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Weekly Market Notes for September 29, 2011

Hello Market Friends:

As fall harvests pile in, it's also the final week for a few things:
1) Don't miss out if you haven't entered our Welcome Back (September) draw! The names of two lucky winners of $25 in market bucks to spend at Dufferin will be drawn on Friday September 30. Look for the draw box and slips on our info table down in the valley. One entry per person please.
2) Enjoy our lovely setup under the trees this time, but tell your friends to look for us up on the rinkpad beginning next week, when sunset catches up with the end of the market.
3) Hard to believe, but tender fruit time is coming to an end. Check out the vendor news:

From Feast of Fields: "This will be our last market at Dufferin for 2011; thanks to everyone for making it a great season. Right now we are picking dark blue juicy wine grapes to press into unpasteurized grape juice for the market. This will be the last of it for this year so come early ! We can also bring along pails of must for home winemaking but only by pre-order: <> Frost up North has ended the wild blueberry picking so it will also be the last of the wild blueberries. Still have a good supply of blue plums, red and green grapes which are at their sweetest of the season. Look for some bright red apples (Freedom), giant sized Bosc pears and maybe even a few of the last peaches from cold storage."

"Greenfields is greening up a bit more this fall: solar panels are being installed on our hay barn as part of the micro-fit program. We hope to be feeding "green" electricity into the grid by late October. Vegetables to make it to market with Adrian this week include: the last of the Fennel, Kale (purple & green), Cabbages (savoy, green & red), Beets (golden & red) both bunched and loose, Leeks, Parsley, Broccoli, Romanesco and a few purple Cauliflowers, Chard, Garlic, Celeriac with tops, the last of the Radicchio, Acorn and Delicata Squash and our sweet Pie Pumpkins that no Thanksgiving dinner should be without. They also make great soup."

Sosnickis' news: "Still a week or two for fresh Sweet Corn! I made it to the kitchen with the ladies on Monday and I've got a bunch frozen for winter sales. Our late Roma patch didn't make it--quite blighty now...but our Leek crop is fantastic! An abundance of fresh field Spinach, along with still fresh dug Potatoes, Cooking Onions, Beet bunches, lotsa cabbages, perhaps Apples and Shallots too! Heirloom Toms will be around but are ripening slower now. Bunches of Kale, more eggplants & PEPPERS, PEPPERS, PEPPERS!!" Jess & Ben.

"deFloured is going to have pumpkin pies to order for pickup next Thursday. ( We will also have some this week, and apple crumble as well.)" Talk to Krista at the market or email <>

Many of you know that Andrew Akiwenzie, who brings us the finest fresh and smoked Georgian Bay fish, has had a very tough year with ice,wind, algae, more wind, vehicle trouble--too much! Against all the odds, he will be down again this week with some fresh, and all flavours of smoked. Whether you're a long-time fan, or just discovering how good it is, be sure to enjoy some fish this week.

Beretta September Specials
Deli Meats - Save $.50 per pkg: Black Forest Ham, Roast Beef, Salami

It ain't over yet on bad news from City Hall. The latest prediction is that November is the month when we'll be presented with a huge increase in fees to hold farmers' markets in Toronto parks. After all the work that has gone into building community-supported markets, we will not go down without a fight. Please help us by signing the petition opposing unreasonable fee increases and spreading the word: If you travel to the market from another ward, with a councillor who hasn't shown support for markets already, I'd like to hear from you, as calls to those councillors may be needed.

In the meantime, GREAT EATING AHEAD.

See you at the market!

Anne Freeman

P.S. Another reminder: Donations of exterior paint are being sought for the skatepark/rinkpad beautification project. If you have some leftovers (oil or latex, still in good shape) of any great colours, bring them to the market and leave them under the bench inside the rinkhouse (next to the washrooms).

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