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Weekly Market Notes for September 03, 2015

Hello Market Friends:

WOW, we've got huge piles of huge veggies, and they are still growing like crazy!

In case you aren't sure what to do with celery the size Kevin Hamilton of Shared Harvest has been hoisting over his head lately, here are a few suggestions:

1) Buy the biggest jar of peanut butter you can find and a couple of kilograms of raisins, and host an 'ants on a log' snack party for everyone on your block.

2) Test the theory that celery consumes more calories to chew than it contains. If it's true, you may just disappear when you turn sideways by the time you eat one of these superjumbos.

3) Google it! You'll be amazed at all the recipes for celery gratins, slaws, soups, stir-frys and more.

4) My favourite use for celery (okay, apart from for stirring Bloody Marys) is in a mirepoix, the classic mixture of finely chopped and sauteed carrot, onion and celery that forms the base for so many wonderful soups and sauces. Time to get cooking!

In addition to being a talented grower, Kevin is a seriously good harmonica player. As a special treat for you this week, he'll be performing with his friend Marcus on guitar and vocals. Not to be missed.

More vendor news items:

"Spicy Salad Mix is back at the Knuckle Down Farm table! We also have beets, beets, beets and bigger beets. Sweet carrots, Swiss Chard, the tastiest tomatoes and the first of the Savoy Cabbage for the season will be there, along with perfect parsley, beans and miniature red peppers. Hope to see you there." Jenny

Sosnickis' contribution: "Lots of fresh corn, romas, cherry and heirloom toms, fresh patch of beets and carrots, red onions, white sweet onions, summer cabbages, new patch of swiss chard and kale!!! Love summer harvests!" Jessie

In the 'Don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger' category, this is the last week for peaches. Come early to avoid disappointment. Thanks for a sweet season, Debbie!

Round up your dull knives; it's the first market of the month, which means Mike Fohr will be on hand to sharpen them for you.

The Akiwenzies will be absent this week. In Andrew's spot you'll find visiting vendor Faiza Vassanji, showing us her additive-free, hand-made almond milk.

Sweet watermelons are rolling in! Some of them go straight up the hill to Alli Harris and his crew, to be turned into delicious juice blends. Speaking from personal experience, Alli's beverages will bring you back from the brink on hot days or if you're feeling weary.

Before we have to face school days and rule days again, we're having a Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest. We're going to set up beside the Beretta tent, because their helper Nick Sgouros suggested the idea (basically because he thinks he will win). So trim your moustaches (this may be Nick's secret) and start practicing. The contest will be on from 4:00-5:00, and there will be prizes in several categories:

For distance:

  • Dribblers: ages 5 and under
  • Junior Spitters: ages 6 to 12
  • Intermediate Spitters: ages 13 to 58
  • Pro-Circuit: ages '59 and holding'
  • Free-Style: the spitter of any age with the most memorable technique

If you can't spit seeds to save your life, don't tell us! We'll be happy to share a slice and a laugh with you anyway.

See you at the it's still summer market!

Anne Freeman

Vendors this week:

  • Afri-Can Food Basket (organic produce)
  • Alli Harris (fish sandwiches, fritters, hemp pesto, beverages, salads)
  • Bees Universe (honey and bee products, eggs)
  • Beretta Farms (natural and organic meats)
  • Best Baa/Ewenity Dairy (sheep's milk, cheeses, yogurt and ice cream)
  • Brixton Grill (vegan barbeque and ice cream treats)
  • ChocoSol (coffee and chocolate, tortillas cooked at the market)
  • Country Meadows (olives, oil, eggs, cheese)
  • Culture City (fermented condiments, tempeh)
  • DeFloured (gluten-free baking)
  • Dufferin Park Bakers (wood-fired oven breads, soups,and snacks)
  • Earth and City (raw foods, smoothies, rice bowls)
  • Evelyn's Crackers (baking made with ON whole grains)
  • Everdale Organic Farm (organic produce)
  • Floralora Flowers (organic, farm-grown cutflowers)
  • Forbes Wild Foods (wild blueberries and mushrooms, nuts, maple syrup, preserves)
  • JK Fries (fresh-cut french fries with choice of mayos)
  • Kind Organics (sprouts, salad mixes)
  • Knife Sharpening by Mike Fohr (first market of each month)
  • Knuckle Down Farm (organic vegetables)
  • Marvellous Edibles (organic vegetables, meats, poultry, baking, fruits)
  • Niagara Lavender Farm (organic berries, tender fruits and lavender) LAST WEEK!
  • Pine River Organic Farm (organic vegetables)
  • Plan B (organic produce)
  • Shared Harvest (organic vegetables and herbs)
  • Sosnickis' Organic Produce (organic vegetables)
  • Spade & Spoon (jams, pickles, soups, maple syrup)
  • Tapioca Gourmet (gluten-free Brazilian pancakes with seasonal fillings)
  • Ted Thorpe (veggies and herbs)
  • Urban Harvest (plants, seeds, body care, soil amendments)
  • VQA Wine (Reimer this week)
  • Waymac Farms (oyster and shiitake mushrooms)
  • Ying Ying Soy (tofus and miso from ON organic soybeans)

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