine River (Helga) will bring beets, peas, rhubarb and asparagus.

Looking ahead to all those sweet fruits of summer, here's a report from Debbie Wiecha of Niagara Lavender Farm: "the Farm is about 2 weeks behind due to all the rain in the spring and cool conditions...but with some good weather who knows. The raspberries are in bloom and the peaches and other fruit are looking good, the lavender got hit hard due to all the wet conditions in the spring but we will see....Nature always surprises us...."

"Urban Harvest is having a sale. We are just planting out our vegetables so it isn't too late for you. All vegetable plants come 2 to a pot. Pots on sale at $2 each or 3 for $5.00. We still have a good selection." Colette

Sandy's Beretta Specials for this Thursday are Bone-In Chicken Breasts and Nitrite-free Natural All Beef Hot Dogs.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S. Notice of an important upcoming meeting: Things are changing fast at Dufferin Grove Park. The new recreation supervisor is a harbinger of the proposed citywide "Recreation Service Plan," just at the end stages of public consultation. Silos are moving into Dufferin Grove, and all activities that have developed there up until now are subject to revision. The general manager has invited the public to comment on the plan. So on Tuesday June 21 at 7 pm there's a public meeting at the park. All park programs (including food in the park, the wading pool, the rink, and park events) are affected. Supper is available at the bake oven from 6 pm on and Ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailao will be there. The end of an era? Come see for yourself, and share your ideas. Jutta Mason

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