Market Times - April 23, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
We're just sent out our press release about our Open the Store Doors Bond Campaign, and already we've seen friends sharing the message on facebook, tweeting about their bond purchases, and helping us to spread the word. Every little bit helps, and you can help us too by buying a bond, telling others about our Bond Campaign, and sharing info about how they can get involved. We also have lots of info about our bonds, and friendly people to tell you all you need to know, at the Sorauren Farmers' Market every Monday from 3-7pm - come visit us! And if you want to stay in touch about our latest Food Hub developments, check out our blog on the WEFC website. We've got more walls going up, plumbing, and even some shelves already on the walls. You can really start to imagine how the store will look when it's stocked and open... let's make that dream a reality!
There were a few great events that WEFC was a part of this past week including having some of our producer-members and staff on hand at the Green Living Show, as well as a table at the Alterna Savings AGM. Pictured here is Mark Ventry of ON Co-op, behind our WEFC table.
We've also added a new feature to our website: a Producer's Corner. The Producer's Corner is a place for our producer-members to have an exchange and dialogue, sharing growing tips, posting internships and job opportunities, listing farming equipment for sale, and much more. Only our producer-members can post, but all postings can be viewed publicly. Thanks to our OMIF grant for the encouragement to get this exchange going and connecting our producers.
Forbes Wild Foods is back this week, and they have fresh wild leeks! Forbes specializes in foraged, wild foods that are ethically harvested throughout Canada. From fiddleheads and sea asparagus to black walnuts and chanterelles, their fresh offerings are both seasonal and help you discover more about what you can eat that's found by your feet! Ever tried pickled milkweed pods? How about jellied wild rose petals? Try Forbes' wide range of preserves, syrups, and jellies.
Save your Clothes and Books!
We've been getting lots of great clothes and books donated, so keep 'em coming!
It's spring and time to clean out your closets to make room for the new. Donate your gently used clothes and books to the farmers' market for our Annual $2 Sale. We will accept donations every Monday at the market from 3-7 until mid-May.
We are seeking musicians for our farmers' market! If you or someone you know would like to play at the market, please check out the full posting here.
At The Cannery
Our next fermentation workshop is planned for this coming Tuesday April 24th, and we're doing another round of sauerkraut! Back by popular demand, this workshop will take you through all of the steps you need to know to make your own sauerkraut at home. Expert advice and troubleshooting tips from our Canning Coordinator James Partanen and Heather Kilner. Our last sauerkraut workshop was such a hit that a participant blogged about their awesome experience online!
Register now for our sauerkraut workshop!
And we have an upcoming canning workshop planned for May 1, where we'll be making pickled beets. Register here for our pickled beets workshop!
April 27 - May 12: PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE:
Co-Creating Regenerative Futures for the City, and Beyond -
Hosted by Garden Jane and Jillian Hovey. Click here for more information and registration.
Mon April 30 (7pm): Hunger, Food Security, and Our Communities - Another Story Bookshop presents an event hosted by owner Sheila Koffman and WEFC Director John Richmond to discuss local and global food systems in preparation for the upcoming Food Awareness Week (May 7-12th).
Sun May 6 (1-3pm): Momos and Moo-moos: How Food Has Shaped Parkdale - Join WEFC's Operations Coordinator Ayal Dinner, and Conservation Council of Ontario's Chris Winter as they lead this Jane's Walk throughout Parkdale, showing us how the diversity of food shapes this west end community. From roti shops and Tibetan momos to community gardens and trendsetting restaurants, this area is quite the unique destination.
Register Now: Summer Eco Camps in High Park - The Children's Garden and Exploring Toronto Programs offer fun, environmentally focussed day camp programming that incorporates art, urban nature exploration, organic gardening, vegetarian cooking, storytelling and more. Our camps run all 8 weeks throughout the summer starting the week of July 3-6. Check out our new programs for Eco Sprouts - 4 to 6 year olds and Eco LIT's - 15 to 16 year olds. For more information see our website.
Ongoing (Various tours from May-October): Otesha Project Bike Tours: Dig into Food Issues from the Seat of your Bicycle! Grab your bike, your rubber boots, and your desire to understand food security and sustainable food systems on a deeper level. The Otesha Project is seeking volunteers for spring, summer and fall cycling & outreach tours.
Get Involved with the Co-op
For more events and information check these out:
Garden Jane Gardening and Local Food Events
THIS WEEK AT THE MARKET
Alli's Baked Goods
Augie's Ice Pops + Soups
Country Meadows Organics Olives, olive oil, sheep and goat cheeses, and seedlings
Deer Valley Farm
De La Terre Bakery
Field Sparrow Farms grass-fed naturally raised beef, veggies
Fisherfolk Sustainably-caught, fresh and frozen fish and seafood
Forbes Wild Foods Wild and foraged foods, maple syrup, preserves, wild leeks
Growing Spaces Preserves, jams, soup, and gluten-free bean burgers
Ying Ying Soy Food
Spring Recipe: Wild Leek Pizza
Spring has sprung! And it's time for fresh baby greens to be popping up at the market. Wild leeks are now in season - try them out this adapted recipe that's sure to be a crowd-pleaser...