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Weekly Market Notes for November 12, 2009

Hello Market Friends:

Happy Birthday to Us! The market is 7 years young this week, and celebratory news has been rolling in. Please join us for a taste of market birthday cake (made from that delicious recipe in our 2009 calendar) and tell all your favourite farmers and vendors that you want their great food to keep coming to our neighbourhood, all year long!

Tim Clement writes: "In recognition of the 7th anniversary of the market, I will be offering a new addition to the menu. It is a medley of grilled and roasted organic vegetables, including squash, potato, onions, cauliflower and more, served up piping hot in a crepe."

After last week's farewell, Shane (Under Ground Organics) couldn't resist coming back one more time: "I'll have everyone's favourite Goldana Turnips, delicious carrots, the nicest flavoured rutabagas - the Joan variety, as well as fresh greens and some herbs."

From Forbes Wild Foods: "We’ll be bringing fresh Heart Nuts and Hickory Nuts. Yum!"

Grandma Stella teaching Kera
how to make perogies

Sosnickis' news: "It's perogie season! Kera Pesal, a familiar and friendly market face and helper to many farmers drove down from Toronto yesterday and helped Ben and I make our perogies! I'm sharing a picture of my grandma Stella teaching her how to make them. We had a crew of 12 and made both potato cheddar and buttery onion and sauerkraut filled ones. So Ben will have our loaded red coolers along with fresh carrots with tops, beets, potatoes, onions, celery, celeriac, cabbage, pumpkins, maybe some brussel sprouts (they are still in the field) and I'm sure I'm forgetting something, yup, arugula and whatever else I find out in the field...Man this weather is awesome for more harvest!" Jessie


From Irene and Tony at Deer Valley: "We will have fresh venison sausage this week as well as the venison chili and a good selection of fresh venison steaks, striploin, roasts and stewing cubes."

"Going to be a nice sunny day! Lots of great Greenfields produce available this week. Chiogga and Lutz Beets (big ones are nice for grating & juicing ), Red Cabbage, Savoy Cabbage, Purple & Orange Carrots, Celeriac, Purple Kale, great BIG Kohlrabi, Daikon and Watermelon Radish, Rutabaga and an amazing amount of our Broccoli; to be enjoyed while it lasts! Ontario Yams & Parsnips and a few other goodies as well. See you there," Mark

[Editor's note: Embarassing though this is to admit as a market manager, I only recently overcame my fear of kohlrabi and realized how fun it is to crunch. Encountering a 48 pound one in the vegetable competition at the Royal Winter Fair this week set me back a bit, but I can assure you that Greenfields' big ones are much less scary, and very tasty!]

A note from Mel Golba: "Plan B won't be selling at the market this week. Alvaro has gone to Mexico for a week to speak at a conference on growing for local markets with Sustain Ontario, so that adds to our busyness around here. Happy Anniversary to the market!!"

Berettas news: "We would like to put on a special for the anniversary; we would like to offer our Boneless Blade beef roast for $15 each. As well we will be having our Ribeye steak on special for $10 each, and the grass only ground beef for $5 each."

Our inside-and-out arrangement worked just fine last week, so we'll repeat it one more time. Flooding starts next week, to get ready for opening day November 21st. You'll only find skating farmers on the rink after that; the market will be set up in and around the garage and the rinkhouse.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

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