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Weekly Market Notes for March 29, 2007

Hello Market Friends:

The lion-lamb contrast between our first and last March markets will be pretty striking this year. Have you seen your first robin yet? We're still going to be mainly indoors, but I'm sure some of the vendors won't be able to resist spreading out around the buildings. Reports of the season fill the news:

From the Dufferin Grove Bakers:

The warmer weather makes it easier for the bread baked by the park bakers in our wood fired bread ovens to rise but the weather also brings distractions, like a water fight among Kent students who filled water bottles indoors and rapidly soaked each other to the skin: boys against girls. Spring. The recipes we use for our bread are based on a low yeast alternative way of leavening bread. For 10 loaves of bread we use 2 teaspoons of yeast and allow the yeast to develop and proof on its own, whereas a normal Joy of Cooking or Fannie Farmer loaf takes 2 tablespoons for 2 loaves. Less yeast means more time rising, so a warmer temperature really helps. This week we are making our usual Rosemary breads, our Sourdoughs without any commercial yeast but be warned: no Raisin bread.

If you are curious about bread or the ovens this week the Matzoh Bake will happen on Sunday from 1-3pm in our big oven. Check out and the newsletter for more info.

From Lorenz Eppinger of Greenfields:

"Eagerly waiting for the fields to dry up. Young plants are already sprouting in the greenhouse. This week will be the first for local nutrient dense, soil grown bunched greens: Komatsuna, Mizuna, Tatsoi, Pac Choi, Red Mustard and Yukina. Lots of local Spring Mix looking its best this week. We'll have lots of Lemons for spring cleaning (wink, wink), Leeks are on special, still some local Winter Squash and the usually bountiful fare."

From Jessie Sosnicki:

"We still have our perogies and even some frozen corn and Ben will bring potatoes.

This morning doing chores the air smelt BEAUTIFUL around here! Lots of Canadian Geese flying about, greenhouses getting green! Onions, peppers and tomatoes are up out there! Happy Spring!

I will be staying back here to work, and will start coming in May when we have salad and such."

From Natasha & Andrew Akiwenzie:

"We are preparing to come down to the market this week. We have been watching the ice but it either has blown away or melted and Andrew has been able to get out on the water. We have smoked whitefish, rainbow, salmon and lake trout. We also will have fresh salmon, rainbow, lake trout and some whitefish. The fog has been our challenge on the water but at least it isnít ice floes. It sounds like a beautiful day on Thursday and a nice day to travel."

Also, please think about whether you might know a good person who'd like a little Thursday afternoon work: Angelos (Country Meadows Gardens) is looking for a sales helper, for at least 2-3 hours. Quick math skills are a must.

See you at the market!


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