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Weekly Market Notes for November 05, 2009

Hello Market Friends:

We'll have a combo setup this week, with some vendors on the rink and some indoors, where you can warm up, too. It may be getting chilly, but the local menu is still fresh and varied. We're counting on you to keep up your great support of the local farmers and food producers who make the weekly trip to Dufferin!

News, recipes and announcements:

Sosnickis report: "The warm fall has allowed for a good harvest! We still have stuff in the field, such as carrots and celery! Should wrap up harvest by next week. Ben will be bringing all our own seasonal crops as usual this week. I hit the kitchen with my crew Nov. 9 & 10 to begin our seasonal perogie production!" Jessie

Please welcome Kind Organics (Tamas and Sandra Dombi), who will be bringing their beautiful assortment of sprouts to the next few markets.

Angelos Kapelaris (Country Meadows Gardens) is about to leave for several weeks on his annual olive-harvesting trip to his family farm in Greece. Stock up on your favourite items, as his helper, Verna, may not attend every week in his absence.

Here's a delicious, simple recipe sent in by market regular Dierdre Newman, to try while Ted Thorpe's celery is still plentiful:

Celery Soup, from Susan McKenna Grant's Piano Piano Pieno

1 bunch celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
chopped parsley
5 TBSP butter (or olive oil)
1 medium potato, chopped
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
salt, pepper

Cook the celery, onion, garlic and parsley in butter (or olive oil) for about 10 minutes, untils onions become transparent. Add potato, and broth and simmer about 40 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and put through a food mill/ blender. Serve with more chopped parsley or chopped celery leaves and croutons.

Forbes Wild Foods will be bringing fresh, sweet Ontario chestnuts!

Deer Valley will have a good selection of fresh venison available. This will be a good week to stock up on steaks and stewing cubes.

We always like to brag about the great farmers who come to Dufferin. This week we have an extra-special announcement.
Shane Eby of Under Ground Organics has been awarded a Nuffield Canada Farming Scholarship, which will allow him to travel internationally in order to learn from other farmers. Shane is the first organic farmer in Canada to be awarded this honour! Here's a bit more about it:

" The objective of the Nuffield Canada Farming Scholarship is to develop leadership from within Canada's rural industries, communities and from the practices of agriculture.
Each year, Nuffield Canada grants limited scholarships to a few applicants who are Canadian Citizens between 25 and 45 and who already work in agriculture. Selected applicants are those the Selection Committee feel will be able to contribute and innovate within their respective fields upon their return to Canada.
Nuffield Farming Scholarships worldwide has just celebrated its Golden Jubilee (50 years), and over that time, Nuffield Scholars from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Zimbabwe, France and Ireland have travelled the world seeking new technology, ideas and approaches."

This will be Shane's last week for the season, so we're glad to get the chance to congratulate him. He says thanks to everyone for coming out, and (even with his travel plans) he'll be back next year.

See you at the market!


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