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Weekly Market Notes for May 07, 2015

Hello Market Friends:

With the ground dry, and an exceptionally warm forecast for Thursday, we've decided we can't wait any longer. The market will be fully outdoors this time, and we'll spread down to the lower path so there's plenty of space for happy hordes of customers. The vendors are excited about the move after such a long, tough winter, and looking forward to seeing many smiling eaters.

The park trees are aglow with the first green-gold blossoms and leaves, and we invite you to linger and enjoy some dinner after you get your groceries. Alli Harris will bring on the rotis, tasty drinks and fish sandwiches, Earth and City will be buzzing up great green smoothies and spreads, ChocoSol will say good-bye hot chocolate, hello cold; there will be Dufferin Grove breads, soups and snacks, Akiwenzies' smoked fish and Best Baa cheeses for picnicking, those irresistable JK Fries, and we're delighted to welcome back Tapioca Gourmet, with Brazilian-style gluten-free pancakes, too.

Our returning vendors list grows by two farms:

"Last year Knuckle Down Farm promised to be back by the beginning of May. We have decided to keep that promise and bring our first wee crop of spicy salad! There will also be a little rhubarb from our overflowing patch. We are looking forward to being back and seeing everyone! " Jenny Cook

Pine River Organic Farm is ready to join us again with Bok Choy and other good things Bob Felhazi has been growing in his greenhouse. Unfortunately, Bob's asparagus is not quite ready yet, but Matt Hilchey, Pine River's market assistant last year, sent a promising photo of an early spike from his own farm, where he and his brother are happily growing for deliveries to an expanding group of customers. Go Matt! We'll meet Pine River's new market assistant this time.

Sandra from Kind Organics writes: "I will be returning this week with a full spread of greens and sprouts. I look forward to being back to Dufferin Grove; what a treat that we get to be outside too."

Welcome to Michael Fohr, who will be sharpening knives the first week of each month for the outdoor season. If you're a frequent chopper, you may want to mark that on the calendar.

We'll have ever-more-abundant choices for gardeners from Urban Harvest, Wildlife Gardening, Country Meadows and Gro4 Organics.

And last but not least exciting, there should be a mighty fine pile of wild leeks on the Forbes Wild Foods table.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

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)
  • 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)
  • Forbes Wild Foods (wild leeks, mushrooms, nuts, maple syrup, preserves)
  • Gro4 Organics (worm castings and soil mixes)
  • 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, Berkshire pork, baking)
  • Michael Fohr (knife sharpening, 1st market of each month)
  • 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 (Reimer Vineyards this week)
  • Wildlife Gardening''' (native species perennials and shrubs)
  • Ying Ying Soy''' (tofus and miso from ON organic soybeans)

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