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Weekly Market Notes for May 31, 2012

Hello Market Friends:

I have worked up an appetite assembling this tasty news!

From Tim Clement: "We are glad to be back finally! We are kicking off the new season with a weekly "CrÍpe du Jour". Each week this featured crÍpe showcases 100% local, seasonal, organic ingredients produced by our farmers. This week we are highlighting a crÍpe with fresh local asparagus, caramelized onions, mozzarella, toasted sesame seeds - plus your choice of either Hollandaise sauce or a fresh arugula remoulade (with chives, capers, lemon juice and dijon).

We will still be making our classics ~ Mushroom/Spinach, Roasted Vegetables, and Grilled Chicken (St. Jacobs Mennonite) crÍpes. You may choose from either organic whole grain Red Fife (a Canadian heritage grain), or buckwheat batters. As always our buckwheat batter is both gluten and dairy free.

"Earth & City is offering our usual fresh vegan spread of collard wraps, nut and seed burgers, spring rolls, and our sprouted chickpea hummus is back this week! For sweets, we have vanilla and chocolate macaroons, frosted brownies and red-skinned peanut butter thumbprints. We're excited to offer more savoury dips and spreads in the coming months, a perfect pairing with the savoury onion flatbreads!" Cassandra

We've been looking forward to the Dufferin debut of Knuckle Down Farm and the moment is finally here: "Despite battles with flea beetles and using friends with buckets as my irrigation system, I will be at market with some beautiful greens! My supply of park bread has run out, so I just couldn't stay away another week, besides, as they say 'a watched pea never flowers'. Looking forward to my first market in my farmer hat." Jenny Cook

Sosnickis' news: "We'll be going through the Strawberry patch this weekend and should bring on the berries for Dufferin by next week! This week we'll have an abundance of beautiful Swiss Chard, big Beets with fresh tops, Green Garlic (the bulbs are starting to grow, you can see the cloves forming, and the heat is also kicking in!) which is excellent in stir frys with the Chard. Also, our first cuttings of Lettuce are coming! Beautiful dark green Romaine, Red and Green Leaf too!! Storage Cabbages, almost the last of the frozen Sweet Corn and Sauerkraut. We've finally got help coming next week, SO a lot of weeding must be done to ensure decent crops this summer! Can't just drop everything and pick Strawberries you know! ;)" Jessie & Ben

The Akiwenzies will be taking a break for a bit. As if freezer and vehicle breakdowns weren't enough, algae in the nets and other challenges are getting in the way of smooth operations. We'll miss them, and keep you posted when the fish is back.

There will be more delicious asparagus at Helga's Pine River table, along with radishes, lettuces and more, and if we're very lucky, Blythe's glorious peonies will be arriving in diva-worthy bouquets.

Do you know of anyone looking for work? Both Berettas and Country Meadows have been looking for helpers to work at some markets they attend. Driving is required. Have a word with Sarah or Angelos if you'd like to learn more.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S. Here are a couple of upcoming food & farming related events that may be of interest:

Dialogue on the Risks and Opportunities of Unpasteurized Milk

On June 4th (12-2pm), Sustain Ontario is hosting a free webinar: "As the debate around the safety hazards and potential health benefits of unpasteurized milk grows, so too does the need to understand the reasons for and against pasteurization. Sustain Ontario has brought together a panel of experts to clarify some of the myths and facts about unpasteurized milk and begin an open dialogue between advocates on both sides. We hope to cover the history and reasons for pasteurization in Ontario, the public health risks of unpasteurized milk, the health claims of unpasteurized milk and the impacts on dairy producers. There will be a half hour for questions and answers." Follow the link on to register before June 4th at 11am.

Thursday June 21st (6:30pm): - Toronto film Premiere of 'To Make a Farm'

Named one of the ten most popular Canadian films at the Vancouver International Film Festival, To Make a Farm looks at the challenges facing the farming community, and what the future of local food and farming might look like. Tarrah Young, one of five new farmers featured in the film, will be in attendance for a post-film panel discussion. For more info and links to buy tickets visit under events.

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