The Dufferin Grove Farmers' market has a new website!
The Weekly Market Notes
are now available on-line at www.dufferingrovemarket.ca
The Farmers' Market continues all year round, every Thursday, rain or shine. The market has now moved into the clubhouse (rink house) for the season.
To find out more about the vendors and the products, go to about the market.
The Dufferin Grove Park fall newsletter is currently
Part of this website is now an ARCHIVE. There will be fewer postings of Dufferin Grove Park city-run events. To find out why: editorial
Farmers Ayse and Jens from Marvellous Edibles Farm told us at the market that one of their summer interns has made a short, lively video of life on their farm. Watch it here .
Our public ovens website now includes 17 Toronto ovens
Every oven has its own page with pictures and diary entries. One disturbing entry is about the Christie Pits bake oven. Until an outcry began, this oven seemed to be on the city's list for destruction. However, the oven has at least 20 years of use left in it. The reason given was that the oven is not "to code." But no code for outdoor bake ovens exists....
36 outdoor compressor-cooled rinks including Dufferin Rink are scheduled to open on Nov.28, 2015
Last year Dufferin Rink was open a week earlier. Since the November temperatures were warmer this year, people say "what is going on with the weather?" But warm weather in late November has not been unusual historically -- see our almost-70-year temperature chart. Even so, for many years, the City of Toronto's municipal outdoor ice rinks successfully opened mid-November, after four days of night floods (no longer the practice). They always closed on the closest Sunday to March 1, when outdoor ice is no longer practical because the sun gets too high.
Ward 18 skate loans program is made available citywide
In mid-November, CELOS sent a letter every city councillor who has an outdoor city rink in her/his ward, offering them access to 110 pairs of
Randy's Loaner Skates for events at their rinks. Also sticks, gloves, helmets. Skate loans change the feel of a rink -- everybody gets to play. Toronto has more compressor-cooled outdoor rinks than any city in the world. And CELOS' outdoor rinks website has information, photos, rink diaries on all 50 of them, plus many of the natural ice rinks that start up later in the season.