Pollinators, Seeds, & Seedlings

Pollinators, Seeds, & Seedlings

Hello Market Friends,

Early April is time to start thinking about seeds to plant in gardens everywhere. What have you been dreaming about over this icy, snowy, freezing, rainy winter?  I have been imagining butterflies and bees sucking nectar from gorgeous zinnias, phacelia and black eyed susans and in their quest for food, pollinating everything along the way.

Swallowtail Butterly Pollinating a ZinniaHere’s what our neighbour Clement Kent, a pollinator expert writes:

Pollinators (bees, birds, butterflies, flies) are important to thousands of species of flowering plants that won’t set fruit or seed unless they get pollen from another plant’s flower. Most of our fruits and many of our vegetables depend on pollination. In return for their match-maker duties, pollinators get food and drink – pollen and nectar – from the plants. But cities contain less flowers than old-fashioned countryside, so we can help urban pollinators by growing beautiful blooms.

White Flower and Polinator


Colette Murphy and Anne FreemanColette Murphy from Urban Harvest and one of our original farmers at the market, has just the seeds and seedlings for you!  She has a ton of knowledge about what and how to plant seeds and seedlings. Here’s a picture of Colette and Anne.  Colette will be at the market every Thursday from now on. Have tons of fun trying something new!


By the way, our ATM machine is back!


— Ellen Manney
(sitting in for Anne Freeman)



Here’s the list of vendors who are coming today:


From Heidrun, our Park Baker!

  • Sourdoughs: Rye, Potato-Rosemary, Olive-Onion
  • Artisans: Baguette, Multigrain, Spelt
  • Italians: Rosemary, Multigrain, Raisin


Ali Harris (rotis, fritters, drinks, pesto)
Bees Universe (honey, eggs, knife sharpening)
ChocoSol (chocolate and coffee)
Country Meadows (olives, oil, cheeses, eggs)
Culture City (non-soy tempeh, fermented condiments)
DeFloured (sweet and savoury gluten-free baking) TO BE CONFIRMED-staff shortage
Dufferin Park Bakers (wood-fired oven breads, soups & snacks)
Forbes Wild Foods (mushrooms, nuts, syrup and more)
Green Florin (nuts, oils and dried fruits)
Kind Organics (sprouts and salad mixes)
Marvellous Edibles (organic produce, preserves, poultry)
Monforte Dairy (local cheeses from a variety of milks)
Plan B (local and imported organic produce, ferments)
Spade & Spoon (jams, pickles, maple syrup)
Thor Farms (beef)
Urban Harvest (seeds and soil amendments)/div>