TBG Organic Farmers’ Market: Market News

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November, 2013: Visit us indoors during the winter. The market is located in the main lobby, but might move to the Garden Hall if other events are taking place in the building.

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October 8, 2013: Oh my gourd! Can you believe this Thursday is our last outdoor market this year?! Don’t fret – the market will move inside the following week and we’re going year-round now! But definitely join us this Thursday outdoors one last time in the lovely fall weather, surrounded by gardens, live music, and amazing food! Also, you can get your ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner at the market on Thursday! PRODUCE AVAILABLE AT THE MARKET THIS THURSDAY (weather-dependent): mushrooms, apples, pears, melon, garlic, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, leeks, carrots, beets, radishes, turnip, summer/winter squash, corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beans, edamame, celery, celeriac, cabbage, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, mustard greens, salad mix, herbs, clover. ALSO AVAILABLE: bread, baked goods (including gluten-free), eggs, cheese (goat, sheep, water buffalo), goat yogurt, goat milk, charcuterie, chicken, beef, pork, lamb, game meat, flours, seeds, maple syrup, honey, bee products, fruit juices/cider, pickled preserves, ketchup, pesto, chutneys, baked samosas, pakoras, chaat, taco salad, seasonal salad plate, stuffed mushrooms, stuffing

October 1, 2013: We’re falling in love with squash this fall! Winter squash is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family and relative of both the melon and cucumber. With long storage periods of between one week and six months, squash should be kept away from direct light and extreme temperatures. It is an excellent source of antioxidant carotenoids, anti-inflammatory nutrients, immune-supportive vitamin A, free radical-scavenging vitamin C, enzyme-promoting manganese, digestion-promoting fibre, heart-healthy folate, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B2 & B6, magnesium, potassium, and bone-building copper and vitamin K. Winter squash is a vegetable that might be especially important for us to purchase organic. Recent agricultural trials have shown that it can be an effective intercrop for use in remediation of contaminated soils. (More info on winter squash) Did you know you can also eat squash seeds? Instead of throwing them out, try out this recipe for Roasted Squash with Mint & Roasted Seeds. Other produce available at the market this week (weather-dependent): pears, apples, melons, blueberries, hazelnuts, carrots, beets, garlic, onions, Jerusalem artichoke, potatoes, sweet potatoes, sweet corn, squash, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, beans, edamame, celery, celeriac, rapini, kale, Swiss chard, arugula, dandelion greens, mustard greens, spinach, salad mix, herbs. Also available: bread, baked goods (including gluten-free), eggs, cheese (goat, sheep, water buffalo), goat yogurt, goat milk, charcuterie, chicken, beef, pork, lamb, game meat, flours, seeds, maple syrup, honey, bee products, fruit juices/cider, pickled preserves, ketchup, pesto, chutneys, baked samosas, pakoras, chaat, taco salad, seasonal salad plate.

September 22, 2013: BIG UPDATE about the market: we are now going year-round! Starting Oct. 17th, the market will move inside and have different winter hours: 2-6pm (it will still be 3-7pm until our last outdoor day on Oct. 10th). Thursdays as always! Celebrate with us by sharing this lovely article about our market from blogTO!

September 16, 2013: PRODUCE AVAILABLE AT THE MARKET THIS THURSDAY (weather-dependent): melons, berries, apples, pears, mushrooms, corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, carrots, beets, potatoes, radishes, onions, garlic, summer/winter squash, cucumbers, celery, beans, okra, cabbage, kale, Swiss chard, bok choy, Asian greens, mustard greens, salad mix, herbs, clover. ALSO AVAILABLE: bread, baked goods (including gluten-free), eggs, cheese (goat, sheep, water buffalo), goat yogurt, goat milk, charcuterie, chicken, beef, pork, lamb, flours, seeds, maple syrup, honey, bee products, fruit juices/cider, pickled preserves, ketchup, pesto, chutneys, baked samosas, pakoras, chaat, taco salad, seasonal salad plate

September 11, 2013: Is it harvest time yet? Sure looks like it, with all the amazing produce in season at the market this week (weather-dependent): pears, apples, melons, berries, mushrooms, corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, carrots, beets, radishes, onions, garlic, summer/winter squash, cucumbers, beans, okra, celery, cabbage, kohlrabi, baby bok choy, collard greens, kale, Swiss chard, Asian greens, salad mix, herbs, clover. Also available: bread, baked goods (including gluten-free), eggs, cheese (goat, sheep, water buffalo), goat yogurt, goat milk, charcuterie, chicken, beef, pork, lamb, game meat, flours, seeds, maple syrup, honey, bee products, fruit juices, pickled preserves, ketchup, pesto, chutneys, baked samosas, pakoras, chaat, taco salad, seasonal salad plate.

