Posted by on May 16, 2019

Hello Market Friends,
Is the weather finally going to settle, so the farmers can work in their wet fields, and we can spread out into the park? Well, maybe, but we are not quite there yet. We will be enjoying a gorgeous spring day by the looks of it, but we will stay off the tender grass for a bit longer, lest we turn it all into mud. Never mind, it’s going to be a great market! Here’s the news:

We’ll have greens galore! That’s Plan B‘s home-grown kale up top. Marvellous Edibles and Kind Organics will have lots to choose from, too.

Mike Madden of Thor Farms is gearing up for summer with Pulled-Beef sandwiches prepared to order, along with plenty of beef for home cooking. He’ll have fries next week!

Andrew McIlmoyle from Waymac Farms will be absent the next couple of weeks; he and Erika are expecting a new baby any time, and unfortunately Bob Felhazi from Pine River Organic Farm had to cancel on short notice.

Olivia from Huber’s Wildwood Farm writes: “We are now taking orders for whole or half pigs. This is the best way to save money as you receive at least a 10% discount on all cuts chosen, plus you get to choose what cuts you get. Also, I will be bringing some soap I made from lard! It has a pleasant mild minty smell and is quite moisturizing with a lovely lather.”

Knuckle Down Farm and Spade & Spoon will be back on the 23rd.

In case you missed the fun last week, here are a couple of shots of the birthday boys, Rodrigo and Stan:

Island Oysters will be setting up an outdoor oyster bar, and with two East Coast oyster varieties and four West, plus First Fish in attendance, you can enjoy a taste of three oceans!

If the weather allows, we will shift to the summer path setup on May 23rd. Many more vendors are getting ready to join us, and we need help from every one of you to spread the happy news that the market is in full spring swing, and it’s time to show your farmers and vendors some local love!
See you at the market,
Anne Freeman

P.S. If you have been reading the news, you will know that dropping plastics in the blue bin more likely means sending them to an incinerator or a landfill than to be recycled. Please bring what you need in the way of containers and bags to carry your food home. Humans managed to get by somehow before plastic; surely we can do it after plastic as well.

P.P.S. Don’t forget about Biggest Little Farm, showing from May 17 – June 5 at Hot Docs Cinema. You can get $8 discount tickets to the Sunday May 19th 4:00 pm screening by using the code BIGGESTLITTLEDG online or at the box office.

Vendors this week:

Ali Harris (rotis, fish sandwiches, fritters, drinks, pesto)
Bees Universe (honey, eggs, knife sharpening)
ChocoSol (chocolate and coffee)
Country Meadows (olives, oil, cheeses, eggs)
Culture City (fermented condiments, tempeh)
DeFloured (sweet and savoury gluten-free baking)
Dufferin Park Bakers (wood-fired oven breads, soups & snacks)
First Fish (wild-caught Arctic fish, smoked/frozen)
Forbes Wild Foods (mushrooms, nuts, syrup and more)
Green Florin (nuts, oils and dried fruits)
Huber’s Wildwood Farm (organic pork)
Island Oysters (fresh-shucked Canadian oysters)
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)
Thor Farms (transitional beef)
Urban Harvest (seeds and soil amendments)