Hello Market Friends:
COME JOIN US ON THE RINK! October is a month to celebrate, as the farmers bring in abundant harvests full of the delicious flavours of fall. There will be lots to eat on the spot, too, so you can linger to chat on what promises to be a lovely afternoon.
Last week, Colette Murphy of Urban Harvest (and Earthly Paradise) brought in some samples of the rainbow-coloured assortment of crops they’re growing for seed. Like the song says, what a wonderful world. All these beautiful vegetables have great names, too: Bulgarian Carrot Peppers, Blueberries Tomatoes, Shooting Star Eggplants….They’ll capture many a gardener’s imagination, and then their tastebuds! Urban Harvest seeds are not genetically engineered to tolerate toxic sprays, or patented to prevent farmers and gardeners from saving seeds to plant again. This means that, despite decades of dedicated work, Colette will never get rich — if you measure wealth in dollars, that is. We’re so lucky to have her at the market.
“Everdale is bringing a beautiful spread of squash this week. Pumpkin pie is calling!! Lots of greens, including arugula, radishes, salad turnips, sweet red peppers, celery, cilantro, dill, parsley, basil, kohlrabi, beets, onions and our super sweet carrots! See you there,” Kyle
Kyle’s mention of pumpkin pie was enough to make me pick up the phone and check…and the answer is YES!Defloured (Krista and Chris) will be bringing pumpkin pies, both small and large, and maple tarts made withBlythe‘s maple syrup, too.
We’ve decided to change the Afri-Can Food Basket listing to Ujamaa Farm, the name the growers use for this particular project. Ujamaa is a Swahili word, variously translated as collective, brotherhood, socialism, or extended family. While Anan Lololi comes to Dufferin Grove most often, some weeks we get a chance to meet participants in Ujamaa Farm’s training program as well. Graduates of the program are now farming in Ontario, and Jamaica too.
Be sure to bring your knives along for sharpening by Mike Fohr this time.
Mushrooms (both cultivated and wild), fish, flowers, and ferments are just a few of the highlights this week. Call your pals and head on over.
See you at the market!
Vendors this week:
- Akiwenzies’ Fish (fresh, frozen and smoked Georgian Bay fish)
- Ali 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)
- Everdale Organic Farm (organic produce)
- Floralora Flowers (organic, farm-grown cutflowers)
- Forbes Wild Foods (wild veggies 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
- Knuckle Down Farm (organic vegetables)
- Marvellous Edibles (organic vegetables, meats, poultry, baking, fruits)
- 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)
- Ujamaa Farm (formerly listed as Afri-Can Food basket) (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, miso)
We’re open from 3 to 7 every Thursday, rain or shine, all year long!