Our Farmers are tops – and so are their veggies!
Aug 1, 2019

Our Farmers are tops – and so are their veggies!

Hello Market Friends: Are you as excited as I am for the first market, and subsequently first day, of August (2019)? Yippee, right? And fyi, it’s me Nicole sending you the market news, as Anne is away this week enjoying some precious time at the cottage. That means you may have to endure a bit more of my usual hip-hip-hooraying at market this week. So last market as I was walking around to the different vendors, asking them how the day had been for them, I happened to stop and peer into the compost bin of Kevin Hamilton of Shared... Read More


What Goes Around, Comes Around
Jul 25, 2019

What Goes Around, Comes Around

Hello Market Friends: We have a beautiful mix of newbies, old-timers, and everyone in between on our vendor list this year. Here’s a nostalgic note from Glynis of Aldergrove Organic Farm, who joined us a few months ago: “I was out harvesting these red strawflowers this morning when I had a memory from about twelve years ago, when I was an employee working at Dufferin Grove Park. Shane Eby was at the farmers’ market with his buckets spread out over the lawn, and I saw these very same flowers and couldn’t resist. Unaccustomed to... Read More


Great Green Deals
Jul 18, 2019

Great Green Deals

Hello Market Friends: Kevin Hamilton of Shared Harvest has a problem. The vegetables he brings to market are too darn big. He can’t sell you a head of lettuce that weighs about as much as your leg for a price that accurately reflects how large it is, so there are giant bargains on his tables. Compare the price, size and quality of celery you get in a supermarket these days to the great value you can get at the market, and make a deal to share the bounty with a strong-armed pal who will help you carry it home. Last week some customers... Read More


A Veggie and Fruit-Full Week
Jul 11, 2019

A Veggie and Fruit-Full Week

Hello Market Friends: Life may not always be a bowl of cherries, but this week, get at least two bowls full and leave those concerns aside while the juice runs down your chin. It’s that sweet, short time of the summer. Connie Wiecha of Niagara Lavender Farms (whose adorable harvester is pictured above) says she is bringing “lots of cherries, red raspberries and maybe just the start of the black raspberries – not too many out there yet – and lavender.” After several seasons when fruit would sell out about half an... Read More


Make Hay While the Sun Shines
Jul 4, 2019

Make Hay While the Sun Shines

Hello Market Friends: I don’t usually put a photo from someone who’ll be away at the top of the news, but I couldn’t resist Andrew McIlmoyle’s  view of hay as far as the eye can see. In case you don’t know Andrew, he’s usually behind the Waymac Farms table of mushrooms. Like many a small-scale farmer, he needs diverse sources of income, and Andrew’s main crop is hay. After our soggy spring, it’s growing like mad, and he has to spend as many hours cutting as he can, and then all his other hours... Read More


Summer, with all the Fixings!
Jun 27, 2019

Summer, with all the Fixings!

Hello Market Friends: This feels like the first full-on-summer market. So much coming in! So much going on! It is a BIG treat to have Kevin ‘The Greens Giant” Hamilton of Shared Harvest back with his signature gargantuan crops! Four pound Romaine Lettuces! Enormous Kale! And Parsley…Last week Market Staffer Nicole Jacobs was halfway through explaining how she had frozen and saved the last parsley pickings of 2018, when she glimpsed the size of the bunches in Kevin’s truck and just about burst into tears of happiness! Whatever is going... Read More


Summer Solstice Market News
Jun 20, 2019

Summer Solstice Market News

Happy Solstice, Market Friends! Summer is officially here, and we sincerely hope you will join us even if we have a few showers once again. After all, you’ve got to eat, and so do the farmers! It has to be a great market day with this news from the Sosnickis: “Rain or shine – we are coming with an epic load of two different kinds of Strawberries to Dufferin! The early “Wendys” are smaller, sweet, perfect for jam and fresh eating!  The “Jewels” are big, sweet and perfect for fresh eating and slicing... Read More


Delightful News
Jun 13, 2019

Delightful News

Hello Market Friends: It was a thrilling moment when the note arrived from Jessie to say that the first Sosnicki Organic Produce harvest of strawberries is coming to Dufferin! As Jessie likes to say, these strawberries are “sprayed with absolutely nothing”. That doesn’t mean they are easy to grow; a tremendous amount of work and care goes into producing certified organic berries. Come at the start of market if you want some; quantities are limited yet. Jennifer of All Sorts Acre was looking forward to returning this week,... Read More


Remembering, and Savouring the Moment
Jun 6, 2019

Remembering, and Savouring the Moment

Hello Market Friends: Although it is surprising to be wearing sweaters in June, we are moving towards summer, and a bigger and bigger market. Before we are swept into peak season, we want to look back in remembrance of Debbie Wiecha, a much loved member of our Dufferin community, gone too soon. At 4:30, we will have a short memorial for Debbie, with music led by Ken Whiteley and Richard Underhill, and words spoken by some of her many market friends. We don’t expect the market to entirely halt during this time, but some vendors will want... Read More


Growing by the Week
May 30, 2019

Growing by the Week

Hello Market Friends: Happily, we didn’t end up in Kansas or Oz last week when the wind tried to blow us out of the park! Looks like a great day this time, and there is much to be excited about. Here’s the news: Welcome back to Sosnicki Organic Produce! Here’s a note from Jessie: “While we struggle with this weather, we are coming anyhow!! We have our new helper Ellen who is a welcome addition around here!  She will be the smiling face greeting you folks at our tables this year while we are busy with kids and in the... Read More