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Weekly Market Notes for October 08, 2009

Hello Market Friends:

Don't forget, it's time to head for the rink--but don't bring your skates just yet. We're looking forward to a wonderful Thanksgiving market, and the news has been rolling in all day:

Sosnickis' report: "The wind is just a blowin' today as we harvest a bevy of fresh root crops for your Thanksgiving feasts! Freshly dug Potatoes, Carrots, Beets, Celeriac, Celery, Broccoli, still some Green Beans (the last this week!) all out of the field and being washed up this afternoon by Ben's Mom and I! After that we'll join our Mexican helper and harvest fresh huge bunches of Arugula, Tatsoi, Spinach, Pie Pumpkins & Squash! Later we'll cut some Cabbage and grade out some storage Onions to round out our farm's market offerings! Happy Thanksgiving to everybody!" Jessie

From Feast of Fields: "This lovely fall weather signals the beginning for our wine harvest and the end of fruit for the market. While our wine grape harvest and fruit market season always overlap by a week or so, we are in full "wine" mode now. For those interested in making their own organic wine this season please visit and click on the order form link. Interested in juice for the family, not just wine making ? Why not consider ordering a 20 litre pail and freezing or canning it for the winter? If there is sufficient interest we may offer a delivery to the market some Thursday soon! Thanks for a great season." Laura

This week Chocosol will be bringing ChocoTortilla Hand made Corn Tortillas: "ChocoTortilla is a pilot project designed to show the nutritious, delicious and profitable nature of artisanal tortillas made on Toronto's streets and at farmers' markets. Inspired by the culture and tradition of hand made Mexican cuisine, we use criollo corn, from the Lacandon Jungle in Mexico, to make nixtamalized, stone ground and fresh tortillas. We want to encourage farmers in Canada to grow not only this type of corn in this region, but to grow it in poly-culture with other foods such as pumpkin, amaranth, sunflowers and mint, for use in our traditional chocolates and tortillas, creating enterprise and benefiting from each other."

Deer Valley news: "We are very thankful to be able to make it to the market this week! Not only will we have fresh venison roasts and steaks but fresh free-range roosters (5 to 7 lbs.) for those who may be interested in something smaller than a large turkey for Thanksgiving! Tony & I appreciate your support in letting everyone know that this will be the last chance for our free-range poultry for the season. Anyone wishing to contact us may reach us by email at: . With Thanks", Irene

From Plan B: "Hello Dufferin! This week we'll be bringing lots of baby pie pumpkins, squash, beets, carrots, potatoes, radish, salad mix, chard, kale, garlic, onions, and more. We may get through our Cape Gooseberry harvest...."Alvaro

Forbes Wild Foods is excited to report: "We’ll have fresh Sweet Ontario Chestnuts, as well as a special treat: Fresh Chanterelles from the Queen Charlottes, BC. Happy Thanksgiving!"

"Urban Harvest will be at the market with seeds, soil amendments and yummy body care. Now is the time to put your garden to bed so you might want to lay on some kelp or greensand or carbonitite to ready it for next spring.We also have clover seed to lay down a cover crop. Body care will be fresh as always. We make it in very small batches. Lip balm for the cold weather ahead. One Dufferin market goer has said " I have tried them all and yours is the best". We won't argue. See you on the rink." Colette and Pablo

As a gesture of gratitude to all of our loyal customers, for Thanksgiving week vendors will be offering you one of our jute shopping bags free of charge with a purchase of $10 or more. By the way, these bags are designed by the Canadian company "Hey Jute", and produced in collaboration with women's self-help groups in India. (More information at:

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

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