To-Do Lists and To-Eat Lists
Oct 17, 2018

To-Do Lists and To-Eat Lists

Hello Market Friends, Before we get to the details about vendors and food that you’re looking forward to, I’d like to mention a topic usually saved for the end of the newsletter. All through the outdoor season we’ve been trying to reduce the waste produced at the market and our reliance on single use plastic, especially bags. Call it a small and symbolic attempt if you will, but it’s surprisingly difficult to make progress even in our thoughtful community of shoppers. Some say the vendors shouldn’t provide... Read More


Abundance
Oct 4, 2018

Abundance

NOTE: If you are coming by car, we suggest using the streets to the east of Dufferin and parking around the N-E-S sides of the park. There is a lot of construction on Dufferin right now. Next week the market will be on the rinkpad (east side of the building) so we can use the hockey lights at sunset. Hello Market Friends, I’m back in the editor’s seat after some travels, which included visits to quite a few other markets. While I always spot stellar displays and great ideas, you could search the world over for a market with the... Read More


Help Us Get Greener!
Sep 26, 2018

Help Us Get Greener!

Heard the news? Dufferin Grove organic market has been nominated for Toronto’s Greenest Choice 2018! This is a City of Toronto initiative that invites residents to vote for the places, spaces and businesses that are helping to make Toronto one of the greenest cities in North America. Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market is a nominee in the Farmers’ Market category. The online poll is now open for voting, and closes on Monday, October 8. So please vote for us – soon! There are prizes to Toronto residents who complete the... Read More


Why an onion?
Sep 19, 2018

Why an onion?

I overheard an interesting conversation at last week’s market. One market shopper asked another, “If you could be, or had to be, any vegetable, which one would it be, and why?” I didn’t catch the response, but I asked myself the same question – and after careful and hypothetical consideration, my answer was, an onion! An onion has lots of layers, and delicately adds flavour to most any dishe it’s added to. And no need to worry about onion breath – eating some parsley afterward, will quickly fix that!... Read More


Super September!
Sep 12, 2018

Super September!

Hooray! Even though we’re well past labour day, it’s actually  still summer! And the abundance of sunshine and warm weather we’ve been having, certainly are complying with that! Yes, it’s true – we will have less and less daylight to look forward to, but the visual wonderland that fall promises, will soon be upon us! Ok, you get it, I’m a bit of an optimist – but it costs nothing! And with the amazing supply of late summer veggies and fruit, who can blame me? Moreover, Anne’s sunny persona... Read More


Who’s Got Great Growers?
Sep 6, 2018

Who’s Got Great Growers?

The beautiful vegetables in the photo featured up top are all ones grown from Urban Harvest seeds. Thank you to Colette Murphy for her extraordinary dedication to preserving and celebrating heritage and open-pollinated varieties. No cardboard flavoured tomatoes or boring standard shipment sizes here! Many of these treasures would disappear were it not for seed sources like Urban Harvest who make it possible for small-scale farmers and home gardeners to grow them. And as a market shopper, with each delicious bite of these heirlooms,... Read More


Scads, Lots and Literally Thousands
Aug 30, 2018

Scads, Lots and Literally Thousands

Hyperbole or understatement? Any way you look at it, we’ve got a GIANT market ahead! And The Repair Café too! Read all about it! Sosnicki Organic Produce News: “It’s such a great harvest! Come to load up for your weekend feasts! Tomatoes are so good this year! I really encourage everyone to freeze, can, sun dry tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes! We will have scads of cherry and grape tomatoes, roma, beefsteak and heirlooms. We will bring extra cases so if you don’t get around to emailing me an order to jb@sosnickiorganics.com,... Read More


Time Flies
Aug 23, 2018

Time Flies

Just a couple more weeks of glorious summer, and then our thoughts will be turning….The seasons fly, and the years do, too. Can you believe that Everdale Organic Farm and Learning Centre has been around for 20 years? That makes me…oh never mind! September 1st marks Everdale‘s 20th anniversary, and you are invited to celebrate with them at CarrotFest!  Lots of variety and lots of quantity this week; it’s time to think about putting some summer goodness by in your freezer or pantry. The latest from Shared Harvest:... Read More


Gratitude and Plenty
Aug 16, 2018

Gratitude and Plenty

I spent part of last week helping to pick vegetables at my brother’s fledgling market garden, and was reminded of just how much work it is to grow good food. It boggles the mind thinking about all the effort behind the abundant harvests coming in to Dufferin. No wonder there are a lot of exclamation marks in the emails from farmers!! Here’s some correspondence: Knuckle Down Farm news: “We will have  a summery table this week with summer squash, sunflowers [see photo!] and the best tomatoes I have tasted in a long time! We... Read More


More Veggies than you can Shake a Stick at
Aug 9, 2018

More Veggies than you can Shake a Stick at

This is one of those weeks when you’ll need a wheelbarrow to get all the items you want home from the market! So hard to choose with such an assortment. How about  just one of each…? The Shared Harvest list: “We will have calalloo, beans, ground cherries, cherry tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, slicing cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, peppers, eggplants, parsley, onions, garlic, persian basil, italian basil, tulsi (sacred basil), zucchini, beets, carrots and purslane.” Kevin Hamilton The Sosnicki Organic Produce contribution:... Read More