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Weekly Market Notes for October 11, 2012

Hello Market Friends:

Bye-bye basil, hello parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme (sorry, if you're humming, you've just dated yourself). Let's bid a fond farewell to summer flavours and settle into heartier fare. We have so much to choose from at this time of year! Just take a look at these veggie lists from our vendors:

From Shared Harvest Community Farm: "This week on the produce front we'll be bringing some heirloom cabbage, napa cabbage, juicy and sweet hakurei turnips, parsley, cilantro, dill, parsnips, sweet peppers, hot peppers, romanesco spiraling cauliflower, normal cauliflower, tomatillos, onions, garlic, ground cherries, collards, eggplant, salad mix, arugula, summer squash (last of the season), pac choi, tat soi and leeks! On the lacto fermented side of things we'll have pickles, beans, hot zucchini relish and pickled eggplant. We'll see you Thursday!" Kevin

Sosnickis' contribution: "We've been very Thankful for our workers Domingo, Manuel and Miguel so on Monday we had a huge Thanksgiving feast with them and enjoyed our seasonal veg along with our own chicken we raised! We hope everyone was able to enjoy some good grub! Coming to market this week: Still harvesting Green Beans and Peppers! You can all expect awesome fall crops like tons of Broccoli, fresh Spinach, Tatsoi, huge bunches of Beets with fresh tops, Brussel Sprouts, Leeks, Onions, Garlic, Cabbage, Kale and Potatoes! We've begun mass digging so we'll have our gold potatoes along with reds and fingerlings tomorrow! Check out our blog for pics and info on our fall veg! And how we extend our season to have our own well into the winter: " Jess & Ben

Helga called from Pine River Organic Farm to say she hopes to fill her little blue market mobile with peas, beans, carrots, beets and potatoes.

This will be the last week to get Evelyn's Crackers at Dufferin this year. As you'll have noticed, Evelyn's features Ontario grains, including farmer Patricia Hastings' (CIPM) Ontario Red Fife wheat, also used in the park's whole wheat breads. The wonderful flavour of Patricia's flour impressed the judges, so later this month, Ed Rek and Dawn Woodward, Evelyn's Crackers' founders, are heading to Terra Madre in Italy to show off the Red Fife in their shortbread and 'Slightly Seedy' crackers. Bruno Pretti and Paula Vopni of Fun Guy Farm will be attending Terra Madre as well. We wish them a wonderful trip!

"Kind Organics has KALE Chips back in full force this week. We have 5 different flavours to choose from, and one involves Chocosol chocolate!!! We will have samples so don't be afraid to ask for some." Sandra Dombi

Tim Clement will be absent, but Bashir Munye will be visiting once again with tasty dumplings to eat on the spot or cook at home.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S. What are you up to this weekend? Here are some ideas:

Sun Oct 14th (1pm): The Clean Train Parade- The Clean Train Coalition is taking legal action against the decision by Metrolinx to put diesel trains on the Air Rail Link that will pass Sorauren Park every 7.5 minutes on average. The parade starts at 1 p.m. on the Railpath at the Wallace Street bridge, north of Bloor, west of Lansdowne. The Parade route is Bloor, Roncesvalles and ending at Sorauren Park for a Rally at 2 p.m. Bring your neighbours and friends... make your voice heard for modern, clean, faster, lighter, quieter and long-term cheaper trains. Organizers are looking for singers to join a choir at the rally. If interested, contact Judith at to ask for details and lyrics.

Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival is on from October 10-14 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox ( for info, passes and tickets). There are free kids' films and this one co-presented by Canadian Organic Growers Toronto:

In Organic We Trust: Sunday, October 14, 12:00 pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. West, Cinema 2

"In Organic We Trust is an eye-opening exposé on the food industry. Director, Kiplin Pastor goes on a personal and investigative journey across America to find the true meaning of the word “organic.” What began as a grassroots movement of small-scale farmers has turned into a $30 billion industry in which small, diversified organic farms have been replaced by large corporate operations and the “certified organic” label has become a marketing tool. Hearing from farmers, organic certifiers, scientists and organic critics, the film reveals that in spite of the corporatization of organic, the original grassroots philosophy is making a comeback in many innovative forms. Digging deep to explore the content beneath the label and the truth behind the marketing, In Organic We Trust takes a balanced approach to clear up misconceptions about organic food while highlighting practical solutions that are transforming the way we grow and eat." Winner of the Golden Palm Award, Mexican International Film Festival.

For other films on the festival program looking at food and farming issues, check out Bitter Seeds and Raising Resistance, too.

Toronto Garlic Festival, October 13th (1 pm - 9 pm) and October 14 (9 am - 4 pm), Evergreen Brick Works

Talks, demos, kids' activities, wine & beer, garlic breath contest, and lots more. $10, with early bird discounts and kids under 12 free. Don't stink and drive, take the free TTC shuttle to the festival! ( for more information)

A little later in the month, mark your calendar for SoupStock, at Woodbine Park on October 21st, in support of the ongoing campaign to stop the Highland Mega-Quarry:

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