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Weekly Market Notes for September 04, 2014

We're open every Thursday, rain or shine, from 3 to 7 pm--ALL YEAR LONG!

Hello Market Friends:

This will be one of our prime-time harvest markets, and now that the air is full of back-to-school energy, it's time to eat your fill, but think about putting some by, too! There are 101 ways to save your favourite late-summer flavours so you can enjoy them when--hate to break it to you--summer ends.

For those of you who are still far too busy eating popsicles to consider making preserves, we have an alternative. Her name is Blythe, she's got fantastic things going from the farm into her canning kettles, and she'll be smiling even if she stayed up til 3 making beet pickles for us!

The news:

We're excited to welcome Gaye Trombley of Avalon Orchards, joining our vendor list with home-grown certified organic apples. You'll find her next to Debbie Wiecha (Niagara Lavender Farm), who is making her last trip of 2014 to Dufferin with nectarines, peaches, and berries. Sorry to rub it in, popsicle eaters, but good-bye August, hello September.

We're still having fun, though: Jason Kun will be shucking oysters, and after witnessing the fries frenzy last week, we invited Micha Kennedy back to make us some more.

Excellent news on the mostly bleak tomato front from Shared Harvest: "We have loads of romas for sale this week. Boxes for $25 or two for $40. 20lbs per box. We'll also have lots of eggplants, peppers, ground cherries and cherry tomatoes." Kevin and Sandra

Sas Long of Floralora Flowers will have an extra-full truck this week; she's bringing buckets o' blooms for Kimberley Dawn's wedding. (If you don't know Kim, she looked after the Everdale table for most of this summer.) Congratulations Kim!

The Akiwenzies are stuck on shore, waiting for a fuel pump to repair their boat, so no fish until they can get back on the water.

From Sandra Dombi of Kind Organics: "Hi All, if you have not yet tried our inconceivably strange, newest herb called "SPILANTHES" then come by our booth and ask for a mouth-watering sample! Spilanthes is a tropical herb with anti-fungal and anti-viral properties which has been known to cure Lymes disease. plus it creates a strange sensation, often described as "Angels Dancing on the Tongue". Plus we'll have tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and eggplants in abundance!"

Apologies to faithful readers, I made a mistake last week: it was Frogpond's turn at the market, and Southbrook Winery will be in attendance this time. Next to them we'll have a special guest:

"Celebrating its fourth year traveling the province, ​the ​O​rganic Council of Ontario’s 2014 Ontario Organic Roadshow ​is a​ traveling ​tasting fair, ​celebrating all things local and organic​.​ ​In addition to providing educational outreach, the​ Roadshow features an array of ​ Ontario's ​certified ​organic food and beverage samples while promoting the Canadian organic sector's "Think Before You Eat" campaign and the Foodland Ontario Organic brand.​ Visit for more info and to see where the Roadshow is headed next."

Three cheers for the three Dufferin vendors who won 'Top 10' prizes in the Local Bounty: Outstanding Vendor Display Contest. The winners are...(drumroll please): Kind Organics (in first place overall), Earth and City, and Floralora Flowers. Well done all!

Please bring along extra baskets and bags to carry home all our good food, and if you have spare bags (clean, of any sort) to donate to our 'need a bag-take a bag' stash, they would be appreciated.

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),
  • Niagara Lavender Farm (organic berries and tender fruits),
  • 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, Southbrook this week),
  • Waymac Farms (oyster and shiitake mushrooms),
  • Ying Ying Soy (tofus and miso).

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