Posted by on Aug 22, 2019

Hello Market Friends:
We have a very lively market lined up for you. The farmers’ tables will be piled high with a huge variety of summer harvests, there are snacks and dinner choices galore, and we have an extraordinary number of special guests joining us. Bring your kids or your pals (or both!) and plan to stay a while; it’s going to be fun.

Lesley Brock from Red Dog Farm is visiting with 5 kinds of garlic for your culinary pleasure.

It’s peak week for Wiechas’ peaches! Connie Wiecha will be coming with a big load of certified organic freestone peaches from Niagara Lavender Farm. She hopes her brother will bring one more load next week. Thanks Connie!

Island Oysters is paying us a call, with ‘a curated selection of 6 icy fresh oysters from 4 provinces and both coasts at swashbuckling prices!’

Nobody says it better than Jason Kun, but wait, we’ve got one more coast represented:
First Fish works directly with Inuit fishers to bring wild-caught fish from the Arctic. This week they have a special treat: smoked char bagels with Monforte cream cheese!

Heidrun‘s Dufferin Park Bakers bread list:
Sourdoughs: rye, caraway-multigrain, potato-rosemary, olive-onion
Artisans: baguette, multigrain, cranberry-walnut, pumpkin seed, potato-onion buns, spelt-walnut
Italians: rosemary, multigrain, whole wheat, raisin

We get far more requests to join the market than we can possibly accommodate, so many years ago, we decided to keep the focus on food rather than crafts and other items. Once in a while, though, people ask to share their skills along with what they make, and it sounds too fun or interesting to resist. This week we have two such visitors:

Bobby Miller of Kawartha Broom Co. first learned the fine art of broom making while growing up in the Appalachians. Bobby has been perfecting this art for 30 years now, experimenting with different styles and colours. He will be demonstrating broom winding and stitching. You can reach Bob at bobmiller123@yahoo.ca.

In this small world, it turns out that Bobby’s wife Mary’s late father Linas Balaisis worked at the skating rink in the late 1980s until his retirement in 1991.

And for something completely different, Andrea Murphy will be bringing her toys and tricks to share. Get ready to hoop for fun and fitness; to juggle for relaxed concentration. Andrea is an experienced yoga and martial arts practitioner, and a juggler, hoop dancer, and stilt walker; she teaches mindful and powerful movement through play.

We’ve also got visiting Researchers from the U of T Child Study Centre, who will be offering fun, hands-on activities and demonstrations for kids about the science of psychology as well as offering opportunities to participate in their research. There will be take-home projects, prizes, and skill testing challenges.
Our rotating vendors are TC’s Tibetan Momos, All Sorts Acre, and Windswept Cider.
Kind Organics and Culture City are on holiday this week. Spade & Spoon, Pine River, Green Florin and Waymac are also absent.
Peruse the list below to find your favourites.
See you at the market!
Anne Freeman

Vendors This Week:

Aldergrove Organic Farm (veggies and blooms)
Ali Harris (rotis, fish sandwiches, fritters, drinks, pesto)
All Sorts Acre (lamb, wool products, sheep’s milk gelato – every other week)
Bees Universe (honey, eggs, bee products)
ChocoSol (chocolate and coffee)
Country Meadows (olives, oil, cheeses, herbs)
DeFloured (sweet and savoury gluten-free baking)
Dufferin Park Bakers (wood-fired oven breads, soups & snacks)
Earth & City (snacks, spreads and beverages)
First Fish (wild-caught Arctic fillets and hot or cold smoked fish)
Forbes Wild Foods (fresh and dried mushrooms, syrup, nuts and other wild foods)
Fressy Bessie (organic ice pops)
Island Oysters (fresh-shucked Canadian oysters – occasional visits)
Marvellous Edibles (certified organic chicken, produce, preserves)
Mismak Zena (Ethiopian vegan cuisine)
Monforte Dairy (local cheeses from a variety of milks, tamales)
Niagara Lavender Farm (certified organic tender fruits)
Plan B (local and imported certified organic produce)
Red Dog Farm (garlic-visiting vendor)
Reye’s Farms (tender fruits (not organic))
Shared Harvest (certified organic veggies and herbs)
Sosnicki Organic Produce (certified organic vegetables)
TC’s Tibetan Momos (vegetarian or meat – every other week)
Tapioca Toronto (Brazilian-style gluten-free crepes with market fillings)
Thorpe’s Organic Produce (veggies)
Urban Harvest (seeds, soil amendments, body care)
Windswept Cider (VQA hard ciders and jun – monthly)