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Weekly Market Notes for May 14, 2009

Hello Market Friends:

I've been watching the ever-changing forecast closely, as Victoria Day has always been "official garden planting weekend" in my family. Luckily, early perennial crops are ready to harvest, the planting schedule on our market farms is way ahead of me, and greenhouse production for the market is the best ever, so you'll have lots of choices for fine local menus on the long weekend.

Please extend a warm welcome Bob Felhazi of Pine River Organic Farm (near Alliston) this week. Bob has been an organic farmer for quite some time, and is famous for his asparagus, which Ted Thorpe says is the best he's ever tasted. The cool winds heading down from Georgian Bay have meant a slow start to the season at Pine River. I'm so glad the wait is over! Bob will also bring greenhouse-grown spinach, radishes, dandelion and salad mixes.

From the Sosnickis: Greenhouse greens a-plenty! Ben will bring beautiful Green Leaf Lettuce, Boston Lettuce, Bok Choy, Tatsoi, Komatsuna, Radishes & Arugula. Also still our storage cabbage, sauerkraut, cabbage rolls along with our plants. We are planting like mad now: all onions are in, potatoes are planted; beets, peas and spinach have all sprouted nicely out in the fields. Jessie

From Greenfields: Things are in full swing around the farm. Lots of rain has created wet conditions and the challenge of staying of top of very enthusiastic weeds. This week, we are happy to bring lots of our own Asparagus, Rhubarb and Chives, and let's not forget our Celery Root and Jerusalem Artichokes. As usual, we also have an excellent selection of fruits to choose from. See you at market, Lesley

From Berettas: NITRATE-FREE SPICY BEEF SAUSAGES for $7.00 a pack this week. The reason why these sausages are particularly special is because they will be discontinued very soon. If you've had these sausages before, you are as sad as I that they won't be available in future, and if you haven't tried them, this week is a good one to start.

Also, the 8th Annual Beretta Barn Dance (at the Beretta Farm in King City, ON) is on Saturday June 6, beginning at 6 PM. Tickets are $45 per person, or $80 per couple, and you can buy them from me at the Dufferin Grove Market, at the shop, or online: It will be fun! There will be dinner and dancing! Good times are guaranteed. Lindsey

From Forbes Wild Foods: We’ll have Wild Leeks again tomorrow at the Market. We’ll also have a few fiddleheads, but we’re getting low on stock. However, we hope to have more next week (we're on the hunt!). Meg and Seth

From Deer Valley: This week we have a fresh batch of smoked sausages, fresh venison steaks, striploin, eye of round and sirloin tip, frozen burger patties and venison koftas. Irene and Tony

Dan Glassco will be bringing a good selection of fresh lamb from Seldom Seen, Seldom Heard Farm.

The good folks at the park have asked me to mention that this week's Friday night supper (with its market-based menu) will be held down at the playground, with a visit from Councillor Adam Giambrone, to facilitate discussion about the upcoming changes to the playground area.

Wishing you a great long weekend.

See you at the market!


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