Zealous for Zucchini

Happy Sunday Everyone! Here’s wishing you a fruitful week ahead.

Anne is away this week. I would like to take this time to introduce myself. My name is Aanastasia and I am the Data Entry Clerk at the Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market. I recently joined the team to assist with our transition to an online/Web Store based market and to ensure that our operations run smoothly behind the scenes. That being said, you might interact with me when I respond to your email or answer your call. You might also see me pop in and out of the Market Depot on Thursdays. I have shopped at the Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers’ market for years and I am pleased to contribute to our community during this time.

I would like to make another introduction: Rich in fibre! Coming at you with ample amounts of vitamin A! The only fruit that starts with the letter “Z”. The mild, the humble, the delicious: Zucchini!

And, yes! Botanically, zucchini is a fruit though it is commonly used and served as a vegetable. Zucchini is one of my favourite squashes and it would be an understatement to remark that I was excited to see that our vendors, Thorpe’s Organic Produce and Marvellous Edibles now have zucchini and other summer squashes available for purchase.

Last week, I managed to purchase the last yellow zucchini available. By the time I finished slowly perusing other vendors’ product lists, researching the difference between the flavour profile of Balsam Fir Syrup vs Birch Syrup from Forbes Wild Foods and contemplating if I really needed more maple syrup right then with a more-than-half full bottle currently in my fridge – there was only one left. I ended up ordering a couple of green zucchinis and a pint of assorted summer squash among other market goods.

I look forward to testing out this recipe for Zucchini Pie:


  • 3 Cups Zucchini, sliced on the thinner side from Thorpe’s Organic Produce
  • 4 Eggs from Bees Universe
  • 1 cup Pre-mixed Baking Mix
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil of your choice
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheese

**Add some fresh basil or sage from Sundance Harvest for a more savory dish!**

Click here for the full recipe and instructions.

Next week, we would like to extend a warm welcome to Kooner Farms! The Kooner family has been growing on their farm in Caledon since 1988. Now, Joti Chahal and Indy Kooner have their own 6 acres of land (Kooner Organics) that is in the process of becoming certified organic! They specialize in San Marzano tomatoes, Romano beans, Rapini, Spinach, and much more. Be on the lookout for Fenugreek, Amaranth, and Indian (red) carrots! Stock from Kooner Farms will be available at our Web Store on Saturday, August 8th at noon.

Also, Newcomer Kitchen’s “Make Your Own Quatayef Kit” is a hit! This is your last chance to purchase the Make Your Own Quatayef Kit! Please help us to support this local not-for-profit social enterprise. 100% of the proceeds will go to the women of Dreamers’ Kitchen – a team of newcomer refugee women. Treat yourself to a delightful meal!

Thank you for reading our newsletter. We truly appreciate your continued support of the Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers’ Market.

Warm regards,

Aanastasia and the Market Team