Make Hay When?
Jul 27, 2017

Make Hay When?

On the country road where I grew up, we expected to hear our neighbours’ tractors at all hours during haying season, as they cut, baled and hauled a winter’s worth for their dairy herd. Last year, in the drought, the road was ominously quiet. This year there has been more than enough growth, but the road has been quiet an awful lot again. Over 9 cm of rain landed in parts of Ontario this week, continuing a season when windows of opportunity to get on the fields have been few and far between. In the city the supermarkets are full... Read More


Linger Longer
Jul 20, 2017

Linger Longer

Thursdays at Dufferin Grove are so lovely and lively at this time of year that you may want to plan an extended visit. We suggest arriving in good time to scoop up market treasures such as Niagara Lavender Farm‘s first peaches, which will be making their debut. Then you can do the full circuit to load up on everything else you want to eat for the week. Kids can lounge happily in the StoryTent, and there will be music to enjoy and special info-tables. We’ve got lots to choose from for dinner in the park, and Clay and Paper Theatre... Read More


Bumper to Bumper Crops!
Jul 13, 2017

Bumper to Bumper Crops!

The produce lists say it all. It’s high season! The freshest organic harvests in the land will be coming to the market: Shared Harvest Highlights: “We have fresh cooking onions, parsley, salad mix, purslane, lambsquarters (move over spinach), garlic, radish, turnips, kale, chard, callaloo, lettuce heads, ground cayenne powder and deep red pac choi.” Kevin The Everdale List: “This week we’ve got our first beets from the field! Also lots of greens, herbs, carrots, radish, salad turnip, green onions, head lettuce,... Read More


The Forecast
Jul 6, 2017

The Forecast

Have you noticed how much growth trees are putting on this year? It’s one of the good things about the season we’ve had in Ontario, in contrast to reports of crops that couldn’t be planted due to rain, were lost to flooding, or engulfed in weeds because farmers couldn’t get onto their fields at the necessary time. The diversity built into small-scale organic farms is part of their sustainability, and one of the reasons we’re still seeing great food on market tables. Some good July sun to ripen and sweeten fruits... Read More


The June Bonus Market News
Jun 29, 2017

The June Bonus Market News

Every so often the calendar gives us an extra Thursday, and since June is such a wonderful month for fresh food, we’ve got extra good things to tell you about, and specials, too: Debbie Wiecha‘s truck will be full of beautiful cargo when she heads in from Niagara Lavender Farm: English Lavender, sublime raspberries and lots of sweet dark cherries. All Sorts Acre is baaa-ck! We are excited to have sheep’s milk ice cream at the market again.  Jennifer will also have wool and lots of lamb. We have several occasional and... Read More


Some Sure Signs of Summer
Jun 22, 2017

Some Sure Signs of Summer

Every year around the solstice there’s a wonderful moment when Debbie Wiecha’s lavender is ready to bring to market, and that moment has arrived. Niagara Lavender Farm blooms will bring you peaceful summer dreams, add lovely flavour to shortbread, delicately scent rooms and closets, and have beneficial effects on sweethearts and curmudgeons alike. Usually, by this same point in June, our roster of farmers and vendors is quite steady week to week, but this year is not usual in a number of ways. First, there’s our... Read More


Sweet Eats
Jun 15, 2017

Sweet Eats

Sweet days are here, strawberry season is underway. Quantities are limited, hope you get what you’re hoping for. It’s carrot, green garlic, asparagus and mushroom and head lettuce season too! Everdale news: “This week we’ll have some of our first carrots that were planted back in February! There’s also asparagus, herbs, baby kale, salad mix, arugula, spinach, specialty greens, bok choi, green onions and radish. This is our new farmer Jordan and those are some of this year’s freshly planted peanuts in the... Read More


Celebrate Local Food Week with Your Favourite Food Producers!
Jun 8, 2017

Celebrate Local Food Week with Your Favourite Food Producers!

Yes, indeed, good things grow in Ontario, and good times are ahead at the market. Can’t get enough of of June’s green delights: sweet baby lettuces, sauteed radish tops and fiddleheads, grilled asparagus and romaine, and fresh herbs on everything! There’s more than green coming, though, a rainbow of delicious food is on the way. Sosnicki Organic Produce news: “It’s really firing up around here! Strawberries will start to trickle out this week, field lettuces and young kale are kickin’ it, bunched carrots, bunched... Read More


Hello June!
Jun 1, 2017

Hello June!

The wild weather last Thursday made for one of the toughest market days ever, but it looks like this one could hardly be nicer. Lovely weather ahead, and plenty of tasty food on the way. We have another round of arrivals as our summer crew rolls in, so bring a hearty appetite! Before we get to the delicious details, I want to alert anyone who’s driving to the market that there is water-main work being done along Dufferin, and for the next few weeks there are likely to be construction vehicles parked on Dufferin Park Avenue, the little... Read More


Spring Rains, Growing Pains and Good Things to Eat
May 25, 2017

Spring Rains, Growing Pains and Good Things to Eat

We’re moving a few of the vendors who usually set up on the path ‘up top’ today (Country Meadows, Spade & Spoon, Forbes Wild Foods and Culture City) and the farmers are walking their harvests in from the curb, but the market will be humming in the rain, if not quite singing! Everdale is putting up an extra tent to be sure market-goers have a nice covered spot along the path. It’s no easy feat to provide a steady supply of produce early in the growing season, especially when weather conditions have been so... Read More