The wild weather last Thursday made for one of the toughest market days ever, but it looks like this one could hardly be nicer. Lovely weather ahead, and plenty of tasty food on the way. We have another round of arrivals as our summer crew rolls in, so bring a hearty appetite!
Before we get to the delicious details, I want to alert anyone who’s driving to the market that there is water-main work being done along Dufferin, and for the next few weeks there are likely to be construction vehicles parked on Dufferin Park Avenue, the little dead-end street close to the market. Please plan to park elsewhere. There are legal spots just east of the market on the same street (across from the high school). Need help carrying your market bags back to your car? Do let us know; we will be happy to assist you.
Returning to this week’s food, here’s a tour of our ready to eat options:
Welcome back to TC’s Tibetan Momos, joining us this time as part of our rotating roster of prepared food vendors, with both vegetarian and meat filled momos.
Rafael from Tapioca Toronto ordered asparagus from Everdale at sunup to be sure he has a good supply for his fabulous crepes.
Ali Harris will be featuring gorgeous June greens in his salads, as well as cool drinks and hot fritters.
Under the Dufferin Park Bakers tent you’ll find soup, salads and snacks as well as breads fresh from the wood-fired ovens.
To add to our gluten-free options, Cock-a-Doodle-Doo Bakeshop will be attending every other week with breads and more.
There are rumours that ChocoSol might start up their tamale and tortilla production this week.
Earth & City will have lots of long and lovely afternoon drinks to enjoy.
I’ve been taste testing Stas‘s fries regularly and I’m happy to report that they get better and better! I think I should keep testing them anyway….
Now to what’s growing!
Everdale news: “We’ll have asparagus, green onions, baby kale, spinach, arugula, salad mix, bok choi, specialty greens, radish, cilantro, parsley, mint, and storage roots. The ginger and turmeric all go in the ground this week too. We’re planting three times as much as we did last year so look out for that in September!” Kyle
From Ayse at Marvellous Edibles: “Jens is coming with fresh Certified Organic Chicken and chicken pieces, fresh pork and oodles of asparagus, head lettuce, rhubarb, mustard, chard, Russian Kale, Hakurei turnips and radishes. He is making wild leek sausage as well for the last time this season.”
The Sosnicki Organic contribution: “Hi all! The farm is crazy busy and it feels great! Mega weeding on field crops, planting, planting, planting! All the men and Joe are busy planting the new strawberry plants that will produce for next season! Speaking of strawberries – they are sizing up nicely and we are finding lots of white fruit which will ripen soon! Patch is really nice. Ben and the men have put in a lot of effort keeping it clean. Another good week or two before we start harvest. Come on sun and some heat!!
We are harvesting everything fresh in the morning for market, so new this week are the first trickle of head lettuces. Our sweet Romaines will make an appearance! Maybe the first bunches of carrots and beets from the greenhouses, but they are still sizing up, so if I do send some – better come early! Salad Mix, radish, white turnip, and our storage potatoes, carrots and beets are coming to Dufferin!” Jess, Ben, Joe & crew :))
Forbes Wild Foods will have lots of fresh fiddleheads, available for another week at most.
Knuckle Down Farm is harvesting lots of rhubarb, some beautiful heads of lettuce, and a few other greens, Bees Universe returns, and if we’re really lucky, Waymac will bring more beautiful pink oyster mushrooms!
Liz Nield and Niki Angelis from Lura Consulting will be visiting to ask park users their views on potential alterations to the rink, building and northwest corner of the park, and volunteers from the Water Watchers campaign opposing renewal of Nestle’s 4 million litre/day permit to extract water from Wellington County will be on hand to tell you about Waterstock, coming up on June 11th.
See you at the market!
This Week’s Vendor List:
Dufferin Park Bakers
Earth & City
Forbes Wild Foods
Knuckle Down Farm
Sosnicki Organic Produce
Spade & Spoon
TC’s Tibetan Momos
Ted Thorpe (to be confirmed)
VQA Wines: Reimer Vineyards
P.S. An Announcement from Melanie Milanich: The Goldenrod Club of Toronto will hold its first meeting on Thursday June 1 at the picnic tables from 3-7pm. All welcome.