Hello Market Friends, and a Happy New Year!
How’s your pantry looking? After our extraordinarily long break, and a few too many cookies, I’m really looking forward to bringing home a good load of healthy market fare! We will have a shorter list of vendors now that we’ve settled into winter, but we’ll make sure that there’s a nice selection for you. Note that a few vendors will be coming every other week:
Shared Harvest (Kevin Hamilton) will be in this time, with storage crops, ferments, herbs, and some additional organic produce supplied by Plan B. Next week, you’ll find Everdale in the same spot, and Ted Thorpe will come in then as well.
Spade & Spoon will also be coming alternate weeks. For this Thursday’s market, Blythe is making her delicious Cream of Beet & Leek Soup, and bringing lots of ferments for those on a healthy new year’s kick, as well as a great selection of chutneys, jams and jellies.
Bees Universe will be outside, barbequing mich (a tasty, traditional Romanian mixture of pork and beef), and offering lots of honey products and fresh eggs. We’ve reserved a spot indoors for Ying Ying Soy Food tofu and miso, but Ming may also decide to stay outdoors, as it’s going to be such a mild day. He’ll have the good company of DeFloured with their gluten-free baking, and possibly Akiwenzies’ Fish & More, though I’ve left Andrew off the list as his attendance hasn’t been confirmed yet.
Remember your oil bottles if you need a refill from Country Meadows (Angelos). More eggs and cheeses there, too.
Beretta is taking a break, so if you are looking for meats, head into the rinkhouse to see all that Marvellous Edibles has on offer. Some of you may not know that Jens was a chef for many years before he became a farmer; it really shows in the superb flavours of his sausages (try the cranberry-pistachio ones!), bacon, pates and cured meats.
Our Loyal Eaters program will be going strong until the end of March. It’s not too late to get a card and start collecting stamps (from me, or at the Zamboni Cafe snackbar) on each visit when you spend $10 anywhere at the market. 10 visits = 10 stamps = $10 in market bucks, plus a bonus bag of greens from Kind Organics, and a chance to win a market gift basket!
Hope to see you at the first market of a promising year,
Here are the vendors we expect this week. (Rinkhouse = North end, Garage = South end)
Ali Harris RINKHOUSE
Bees Universe WEST SIDE, OUTDOORS
Country Meadows RINKHOUSE
Culture City GARAGE
DeFloured WEST SIDE, OUTDOORS
Dufferin Park Bakers RINKHOUSE
Forbes Wild Foods RINKHOUSE
Kind Organics RINKHOUSE
Marvellous Edibles Farm RINKHOUSE
Shared Harvest Community Farm GARAGE
Spade & Spoon RINKHOUSE
Ying Ying Soy Food RINKHOUSE