It’s almost “the big day”! Can you believe it?? Wow!
Yup – very soon, you can once again “donate” your Thursday afternoons to our wonderful park and heart-warming farmers’ market. Yahoo! Starting this coming Thursday, May 18th, 3-7pm.
And excitement is definitely in the air. I’ve noticed it each time I’ve visited the park over the last few weeks. The days are getting longer, the sun, sunnier, and the squirrels, braver! But it probably helps that I usually have a little bag of walnuts with me. Tee hee
But about the market this year – so much to look forward to! Amazing vendors, delicious food, and (as featured), great music!
However, one vendor who was there from many years previous, will not be there this season – All Sorts Acres. Yes, I know – this is devastating news. However, Jennifer has found a way to stay connected with us at Dufferin – and a very generous one, at that!
All Sorts, with their fabulous sheep wool, are doing an Eco-Wool fundraiser, with the proceeds going to the Dufferin Grove Market!
Here are some words from Jennifer:
“It’s the beginning of a new season, but alas, All Sorts Acres won’t be there this year. We have undertaken a new initiative, EcoWool Canada, that is taking up a lot of our time. Over the winter we finally began processing waste wool from both our farm and other farms across Ontario. We are making Wool Pellets for gardens, seedlings, and potted plants. This is so exciting for us, as it’s been over a decade since our waste wool journey began.
Dufferin Grove Market has been an important part of building our farm so not being there is hard. To continue to be connected to the market and help support the amazing community around it, we are helping raise funds for market initiatives with our new wool pellets.
Please help support the market and purchase some pellets from the market in support of the market, and to grow better plants! All proceeds go to Dufferin Grove Market! Follow this link for more info: http://ecowool.ca/.
-Tim & Jennifer”
Stay tuned for more info on this great initiative! Jennifer will be bringing some wool pellets to the market soon, for you to purchase. I’ll keep you posted!
Another great initiative happening this season, is from Aldergrove Farms!
(To be clear), Fraser and crew will definitely be at Dufferin. But they also want folks to know about a trial that they’ll be starting. It focuses around accessibility, while dealing with the realities of inflation.
From Fraser and Glynis:
“This year we will be trying Pay What You Can (PWYC) at our stall at Dufferin! To make it work, we have set up a “subsidy fund” to make up the deficit for those paying less. If we make more than we need, we’ll donate the surplus. Learn more on our website: https://www.aldergroveorganicfarm.com/.”
And lastly, please welcome a new vendor joining us this year – Hammerhead’s Fresh on Locke!
From Jennifer of Hammerhead:
Our business, Hammerhead’s Fresh on Locke, is located in Hamilton. Our products are quality, traceable and sustainable seafood. We source about 95% of our seafood directly from the hardworking fisher folks on the east and west coast as well as from the Great Lakes of Ontario. Our seafood is either wild caught or organic (farmed).
For more information: https://hammerheadsfreshonlocke.com
And for those of you wondering about “First Fish”, they are still at Dufferin this year – yay! But starting May 25th. Both fish vendors will be at market, but on alternate weeks..
A complete list of vendors is included below.
And each week different “pop-up” vendors will also be at the market – don’t miss out! 🙂
Ok folks – keep smiling and see you Thursday,
VENDORS _ May 18, 2023
Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers’ Market
- Reyes Farms
- Plan B Organics
- Nith Valley
- Kooner Farms
- Aldergrove Farms
- Urban Harvest
- Noki Farms (bi-weekly)
Meat & Dairy:
- Rogers Ranch
- Hammerhead Fish (bi-weekly)
- Monforte Dairy
- Country Meadows
- Tapioca Toronto
- Magic Oven
- TC Tibetan Momos
- Earth & City
- Crepe de la crepe To *new!
- Lev Bakery
- Robinson Bakery
Preserves & Specialty Items:
- Forbes Wild Foods
- Green Florin (bi-weekly)
- Jiggy Popz
- ChocoSol (with Earth & City)
- Grounded Pantry *new!
- Heartwood Cider
- Richard Underhill!!
Bi-weekly (for May 25th):
- First Fish
- Spade & Spoon
- Knuckle Down Farms
Starting later (this season):
- Greenhouse Eatery (in June)
- Nature’s Way (in July)