Posted by on Oct 4, 2018

NOTE: If you are coming by car, we suggest using the streets to the east of Dufferin and parking around the N-E-S sides of the park. There is a lot of construction on Dufferin right now.
Next week the market will be on the rinkpad (east side of the building) so we can use the hockey lights at sunset.

Hello Market Friends,
I’m back in the editor’s seat after some travels, which included visits to quite a few other markets. While I always spot stellar displays and great ideas, you could search the world over for a market with the kind of warmth our loyal customers, farmers and vendors bring to Dufferin Grove. Few exemplify that better than Nicole Jacobs, your market correspondent for the past few newsletters. Thanks Nicole!

You may be surprised to find us on the path this week. We’ve decided to stay there one more time and leave the rink for puddle jumpers. We are going to be bursting at the seams with local abundance. Every one of our farmers has worked so hard all season to bring in a great harvest, and the prepared food vendors will be ready to feed you their finest, too. Now the weather forecast predicts that we will be singing in the sunshine, so please come and celebrate.

Everdale‘s list is so impressive that I decided to leave it the long way as an example of the farmers’ remarkable selection. Wow, this is October, folks!!

arugula 
carrot, orange
carrot, rainbow
chard
cilantro
dill
eggplant
gai lan
ginger
head lettuce
kale, black
kale, green
kale, red
kohlrabi
leeks
onion, green
onion, red
onion, yellow
parsley
peppers
potatoes
Radicchio
Radish
salad mix
salad turnips
specialty greens
spinach
Tomatoes, cherry
turnip, scarlet queen
winter squash, acorn, sweet dumpling, delicata, butternut, pie pumpkins, speckled hound!

An added note from Everdale‘s Jenn Wall: ‘Sadly it’s probably our last week for ginger. It sold fast! Looking forward to a fall Thanksgiving Market, lots of kinds of squash coming. We will also have some everlasting flower bunches. Our garden is almost closed up for flowers but these bouquets are designed to sit fresh in a vase for a few days then be hung to dry for display!”

What are you dreaming of eating? Some delectable options:

Large pumpkin pies from DeFloured

Frozen or smoked arctic char from First Fish

Wild or cultivated mushrooms from Forbes and Waymac

Canadian Caviar and Smoked Mackerel Paste with Apple Butter,
as well as fresh shucked oysters at the Island Oysters getaway

Delicious Ethiopian cuisine from visiting vendor Mismak Zena

Herbal Ghee made by East

And that’s just a start!

See you at the market!
Anne Freeman

Here is this week’s complete Vendors List:

Ali Harris: rotis, fritters, sandwiches, drinks
All Sorts Acres: lamb, sheep dairy, wool
Annamaya Khosa: Ethiopian cuisine (visiting)
Bees Universehoney, bee products, eggs
ChocoSol: chocolate and chocolate beverages, coffee
Country Meadows: olives, oil, eggs, cheese
Culture Cityfermented condiments and preserves, tempeh
DeFlouredsavoury and sweet gluten-free baking
Dufferin Park Bakers: wood-fired oven breads, salads, snacks
Earth & City: salads, snacks and beverages
Everdalefresh organic produce
First Fish: frozen and smoked wild Arctic char
Forbes Wild Foods: wild mushrooms, maple syrup & more
Green Florin: Moldovan nuts, oils, and dried fruits
Herbal Ghee: spice-infused ghee made from Ontario butter (visiting)
Island Oysters: fresh-shucked oysters and seafood dishes
Kind Organics: sprouts, salad mixes, teas, microgreens,
Marvellous Edibles: pastured  meats, organic veg. & more
Monforte Dairy: cheeses from many milks
Plan B:local and imported organic produce
Reimer Vineyards: local, organic VQA wines
Shared Harvest Community Farm: fresh organic produce
Sosnicki Organic Produce: organic vegetables
Spade & Spoon: preserves, maple syrup
Tapioca Toronto: Brazilian-style gluten-free crepes with market fillings
Ted Thorpe: veggies, greens, and melons
Urban Harvestbody care, seeds, garden amendments
Waymacoyster, shiitake and lion’s mane mushrooms

P.S. Our wonderful friends from the Repair Café are the subject of a new TVO documentary, screening on October 17 at 9pm and October 21 at 10pm. It will also be available to stream online starting October 18th at tvo.org.

Have a look, and help to spread the word about their great idea!

P.P.S. Toronto’s Greenest Choice 2018!  Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market is a nominee in the Farmers’ Market category. Don’t forget to vote for us – on or before October 8th! There are prizes to Toronto residents who complete the poll. Learn more and view the poll here.