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A Community Makes a Market

A Community Makes a Market

Posted by on Oct 17, 2020

Hello Market Friends: One of my weekly duties is opening our depot at St. Anne’s so the farmers and vendors can drop off everything that has been ordered for the week. Time is tight on Thursdays, but for a few quiet moments I can think about the day ahead, and admire the morning light. Nacho or Luka from Reyes Farms are first on the dropoff schedule,...

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A Generous Harvest

A Generous Harvest

Posted by on Oct 3, 2020

Hello Market Friends: Along with familiar favourites we have many wonderful new items this week: Seth from Forbes Wild Foods let us know that a load of wild cranberries has just rolled in. Plenty of wild rice is available too, for delicious autumn stuffings, soups and side dishes. Vasile treated me to an advance tasting of Green Florin‘s fresh...

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Here’s to Local Food Entrepreneurs!

Here’s to Local Food Entrepreneurs!

Posted by on Sep 26, 2020

Hello Market Friends: This week I have been thinking about the market afternoon when I first heard a lineup of customers singing Brazilian songs. Of course, they were eagerly waiting for Tapioca Toronto‘s delicious crepes. A few days ago I visited Anna and Rafael in their sweet new shop just east of Lansdowne on College (the former DeFloured bakery)...

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The Shift

The Shift

Posted by on Aug 23, 2020

Hello Market Friends: We’ve come to the last market day in August, and a shift is in the air. I am always shocked when corn season ends, but it has at Sosnicki Organic Produce, and soon other high summer favourites like peaches, basil and summer squash will make way for fall crops. Marvellous Edibles has lowered their prices on tomatoes because Ayse...

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Peachy News

Peachy News

Posted by on Jul 26, 2020

Hello Market Friends: Calgary can keep their stampede, we’ve got our own; it’s PEACH SEASON! That’s Nyah, the official peach taste tester at Wiecha Farms hard at work. You better believe good things grow in Ontario! 3-litre peach baskets have just been restocked, so grab them while you can! It’s the season for cantaloupes and plums...

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Remembering One of our Regulars, and Notes for the Week

Remembering One of our Regulars, and Notes for the Week

Posted by on Jul 19, 2020

Hello Market Friends: This afternoon we will post details of how we reached the decision not to re-open in the park for the time-being, here on the website, and on facebook. We are very happy with how far we have come in developing our ability to provide you with market food despite the challenges of 2020, but of course we miss the weekly Thursday...

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The Things We do for Love

The Things We do for Love

Posted by on Jul 12, 2020

Hello Market Friends: Have you ever spent half an afternoon shelling peas, only to see them gobbled in five minutes? Or maybe half a day trying to pit enough sour cherries to make one small but glorious pie? These are not tasks which can be tallied up as ‘worth it’ in dollars, but I’m sure we all have memories of putting labour into...

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Singing in the Heat

Singing in the Heat

Posted by on Jul 5, 2020

Hello Market Friends: In honour of the exciting produce coming in this week, I have composed a special song (almost certain to be a one-hit wonder on Heat Wave Records). It is meant to be sung to your own tune, at top volume (mask and clothing optional, depending on location). Veggie Medley There’s no peas like snow peas We all clap for sugar snaps,...

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Canadian Summer

Canadian Summer

Posted by on Jun 28, 2020

Hello Market Friends: I felt confused when I came across a huge holiday crossword puzzle in the weekend paper. Holiday? OH, right, it’s almost Canada Day! To us, that means it’s time to plan a local feast! For everyone who has been longing for full-on summer foods, the wait is coming to an end. Local menus are becoming more and more varied, as...

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First Official Summer News

First Official Summer News

Posted by on Jun 21, 2020

Hello Market Friends: Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there, and Happy Solstice Everyone! Hope you did something special for the longest day of this history-altering year. One of the plans on my list this weekend is making strawberry jam. I will let you in on my secret recipe (see below), but it’s no secret that we have the best...

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