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News 2014

News 2014

From the December 2014 Newsletter:

Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market, every Thursday 3 to 7 pm, beside and inside the rink clubhouse (but NOT on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day):

The market is year-round, but this year the two main holidays fall on a Thursday. So there will be no market for two weeks – resuming on January 8. Market manager Anne Freeman is also a co-ordinator and activist for all the other Toronto markets. She worked with the year-round markets to create a poster for the subways, showing which markets keep going throughout the winter. Look for the subway posters from the end of December on – you’ll recognize some farmers’ faces. Meantime, our Thursday vendors will have a little holiday from their weather-intense trips into town. Four of the vendors have new babies – so it’s a good chance for them to enjoy that part of their crop.

From the November 2014 Newsletter:

Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market, every Thursday 3 to 7 pm, beside and inside the rink clubhouse:

November 7 is the market’s twelfth anniversary. Twelve years ago, some of the farmers who came to the Riverdale Farmers’ Market asked if they could try having a west-side market as well, at Dufferin Grove. At that time, Riverdale market manager Elizabeth Harris was encouraging bakers from Dufferin Grove to sell bread at Tuesday Riverdale market. But it was a long way to go every week. So the Dufferin Grove bakers were glad when the farmers came over to this part of the city on Thursdays. The bread stayed here, and the farmers set up tables of excellent organic produce as well as baked savoury pies, honey and maple syrup, and meat. The arrangement, from the very beginning, was that the market farmers (only) could augment their own produce with imported produce in the winter, so that they would build and keep their customer base year-round and not have to start from scratch every spring.

A year after the market started, Anne Freeman became the market manager, and the market has thrived. To get on Anne’s weekly market news mailout list:

To get on market manager Anne Freeman’s weekly market news mailout:

From the July 2014 Newsletter:


Market manager Anne Freeman sends weekly market news to market list subscribers every Wednesday. To sign up, visit the market page at The market is now up to 28 vendors including the newest category: Ontario wine (much of it made with biodynamically grown grapes). The recently-revised government rules allow tasting, so you don’t need to wonder what you’re buying – you can sample any wine that interests you.

From the February 2014 Newsletter:

Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market: every Thursday 3 to 7 p.m. in the rinkhouse

From market manager Anne Freeman: “On Saturday February 1, the 4th annual Ontario Organic Awards will be presented at the Guelph Organic Conference. We are delighted to announce that some of our Dufferin vendors are nominees: Woolerdale Farm has been nominated in the category of Horticultural Producer or CSA, and both Kind Organics and Plan B Organic Farm have been nominated in the Innovation category. We're proud to work with such a great team of local organic producers!”

Anne also says that there’s an important petition to sign: “On December 9, 2013 Bill C-18, the "Agricultural Growth Act" was introduced in Parliament. In short, this agriculture omnibus bill amends several federal agricultural laws, and would give multinational companies greater power and control over Canada’s seed industry. The National Farmers Union is working to oppose Bill C-18, but needs support. If we collect at least 25 signature, we can ask our local MP to present them in the House of Commons. Please sign the petition (at the rink house) against this OMINOUS OMNIBUS bill! There's loads of information on the issues involved at:”

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