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Weekly Market Notes for March 19, 2009

Hello Market Friends:

Wonderful sunny days and chilly nights: classic maple syrup-making weather! The sap is running, it's nearly the equinox, and some of the vendors will be spilling outdoors into the spring air.

For excellent local eating this week, enjoy Fun Guy Farm's bountiful harvest of fresh oyster mushrooms, roasted (see our February calendar recipe), marinated, in a pasta sauce, omelette or salad.

From Greenfields: Spring is finally on its way! And as we get ready to say goodbye to March, let’s not forget that it’s Celery Root month. Celery root tastes like a cross between celery and parsley and should be peeled before eating. Greenfield’s Celery Root is excellent raw, grated into salads or steamed and mashed. Be sure to try one before they’re gone! Lot’s of Ontario grown veggies are on the table this week: Golden and Red Beets, Green Cabbage, Arugula, Purple and Rainbow Carrots, White and Shiitake Mushrooms, Yellow Onions, Potatoes and Rutabagas. And in the greens department we have Swiss Chard, Collards, Green and Black Kale, Romaine Lettuce, Spring Mix and Parsley. Looking forward to seeing you at market. Enjoy the sunshine, Lesley and Mark.

Colette Murphy (Urban Harvest) will be busy at Canada Blooms this week, but back steadily after that with seeds and good gardening advice.

From Lindsey at Beretta Farms: I'll be bringing ground turkey for $7.00/lb (regularly $8.00/lb). Turkey, like spring, is good.

From Meg and Seth at Forbes Wild Foods: In anticipation of spring, and to tempt folks who are excited about the fresh Sea Asparagus (aka Salicornia) in June, we are bringing Pickled Salicornia to the market. Sea Asparagus is a green and succulent vegetable which grows in the ocean, along the shores of the west coast of Vancouver Island. It is a salty and tasty vegetable, pickled in a light organic lemon juice. Try it with fresh fish! 500mL jars are on special for $9.50.

From Jessie Sosnicki: I used my lunch time today to create two blogs packed with photos regarding greenhouse progress. Ben and I seeded celery today while his mom seeded our leek crop. Log onto for a peek! Things are going quite well so far. We hope to be back at Dufferin within a month's time....

Warm congratulations to Tony & Irene of Deer Valley: "We have a healthy granddaughter…her name is Abigail and she is beautiful!"

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S. We need a separate section for interesting events in the coming week:

March 20: Friday night supper and speakers series continue at the park.

March 22, 2-7 pm, Chocosol hosts a Book Launch and "Equinox Chocolatada" with Wayne Roberts, at #6 St. Joseph Street

Suggested donation $13-15 includes an autographed book and all the chocolate you can eat and drink.

Please bring one of the following: a musical instrument, something to share, a big smile, an open heart, and determination to change our food system.

March 25, 7 pm, Hart House and Kawartha Ecological Growers present "Tablelands", a film on sustainable food systems

PWYC, cash bar, local popcorn and discussion

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