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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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A Day at the Depot

A Day at the Depot

Posted by on Jun 7, 2020

Hello Market Friends: After sending out orders for two months now, we have really hit our stride. We have a truly fantastic team of people working together, and this week I want to take you behind the scenes so you know more about what goes into getting market orders out to you. Here’s how it works: Everything begins with Peter Wills, who has worked...

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No Fiddleheads, but Plenty of Tales

No Fiddleheads, but Plenty of Tales

Posted by on May 31, 2020

Hello Market Friends: Over the years, many people have suggested that there should be a compilation of Dufferin market stories, including tales of happiness and woe from the farms, accounts of the small dramas that unfold behind the scenes and the unpredictable things that happen during market hours, and especially portraits of the many characters that...

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Spring Celebration News

Spring Celebration News

Posted by on May 24, 2020

Hello Market Friends: Maybe your home is better organized than ours. We haven’t gotten round to packing away our woolies yet, and now we’re searching for our shorts. In classic Toronto style, a week after griping about the cold, we are starting to complain that it’s too hot. But let’s pause to celebrate this glorious time of year....

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Market News for the week of May 21st

Market News for the week of May 21st

Posted by on May 17, 2020

Hello Market Friends: Finally, some warmth! The recent frost may have damaged some fruit and berry blossoms. We are holding out hope that these crops have not been harmed too much, but it may be a while before growers can fully assess the impact of the crazy weather we had last week. Although Bob Felhazi up at Pine River is always telling me tales of the...

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