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Weekly Market Notes for November 04, 2010

Hello Market Friends:

I surveyed my fridge and pantry contents this morning and found the menu options to be pretty slim, but reports from the farms make the eating ahead look very good indeed:

Sosnickis' contribution: "Fall harvest continues as we dig all the storage potatoes, cut and bin the rest of the cabbage, top and bin the beets, etc, etc. Winter inventory is better than last year!! We have a lot of peppers in the cooler that will be sold within the next month! Greens such as kale in the field still we will try and make time to harvest. Onions and carrots plentiful too! Soon begins the task of using this great stuff to create foods. Sauerkraut is almost fermented- next week!" Jess & Ben

"Our fields are still abundantly full with all kinds of vegetables and we often don't know how to pick it all during the days that continue to get shorter. The last few nights proved to be well below zero here at Greenfields Farm. This meant that no greens could be harvested for most of the morning and we finally got ahead on our root harvest. Our walk-in coolers are quickly filling up with celeriac, beets, sunchokes, winter radishes, rutabagas, carrots and parsnips. What we don't have room to store goes straight to Pfennings'! Still lots of kale, brussels sprouts, leeks, cabbages, radicchio and parsley fresh from the field. I just cut Purple Cauliflower, Romanesco and Broccoli, which could be the last for this year. The purple in the cauliflowers becomes more vibrant as the temperature drops. Weather permitting we'll cut some fresh Celery, Dandelion and Red Mustard greens tomorrow morning. Whatever you do, don't leave the market without trying one of our sweet carrots!" Lorenz and Adrian

On special from Beretta this week: hamburger patties at 2 packs for $10 as well as certified organic chicken legs ( 5lb pkg for $25-that's more than $10 off the regular price).
If you're planning ahead, Beretta Farms November Specials are all available as pre-orders. The order deadline for pickup at the market is Wednesday, 10am.

  • 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.

Don't forget plenty of cool-weather greens for delicious salads to accompany hearty meals, and stock up on extra oil, vinegar and cheese from Country Meadows; Angelos will be away for the next couple of weeks on his annual olive harvest-time trip to the family farm in Greece. Our hearts go out to him....Gosh, who'd want to leave Toronto in November...?

Do you remember when Beata Macklin used to bring Whole World Trading teas and spices to Dufferin? Now that Colette (Urban Harvest) has a lovely little shop on Sorauren, she is re-building connections for us. You'll find a small selection of Whole World's exceptional fair-trade spices at her table starting this week.

We'll have some visitors to tell you all about the "Orange Drop" hazardous and special waste dropoff event happening Wednesday, November 10th, 3pm-8pm at Dufferin

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

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