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Weekly Market Notes for May 23, 2013

Hello Market Friends:

We had a brilliant first day in our summer setup last time. It felt like the market got to take a nice, deep breath with all the room. This week, we're delighted to introduce a new vendor, Jacob Saphra:

"From Toronto via London, UK, the all new Brixton Grill is here to dispel the myth that Vegans and Vegetarians can't enjoy a good Barbecue! This summer, we will be serving up an array of local and seasonal grilled delights, including Tex-mex bean burgers, Tofu burgers and Italian-style Seitan hot-dogs. We'll be accompanying our main dishes with a salad of the week, grilled marinated potatoes, garlic roasted tomatoes and a stunning selection of condiments to add! Expect a delicious, all-vegan menu that will constantly grow and change as the season goes on and more produce becomes available. We are very excited to be part of the Dufferin Grove community." (

You'll find Jacob up top by the Park's bread and snacks tent.

"On top of the usual chocolate yumminess, ChocoSol is in full swing with their fresh corn tortillas. Made with local, GMO-free, organic corn and topped with organic beans, mushrooms, Kind Organics sprouts and Mad Mexican salsa, these tortillas go great with ChocoSol's cold drinking chocolate (xocolatl) that's also a summer fav! Visit for more info." Lauren and Byron

"We will have lots of WILDCRAFTED herbs and greens for Dufferin. Horsetail, chickweed, lambs quarters, dandelion and of course Nettles!" Sandra Dombi, Kind Organics

Miraculously, I caught Ted Thorpe by the phone in time to give you a preview of what's coming in from his greenhouse! He's got bok choy, two kinds of kale, and tat soi, with field-grown crops close behind.

Sosnickis' contribution: "We continue to plant the crops, deliver seedlings and are getting baby Sadie used to the market truck and adventures in Toronto! It will be just a matter of time before we'll be back at Dufferin too. Ben's been irrigating the last couple of nights and crops are growing as well as the weeds! See everyone soon :)" Jessie & Ben

Alas, thunder and fog are keeping Andrew Akiwenzie and all other fishers shorebound up on Georgian Bay, so no fish this time.

Please bring along returnable jars and reusable shopping bags when you're coming to market. For those who forget, we've got a good supply of handy fabric produce bags at $1 each or a set of 3 for $2.50; ask Ted, Woolerdale or Anne (me).

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S. This is the place to check out interesting stuff coming up!

Toronto Compost Leaders present... Worm-Share Launch!

Drop by to get special (red-wiggler) worms and information on how to start/ maintain your own worm-composter. Your worms will love Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers' Market veggie peelings, and your plants will love the results! No special tools or experience required.

  • Date: Friday, May 24
  • Time: 3-6pm. Drop-in, Workshops on worm-bins: 4-4:30pm; 5-5:30pm
  • Where: FoodShare, 90 Croatia St. - We’ll be at Brock Ave, west of Dufferin; south of Bloor
  • Bring a yogurt-type container (750g) for your new “starter kit”
  • Prices: Full container: $10, Half container: $5
  • Contact: for more information or to “reserve” worms

Plan to join us at the movies next week!

The Toronto Farmers' Market Network ( presents a screening of Symphony of the Soil, made by filmmaker, Debra Koons Garcia of 'The Future of Food'. This recently released documentary has not been widely seen, so this is a unique opportunity. For details on the film visit

  • When: Wed. May 29th, 7pm
  • Where: Royal Theatre, 608 College St.
  • r/t: 103 mins
  • Tickets at the door: $10, $5 for kids under 12

'Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of a miraculous substance, soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil's key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights the possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.'

And here's an invitation to the upcoming "Epicure Revue" film screening at the Revue Cinema on Thursday May 30 at 6.30. It seems to be a food/film event:

They plan to show two films (the short film is Citizen Z, the 2004 NFB film about the saving of the Dufferin Grove zamboni kitchen and rink programs). The main feature is a film called "The Garden":

The 2008 Academy Award-nominated documentary tells the story of a 14-acre urban garden in south central Los Angeles, which was started as a healing initiative in a neighbourhood devastated by the 1992 Rodney King riots. Unfortunately, city hall some years ago sold the site back to the original landowner, who wants to bulldoze the garden. The film follows the efforts of farmers and their supporters to defend their lush oasis.

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