Hello Market Friends:
Apologies, I am sending the newsletter a little bit late because I was catching up with Cookie Roscoe of The Stop’s Wychwood Barns and Sick Kids Farmers’ Markets, and Carolyn Wong of Trinity-Bellwoods Farmers’ Market, two of my wonderful ‘market sisters’. Then we ran into technical difficulties, so let’s get right to it!
It’s still summer, and the farmers’ tables will be groaning:
Ted Thorpe has Sugar Baby watermelons, cherry and heirloom tomatoes, onions, green peppers, beets, carrots, kale, and wild pears.
You can see from Nicole‘s face that we’re delighted to have Ben Sosnicki back alongside Sosnicki Organic Produce’s all-star market helpers Toshimi and Marcella. They will be piling up the Sweet red Shepherd, Bell and Pimento peppers, a new Habanero type with less heat but all the flavour, cabbages, beets, carrots, and of course, tomatoes! Still available by the case! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on Jessie‘s list for cases of Romas, 25 lbs. for $30. Sweet yellow corn next week!
Field-grown blooms are slowing down at Aldergrove, but they’ll still have some bouquets of the flowers Glynis grew in tunnels, and loads of good veg!
Seth reports that Forbes Wild Foods is bringing a great harvest of Cauliflower, Matsutake and Chanterelles (both golden and the very rare blue).
Island Oysters, Lapapampa Mangoes, Robinson’s Bread, and Reimer Vineyards will be coming, along with almost all of our usual crew. Spade & Spoon will attend every other week this month, and return to weekly attendance in October.
Last call for broom handles (donations or special orders); the broom makers will be back next time.
It’s Art Hive week! Take some time out to enjoy their free and welcoming activities.
We’ll also have a visit from In The Zone, a conservation partnership by WWF-Canada and Carolinian Canada, which encourages gardening with plants native to southern Ontario. They’ll have information guides and one-on-one advice for everyone from brown-thumbs to master gardeners, and they’re gearing up for a return visit in October, when they will have pollinator plants to give away.
See you at the market!
P.S. Next Tuesday, September 17th, at 6:45pm, there is a special pay-what-you-can screening of the film “Modified” at the Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave.
As part of Urban Agriculture Week Toronto, The Backyard Urban Farm Company is partnering with TAS Design Build and Fresh City Farms to host this screening of the award winning documentary by Canadian filmmaker Aube Giroux.
The show opens with the short film, “Why Farmers Markets?”, which Deborah Barndt and John Murtaugh made about Elizabeth Harris and John’s daughter Anna and her market farm in Quebec.
P.P.S. Next Thursday, September 19, the final detailed design for the Dufferin Grove Park North-west Corner and Clubhouse Improvements will be presented at a Public Meeting, from 6:30-9:00 pm, at St. Wenceslaus Church (496 Gladstone Ave.). All are invited to attend and provide feedback.
Who’s Coming to the Market:
Aldergrove Organic Farm (veggies and flowers)
Ali Harris (rotis, fish sandwiches, fritters, drinks, pesto)
Bees Universe (honey, bee products, eggs)
ChocoSol (chocolate and coffee)
Country Meadows (certified organic olives, oil, cheeses, herbs)
Culture City (natto, tempeh and other fermented foods)
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)
Green Florin (dried fruits, nuts, seeds and oils from Moldova)
Island Oysters (fresh-shucked Canadian oysters-occasional visits)
Kind Organics (certified organic sprouts and salad mixes)
Knuckle Down Farm (veggies)
Lapapampa (certified organic dried mangoes-monthly visits)
Marvellous Edibles (certified organic chicken, produce, preserves)
Mismak Zena (Ethiopian Cuisine)
Monforte Dairy (local cheeses from a variety of milks, tamales)
Plan B (local and imported organic produce)
Reimer Vineyards (certified organic local VQA wines)
Reye’s Farms (tender fruit (not organic)
Robinson Bread (sourdough baking from freshly milled grains-biweekly)
Shared Harvest (certified organic veggies and herbs)
Sosnicki Organic Produce (certified organic vegetables)
Tapioca Toronto (Brazilian-style gluten-free crepes with market fillings)
Thorpe’s Organic Produce (veggies)
Urban Harvest (certified organic seeds, soil amendments, body care)