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Weekly Market Notes for March 05, 2015

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Hello Market Friends:

This coming weekend the clocks change as we 'spring forward', and there are others signs of the shift towards a new season, one of my favourites being news from farmers that we haven't seen in a while.

Jessie Sosnicki wrote to say that Ben will return to Dufferin as soon as he can set up outside--maybe even next week: "We have our own potatoes, carrots, onions, beets and cabbage still! Looking forward and getting ready for spring already!!!!!" (I like the enthusiasm in those exclamation marks.)

Bob Felhazi up at Pine River Organic Farm called and told me he's got his greenhouse seeded, and Debbie Wiecha of Niagara Lavender Farm has sent notes: "Brrrr it has been a cold winter and I hope the peach buds survive, we will only know when the blossoms are out in May....Farming is always a challenge and here’s hoping our trees and raspberry canes are a tough bunch. I hope there is enough snow coverage for the lavender to keep warm. We are anxious to get started and have a bit of cabin fever."

Gardeners on this list will want to know that Urban Harvest (Colette) plans to be at Dufferin once this month, on March 19th. If you can't wait that long, Urban Harvest will be at Parkdale's Seedy Saturday, this Saturday, March 7th:

You might also be interested to learn more about the many workshops our friends at FoodShare are offering as part of their FoodShare Academy series. Seed starting, vermicomposting and mead making are just a few of the topics. More information is available here:

Fish lovers: Andrew Akiwenzie is coming this week!

Best Baa will be absent this week and next.

Kind Organics micro-greens mini-salads were among last week's popular free tastes of winter Greenbelt foods, and several people asked about the salad dressing we used. My husband Jim makes this regularly, so while it's a classic recipe I think I'll give him credit in the name. You can get all the ingredients at the market, and their quality is the secret of the dressing's good taste. Country Meadows (Angelos) brings the first three items, Forbes Wild Foods has delicious mustards, and of course Bees Universe has the honey.

Jim's Vinaigrette

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon good mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey, if desired

Crush the garlic into the jar you want to use and sprinkle with salt. Add the other ingredients and shake well. Freshly ground black pepper and/or chopped fresh herbs can be added if you wish.

TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) volunteers will be visiting us this Thursday to give away tote bags and share information about their upcoming Food on Film series. Look for the volunteers in their grey TIFF shirts - they would love to say hello.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

Vendors this week, and where to find them:

(The Rinkhouse is at the north end of the building, the Garage at the south. On windy days we need to close the big garage door and use the east (rink) side entrance, but there are still vendors inside!)

  • Akiwenzies Fish (fresh, frozen and smoked Georgian Bay fish), Outside
  • Ali Harris (fish sandwiches, fritters, hemp pesto, beverages), Rinkhouse
  • Bees Universe (honey and bee products), Rinkhouse
  • Beretta Farms (organic and naturally raised meats), Garage
  • ChocoSol (coffee and chocolate), Garage
  • Country Meadows (olives, oil, eggs, cheese), Rinkhouse
  • DeFloured (gluten-free baking), TBD (weather dependent, in or out)
  • Dufferin Park Bakers (wood-fired oven breads, soups,and snacks), Rinkhouse
  • Earth and City (raw foods and warm drinks), Garage
  • Forbes Wild Foods (dried mushrooms, nuts, syrup, preserves), Rinkhouse
  • Kind Organics (sprouts, salad mixes, teas, chocolate), Rinkhouse
  • Marvellous Edibles (organic vegetables, Berkshire pork, baking), Rinkhouse
  • Spade & Spoon (jams, pickles, soups), Rinkhouse
  • Plan B (organic fruits and veggies!) , Garage
  • Ying Ying Soy (tofus and miso from ON organic soybeans), Rinkhouse

We're open from 3 to 7 pm every week. Parking is available across from St. Mary's High School (at the north end of the park) from 2:00 pm on Thursdays, and there are stops for north and southbound Dufferin buses at our corner.

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