We had a fine start to the (semi-) indoor season, and we’ll be refining the setup to work even better this time. Nick, Pia and I expect to be busy stamping a whole lot of Loyal Eaters Reward cards for happy customers. Don’t forget to bring your card, or get one from us if you haven’t yet. We’re so glad that many of you want to participate; loyalty throughout the year makes the market possible and strengthens our local and organic food businesses.
Linda Kapelaris of Country Meadows Gardens sends a report from Angelos, who’s still in Greece:
“The olive harvest is going well, and the crop is good. Not to mention the weather is ideal for picking, temperature in the 23 – 25 degree range and sunny most of the time. I told him it must be tough, having to work in that type of weather!
“Here’s a load of olives on their way to become olive oil. This is beginning of the oil we’ll have a next year’s markets, sacks of just picked olives arriving at the pressing plant, before getting weighed and going through the olive press.
Angelos is not arriving back in Toronto til the evening of Dec 3rd, (he’s taking a side trip for a few days to visit our daughter in Ireland), so he won’t be back at the market til Dec 10th.” [Sorry, fans, I hope you can hang on til then!]
“Knuckle Down Farm will be cozily tucked in Angelos’ corner of the rink house once more this week. There will be lots of spinach and beets, the last of the leeks and a lovely harvest of late rainbow carrots we finally got to! We will be gone for a while after this so come by and stock up.” Jenny
We always like to brag about our vendors, and they give us plenty of reasons. Here’s a picture of Damon Dewsbury of Culture City receiving a Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation, in honour of his new and unusual fermented foods. Congratulations, Damon!
Chocosol has got a good thing going, too, they were voted Best Chocolate Makers in Toronto for the second year in a row in NOW magazine’s readers’ poll a couple of weeks ago. Their tamales are mighty fine, too!
Akiwenzies’ Fish & More and Ying Ying Soy Food should be back with your favourite products, and the growers are still going strong.
See you at the market!
Here are the vendors we expect this week. (Rinkhouse = North end, Garage = South end)
Akiwenzies’ Fish & More WEST SIDE, OUTDOORS
Ali Harris RINKHOUSE
Bees Universe WEST SIDE, OUTDOORS
Beretta’s Meats GARAGE
Chocosol GARAGE AREA
Culture City GARAGE AREA
DeFloured WEST SIDE, OUTDOORS
Dufferin Park Bakers RINKHOUSE
Everdale Organic Farm OUTDOORS
Forbes Wild Foods RINKHOUSE
Frogpond Farm Organic Winery WEST SIDE, OUTDOORS
JK Fries OUTDOORS
Kind Organics RINKHOUSE
Knuckle Down Farm RINKHOUSE
Marvellous Edibles Farm RINKHOUSE
Pine River Organic Farm RINKHOUSE
Plan B Organics WEST SIDE, OUTDOORS
Shared Harvest Community Farm OUTDOORS
Spade & Spoon RINKHOUSE
Thorpe’s Organic Produce GARAGE
Urban Harvest RINKHOUSE
Ying Ying Soy Food WEST SIDE, OUTDOORS