Friday, July 8, 2011
To Market, To Market July 7
Thursdays are very busy market days. I went to three but still missed one--a new market at Bay-Adelaide.
My morning market was at Metro Hall or rather the square that is now named the David Pecaut Square. I could not tell whether there are fewer vendors this year or whether they are just more spread out. Whatever, it seemed like a bit of a hike from booth to booth. Well worth it, though. Warners, right at the King Street entrance, had the first gooseberries I have seen this year while further along Andrews(also at City Hall and the Hospital for Sick Children) had both red and black currants--and how often do you see mulberries offered anywhere?
Kar-Dean Fruit Farms had only two products on offer: verjus from Hughes Winery, and their own sweet cherries, meaty and juicy, the best I have tasted so far this year.
There were more pleasant surprises at East Lynn in the afternoon. I caught my first glimpse of sour cherries for this year but decided to wait until next Tuesday at HSC- Lofreddo Fruit Farms has a booth at both markets.Bosco had some decent looking, though small , heirloom tomatoes which were later revealed to taste as good as they looked. Since the strawberries are beginning to run out, I bought one last box from OK.
My big discovery here was Svetec Farms(www.svetecfarms.com). They sell meat but also had some clover blossoms on offer. I did not really want clover blossoms. What I do want is some organic hay to try one of those French ham-wrapped-in-hay recipes. Jenny Svetec promises if I email her, she will bring the few handfulls I need.
Finally, a subway ride across town, and I was at Dufferin Grove which was a total mob scene. It is wonderful for its sense of community. However, it seems there are fewer vendors selling raw ingredients, and way more selling prepared foods. Tired as I was, I left empty-handed.