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Weekly Market Notes for November 20, 2014

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Hello Market Friends:

We ironed most of the kinks out of our 'new' setup last week, as all the vendors moved into the garage and rinkhouse, or under tents (with sparkly lights!) on the west side of the building. We were happy to see lots of purposeful shoppers arriving at 3 to load up on food for the week (as well as market birthday cake), but it was very quiet at the end. Let us know if you are someone who counts on coming close to 7 pm, because we may consider shortening market hours to 6:30 on winter nights if everybody prefers coming earlier. We want the market to work for both you and the vendors, so your input is valuable.

2014 has not been officially named 'the year of the carrot', but carrots have come through as all-stars for our farms this season. Glamorous crops like heirloom tomatoes and strawberries may steal the limelight, but hey, you can count on the humble carrot for grating into salads and baking, juicing, roasting, and snacking. We'll have lots this week, along with a great array of other local root veggies.

Kind Organics has a broad selection of salad mixes and sprouts to bring fresh flavours to your tables. This winter they'll have more greens for us straight on through, because support from The Big Carrot's 'Nature's Finest Fund' helped them get a much bigger year-round greenhouse set up. You're probably used to seeing Sandra Dombi (whom I like to call The Queen of Labels, because she puts such nice names and descriptions on their products) behind their table, but for the next while their on-farm manager Julian will be getting a taste of market life.

This will probably be Field Sparrow Farms' last week. Time to get a few extra packages of pastured beef, pork, or chicken for the freezer. Thanks Henry!

It may be a little blustery, but it feels good to get outside, and you can treat yourself to hot chocolate from ChocoSol, a pear and ginger drink from Earth and City or hot cider from Spade & Spoon while you shop.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

Vendors this week, and where to find them:

(The Rinkhouse entrance is at the north end of the building, the Garage at the south, and Outdoor vendors will be along the west side.)

  • Ali Harris (Fish Shak) (rotis, fritters, hemp pesto, beverages), Rinkhouse
  • Bees Universe (honey and bee products), Rinkhouse
  • Beretta Farms (organic and naturally raised meats), Garage
  • Best Baa (sheep's milk, cheeses, yogurt), Rinkhouse
  • Chocosol (coffee and chocolate), Garage
  • Culture City (tempeh and fermented condiments), Outside
  • DeFloured (gluten-free baking), Outside
  • Dufferin Park Bakers (wood-fired oven breads, soups,and snacks), Rinkhouse
  • Earth and City (raw foods and smoothies), Outside
  • Everdale Farm (organic vegetables), Rinkhouse
  • Field Sparrow (pastured pork, beef and chicken), Outside
  • Forbes Wild Foods (dried mushrooms, nuts, syrup, preserves), Rinkhouse
  • JK Kitchens Fries (french fries from organic ON potatoes), Outside
  • Kind Organics (sprouts, salad mixes, teas, chocolate), Rinkhouse
  • Shared Harvest (organic vegetables, herbs, ferments), Garage
  • Spade & Spoon (jams, pickles, soups), Rinkhouse
  • Ted Thorpe (veggies), Garage
  • VQA Wines (Tawse Vineyards this week), Outside
  • Ying Ying Soy (tofus and miso), Rinkhouse

Country Meadows (Angelos), Knuckle Down Farm and Akiwenzies Fish are absent, and Waymac Mushrooms has finished for the season.

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