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Weekly Market Notes for May 27, 2010

Hello Market Friends:

Feeling hot, hot, hot? Head for the green shade of the park and a great selection of savoury, sweet, local, wild and world foods, including the beautiful fresh organic harvests of May. Dufferin Grove is the place to be this Thursday! Lots of vendor notes to fill you in on what's coming:

Sosnickis contribution: "We are cutting the first heads of our field lettuce, so it's officially 'salad season'! Red leaf, green leaf, oak leaf, and crisp Romaine! We'll cut Thursday morning so it's nice and fresh for our Dufferin crowd! Bok Choy, Tatsoi & radishes a plenty too. Still going with perogies & sauerkraut as well! All I can say about this weather is planting, planting, planting!!" Jess & Ben.

'Greenfields news: "The heat has helped speed a few crops along and we'll be bringing a large variety of our own farm grown produce this week: Lots and lots of beautiful, dark green tender SPINACH, picked leaf by leaf and ready for your salads. This might be the last week for our Japanese White TURNIPS, which really taste like a mild radish and are best eaten raw*. Spring LETTUCE MIX, bunches of DANDELION, spicy RED MUSTARD and the first of this years CHARD and KALE (both black and curly). ASPARAGUS is still going strong and so are our storage BEETS! Time permitting we'll also cut some CILANTRO and RHUBARB. We'll also have locally grown, and of course certified organic: Parsley, Yams, Shiitakes, Potatoes, Apples and Basil. To help everyone enjoy the heat wave we ordered in a mountain of Watermelons and will bring along to Dufferin however many will fit into the van once our own produce is loaded." Lorenz

[*Editor's note: When I tell you that I'm in love with a turnip, don't feel sorry for me. Once get to know this particular turnip, you'll understand.]

Tim Clement writes: "At long last, the highly anticipated return of Chef Mike, with our whole grain burritos (vegetarian or free-run chicken), including fresh made salsa, guacamole, brown rice, black turtle beans, and all the fixins! I will be serving up whole grain and buckwheat crȇpes, and for the first time we will be making the buckwheat batter not only gluten free, but also lactose free due to popular demand. Bon Appetit!"

"The folks at Nujima are excited to offer delicious organic raw food treats, both sweet and savory! Our creations are 100% raw, created from our own products, organic ingredients, local and wild produce. This week we will be serving decadent Frosted Chocolate Brownies made with almonds, raw cacao, yacon syrup and coconut spread. Our satisfying Chia Strawberry Pudding is made with coconut milk, chia seeds and fresh organic strawberries. Our Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Cookies are made with raw gluten-free organic oat groats, as well as other tasty ingredients. As for savory we will be serving Collard Green Wraps with almond pesto, fresh veggies and wild local horsetail (to help you get your daily Silica). We will also be making fresh Green Smoothies on site, made with wild weeds and greens, bananas and mango. Yum yum!" Cassandra

"ChocoSol will be bringing roasted cacao nibs to the market! These tasty morsels have a great flavour and punch and can be added to baking or as chocolate chips into granola. Try experimenting on the savoury side; fire up the barbecue and marinate your favourite smokey meat or fish. Incredible! Cacao as a spice! Special price: $8 (regularly goes for $12!)" Mathieu McFadden

[There's a nice article about Chocosol's creations in The Globe, Wednesday May 26.]

You may have heard "the buzz" about International Pollinator Week, coming June 21-27. Well, we're getting the jump on that with a special display this week. When The Parkdale Horticultural Society asked to tell market goers about the gardens they support and their upcoming garden tour, it seemed the perfect chance to learn from Dr. Clement Kent, co-founder of "The Hort", market friend, and gardener extraordinaire. Clement is currently part of a major project to research and support pollinators. Come and find out how you can be involved as a city gardener.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S. A note from park friend Michelle Webb: "This weekend come paint the much loved picnic tables at Dufferin Grove Park. All are welcome! Table painting will be Saturday May 29, 11-2 PM by the bake ovens. Rain date: Sunday May 30th. We have paint, paint brushes, rags and old shirts from the clothing exchange. Feel free to bring your own brushes."

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