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September 4, 2013: It’s TOMATO TIME at the market! Although often closely associated with Italian cuisine, tomatoes (the fruit of the plant Lycopersicon esculentum) are actually originally native to the western side of South America. Tomatoes of all colors and varieties provide outstanding nutrients, including antioxidants, vitamin C, beta-carotene, manganese, vitamin E, and phytonutrients. The term “heirloom tomatoes” refers to seeds from tomato cultivars that get handed down over time from family to family. Conventionally grown cherry tomatoes are among the top 12 fruits and vegetables on which pesticide residues have been most frequently found, so choose organic! Store tomatoes at room temperature and out of direct exposure to sunlight. (More info on tomatoes) Enjoy this easy recipe for Fresh Tomato Salsa. Other produce available at the market this week (weather-dependent): apples, pears, plums, melons, berries, mushrooms, corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, carrots, beets, turnip, radishes, onions, garlic, squash, cucumbers, beans, peas, okra, cabbage, kohlrabi, kale, swiss chard, arugula, salad mix, herbs. Also available: bread, baked goods (including gluten-free), eggs, cheese (goat, sheep, water buffalo), goat yogurt, goat milk, charcuterie, chicken, beef, pork, lamb, game meat, flours, seeds, maple syrup, honey, bee products, fruit juices, pickled preserves, pesto, chutneys, baked samosas, pakoras, chaat, taco salad, seasonal salad plate.

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August 27, 2013: Our vegetable of the week is CORN! While the kernels that we commonly call “corn” are technically the fruit of the plant Zea mays (traditionally known as maize by many throughout the world), corn is widely classified as a grain. You can get health-supportive benefits from all varieties of corn (white, yellow, blue, purple and red), including antioxidants, fibre, protein, and B-complex vitamins. Over 70% of non-organic corn found in U.S. grocery stores has been genetically modified. Non-organic, conventionally grown corn has repeatedly been shown to contain organochlorine pesticide residues. (More info on corn) Try out this summer recipe for Tomato Corn Salad. Other produce available at the market this week (weather-dependent): melons, apples, pears, peaches, plums, grapes, berries, corn, mushrooms, milkweed pods, onions, garlic, carrots, beets, potatoes, radishes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, summer squash, cucumber, peas, okra, celery, cabbage, kohlrabi, kale, swiss chard, salad mix, herbs, zucchini flowers, clover. Also available: bread, baked goods (including gluten-free), eggs, cheese (goat, sheep, water buffalo), goat yogurt, goat milk, charcuterie, chicken, beef, pork, lamb, flours, seeds, maple syrup, honey, bee products, fruit juices, pickled preserves, pesto, chutneys, hot sauce, baked samosas, pakoras, taco salad, seasonal salad plate, burgers.

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August 20, 2013: Did you know you can eat wild Milkweed Pods?! Pick them yourself, or buy them at the market this Thursday! Milkweed is an herbaceous, tall perennial that got its name for its milky sap. Before becoming seeds, the small milkweed pods contain what is called milkweed silk, or floss. This tastes lightly sweet with no overpowering flavour. When collecting milkweed pods for consumption they should not be any longer than 6 cm in length. Milkweed pods provide us with some nutrition including fibre. There is also some vitamin E, carotenoids, sterols, and unsaturated free fatty acids (especially omage-7) once the seeds have developed. (More info on milkweed) Replace your buffalo wings with this fun recipe for Buffalo Style Milkweed Pods. Other produce available at the market this week (weather-dependent): peaches, plums, pears, apples, grapes, berries, melons, mushrooms, onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, beets, radishes, turnips, corn, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, summer squash, celery, cabbage, okra, kale, swiss chard, arugula, salad mix, parsley, herbs, zucchini flowers. Also available: bread, baked goods (including gluten-free), eggs, cheese (goat, sheep, water buffalo), goat yogurt, goat milk, charcuterie, chicken, beef, pork, lamb, flours, seeds, maple syrup, honey, bee products, pickled preserves, chutneys, baked samosas, taco salad, seasonal salad plate.

