It’s Cozy in the Kitchen
Jan 17, 2019

It’s Cozy in the Kitchen

Hello Market Friends: When winter winds blow, it’s time to load up on market ingredients for delicious winter meals. Salads are not necessarily top of mind, but that’s what I’ve been making in the market test kitchen. Here are two hearty ones to try for lunch or dinner, made almost entirely with things you can get from our vendors. Swap in other cheeses or serve on a bed of Kind Organics‘ greens if you like. These will keep you going strong. Squash and Chickpea Salad One butternut or delicata squash, seeded and cut... Read More


Go Team!
Jan 10, 2019

Go Team!

Hello Market Friends: We’ve got a pretty full house again! Both the garage and the rinkhouse will be humming, as Plan B, ChocoSol, Spade & Spoon, Monforte Diary, All Sorts Acres, and Shared Harvest return this week. At the park, Heidrun (with help from Carley) will be busy baking rye, olive onion, and potato-rosemary sourdough breads, multigrain, kamut, cranberry-walnut and baguette artisan loaves, and rosemary, multigrain and raisin Italian ones, as well as rice-flour bread. Pine River‘s Bob Felhazi hasn’t been able to... Read More


A Fresh Year
Jan 3, 2019

A Fresh Year

Happy New Year Market Friends! Hope you have enjoyed a lovely break. My favourite part was doing a few farm chores–the fun kind. Chances are the topic of New Year’s Resolutions has or will come up in your conversations this week. I’d like to suggest that coming to market regularly fits in very nicely with many aspirations for 2019: healthy eating, active living, building positive relationships, investing in a more sustainable future, and having more fun! Be the change you want to see! We are back to our usual hours this... Read More


Last Market of 2018!
Dec 20, 2018

Last Market of 2018!

Hello Market Friends Young and Old, Near and Far, The solstice is almost here, and with it, the last market of the year. Thank you for reading our market newsletters, and more importantly, for supporting local organic food production all year long. We hope all will enjoy a sweet rest and happy times with dear ones in the days ahead, and take courage from the returning light. There will be lots of extras on the tables this week for feasts and gifts. Be sure to get extra of your favourite market foods, as we will be closed on December 27th.... Read More


A Seasonal Smorgasbord
Dec 13, 2018

A Seasonal Smorgasbord

Hello Market Friends: We are bursting at the seams! The market is going to overflow into the great outdoors because so many vendors are bringing you wonderful foods and extra-special goodies. Here’s a slightly annotated list of what we’ll have: Ali Harris (Authentic Recipes to Warm your Soul) All Sorts Acres (Journey to the Wonderful World of Wool) Bees Universe (Think Sweet and  Sharp: bring your Knives) ChocoSol (Bonus Visit!) Country Meadows (BACK AT LAST!) Culture City (Ferments for Torontonians) DeFloured (Dee-licious, and... Read More


Viva la convivencia!
Dec 6, 2018

Viva la convivencia!

Hello Market Friends: This is an easy time of year to feel discouraged, by grey skies, short days, the news. It can feel like a time to hide out, when actually, company is what’s needed. Nicole and I received a letter this week from a market customer wanting to encourage everyone to come through the winter. She signed off, “How we survive is on our own, how we thrive is together.” Yesterday a friend dropped off a bag of books for me to look at, and one led me to the blog, ‘otherwordly’, which (as you may know)... Read More


No Ice, but a Very Nice Market
Nov 29, 2018

No Ice, but a Very Nice Market

Hello Market Friends: The compressors aren’t working yet, but we are going to fill the rinkhouse and garage with a lovely assortment of food and friendly people, and chase grey November away with good cheer. Please note that we have no door-crashing specials or online deals, no canned music or extended hours. We hope you will enjoy coming, and eating good meals in the week ahead as a result. News from Jennifer at All Sorts Acres: “Just wanted to let everyone know that this week we have a new sheep milk tzatziki! It is super tasty... Read More


What are you eating?
Nov 22, 2018

What are you eating?

Hello Market Friends: I’m hoping the first shock of the cold has passed, and many fridges and pantries are empty enough that venturing out for food seems like a good idea, because we haven’t seen some of you in a while! We’ve settled into our indoor quarters, there’s still lots to choose from, and it’s cozy and fun inside. Chocolate fans, time to stock up! ChocoSol will be in the garage this week! The other bi-weekly vendor will be Kevin of Shared Harvest, and the rest of the usual suspects will be on hand, too. In the... Read More


Chilly Harvests, Cozy Market
Nov 15, 2018

Chilly Harvests, Cozy Market

Everyone really enjoyed the market birthday cakes last week, and (since you asked), you can find instructions for the sensational Parsnip Cake in the ‘About’ section of our website, under Recipes. We’ve been hearing some happy market memories from fans. From one of our longest time and distance market friends, Deirdre Newman, a lovely tribute: “One of the aspects of life in Toronto I miss the most is Dufferin Grove. Even in this rich country – France –  where food  – and eating – is so highly... Read More


Sweet 16
Nov 8, 2018

Sweet 16

Hello Market Friends: This week, we are celebrating a sweet 16 years having a year-round market at Dufferin Grove. Happy 16th to everyone who loves the market! Please come for a taste (or two or three) of delicious market birthday cake. We’ll be sharing round Leslie Lindsay‘s legendary Parsnip, Beet-Chocolate and Carrot Cakes, including gluten-free and vegan options. It’s time for a little reminiscing….Anybody reading this who was at the very first market in November 2002? Anyone who has a favourite market memory?... Read More