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Weekly Market Notes for October 13, 2011

Hello Market Friends:

My cousin Sharon is a farmer who's also a great cook, so I asked her what some of her favourite recipes are right now. Here's one for Irish Colcannon to try, as our incredible rerun of summer ends and we get back to fall flavours. And if you like crazy customs, here's a tip: "At Halloween, charms were hidden in the Colcannon and any unmarried girl who found one would place socks with spoonfuls of Colcannon and the charms on their front door handle. The first man to enter the house was their intended." (Personally, I'd rather eat the colcannon than wash those socks, but I guess that's not a very romantic remark.)

Irish Colcannon

  • 1 1/2 lb potatoes washed, diced, leave the skins on
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 c onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 bunch spinach or 3 cups sliced cabbage, or other fall greens of your choice
  • 1 T cream, sour cream or yogurt
  • 1/4 c half & half

Add potatoes to a pot that is a size that can be used later for mashing. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Drain. While potatoes are boiling, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil 5 minutes over medium heat or until onions are translucent. Add greens, cover, and cook a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until all is wilted. (For cabbage or heartier greens, lower the heat a bit so that the onions don’t burn.) Add sautéed mix to potatoes. Mash with a hand mixer. Add in yogurt and half and half. Season with salt & pepper to taste and enjoy! Sharon says: " I’ve made a nest in the middle of the whipped potatoes and placed a poached egg in it and grated cheese on top. It isn’t real sexy, but it is comfort food, for sure."
Here's the vendor news:

Sosnickis' contribution: "While we cut and store our cabbage and wait for the first killing frost, we've still got lots to offer this week! Enjoy peppers! More 'suntan' green/reds and hots, lots of fresh Spinach this week, Brussel Sprouts, plentiful Potatoes (which have all been mass dug and now are are stored), Beet bunches, Celeriac, Onions, of course Cabbages, beautiful Leeks, Heirlooms from the covered field, Parsley too! " Jess & Ben

Natasha Akiwenzie writes: "Andrew is out on the water and I am working on the smoked [fish]. Should see you Thursday."

From Forbes Wild Foods: "This week at Dufferin we’ll be bringing some fresh Honey Mushrooms, Hedgehog Mushrooms, as well as Heart Nuts, and more Paw Paws, probably the last ones of the year!"

Tim Clement (with the crepes) will be absent this week.

The Organic Supper Club Menu:

  • Goji Chia Granola (local oats and maple syrup)
  • Tamari Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  • Pumpkin Curry (local pumpkin)
  • Spelt Cranberry and Pumpkin Seed Salad (local Carrots, Parsley)
  • Very Spicy Kamut Pasta Salad (local eggplant)
  • 5 Layered Fiesta Dip (local Tomatoes, Garlic, Onions)
  • Summer Fresh Quinoa Salad (Quebec Cucumbers, local potatoes, sweet potatoes)
  • Spicy Moroccan Stew (Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans)

October Specials from Beretta: Black Forest Ham, Cranberry Maple Sausages, Grass Fed Ground Beef ($10.50 p/pkg), Whole Chickens ($4.08/lb), Ground Turkey ($7.00 p/pkg)

See you at the market, up on the rink. There will be puddles, but lots of good fun and food!!

Anne Freeman

Upcoming Events of Interest, with some reruns and additions:

Sunday, October 16, 1 - 5 pm, GMO - Right2Know Rally! 612 Markham St. (Beit Zatoun), Toronto (at Bathurst subway) Canadian Organic Growers Toronto and Ruth's Foods are holding a rally against genetically modified organisms (GMOs). As part of Organic Week, October 15-22 and non-GMO month, and in support of the Right2Know March from New York to Washington, D.C., we will 'live stream' Guest Speakers from the conclusion of the march in Washington. Let's make this a North America-wide shout out against GMOs and a demand for labeling so people can make the choice for good, safe food. There will be local speakers, a new film on GMOs and music.

Planet in Focus film festival is on now through October 16: Some films have a food focus, including Enjoy Your Meal, on this Saturday with $5 tix:

Foodstock, presented by over 80 of Canada's best chefs in solidarity with the movement to stop the Mega Quarry, is coming up October 16 in Honeywood: You can now register to take a bus to the event:

"Milkwar" Film Screening at The Theatre Centre by the West End Food Co-op, with Michael Schmidt in attendance, October 20:

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