Hello Market Friends:
Some of us love the great outdoors in winter, and some of us love the indoor world of reading, making and dreaming. (You can guess which camp I pitch my tent in.) When you have a little time to curl up under a blanket, stoke the mind’s fire with this interesting article about agriculture in Paris: https://tinyurl.com/ycptkalc
There’s also inspiration from our remarkable vendors:
Jennifer Osborn of All Sorts Acres has no end of ideas about what can be done with wool–and all the other products from her much-loved flock of sheep. She has just finished a few days at Toronto’s Interior Design Show, presenting her wool acoustic panels, which provide a renewable and very effective alternative to other materials. Now she is getting ready for the 2019 edition of LandMade, a show and sale “connecting urban makers with Ontario fibre farmers” which will be held at The Gladstone on February 3rd. When you think about food from close to home, imagine shifting to a local fibre-shed as well.
Somehow, in the midst of the busy growing season, the good folks at Marvellous Edibles manage to can and freeze some of the harvest, so alongside their local organic roots and greens, you can find jarred or frozen tomatoes and other flavourful ingredients to build a dream-of-summer meal on.
When you come to get your cheese, save some time to chat with Ruth. Market friend Chef Miriam Streiman posted a tribute recently when Ruth came to speak to a Slow Food class: “The honour of the one and only Ruth sharing Monforte Dairy’s divine cheeses and frank wisdom on business, the art of cheesemaking, hospitality, politics, work ethic, local food networks and the responsibility and pride in our industry….” Plenty of thought comes with our food!
First Fish is attending, and here’s a photo of the tasty ‘tacos’ Nicole Jacobs makes with their cold-smoked Arctic Char. Nicole uses all greens rather than a grain shell, and adds guacamole, pico de gallo, and cucumbers, topping it off with Kind Organics pea shoots. Yum!
Can you believe it? Forbes Wild Foods will be bringing Yellow Foot (aka Winter) Chanterelles, fresh from B.C.!
A friendly reminder to bring along the bags, bottles, cups and containers you need. It’s a ChocoSol week, and Country Meadows will be back. It’s not too late to start collecting Loyal Eaters Reward stamps. Ask Nicole, myself or our Market Volunteer Hugh for one.
See you at the market!
Here’s the List of Vendors for this time:
Ali Harris (rotis, fritters, drinks, pesto)
All Sorts Acres (sheep dairy, lamb, wool products)
Bees Universe (honey, eggs, knife sharpening)
ChocoSol (chocolate and coffee)
Country Meadows (olives, oil, cheeses, eggs)
Dufferin Park Bakers (wood-fired oven breads, soups & snacks)
First Fish (wild caught arctic fish)
Forbes Wild Foods (mushrooms, nuts, syrup and more)
Green Florin (nuts, oils and dried fruits)
Kind Organics (sprouts and salad mixes)
Marvellous Edibles (certified organic poultry and produce)
Monforte Dairy (local cheeses from a variety of milks)
Plan B (local and imported organic produce, cider, ferments)
Spade & Spoon (preserves, syrup, soups)