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Weekly Market Notes for November 11, 2010

Birthday Edition
Hello Market Friends:

So how old do you think we are? Sometimes I hear people talk about the market as though it has been here forever. It's true that we are getting to be quite senior in a field of younger markets (there are 30 farmers' markets in TO now, and half have opened in the last five years), but actually, our ripe old age is just 8. Happy Birthday to Us! Mary and Yo from the park are working on a very big batch of market birthday cake (vegan, carrot, delicious) and we hope you can make it in time to have a celebratory taste, on the house.

This will be the final week of the year setting up on the rinkpad. By the time of next week's market, the rink will be in the process of transformation into shiny new ice, with the help of diligent flooding and compressors, and we'll move the market partly indoors, partly along the west side of the buildings.
Here's the news from the vendors:

From the Sosnickis: "Ben will have tubs of our farm's first raw Sauerkraut!! I'll send him with some frozen Green Beans, too. He'll also be loaded with storage crops such as potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, cabbage, squash, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, **still peppers too! Celeriac and greens still in the field! Heirloom tomatoes still going in the cold frames! Enjoy the market's bounty. We got our organic soybeans combined yesterday, so Ben is sleeping well!" Jess & Ben

From Sandy at Berettas':
At the Market Specials:

  • Beretta Hamburgers 2 pkgs for $10.00
  • Chicken Legs 5lb bag for $25.00

The following Beretta Organic Farms November Specials are all available as pre-orders:

  • Hot Dogs, all beef, nitrite-free (min purchase 5 pkgs)
  • Mild Beef Sausages (min purchase 5 pkgs)
  • Whole Chickens (min purchase - 4 - special price)
  • Top Sirloin Steak (min purchase - 4 - special price)
    Please check our website '' for pricing or call ahead to order, 416-674-5609

We know some of our readers live far, far away (and do love correspondence from exotic locations!), so here's a market special that you can get in on:

Forbes Wild Foods Holiday Gift Baskets 2010
Hello, wild food fans! Introduce your family and friends to a gift that is original, Canadian, and tastes fantastic. We at Forbes Wild Foods try to produce the best possible foods that you would want your gift to represent. Chefs across Canada are introducing these amazing tastes into menus, and you can be part of Canada’s new culinary renaissance. If the person that you are giving this gift of wild foods actually cooks for you, then the additional benefits are obvious. Prices include shipping anywhere in Canada. Please call 1-877-354-9453 for more information, email us at, or have a look at the basket options on our website at Baskets will be shipped out starting the week of November 22nd, 2010.

Cider and greens and baking and cheese plus lots more....

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

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