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Weekly Market Notes for September 21, 2006

Hello Market Friends:

Before we get to this week's news from the vendors, a little update from our "current affairs bureau":

The August park newsletter contained a piece by Jutta Mason about our discovery of a strange and alarming pro-pesticide ad in the "Harvest Ontario" guide to markets and farmstands. It turns out that these "why worry?" advertisements are just one part of a very active campaign. On the market page of our website, you'll find an article by Ann Slater, the president of Ecological Farmers of Ontario. This article fills in some details about CropLife, the organization of pesticide producers behind it all. (Read the article>>)

Ute Zell of Stonehenge Farms will have fresh wild boar, goat and lamb, as well as Fenwood Farms chicken: whole, half and pieces. She should have Georgian Bay fish, too, from the Turtles fishing collective.

From Greenfields:

"Harvest continues to be strong here at Greenfields: beautiful Red Beets with greens, Cabbages of all sorts(Red & Green, Savoy- great in salads) Red Chard, Green & Purple Kale, Collards. Fragrant and tasty fresh herbs: Cilantro, Parsley, Dill plus Dandelion greens. Great taste on the Fennel, Eggplants, Kohlrabi is nice in size and flavour, Red and Yellow Onion ' The Queen of the kitchen', Red Radish are excellent for eating raw, Pumpkins and Rutabaga. Avocados and Bananas, too." Mark

From Jonathan Forbes:

"This week I'll have some #3 Dark maple syrup in 4 liter size and some #2 Amber Organic maple syrup in the 1 liter size. This year's new crop of organic wild rice is in and I'll have a number of 1 lb. bags available." Editor's Note: Attached to this week's news is an invitation to a very special dinner next week in support of Jonathan's trip to Terra Madre.

We're happy to welcome Colette Murphy(Urban Harvest) and Maria Nasterska(Oh Soy) back, and hope to see John Ferrari with more wild blueberries. Tomas of Seldom Seen is about to become--or maybe has just become--a father, so Rufus Glassco (a new Dad himself) has returned to the lamb-burger table. Soon Eva Kristof's sunflowers will be finished, so treat yourself to a bunch while you can.

The North York Harvest Food Bank will have a table accepting donations at the market this week.

The Tasting Fair is shaping up to be a very delicious event! We have a great list of cooks planning wonderful tastes, so mark your calendars, tell your friends, and bring a hearty appetite. At $2 a taste, you can enjoy a wonderful variety. Sumach Press will be in attendance with their recent publication, "Street Food from Around the World", and some of the cooks have chosen recipes from the book to prepare. There will be lots for kids to enjoy, too, with pizza making, face painting, and stories. Sunday, October first, from 1-4 p.m.

In the meantime, see you at the market!


Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers' Market
Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m. year-round

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