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Weekly Market Notes for October 02, 2014

Hello Market Friends:

We have a wonderful big gang of vendors this season, so I spent some time wandering around the rink with tape measure and chalk the other day, figuring out who should be where in our fall arrangement. It's going to look great when we're all set up! Lots of notes to share:

Sosnickis' contribution: "Fall harvest has really begun as we start bringing in all the cooking onions that sat pulled in long windrows during the gorgeous warm dry weather we've recently had. Cured nicely, they are huge, and pack a punch to soups and stews. We've also topped and removed leaves on the Brussel Sprouts - they are looking good! Fresh, flavourful Celery comes to Dufferin this week. Broccoli - LOTS of gorgeous, tight, fresh heads of Broccoli. Come get your fill! Last of the Sweet Corn, and thanks to all you righteous cool Dufferin patrons who aren't scared of a worm at the tip of your cob, nip them out and enjoy non-gmo, sprayed with absolutely nothing Sweet Corn!! More Heirloom Tomatoes, Peppers, beautiful Carrots, Beets, Kale, French Fingerling and Red Potatoes, Cabbages too. Coming soon - Cauliflower and Brussel Sprouts. It's a glorious fall indeed to help make up for sucky tomatoes and other lackluster summer crops!" Ben, Jess & Sadie

Urban Harvest will begin to bring teas and spices again for fall. Still lots of seeds and we continue with a 25% discount for this week on all seeds. Plant teas and amendments for bringing your plants indoors, too. Earthly Paradise will bring lots of body care, masks and steams for deep cleansing and all our other treats for caring for your skin. Did you know it is our biggest organ and absorbs all we feed it with? See you on the sunny rink. Colette

Blythe from Spade & Spoon writes: "We will be bring soup this week! Adam came up with a fantastic new recipe for Cream of Leek and Beet Soup. I will be doing samples of this soup, and you need to stop by just to see the colour!! It's pretty amazing! Looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. As well, we will have our wild fermented cucumbers for a couple more weeks, and are soon to have our fermented carrots and arabic turnips that have been missed over the summer."

No frost yet at Floralora, so more blooms will be coming in.

Look for Southbrook Wines this time.

"To celebrate our first October market of the season and the big move over to the rink, Knuckle Down Farm will bring a wider variety of winter squash this week and maybe some pumpkins too! We will also have lots of spinach and spicy salad mix, carrots, beets, radishes, turnips, a bumper crop of perfect eggplants, big bunches of sweet parsley and the last of the nappa cabbage for the season." Jenny

From Andrew and Natasha Akiwenzie: "We will be down with frozen and smoked fish. Winds have been horrible and will continue until the weekend but it is good thing we have a little bit of frozen."

Speaking of frozen, I got a call from Pine River Organic Farm reporting that it was snowing up their way. Turns out it was just Bob Felhazi and Matthew pulling my leg, and the real news was much better; they'll have a nice picking of purple beans and radishes to bring. Bob has been farming with a cast on his hand since an accident with the grinder last week, so we send extra appreciation for the beautiful quality vegetables he harvests for us.

I love all the goodies Evelyn's Crackers has added to their table this year, especially the cookies, which seem to call my name every time I pass by. The list of Ontario grains they bake with is really impressive!

Parents of younger children, there will be a kids activity table set up by some friendly U of T researchers who'd like to chat with anyone interested in participating in studies they are working on.

Don't forget to check with your favourite vendors if you have special requests to make for Thanksgiving feasts.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

Vendors this week:

  • Akiwenzies Fish (frozen and smoked Georgian Bay fish),
  • Ali Harris (rotis and fritters, hemp pesto and seeds, beverages),
  • Avalon Orchards (organic apples and cider),
  • Bees Universe (honey and bee products),
  • Beretta Farms (organic and naturally raised meats),
  • Best Baa (cheeses, yogurt, sheep's milk),
  • Brixton Grill (vegan barbeque and ice cream treats),
  • Chocosol (coffee and chocolate, tortillas),
  • Country Meadows (eggs, cheese, olives, oil),
  • DeFloured (gluten-free baking),
  • Dufferin Park Bakers (wood-fired oven breads, soups,and snacks),
  • Earth and City (raw foods and smoothies)
  • Everdale Farm (organic vegetables),
  • Feast of Fields (organic berries and tender fruits),
  • Field Sparrow (pastured meats),
  • Floralora (fresh flowers),
  • Forbes Wild Foods (dried mushrooms, nuts, syrup, preserves),
  • JK Fries (fresh-made fries from ON potatoes),
  • Kind Organics (sprouts, kombuchas, teas, salad blends),
  • Knuckle Down Farm (organic vegetables),
  • Pine River Organic Farm (organic vegetables),
  • Plan B (organic produce),
  • Shared Harvest (organic vegetables, ferments),
  • Sosnickis Organics (organic vegetables),
  • Spade & Spoon (jams, pickles, soups),
  • Tapioca Gourmet (gluten-free tapioca pancakes with seasonal fillings),
  • Ted Thorpe (veggies),
  • Urban Harvest (seeds, soil amendments, body care),
  • VQA Wines (rotating roster of organic wineries, Southbrook Winery this time),
  • Waymac Farms (oyster and shiitake mushrooms),
  • Ying Ying Soy (tofus and miso).

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