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Weekly Market Notes for March 29, 2012

Hello Market Friends:

This week we're back to early spring instead of crazy summer, so we'll hold the market in its usual indoors-and-out arrangement. I'm relieved to report that Laura Sabourin at Feast of Fields says so far this yoyo weather doesn't seem to have harmed her orchards and berry patches. Now who knows what April will bring?

Aside from worrying about the weather, we're also anxious for the City to reach a fair settlement with Union Local 79 (and other workers). Volunteers will be offering an information table at the market again this week to provide updated news on the situation, and how it affects the market and other programs.

Bees Universe has some new Indian Runner ducks, and lots of quail, too. John/Ionel (a little tired, but still smiling) says "Spring on the farm means lots of babies!" Lots of eggs, too: duck and soon quail and goose from John, and turkey, duck and chicken from Angelos.

Beretta news: "For Easter we will have Fresh Turkeys. They are $4.45 /lb. They must be pre ordered on our website, by phone, or by email to me I’m taking orders now! I will be bringing turkey parts only if I have extra to sell. I will also have fresh hams." Sarah

Sosnickis' news: "We are field harvesting fresh Spinach for the market this week! Also from the fields are Leeks! Lots of storage cabbages and frozen foods too! Looking forward to a great market!" Jess & Ben

Kind Organics update: "Guess what? Stinging Nettle season is finally here! We will have fresh nettles for making Soup, Tea, or fresh sautéed greens. Nettles are anti-inflammatory and the tea is amazing for combatting allergies. We will also have kale and salads and sprouts." Sandra Dombi

"Plan B will have more home grown overwintered carrots again!" Melanie, Alvaro, Rod and Dano

"Thanks to the wind and unpredictable weather we need to cancel for this week. Hope the market goes well and hope to return next week!" Natasha and Andrew Akwenzie

Colette (Urban Harvest) will be back to get your green thumbs itching.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S. Passing along a note of interest from the Parkdale Horticultural Society about a project they're working on in the 'hood: A DRY STONE WALL BUILDING WORKSHOP Progress with the garden renovations for the St. Christopher House Centennial continues. On Saturday, May 26, members of the Dry Stone Wall Association of Canada have generously volunteered to supply the limestone and build the remaining section of retaining wall of the raised bed in the courtyard at Dundas and Ossington Streets. Would you be interested in learning the intricacies of how to build a dry stone wall in this hands-on workshop under the instruction of skilled wallers? There are still 2 places for unskilled helpers who would like to participate in this event. Lunch, beverages and snacks will be provided. There is no charge for this workshop, but participants are asked to give their commitment for the entire day from 9am to 6pm. Please get in touch with Kathy Andrachuk as soon as possible, by email ( or by phone: 416-703-2956, if you wish to reserve a space.

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