Posted by on Jun 30, 2016

 

When you do the rounds of the farmers’ tables this week, you’ll see that the menu is shifting to prime summertime choices. Plan to celebrate Canada Day with a local rainbow of flavours! And if you’ve got the day off Friday, before heading home you can linger over a tasty supper from the vendors. Here’s the news:

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A nice selection is coming in from Shared Harvest, including kohlrabi, peas, garlic scapes, chard, kale, beets, arugula, and–in case you need some heat with your holiday–ground habanero peppers. Fingers crossed: several harmonica players may be along for the ride, too!

Sosnicki Organic Produce news: Ben’s coming with more of our late variety Strawberries. It’s been a great season for berries. New crop coming is our super sweet Sun Sugar Cherry Tomatoes! Patty Pan Zucchini, Beets, Kale, Beets and Sugar Snap Peas round out our tables. Enjoy the summer feast! Jess, Ben & crew

The Coast to Coast Canadian Wild Food Report: Forbes Wild Foods will have lots of morels from BC and a number of sea veggies from Nova Scotia, including Beach Pea, Sea Spinach, Oyster leaf, and sea parsley.

You know the old saying, “Make hay when the sun shines,” and Andrew McIlmoyle is going flat out doing just that. Along with mushrooms, hay is a major part of his livelihood, and this is the busiest stretch. Waymac won’t be attending this time, but as of next week, Andrew’s wife Erika will be finished teaching and will bring mushrooms to market for the summer.

For all those feeling festive about Canada Day, Pride, and/or the end of school, Suvi Kuisma will be offering face painting (by donation/pwyc).

Just because school’s out doesn’t mean no books, though! We have a new addition to the market:

Back in the winter, Jade Guthrie (an MA student in York and Ryerson’s joint program in Communication and Culture) wrote to ask if the market would be willing to host a ‘StoryTent’. She volunteers for a non-profit organization called ‘Traveling Stories’ based in San Diego, which aims to help kids discover a love for reading. Many months and conversations later, Jade is launching Canada’s first StoryTent at Dufferin Grove.

We’ve got a good start on donated books, there are ‘Book Bucks’ prizes, and Jade has organized a team of volunteers to welcome any and all kids who would like to join in. Parents are welcome, too.
See you at the market!
Anne Freeman

Vendors for this week:
Akiwenzies
Ali Harris
Bees Universe*
Best Baa
Chocosol*
Country Meadows
Culture City*
DeFloured
Dufferin Park Bakers
Earth & City*
Evelyn’s Crackers*
Everdale Farm
Floralora Flowers*
Forbes Wild Foods
Hungry Vegan
JK Fries
Kind Organics*
Knuckle Down Farm
Life in Homemade
Marvellous Edibles
Niagara Lavender
Pine River Organic Farm
Plan B
Shared Harvest Community Farm
Sosnicki Organic Produce
Spade & Spoon*
Tapioca Gourmet*
Thorpe’s Organic Produce
Urban Harvest*
VQA Wines: Frogpond Farm*
Ying Ying Soy Food*

*These vendors accept electronic payment.

(Oysters, mushrooms, yarn, and knife sharpening return next week.)