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Weekly Market Notes for May 1, 2008

Hello Market Friends:

A chilly welcome to May, but spring is unstoppable now, and with it come early treats:

Don't miss the arrival of gorgeous, field-grown (chemical-free!) tulips from Underground Organics. Shane and Julia's flowers are beautifully fresh, so you'll enjoy them for a good long while.

Here's another exciting first of the season, from the Sosnickis: "I got a call Tuesday morning well before 8am from [nearby farmer] Charlie Welsh letting us know that they are cutting their fresh organic asparagus and that he would save some for Ben to pick up to bring to the Dufferin market, SO we will have a few cases of their first asparagus to share! Depending on frost, Charlie will let us know what he has for Ben to pick up each week. Of course our fave farmer friends Greenfields own grown asparagus will take front and center when it is available, but in the meantime, enjoy Welsh's! I've also created a great farm blog with a favourite asparagus recipe at http://sosnickiorganicproduce.blogspot.com. Some early planting pics too! It's busy time, lettuces & onions are some of the crops already planted. Ben will also bring more perogies this time, and more compost (now's the time to amend those flowerbeds/gardens!) Email jb.sosnickiorganics@sympatico.ca for larger orders for pickup next week or more information. And potatoes, Ben will have potatoes! The bustle on the farm is fast and furious." Jess.

From Greenfields: We're taking full advantage of the ideal planting weather! Mark and the crew are putting lots in the ground: Kale, Kohlrabi, Turnips, Collards and more. The rains will help them get off to a great start. The nights have been really cool lately- with last night dipping well below zero. Although the Asparagus made an awesome debut last week- with many shoots coming up, the cool temperatures have set the patch back a week or so. We will however be bringing in the first batch of our delicious Salsify roots (remember that delicate oyster-like flavour from the fall?), chives and Radicchio in the Spring Mix! We'll also have plenty of local Pac Choi and Bok Choy, Mustard and Spring Mix, as well as the local Roots variety (Rutabaga, Celeriac, Sunchokes, Beets and Parsnips). The fruit variety is very nice this week as well: super-sweet Oranges, bright Lemons, Avocadoes and more! Its gonna' be a good one! Monika

Tim (Clement's Crepes) will be absent.

From Irene of Deer Valley: "I will be having venison burgers hot off the grill on a weekly basis now."

No plants from Angelos (Country Meadows Gardens) this week, but many more to come as soon as the weather permits. He'll be inside the rinkhouse with olives, oil, eggs and cheese (and lots of other vendors!).

Bundle up one more time--and bring your bundle buggy, too.

See you at the market!

Anne

P.S. Here's an announcement we were asked to share with you:

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008, Danforth Music Hall 4:30PM 6:30PM

David Suzuki talks to Toronto about the Bees (but not the birds)

Join Dr. David Suzuki, Bob McDonald (host of CBC radio's Quirks & Quarks), gardening guru Marjorie Harris, and bee expert Laurence Packer to celebrate Mother Nature's Little Helpers--pollinators. If you want to know about enhancing neighbourhoods with eco-gardens, plant and pollinator identification, biodiversity for food security, and native plants--this is your day! For tickets and event details go to: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/Conservation/Endangered_Species/Toronto-Event.asp


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