I grew up being fed by wonderful women, my mother in particular, and my aunts, great aunts, and grandmothers. Many of these women had to put their own ambitions aside to care for others, and became legendary for their pies, their pickles, or their bread instead, known for setting a beautiful table or stretching a dollar. I’m sure there were days when cooking up and washing up were about the last things they felt like doing. Nevertheless, they managed to infuse the food they prepared with love, and they were always ready to add a place or two at the table if extra people arrived in need of a meal. These women are my original food heroes.
Now I work with many amazing women in food: farmers, makers, bakers and activists who put their hearts and souls into what they do. This week, I propose a toast to all the women around us who care about people being well fed!
Here’s the vendor report:
Marvellous Edibles will be back in the usual spot, to the great relief of their fans.
The selection of greens from Kind Organics is getting nicer and nicer as the sun grows stronger.
Some of you may remember Spade & Spoon’s astonishingly good Caesar Mix from last summer, fantastic for cocktails or for drinking as is. It’s gluten-free, vegan, healthy, and spiced just right! Why is it appearing again now? Time to get all the tomatoes from last summer’s bumper crop out of the freezer to make space for maple syrup!
I ran into Jonathan Forbes in the post office the other day, and he was just back from Sault Ste Marie, where he had been meeting with harvesters from Thessalon First Nation who are going to pick wild celery this summer. Take a look at all the remarkable foods on the Forbes table that come to market because of partnerships like this.
Loyal Eaters, if you’ve made it to ten stamps it’s time to collect your rewards! We want to be sure you are on our list by the end of the month. You can keep getting stamps as long as you like….
See you at the market!