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Weekly Market Notes for March 13, 2014

Hello Market Friends:

Hoping you'll be able to dig yourselves out from under the drifts by three o'clock Thursday and come get provisions!

I was browsing in The Guardian Weekly recently and came upon an article about a 'fake-food scandal' in England. Terms like 'meat emulsion', 'cheese analogue' and 'brominated vegetable oil' (that one's actually for use in flame-retardants, but turned up in fruit juice) had me wondering if I was actually reading the script from a bad science-fiction movie. Fortunately, the market is located elsewhere in the galaxy. Nobody's hiding the ingredients in the food, and you are welcome and encouraged to ask questions.

Believe it or not, the sun will be shining again at market-time. Last week, we found it had a marvelous effect: Heidrun's baguettes looked perfect in the afternoon light, Blythe's jams were gleaming like jewels (try the new Wild Elderberry Peach, it is SO GOOD), and best of all, there were smiling faces all over the place!

LATE-BREAKING NEWS: Unfortunately Blythe of Spade & Spoon has to miss the market today.

Last call for Friday Night Supper until summertime, and last 'official' week for skating. Usually that means spring is just around the corner....

Here is the crew we expect:

  • 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),
  • Chocosol (coffee and chocolate),
  • Country Meadows (eggs, cheese, olives, oil),
  • DeFloured (gluten-free baking),
  • Dufferin Park Bakers (wood-fired oven breads, soups,and snacks),
  • Field Sparrow (pastured meats),
  • Forbes Wild Foods (dried mushrooms, nuts, syrup, preserves)
  • Kind Organics (sprouts, kombuchas, teas),
  • Plan B Organic Farm (local and imported organic produce),
  • Ted Thorpe (represented by Ron) (potatoes and cabbage)
  • Urban Harvest (seeds, body care, soil amendments),
  • Woolerdale Organic Farm (organic vegetables)
  • Ying Ying Soy (tofus and miso).

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S. This looks interesting:

Lost Rivers Walk: FoodSheds and Watersheds: the Lost Tributaries, Orchards and Farmlands of Garrison Creek

  • Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014, 2pm
  • Location: Meet outside Ossington Station
  • Cost: Free!

Learn more about the changing landscape of the area surrounding Garrison Creek, focusing on changing food production and migration. The walk ends with a visit to a local restaurant. For more information, visit

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