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Time for Regeneration

Time for Regeneration

Posted by on Apr 11, 2021

Hello Market Friends: Let’s face it: Toronto is not the prettiest place between the first frost and the last. It is a wonderful treat for the eyes to observe the spread of colour as gardens and street-side trees begin to grow again. It’s also a time for fresh flavours as the first spring foods arrive at the market. A few people were puzzled by the long...

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The 2021 Forecast

The 2021 Forecast

Posted by on Apr 4, 2021

Hello Market Friends: A year has passed since the market moved operations to the Parish Hall at St. Anne’s Anglican Church. I had to pause for a moment after writing that. What a journey. I’m not going to write a post about what has passed, though. Spring is a time to look forward and we’re due for an update. In case you haven’t heard, the massive...

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Abuzz with Excitement

Abuzz with Excitement

Posted by on Mar 28, 2021

Hello Market Friends: For beekeepers, the first warm days of spring can be an anxious time, as they check hives for winter damage. I have been working with John and Irina Alecu of Bees Universe for 15 years (give or take a few) and I have never seen John so pleased with what he found as he was last week. Their hives are absolutely loaded with healthy...

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The Equinox Edition

The Equinox Edition

Posted by on Mar 21, 2021

Witch hazels blooming on Havelock Street: a sure sign of spring Hello Market Friends: It’s Official! You can strip the scratchy wool vest and long johns off your spring dreams and let them out into the sunshine! The Vernal Equinox occurred at 5:36 am on Saturday March 20th in Toronto. Happy Nowruz to everyone who is celebrating Persian New Year! The...

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Spring Forward! Daylight Savings News

Spring Forward! Daylight Savings News

Posted by on Mar 14, 2021

Hello Market Friends: On my frequent trips to admire the big patch of snowdrops on Delaware this week, I was delighted to see many tiny bees enjoying them as well. The annual miracle has begun! The solid stretch of sunny and plus zero days and cold nights ahead is just what maple syrup makers have been hoping for. Big run underway! Here is Blythe in Spade...

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MiddleMarch News

MiddleMarch News

Posted by on Mar 7, 2021

Contented sheep at All Sorts Acres Farm. Photos by Jennifer Osborne Hello Market Friends: I think we got the lion’s part of March over with last week, and we are looking forward to more lamb-friendly weather ahead. Fortunately, the barn at All Sorts Acres is a cozy place for mamas and their little ones, who are arriving frequently now. Look at all these...

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What Season Is It, Anyway?

What Season Is It, Anyway?

Posted by on Feb 28, 2021

  Hello Market Friends: When Clay and Paper Theatre’s David Anderson arrived a little late to pick up his order, he said, “Until an hour ago, it was Wednesday!” Know the feeling? Well, the big thaw we’re getting suddenly makes some of this week’s photographs look out of season, but I want to share them with you before snowy shots really go out of...

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I Hope This Newsletter Finds You Well

I Hope This Newsletter Finds You Well

Posted by on Feb 21, 2021

Wild Hedgehog Mushrooms fresh from Oregon, available from Forbes Wild Foods. Buttery flavour and very versatile! Hello Market Friends: I’ve been having such a difficult time thinking about Purim. I’ve been so excited for our Purim bags (Mishloach Manot) we have this week for the holiday. The incredible Sarah has spearheaded our Matanot L’evyonim program...

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Oxen, Cardinals, Hearts and… Spinach

Oxen, Cardinals, Hearts and… Spinach

Posted by on Feb 14, 2021

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...

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Fabulous February

Fabulous February

Posted by on Feb 7, 2021

Hello Market Friends: Last Thursday we honoured the beginning of Black History Month with a poem read by the amazing Nicole Jacobs. The author was Whitney French, who arrived to pick up her market order later in the day! We are humbled by the talents of our market supporters. Nicole’s writing begins the news this week: “February is ironically, a jam-packed...

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