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Weekly Market Notes for May 28, 2015

Hello Market Friends:

Did you know that last week The Toronto Star listed Dufferin Grove Farmers' Market as one of the top grocery destinations in the city at which to find a date? (

Well, we know the market is where the beautiful people are, and luckily, some of them are still single. To spice things up a little more, we're looking forward to welcoming back Jason Kun's Island Oysters this week. He'll be joining us once a month during oyster season.

Don't forget to bring your knives for sharpening next time (first market of every month).

A note from the Sosnickis:

"As we busily keep planting, weeding and now irrigating because it is so dry we are sure missing the markets! We will be back soon. We had an awesome but too short a visit to the farm on the weekend from Blythe from Spade to Spoon! Seeing her friendly face and selling her some cabbage plants made me miss markets even more! The vendors and customers become your extended family so we are anxious to get back." Jessie, Ben, Sadie & Nate

And speaking of Blythe, Spade & Spoon has a delicious new barbeque sauce, great for finishing items on the grill. Another terrific use?

Blythe's Pizza

Spread a thin layer of the sauce on your favourite pizza crust, top with chunks of cooked chicken breast, caramelized onions, asparagus, and sharp grated cheese. Bake in a hot oven til cheese is bubbly. Ta-DA!

Apologies from Gro4 Organics; when they headed out for market last week their car wouldn't start. They're done for the season at Dufferin, but if you were hoping to get more of their soil mix, amendments or worm castings, give Tiffany a call at 416-534-3531 as they will deliver orders over $50 free of charge, and may be in the neighbourhood.

Welcome back to Waymac Farms, with their beautiful oyster and shiitake mushrooms.

From Plan B: "We’ll have the first of our delicious butter head lettuce and a small amount of our batavian lettuce. We’ll also have lots of bunched garlic, chives mint and oregano. We’ll have a load of local organic tomatoes No apples this week, sorry." Alvaro

Can you help Plan B build their farm kitchen? Deadline for support is June 1st, and contributors to their crowd funding campaign will receive 'perks' which they can pick up at Dufferin market. Contributions will be matched by Ontario's Local Food Fund, so your donation will double!

The Plan B Organic Farm Kitchen will be a multi-purpose kitchen space for:

  • Preservation – To reduce food waste and make delicious things!
  • Education – Host ‘Field to Fork’ trips for schools from across Hamilton and the GTA.
  • Celebration – Host more events on the farm that celebrate the seasons of local food!

How will the community benefit:

  • 1.More local foods on store shelves & at farmers’ markets
  • 2. More School Field Trips – where kids can taste & cook veggies!
  • 3 Make it easier for you to eat local year round!

Can You Help?

Please Share This Link:

Our 'take a bag, leave a bag' box is very popular with the 'takers', but we need more 'leavers'! If you have clean used cloth, paper or plastic bags you'd like to share, please bring them along.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S. Here's a film listing that's dear to me, as my Dad (who was 80 at the time) was in the protest it documents:

Tuesday, June 2 at 6:00 p.m.

Cinema Politica at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto


Lenny Epstein, Clarke Mackey, Elaine Foreman & Jamie Swift / Canada / 2014 / 59'

When Canada's Government takes the decision to transform the correctional system to one that puts punishment first, Canada's rehabilitative prison farms are one of the first casualties. A strong opposition forms towards the farm closures and for two days in the late summer of 2010, hundreds of angry protesters stand in front of Frontenac Prison Farm in the heart of Kingston, Ontario, ready to block cattle trucks brought in to remove the hundred-year-old prize dairy herd. The dramatic standoff between protesters and police lasts two days, through pouring rain and hot sun. Black-clad police arrest 24 people, the youngest 14 years old, the oldest, 85.

Vendors this week:

  • Akiwenzies Fish (fresh, frozen and smoked Georgian Bay fish)
  • Alli Harris (fish sandwiches, fritters, hemp pesto, beverages)
  • Bees Universe (honey and bee products)
  • Beretta Farms (organic and naturally raised meats)
  • Best Baa (sheep's milk, cheeses and yogurt)
  • Brixton Grill (vegan barbeque and ice cream treats)
  • ChocoSol (coffee and chocolate)
  • Country Meadows (olives, oil, eggs, cheese, vegetable and herb seedlings)
  • Culture City (fermented condiments, tempehs, gluten-free pasta)
  • DeFloured (gluten-free baking)
  • Dufferin Park Bakers (wood-fired oven breads, soups,and snacks)
  • Earth and City (raw foods, smoothies)
  • Evelyn's Crackers (baking made from ON whole grains)
  • Floralora (fresh farm-grown cutflowers)
  • Forbes Wild Foods (wild leeks, dried mushrooms, nuts, maple syrup, preserves)
  • Island Oysters (shucked fresh at the market)
  • JK Fries (freshly made french fries with assorted mayos)
  • Kind Organics (sprouts, salad mixes, teas, chocolate)
  • Knuckle Down Farm (organic vegetables)
  • Marvellous Edibles (organic vegetables, meats, poultry, baking)
  • Pine River Organic Farm (organic vegetables)
  • Plan B (organic fruits and veggies)
  • Spade & Spoon (jams, pickles, soups, maple syrup)
  • Tapioca Gourmet (gluten-free Brazilian pancakes with seasonal fillings)
  • Urban Harvest (plants, seeds, body care, soil amendments)
  • VQA Wine (Tawse this week)
  • Waymac Farms (oyster and shiitake mushrooms)
  • Wildlife Gardening (native species perennials and shrubs)
  • Ying Ying Soy (tofus and miso from ON organic soybeans)

Knife Sharpening by Mike Fohr the first market of each month.

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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