cucumbers

August 12, 2013: This week we are celebrating cucumbers! Belonging to the same botanical family as melons and squashes, this widely-cultivated food provides us with a unique combination of nutrients, including cucurbitacins, lignans, and flavonoids, which have valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. Cucumbers may be waxed to protect them from bruising during shipping. However, waxes used on organic cucumbers are non-synthetic and are free of all chemical contaminants. Conventionally-grown cucumbers may be waxed with synthetic waxes that contain unwanted chemical contaminants. (More info on cucumbers) Think cucumbers are only for salads, sandwiches, and pickles? Think again and check out this creative recipe for Tzatziki Stuffed Cucumbers! Other produce available at the market this week (weather-dependent): plums, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, mushrooms, corn, carrots, beets, turnips, onions, garlic, potatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cabbage, celery, beans, lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, kale, salad mix, zucchini flowers, herbs. Also available: bread, baked goods (including gluten-free), eggs, cheese (goat, sheep, water buffalo), goat yogurt, goat milk, charcuterie, chicken, beef, pork, lamb, grains, flours, seeds, maple syrup, honey, bee products, pickled preserves, chutneys, baked samosas, chickpea chaat, taco salad, seasonal salad plate.

blueberries

August 6, 2013: It’s Wild Blueberry season! Also known as Lowbush Blueberries, wild blueberries continue to flourish in the perfectly suited climate of Ontario. Wild Blueberries have a unique flavour and are grow with minimal help. Lowbush blueberries grow only about six to eighteen inches high, yet will produce up to 4,000 lbs of blueberries per acre. Bakers prefer Wild Blueberries because there are more berries per pound than with cultivated berries. Wild Blueberries do not explode during baking and hold their shape well. (More blueberry info) Try them out in this recipe for Wild Blueberry Muffins. Also available at the market this week (weather-dependent): sweet corn, summer squash, cucumbers, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, beans, okra, carrots, beets, potatoes, garlic, onions, mushrooms, kale, swiss chard, arugula, lettuce, salad mix, zucchini flowers. Join us at the market this Thursday for delicious food – as well as to check out Environmental Defence (a Toronto-based charity) that will be talking about protecting Ontario’s Greenbelt and its importance.

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July 30, 2013: This week Pattypan Squash is our ‘Vegetable of the Week’! Pattypan squash is a summer squash notable for its small size, round and shallow shape, and scalloped edges, somewhat resembling a small toy top, or flying saucer. Its name derives from “a pan for baking a patty.” Pattypan comes in yellow, green, and white varieties. The squash is most tender when relatively immature; it is generally served when it is no more than two to three inches in diameter. In fine cuisine, its tender flesh is sometimes scooped out and mixed with flavorings. It is often sliced, coated and fried until golden brown. (More info on PattypansCheck out this easy recipe for Roasted Pattypans. Also available at the market this week (weather-dependent): raspberries, tomatoes, sweet corn, mushrooms, carrots, beets, radishes, potatoes, onions, cucumber, summer squash, beans, kale, swiss chard, lettuce, salad mix, herbs. And interested in learning about renewable energy sources? We have the TREC Renewable Energy Co-operative visiting the market this week – it is a non-profit, environmental co-operative that develops community-owned renewable energy projects and educates Ontarians about renewable energy, energy conservation and the community power model.

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July 23, 2013: We are featuring cherries this week! Cherries are typically available in June and July, so be sure to enjoy them during their short season! Cherries were originally native to Asia and have been cultivated by many different people throughout the ages, from the ancient Romans and early Britons to the Chinese, Japanese and Persians. Today, cherry trees are grown literally throughout the world – including locally in Ontario! (More info on Ontario Cherries) Enjoy this lovely recipe this week for Cherry, Arugula & Quinoa Salad. Also available at the market this week (weather-dependent): blueberries, cherries, raspberries, tomatoes, sweet corn, mushrooms, carrots, beets, potatoes, cauliflower, cucumber, summer squash, beans, peas, kale, swiss chard, lettuce, arugula, greens, herbs. Also stop by the market on Thursday to get some info on the Food & Water First campaign, which is a movement dedicated to protecting Ontario’s Class 1 farmland and source water regions.

