The Early Birds get the Ferns
Apr 18, 2021

The Early Birds get the Ferns

Photo by Seth Goering Hello Market Friends: We’ve got some swift and savvy shoppers! I was going to feature the first fiddleheads this week, but by the time I sat down to write the newsletter they were sold out! Not to worry, the supply should be more plentiful next week, and we do have WILD LEEKS! Despite a little cool stretch, spring is unstoppable, and the action on the farms is accelerating. Visit the Web Shop Here’s a little of Ayse’s news about what’s going on up at Marvellous Edibles: “We finally finished potting our mini tomato,... Read More


Time for Regeneration
Apr 11, 2021

Time for Regeneration

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 green stalks they received in their orders last week, and wrote to ask, ‘Where’s my garlic?’ We replaced the confusing photo on the shop site (woops!) but it’s time to include more information... Read More


The 2021 Forecast
Apr 4, 2021

The 2021 Forecast

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 renovation project in the northwest corner of Dufferin Grove has begun. For the market, this means that there is no reasonable option to return to the park this year, even if Covid restrictions... Read More


Abuzz with Excitement
Mar 28, 2021

Abuzz with Excitement

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 honeybees! He says it’s the best start to spring he has had in all his years of beekeeping in southern Ontario.  The worrying isn’t over yet. Now we have to hope that there are no deep freezes... Read More


The Equinox Edition
Mar 21, 2021

The Equinox Edition

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 popularity of home gardening has increased so much that we are very fortunate to have such a good selection of organic seeds available through the market. Instead of waiting weeks to get them from... Read More


Spring Forward! Daylight Savings News
Mar 14, 2021

Spring Forward! Daylight Savings News

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 and Spoon’s sugar bush: You can really feel the strength of the sun these days. My mother and aunts used to fill their clothes lines with linens at this time of year because the powerful... Read More


MiddleMarch News
Mar 7, 2021

MiddleMarch News

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 lambs! Pinky and Bob, the biggest of the AllSorts dogs, keep a watchful eye on their flock. A Note About Quality We know there have been a number of quality issues with produce lately. This... Read More


What Season Is It, Anyway?
Feb 28, 2021

What Season Is It, Anyway?

  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 style! Up top, the frosty splendour of the Canadian Organic Seed Company Farm, captured by Christine Halbot. Christine also managed to get a couple of pictures of their guest from the Arctic... Read More


I Hope This Newsletter Finds You Well
Feb 21, 2021

I Hope This Newsletter Finds You Well

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 and is doing an amazing job. In the first 6 hours the shop was open this week, we had 32 requests for Purim gift certificates to feed people experiencing food insecurity! It’s so heartwarming... Read More


Oxen, Cardinals, Hearts and… Spinach
Feb 14, 2021

Oxen, Cardinals, Hearts and… Spinach

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 other Asian languages for health and happiness in the year ahead, too! Miles Hearn, the Port Credit field naturalist who took this gorgeous photo of a pair of Northern Cardinals, recently wrote... Read More