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Weekly Market Notes for June 27, 2013

Hello Market Friends:

This will be a market to delight your tastebuds. Salad days are wonderful when there are so many kinds of fresh greens, and now the farmers are adding garlic scapes, early carrots, and many other fresh treats:

Sosnickis' news: “More and more Strawberries! We met our goal last week of being able to provide the whole duration of the market with our own certified organic berries! This was 3 years in the making, building up the crop, and we're pretty proud about that!! Also coming are our sweet Sugar Snap Peas! Bunches of Beets with tops, our Kale is ready now, field Swiss Chard and oodles of Lettuces. The Romaine is particularly awesome! See everyone there :))" Ben & Jessie

Strawberries galore at the deFloured table, too: strawberry shortcake with whipped cream, strawberry tarts, plus strawberry and lemon curd/ rhubarb-strawberry mini galettes. (Run, don't walk, Krista really has a way with berries.)

Not only that, it's going to be one of those heavenly days when you can fill one cheek with strawberries and the other with raspberries—if you're quick! Debbie Wiecha of Niagara Lavender says, “We will be having some lovely lavender and the first of the raspberries for market.”

Urban Harvest writes: "Hi all, this will be our last week with lots of plants at the market.Big sale - all annual herbs, flowers and vegetables $1 per pot, 2 plants per pot. All perennials $2 per pot. Pablo and I just planted our own kitchen gardens this week,so don't think it too late. May we all have a great growing season." Colette

“It looks like it will be a hot day, so come to the market thirsty for some delicious drinks! Earth & City will be offering two variations of seasonal-inspired lemonades. Beetroot Lemonade has a whole lot of natural colour and a hint of beet flavour. Fresh Mint-Infused Lemonade is bursting with spearmint flavour. Both lemonades are sweetened with agave nectar we source from Chocosol. Our Strawberry-Kale Smoothies are a more filling option, and this week we've decided to add some real vanilla to bring out the strawberry taste. See you there, rain or shine!” Cassandra

Knuckle Down news: “This week Lea will be standing in for me at Market while I go introduce myself to my new CSA members. The table will be filled with head lettuce, spinach and mounds of cilantro as well as parsley, garlic scapes and scallions. To celebrate the onset of summer I will also send a few little bouquets of flowers.” Jenny

Welcome to Parkdale Petals, the invention of urban growers Gillian Collyer and Gillian Bones. They'll be bringing us fresh blooms grown just down the way. Nothing like flowers to pretty up a market, or light up a lovely face.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

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