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Weekly Market Notes for March 27, 2014

Hello Market Friends:

One of the many signs that spring is approaching is the steady stream of requests coming in to join the market. We've promised as many new spots as we are able to for the 2014 outdoor season, and there will be exciting announcements about additions to our 'team' in the coming weeks. We aim to keep enhancing the variety of products we have on offer, and because the market tries to be as fully organic as possible, we ask prospective vendors lots of questions about how they grow or make the foods they sell, where ingredients are sourced, etc.

Of course, we also ask vendors to attend reliably, every week if at all possible. The winter crew has toughed it out through some very challenging days this year, and we're grateful to them for not losing heart.

Luckily, being a customer at the market doesn't require going through rigorous questioning. We have just one request: 'Can you come every week please?' As always, an enormous thank you to the folks whose loyal habit is the lifeblood of our year-round farmers' market!

Alvaro from Plan B Organic Farm has been sending updates: "The garlic is poking through in the greenhouses and we’re planting onions, and have already planted a whole greenhouse of kale for mid to late spring. It’s 30 Celsius in the greenhouses during the day even without any added heat!! The guys are working topless...."

(Did I just hear a murmur from the audience asking why he didn't provide more extensive photo documentation to go with this note?) Here's what Plan B is bringing:

"We will be at market this week with lots more of the delicious apples from Bousfield Farm in Milton Ontario including Russets, Ida Reds, & Jonah Golds plus more of their delicious apple cider. We’ll also have a selection of living greens from the Sleger’s Family Farm in Strathroy Ontario and a good selection of other certified organic fruits & veg to fill up the table & your tummies!

We'll have a large selection of other great food, too; here are the vendors we expect 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),
  • 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),
  • Spade & Spoon (jams, pickles, soups),
  • Ted Thorpe (represented by Ron) (potatoes and cabbage)
  • Urban Harvest (seeds, body care, soil amendments),
  • Ying Ying Soy (tofus and miso).

(Late-breaking news: Woolerdale Organic Farm will be absent today due to predicted freezing rain in their area.)

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

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