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Weekly Market Notes for November 01, 2012

Hello Market Friends:

Remember last Thursday, that balmy, sunny fall afternoon in the park? My, what a week brings. Nevertheless, you've got to eat, so come on over and we'll help you out with that. It's actually quite pleasant walking about in the fallen leaves, figuring out which caution tapes are for Hallowe'en and which are for real, and enjoying not living in lower Manhattan.

We were getting ready to take shelter, but the puddles on the rink are just a bit bigger than usual, so most of the market will be there, under tents, with a few vendors in and around the zamboni garage. The big fall harvest continues, and it's perfect weather for cooking up soups and stews rich with local flavours.

There will be a performance by artist claude wittman taking place in the park gardens during the market, part of the Food=Need community performance and celebration presented by WIAprojects with the Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Community & Health Centre. To learn more, visit: or on facebook:

Here's a taste of what's coming in from the vendors:

Sosnickis' contribution: "For November 1st we are still harvesting lots fresh from the fields! Harvested new for tomorrow is our root celery, Celeriac. Also fresh from the fields are Spinach, Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli, Leeks, Beets, Savoy Cabbages, Kale. From barn storage are our Potatoes, Onions, Garlic along with Green and Red Cabbages." Jessie & Ben

Ted Thorpe has his most abundant supply of greens now, plus fresh carrots, potatoes and those fabulous Jamaican pumpkins.

Knuckle Down Farm and Alli's Bakery will be absent. Countdown to Greece for Angelos: it's the second-last week for eggs, oil, cheese and olives before Country Meadows is away for several markets.

Last but certainly not least, Important Park News:

On Saturday Nov.3 between 9 am and 7 pm, drop in for an all-day Open House/Exhibition at the Dufferin Grove rink house and surroundings. At the Open House, you'll be able to register your opinion: in December, a few of the park (and rink) programs will need to be reduced or shut down, because there are not enough staff left. What are your priorities for what should be preserved? There will be lots of photo displays and storyboards about the different programs that were developed over the years, with some Parks and Recreation budget information and organizational displays as well. There will be three briefing sessions -- at 11 a.m., 2 pm, and 5 pm, half an hour each, take your pick -- about the four Ward 18 parks at issue. The zamboni cafe will be open, one of the bake ovens will be fired up (with bread samplings), and there are bound to be some lively conversations among neighbours.

For more information:

Jutta Mason

Please don't take our wonderful park programs for granted, we need your involvement.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

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