Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

When actors mumble this it’s because they haven’t actually got any words to say, but at the market, the first ‘fruit’ of springtime inspires lists of both nouns and verbs: crumble, cordial, shrub, pie, cake, muffins, soup! Chop, stew, roast, freeze and enjoy it! Blythe from Spade & Spoon will be cutting the first bundles for you this week!


Welcome back to Sosnicki Organic Produce! Here’s Jessie’s news: “Hello all! We are happy to be back after a busy winter and fall on farm and with the kids!! An exciting tidbit from our end here: we have more land in transition so soon we’ll have just a little bit more of everyone’s favourite veggies! Our main focus will be soil health as we’ve invested in soil testing and consulting for soil regeneration. We are also going to pasture graze our neighbours’ organic cows on some acreage for carbon sequestering. It’s a brain freeze – there is simply so much to keep continually learning when you are feeding folks and being stewards of land – a.k.a organic farming!!! Follow us on Instagram if you don’t already for a daily dose of what goes on around here – @SosnickiOrganic. We are planning a great harvest season for 2017! Ben went to auction and bought more irrigation pipes so naturally it will be a rainy year 😉

Ben will be at Dufferin with those awesome long red Ostergruss Radishes, our Salad Mix, some field fresh Kale and Green Garlic. From storage we are scrubbing up our Yellow Flesh and Fingerling Potatoes, 2 kinds of Purple Carrots and Beets! And I’m going to take a haul of the farm’s monster Rhubarb!”

It's a collage!

Pine River Organic Farm is harvesting fiddleheads! Get them while you can! Lots of wild leeks on the Forbes table too!

The fabulous crew from Urban Harvest has an unbeatable selection of heirloom vegetables, herbs and flowers, both seeds and plants, including irresistible beauties like these pansies.

Angelos and Linda Kapelaris from Country Meadows will have lots to choose from as well!

Jenny Cook from Knuckle Down Farm writes, “Well, we may be floating into market on a barge, but it is summer in the hoop house so be there we will. This week we will have radishes as well as greens, greens and more greens. Salad season is upon us. Put on your rain boots and come early if you can. Oh and don’t forget your bags!

Floralora will be back next week with gorgeous bouquets for Mother’s Day. Bees Universe will also be absent, working hard to complete spring tasks with their hives.

We’ll be giving a tour while the market is underway this week, to the consultant and City staff most involved in plans for the northwest corner of the park, including all the areas used by the market. We don’t know all the details of  the scope and timing of the project yet, so I’m not sure whether to refer to it as renovation, replacement or renewal, but I’ll try to keep you informed as the process unfolds.

Don’t let the Weather Network decide what you’re going to eat, folks. Come on over and show your favourite organic farmers and vendors that you appreciate the work they do to provide us with great food.
See you at the market!
Anne Freeman


Vendor List for this week:

Ali Harris
Country Meadows
Culture City
Dufferin Park Bakers
Earth & City

Forbes Wild Foods
Kind Organics
Knuckle Down Farm
Marvellous Edibles
Monforte Dairy
Pine River 
Plan B
Sosnicki Organic Produce

Spade & Spoon
Urban Harvest