July 15, 2013: We are starting to feature a “Vegetable of the Week” at the market! This week is the Garlic Scape, which is a curly, green stalk that grows as a flowering shoot from garlic bulbs. It is typically cut off in order to put the plant’s growing energy into the bulb – which allows us to enjoy its delicious garlicky-ness while we wait for the bulbs to be ready! While milder than garlic bulbs, garlic scapes can be used similarly by chopping them up for use in cooking. Check out our recipe for Garlic Scape Pesto! Also available at the market this week (weather-dependent): strawberries, blueberries, cherries, tomatoes, mushrooms, beets, potatoes, green onions, garlic scapes, green peppers, cucumbers, zucchinis, peas, kale, swiss chard, salad mix, mustard greens, parsley, cilantro, thyme, and mint.

July 9, 2013: This week at the market info table we will have a politician visit from 3-4 pm from the local riding (Don Valley West): M.P. John Carmichael. So come to the market early to have a chat with him about local, organic food in your neighbourhood and in Canada!

July 3, 2013: It’s July! This means more and more produce ready at the market. Check out our new farmer Potager duKanada for some organic seasonal produce!

June 25, 2013: This Thursday, June 27th is the official Strawberry Day at the market! Come out from 3-7 pm for freshly picked strawberries, as well as strawberry jam, desserts, beverages, and more! We’ll have indie/folk music from Emily O’Rourke and then Tom Smarda is back with his guitar shenanigans. Also this week is the start of the free 10-week outdoor concert series at 7pm on Thursdays at the TBG.

June 19, 2013: It’s final strawberry season!!! Our official Strawberry Day at the market is Thursday, June 27th. So plan ahead and come to the market next week to enjoy freshly picked strawberries, as well as strawberry jam, desserts, beverages, and more! This week we’ll have a few for sale as well (they will go fast!), so come out Thursday and enjoy some music from Ambienté and then Chipotle Brown And The Albinos.

June 12, 2013: With a late spring this year, the market is filled with delicious early crops right now. It’s greens galore: kale, chard, arugula, lettuce, and more! Great time of year for salads, green smoothies, steamed greens, and (my fav) kale chips. Come get your greens (and much much more) at the market this week. We have great acoustic music lined up from Scott Norman and then Tom Smarda.

June 5, 2013: It’s worth braving the potential rain at the market this week, as Grand River Ecological Growers will be sampling Goat Chevre on Spelt Crostini (made by P&H with Grand River’s Spelt flour), topped off with Cherry Tomato. And don’t forget to try Hearty Catering‘s delicious Gluten-Free, Vegan and Whole-Grain Wholesome Baked Goods. Yum! You can also listen to tunes while you snack and shop! This week we have Mike Smith‘s jazz group and Brooke Topp’s magical singing and guitar playing.

May 30, 2013: Our farmers’ market is in a special spot today, just for this week! We will be in the parking lot on the corner of Lawrence and Leslie – easy to find, with the same great food as every week.

May 22, 2013: Rumour has it that Grand River Ecological Growers, one of our farmers, will be bringing fresh, ripe-picked greenhouse cherry tomatoes to the market tomorrow! So it’s worth a trek in the rain to get the first tomatoes of the season! We’re open Thursday 3-7 pm, rain or shine. You can also come to enjoy some lovely music and singing by Campbell Foster on guitar and then Kayla Droog on keyboard.

May 16, 2013: Today is the day! Come on out today 3-7 pm for our opening day at the market! We will serenaded with the musical playings of Jacob Kearey Moreland and Campbell Foster from Bioenergetic Yogurt

May 15, 2013: We have some exciting news for our first day of the market. Our market founder Shelly will be interviewed on the radio tomorrow (Thursday) morning about the market! You can listen in on Metro Morning on CBC (99.1 FM) around 8:20 am. And then you can head to the market between 3 and 7 pm!

May 14, 2013: 2 days to go until our first market day! We’re looking for volunteers to help out on Thursdays, and we’re also hiring for a couple very part-time paid positions. Get in touch if you are interested.

May 11, 2013: Hey musician friends! Anyone interested in playing at our Farmers’ Market? We are looking to have musicians play a set(s) outdoors during the market on Thursdays from 3 to 7pm.

May 9, 2013: Our weekly farmers’ market starts in a week! Come out for our grand opening on Thursday, May 16 from 3 to 7pm.

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