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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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M-m-m-MAY?

M-m-m-MAY?

Posted by on May 11, 2020

Hello Market Friends: Before writing this to you, I took a look at Environment Canada’s weather site, and decided to tell you that the good news is….NO SNOW in the Toronto forecast AFTER TODAY! How’s that for putting a positive spin on this chilly stretch? Farmers report that their early plantings are very slow to grow, the first...

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Sharing Sad News

Sharing Sad News

Posted by on May 3, 2020

Dear Market Friends, We are sharing this message composed by Lauren Baker: On April 25, 2020, Pablo Reilly unexpectedly died, leaving behind his mother, Colette Murphy. Many of us know Colette and Pablo through Urban Harvest, Coletteā€™s incredible company that provides so many of us with the heirloom seeds and seedlings that enrich our gardens, balconies,...

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A Handy Guide to Ordering Etiquette

A Handy Guide to Ordering Etiquette

Posted by on May 2, 2020

Hello Market Friends: I am sending this note a little earlier than last week, to remind you to place your order on shop.dufferingrovemarket.ca before we run out of spots again! You will be glad to know that even more of your favourite farmers and vendors are joining us. This time, for example, we have a great harvest of over-wintered kale from Ben and...

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Business is Blooming

Business is Blooming

Posted by on Apr 27, 2020

Hello Market Friends: We continue to be thrilled and amazed by the response to shop.dufferingrovemarket.ca! As I write this, there is still room for a few more people to place orders for pickup or delivery this week before we have to close the shop. A special welcome to Reza Szhu of Alma Bakery, joining us with the traditional Persian flatbreads he makes...

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We Can Do This!

We Can Do This!

Posted by on Apr 19, 2020

Hello Market Friends: The past week has been a whirlwind, but we are nicely settled in our new depot at St. Anne’s Anglican Church (270 Gladstone) and gradually expanding our knowledge of how to run an online market! We’ve added more pickup slots, and expanded our delivery zone this week. If you haven’t placed an order yet, you still can!...

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Great and Grateful News!

Great and Grateful News!

Posted by on Apr 11, 2020

Hello Market Friends: We were blown away (almost literally) last week. Packing orders outside in the wind is not ideal, to say the minimum. However, we were buoyed up by the outpouring of supportive messages from many of you. Thank you all for your patience, enthusiasm and understanding. The move to an online market is a big task, and it has taken a huge...

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The Dufferin Grove Market Web Store is Open

The Dufferin Grove Market Web Store is Open

Posted by on Apr 5, 2020

Hello Market Friends: Many of you are probably digging into the cupboards and freezer to make creative meals from what you have on hand, but wondering what will be around next month. If you have a moment to reply, would you share what your main food sources are currently, and what options you see ahead? Behind the scenes, it has been a very busy week! We...

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