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Weekly Market Notes for September 30, 2010

Hello Market Friends:

Sunset is at 7 on the nose this Thursday, and getting much earlier each evening, so this will be our last market of the year down on the path. Next time, we'll still be fully outdoors, but 'up top' on the rinkpad. While some customers are sorry to say goodbye to the summer setup, others love the arrangement on the rink, and the hockey lights sure come in handy when dusk arrives early. So come enjoy one more 'summer path' day, and please help us spread the word about the location change; we don't want anyone to think we've disappeared.
There is a lot going on around the market, the park and the city that I want to mention this week, but let's start with the main event, news from the vendors:

Sosnickis report: "I'll have Sweet Potatoes, regular Potatoes, Onions, Squash, Pie Pumpkins, lots and lots of Peppers, Carrots, Beets, Leeks, Cabbages, Watermelons, Parsley, Heirloom Tomatoes & I'm still picking fresh Sweet Corn with the guys too!" Ben

Berettas news from Sandy: This is the last week for NY Striploin and Rib Eye special, be sure to stock up! Order your Thanksgiving Turkey! Call in: 416-674-5693, or sign up at the market. Check out the new "Beretta Bellies" nitrite free children's line and the "BIG LABELS for LITTLE BELLIES CONTEST". To enter check out the link on our website:

Deer Valley will have fresh venison cuts including: steaks, striploin, stew, ribs & jars of take-home venison chili.

"Forbes Wild Foods will be bringing beautiful fresh Wild Chanterelles and Matsutake Mushrooms. We also have black walnut meats, dried sweet chestnuts, and an abundance of our #3 Dark Maple Syrup." Meg, Seth and Jonathan

From Nujima: "Our Raw treats, Vegan baked treats and spicy Autumn rolls were gobbled up by enthusiastic market goers. This week there will be some new surprises. First, since the weather is a bit cooler we will be serving our food warm. Yes even the Raw stuff, it's ok to live on the edge. So warm tarts and strudel with vegan whipped cream...mmmm. In addition I've discovered a new love, lightly baked organic sugar pumpkin brushed with coconut oil and sprinkled with either herb salt, or for a sweet treat with coconut sugar and true Ceylon Cinnamon. We will also have some baked sweet potato for the heartier appetite. Warm tea will also be served, a delicious Rooibos Chai Yerba Mate to give a boost of energy and warm your insides. And yes, I just perfected Raw Pumpkin Pie tarts!" James

In other news:

There's a push to get food onto election agendas this fall. If you want to learn more, check out these links:

From Jutta Mason: "Zalan Kemenczy, who works at St.Christopher House, wants to introduce a group of Roma refugee families from Hungary to Dufferin Grove Park. This Saturday (Oct.2), weather permitting, they plan to cook a goulash over an open fire at the main campfire area, everyone welcome. This is how Zalan describes the goulash: "Goulash (or Gulyás in Hungarian: is a traditional Hungarian stew cooked in a large cauldron over an open fire. The whole process is a very social event that helps bring people together over food." Roma (often called "gypsies") cooks say that goulash is much more delicious when cooked over an open fire instead of in a kitchen. No surprise, for the many campfire cooks who come to the park, outdoor cooking makes everything taste better! Zalan said there may be music too, and the families are keen to share their goulash with any/all park users until it runs out. (Donations welcome to cover the supplies). The goulash should be ready around noontime -- just follow your nose until you see the steam rising from their giant cooking pot."

Market friend Ken Whiteley will be celebrating his new recording, Another Day's Journey, with musical friends on Friday, October 1st at Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas Street West, south of Bloor West. Doors at 6 p.m. Show at 8.30 p.m. Tickets: $20 in advance ($22.50 at the door), available from Hugh's Room (416) 531-6604. Dinner reservations recommended.

Are you a 'market original', that is, do you remember the early days of the market at Dufferin? If so, you'll recall coffee vendor David of Birds and Beans, co-sponsors of a lovely sounding, free event at the ROM next Thursday, October 7th:

Birds and Beans together with the Royal Ontario Museum invite you to "Songbirds and Migration: Making the Connection" to celebrate and highlight the migration of neotropical birds' fall migration through Toronto on their way to overwinter in warmer climates. We'll start with a meet and greet with 9 bird friendly organizations over a cup of our delicious organic Bird Friendly® certified coffee followed by a wonderful evening of presentations by representatives from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, York University in Toronto, and Project CHIRP! who will discuss migrating songbirds from different but connected perspectives. Admission is free, but you need to register. More info at:

So many good things to do--and eat! How to fit it all in....

See you at the market!


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