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


Here We Go!
May 18, 2017

Here We Go!

This week my daughter and I were imagining how amazing the neighbourhood would look to someone from a country without four distinct seasons who was seeing it for the first time. Every street presents a miracle of colour and light. It’s too beautiful to miss another minute, so good-bye four walls and a roof, hello park! We’ll be all out from here on in, and I expect it will feel like the market took a nice, deep breath. Ahh. Lots of room for our growing roster of vendors. Each week you’ll have more to choose from,... Read More


Thursday Blues and Greens
May 11, 2017

Thursday Blues and Greens

Last week, when most market-goers wrapped up their shopping early to get out of the usual Thursday rain, Damon Dewsbury of Culture City and Rodrigo Venturelli of Plan B treated those who remained to an oh-so-fine blues session in the zamboni garage. We’re hoping the sun will break through and it won’t be all hurtin’ songs this time. These guys are good! Spring planting has been delayed for many farmers due to the wet conditions, but the crops that had a head start in hoophouses and greenhouses are coming on strong. Everdale... Read More


Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb
May 4, 2017

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

When actors mumble this it’s because they haven’t actually got any words to say, but at the market, the first ‘fruit’ of springtime inspires lists of both nouns and verbs: crumble, cordial, shrub, pie, cake, muffins, soup! Chop, stew, roast, freeze and enjoy it! Blythe from Spade & Spoon will be cutting the first bundles for you this week! Welcome back to Sosnicki Organic Produce! Here’s Jessie’s news: “Hello all! We are happy to be back after a busy winter and fall on farm and with the kids!! An... Read More


Lovely Spring News
Apr 27, 2017

Lovely Spring News

Loose lips sink ships, but TULIPS? Local, organic, stunning tulips from Floralora? They can lift even shipwrecked hearts! This Thursday, we celebrate the return of Sas Long to Dufferin, with her abundant crop of fresh-cut blooms. Time to spread some love around with these wonders of spring.  Wonderful news from Jonathan Forbes, too: wild leeks are in! Pine River brought a ‘teaser’ coolerful of leaves last time, but the bulbs are fat enough to harvest now, launching the official season. Jenny Cook has crops at Knuckle Down Farm... Read More


An Ode to the Smelly
Apr 20, 2017

An Ode to the Smelly

We tend to shy away from strong smells, but at this time of year, there is much to celebrate that is on the stinky side. I love this description of Skunk Cabbage by our friends Liam and Crystal from Wildlife Gardening: “One of the first native flowers to bloom in spring, it can generate its own heat, keeping the plant between 15 and 35 degrees Celsius, allowing it to emerge through frozen ground. This heat helps carry the smell of ‘carrion-scented’ flowers that attract early emerging pollinators. The heat combined with the shape... Read More


Lots to Look Forward to!
Apr 13, 2017

Lots to Look Forward to!

One day, everything looks like tea made from old tea bags, except for the odd crocus, so small you think it’s just a speck of lint in your eye. Next thing you know, there’s a little bit of green on the grass, the pussy willows are fat, and the goldfinches have dropped their modest winter feathers and returned to showoff yellow. Behind the scenes at the market, we’re busy getting ready to show off, too! Along with all the top-quality local food our faithful farmers will be bringing, we will have the most varied selection ever... Read More


From Good Cheer to Good Grief
Apr 6, 2017

From Good Cheer to Good Grief

In the city things still seem betwixt and between, but there’s lots of energy on the farms, where everybody is gearing up for the busy months ahead. Andrew McIlmoyle was all smiles last week, and it was wonderful to have Waymac Mushrooms for dinner again! His attendance may be intermittent until the mushrooms are really plentiful, but they’re coming. So glad to have Urban Harvest returning too! THINK SEEDS. Whatever size ‘farm’ you have, whether it’s a pot on the windowsill or a substantial patch of dirt, Colette... Read More


Good Eggs and Bad Writing
Mar 30, 2017

Good Eggs and Bad Writing

Beg for Eggs, Make Room for Shrooms, Clap for Sap! So many great things coming to market, why do I keep thinking in puns and bad rhymes? Some of you readers are no help at all. Recent correspondence has included a suggestion to write about ‘wiki-leeks’, and a photo of a dancing scarecrow with the caption “Lettuce Turnip the Beet”. I might find this corny if I were arugula gal…. OK, OK, it’s time to get serious! Here’s the news: We are reaching a turning point, when some of our winter staples run out,... Read More


A New Season Begins
Mar 23, 2017

A New Season Begins

Ignore the thermometer and enjoy the sun! It’s spring! We’ve got a bit of news (all good) and recipes to share this week. In honour of the season, Krista from DeFloured is busy making Buttermilk Pies with Maple Syrup from Spade & Spoon. She also has a new Vegan Carrot Cake that will be available weekly, along with all her other delicious gluten-free goodies. Pine River will be at market with their storage vegetables, plus delicious kale and spinach. You may think of roast turkey as a major production suitable only for major... Read More