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Weekly Market Notes for November 16, 2006

Hello Market Friends:

Well, it has been a grand season in the great outdoors, but all good things must come to an end. This week, we'll be back in our winter headquarters, with a new twist. Linking the zamboni garage and the rinkhouse along the west side of the buildings we'll be setting up the new "arcade", two twenty foot long tents to accommodate the overflow of friendly market vendors. Be sure to take the full tour--you can stay dry while you shop!

Lots of news from farms and kitchens:

From Greenfields:

"The Fields are awfully muddy as we continue on with our final harvests. Fresh from Greenfields this week; bunched Bok Choy, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbages (Green, Savoy & a few Red ), beautiful bunched Carrots, Purple Cauliflower, Celery Root, Chinese Cabbage, Kale (Purple & Green), Kohlrabi, Red and Yellow Onion, Radicchio, Black Radish, Sweet, Sweet Rutabaga, Winter Squash and Jerusalem Artichokes. An Excellent assortment of fruit including Ontario Apples! See you Inside", Mark and Monika.

From Sosnickis:

"Ben and I will have good carrots this week! They are sizing up and nice and SWEET! Green/Red Cabbage, Potatoes, Beet Bunches with NICE tops! Enjoy the tops, as they will be gone soon. Bok Choy is sizing up, and Ben and I picked and washed about 23lbs of Spinach, so first come first serve on the Spinach. Lots of my frozen Green Beans and Sweet Corn and new this week: 1 lb tubs of Saurkraut for all to roast up, and PEROGIES!! Same price as last year: Each package should feed 3 folks as a side dish for under $2.00 per person. They are big! In two weeks I'll start the cabbage roll production as well. See all inside," Ben & Jess.

From Plan B:

"We'll be bringing some of our own salad mix, some bagged kale, a good amount of arugula, carrots and turnips, plus we'll have lots of apples and possibly local pears still. We'll also have a bit of imported fruit and may pull in the last of our ground cherries from the greenhouse! Lots of local sweet potatoes, and some basil and cilantro from the Slegers."


Ted Thorpe doesn't do email, but of course, he'll have a great selection of vegetables, including his excellent fall broccoli.

From Adolfo Garces:

"Hey coffee lovers! While the market is indoors, you still can have your Kafue-coffee and enjoy its amazing flavor and aroma. The Plan B gang is carrying our organic, Fair Trade certified coffee. This specialty coffee is shade grown by members of the Nasa community, an indigenous people doing the right thing toward nature far away in the South West of Colombia, for us here who are able to enjoy it all year round."

While Angelos is away in (sunny?)Greece, Evelyne Gharibian will be filling his corner with Hearty Catering's delicious food:

"This week I will be bringing Wraps with grilled vegetables, along with some Raw Vegetarian Nori Rolls (Sushi), and some Brown Rice Based Sushi. The rest of the menu will look like this:

Lentil Soup and Vegetarian Chili available in 1 Litre Jars, Black Eyed Bean Braise with Key Limes, Hummus, Quinoa Salad, Sundried Tomato Tapenade, Sunflower Pate, and a few other goodies. I will also have a warm stew and brown long grain rice available to enjoy on the spot. Everything on the menu is made using whole grains, gluten free(wraps excluded), and sugar free."

From Jonathan Forbes:

"I'll be bringing some fresh wild jerusalem artichokes, a few fresh late oyster mushrooms and a little bit of fresh wild rose hips along with my usual stuff."

Look for Jonathan in the market tents.

Also outside, in their own tent, you'll find the Akiwenzies, who have been bringing their wildly popular smoked fish to Riverdale Market for some time and will be joining us this week. It's a plan that has been in the works for some time, and we're delighted to welcome them. They'll be coming about twice a month. From Natasha Akiwenzie:

"We offer smoked and fresh Whitefish and Lake Trout from Georgian Bay. We smoke and catch our own fish just north of Wiarton, ON which is on the Bruce Peninsula. Our smoked fish comes in three different flavours which are Honey Garlic, Cajun and our regular smoked. Our fresh fish is the previous days catch."

See you at the indoor-outdoor market!


P.S. Attached is a message about a presentation and discussion at Hart House next Wednesday titled "Revitalizing Your Community" which features some of the contributors to our lively park.

Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers' Market
Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m. year-round

From Jutta Mason:

Next Wednesday, Nov.22, at 7 p.m. the Hart House "Grand Design" public discussion series will have a session called "Revitalizing your Community." The panel is: Georgie Donais (park cob courtyard/bio-toilet), Jutta Mason (park newsletter) and Gene Threndyle (park native species gardens) from our end, plus three of our new park friends from Lawrence Heights Community Housing. The topic is how to help public spaces become lively community gathering places (get a year-round fire permit, start a farmers' market, etc.), and there's lots of time for audience participation. The park bakers will bring bread and butter and farmers' market radishes (from Greenfields) to ground the discussion. Admission is free, and the poster is attached.

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