A Lot to Share
Aug 9, 2020

A Lot to Share

Hello New Market Friends: Some of you have met me already, my name is Matt and I’m one of the new team members thanks to funding received from the Canada Summer Jobs Program. I learned quickly just how much you all miss seeing the vendors in person.Thoughtful emails, lovely comments on social media showing support and notes on orders to just say “HI!”.  Expect to see and hear more from our vendors soon! We’re working to show you more of what they’ve been up to and how they’re doing. Keep engaging with us on social media and keep sharing those... Read More


Zealous for Zucchini
Aug 2, 2020

Zealous for Zucchini

Happy Sunday Everyone! Here’s wishing you a fruitful week ahead. Anne is away this week. I would like to take this time to introduce myself. My name is Aanastasia and I am the Data Entry Clerk at the Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market. I recently joined the team to assist with our transition to an online/Web Store based market and to ensure that our operations run smoothly behind the scenes. That being said, you might interact with me when I respond to your email or answer your call. You might also see me pop in and out of the Market Depot on... Read More


Peachy News
Jul 26, 2020

Peachy News

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 and cherry tomatoes, we’ve got a country fair’s worth of pies, breads, pickles and jams, and all sorts of specialty foods to choose from. Happy to report that Mother Dough and... Read More


Remembering One of our Regulars, and Notes for the Week
Jul 19, 2020

Remembering One of our Regulars, and Notes for the Week

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 gatherings and camaraderie of the park market. One of the aspects that is hardest to interrupt is the checkin with market regulars. A few people have been around the market just about as long as it... Read More


The Things We do for Love
Jul 12, 2020

The Things We do for Love

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 things just for the love we share by doing so. Let’s share some love and gratitude for all the people who are working flat out on farms or in kitchens through the intense heat, too, and... Read More


Singing in the Heat
Jul 5, 2020

Singing in the Heat

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, There’s no telling how good shelling peas are….. Holler for collards, Try hard to buy chard and make your escape with some great garlic scapes! Cherries are sweet But don’t... Read More


Canadian Summer
Jun 28, 2020

Canadian Summer

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 spring plantings mature and come to the market. We invite you to send us photographs of your favourite local meals! You don’t need a calendar to tell you it’s summer when Ted... Read More


First Official Summer News
Jun 21, 2020

First Official Summer News

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 strawberries in the land for sale right now, thanks to our stellar growers! Get lots, they won’t be around for long. Several people have written to ask if we are opening in the park soon. The... Read More


Something Neat and New and Weird
Jun 13, 2020

Something Neat and New and Weird

Howdy market friends, I think there’s something neat and new and weird going on here. There are other farmers’ markets, and other places to find local food on the web, but I can’t think of another “online” market quite like this one. Maybe it’s a collection of nitty gritty details coming together that makes our Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market web store a unique sum of its parts. And parsley. Details like: a system that lets you shop for veggies that are still in the ground and bread that hasn’t been baked yet solid plans and practices that... Read More


A Day at the Depot
Jun 7, 2020

A Day at the Depot

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 uncountable hours to create (and continuously enhance) our handsome website.  Each week, he adds any new vendors, and all the producers send Peter updates of what they will have available in... Read More