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Weekly Market Notes for September 11, 2014

Hello Market Friends:

We really appreciate your support of the market, and hope you are enjoying this lively, abundant time of year. As a special treat for you this week, all-star musical guests (and market friends) David Buchbinder and Richard Underhill will be playing.

In addition, our visiting vendor series continues, with Jeff Kitchen of Oikos Nurseries. He sends this note:

"Think spring is the only time for planting? Think again. In moist fall weather plants/seeds require little-to-no watering and most cold-hardy perennials can be planted as long as the ground can be worked. Oikos Nursery has a variety of low-maintenance perennial vegetables, and functional cold-hardy permaculture plants for ecological landscapes and lazy gardeners. Preview many of the plants at and feel free to contact us in advance to order or ask questions: <>. Some plants to highlight include Seedless Russian Comfrey, Egyptian Walking Onion, Sunchoke, Currants, and Horseradish."

Avalon Orchards will be coming each week now, and adding more apple varieties to their selection as the season develops. Fresh Macs and cider are in!

From Shared Harvest: “I will be bringing cases of romas to market. More than last week. I'll try to bring at least 20 minimum. Possibly 40. I can take orders to prioritize people.” Kevin (

Sosnickis' contribution: “As luck would have it our late Roma patch is throwing some decent looking tomatoes that aren't affected by the blight/anthracnose just yet! So a few cases of them coming. No orders, just come as early as you can to nab them if you must can/freeze this season. We'll have our awesome colourful Carrots, Beets, Kale, Chard, Cabbage, Heirloom Tomatoes, Potatoes, Sweet Corn too! We are letting our Peppers ripen to high red, but we may harvest the first little bit, as well as some Eggplant!

To see our farm eye candy - check out, or better yet follow our Instagram page!

We just posted a picture of the Roma patch that will have to be composted. So not all posts are veggie beauty - more like veggie reality!

A quick update on our fall crops: we are working hard to have awesome organic cauliflower this year, brussel sprouts, celery, broccoli, 3 kinds of cabbage, french fingerling Potatoes to name the big crops! Shaping up to be a flavourful, colourful fall!” Jess, Ben & Sadie

“Knuckle Down Farm will have a few exciting new things this week including the first of our Acorn Squash and Tomatoes! We will also have some big Green Cabbages and wee Purple Cabbages, big bunches of Carrots and the beginning of our fall Spinach crop. There is also at least one more week of tender yellow beans and some purple ones too.” Jenny

We hope Ming from Ying Ying Soy will have better luck than last week, when his van broke down on the way to market. Sadly, no luck yet for the Akiwenzies. Andrew is still working on repairs to the boat.

I went hiking last weekend, and the woods are full of mushrooms! I'm not a knowledgeable picker, so I left them all out there, but Jonathan Forbes says that there will be fresh wild mushrooms at the market!

Tapioca Gourmet continues to wow customers with great flavour combinations. As a sign of how good the food is, instead of grumbling when there was a lineup a couple of weeks ago, a group of customers broke out in song and Brazilian clapping games while they waited. Don't you wish more lineups were like that?

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

Vendors this week:

  • Ali Harris (Fish Shak) (rotis and fritters, hemp pesto and seeds, beverages),
  • Avalon Orchards (organic apples),
  • Bees Universe (honey and bee products),
  • Beretta Farms (organic and naturally raised meats),
  • Best Baa (sheep's milk, cheeses, yogurt, ice cream),
  • Brixton Grill (vegan barbeque and ice cream sandwiches),
  • 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)
  • Evelyn's Crackers (sweets and savouries from ON organic grains),
  • Everdale Farm (organic vegetables),
  • Feast of Fields (organic berries and tender fruits),
  • Field Sparrow (pastured meats),
  • Floralora Flowers (cutflowers),
  • Forbes Wild Foods (dried mushrooms, nuts, syrup, preserves)
  • Kind Organics (sprouts, kombuchas, teas, chocolate),
  • Knuckle Down Farm (organic vegetables),
  • Pine River Organic Farm (organic vegetables),
  • Plan B (organic produce),
  • Shared Harvest (organic vegetables, ferments),
  • Sosnicki Organics (organic vegetables)
  • Spade & Spoon (jams, pickles, soups),
  • Tapioca Gourmet (gluten-free tapioca pancakes with seasonal fillings),
  • Ted Thorpe (veggies),
  • Urban Harvest (seeds, body care, soil amendments),
  • VQA Wines (rotating roster of organic wineries,Reimer Vineyards this week),
  • Waymac Farms (oyster and shiitake mushrooms),
  • Ying Ying Soy (tofus and miso).

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