Hello Market Friends:
Happy Year of the Ox! There is no question that we need the patience and stubbornness of oxen this year, but also the gentleness and hardworking traits they are known for. I just learned a Mandarin greeting: chun jie kuai le, which means Happy Spring Festival. Gung hay fat choy to Cantonese speakers! Sending wishes to speakers of other Asian languages for health and happiness in the year ahead, too!
Miles Hearn, the Port Credit field naturalist who took this gorgeous photo of a pair of Northern Cardinals, recently wrote about hearing their songs again, a sure sign that we are in the last weeks of winter (more reliable than Wiarton Willie’s predictions, for example, although he agreed this year!). (If you would like to enjoy more of Miles’ photographs and observations, visit mileshearn.com)
Other promising indications: Ed Dirse from Nature’s Way recounted his best-ever technique for germinating peppers last week, there are lots more seeds appearing on the site from Urban Harvest and Canadian Organic Seed Company, and more applications to join the market are pouring in than you could shake a stick at!