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Weekly Market Notes for October 20, 2011

Hello Market Friends:

I get very excited about all our beautiful piles of fall produce, and usually stagger home wheeling my overloaded bike rather than attempting to ride it, but I rarely plan what to cook until later, when I review the week's collection. I have discovered that recipes for just about any combination of ingredients you can imagine are seconds away on the internet. If you haven't tried meal planning this way, it's quite fun. Just include any special adjectives (quick, spicy, vegan--whatever) along with the ingredients you want to use in your search, and be sure to pass on your most successful recipes to friends (like <>, hint hint). Here's the vendor news:

Sharpen up before winter, it's Denzil's (Exact Edge) last week to get your knives, scissors and tools in top form.

Shane Eby is headed off on the next chapter of his Nuffeld Fellowship travels, to learn about organic hops production in places as intriguing as Slovenia and beyond. His farming partner, Julia Hitchcock, will be sending Under Ground Organics veggies and herbs in with Ted so you can keep enjoying them. Ted will also be bringing Ida Red apples (from Springmead Farm near Elora) and some Hallowe'en pumpkins along for us.

Pine River Organic Farm (Helga) will be in attendance with the most squeaky clean vegetables you've ever seen.

Sosnickis' contribution: As we celebrate Ben's birthday this week, annually we are usually greeted by a killing frost. This year we are still waiting! You can continue to see our Peppers at market, both sweets and hots. All the potatoes are snuggled away in storage but the fields are still chock full of Beets, Spinach (lots and lots of fresh Spinach!!), Leeks, Brussel Sprouts & Celeriac. Cooking onions and Shallots will be around as well. Oh yeah and Cabbage, red and green Cabbages for the rest of your lives!!! ;) Jess & Ben

From Lorenz and Adrian Eppinger: "Finally: Lots of Greenfields' signature carrots this week. Also lots of Leeks and Pie Pumpkins (make for a great curried Leek Pumpkin soup). The last of the Romanesco and Purple Cauliflower. Parsley, black, purple and green Kale, Garlic, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Shallots, white and red Onions, Celeriac, Rutabaga, Celery Hearts, Sunchokes, Acorn and Delicata Squash, Chocolate Mint.....all you have to do is to prepare the feast."

(Note to self: bring more extra large bags to hang on bike!)

This week there's some extra reading on the Food News Page here at It's Organic Week in Canada, and we've got an article on what it means to put your support behind people like our farmers and vendors. There's also my personal account of Foodstock, with some photos of the day. Healthy Eating, and Happy Reading.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

Upcoming Events:

Dufferin Grove Preserving Workshop, this coming Saturday, October 22 from 4-6pm On the menu is green tomato chutney and elderberry syrup. The workshop will include an intro to canning, recipe sharing, hands-on preparation of chutney and syrup, and of course some canning in a hot water bath. We will be serving some refreshments as well, as always. Everyone is welcome to attend this free workshop. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend. Look forward to seeing you there! from Anna Bekerman et al.

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

Registration closes Saturday at midnight for Bring Food Home, Sustain Ontario's biennial conference bringing together 'food folks' from all over the province October 27-29 in Peterborough.

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