CornFest & Trees

Market this week: CornFest, Godelie Family Farms & Cooks
 
Time to celebrate all things CORN! It’s Cornfest at the East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market this week.   Toronto’s famed storyteller Dan Yashinsky will be telling his stories at 4:30 p.m.  and the music of Bad Dog will set the mood for market goers and picnickers alike starting at 5:00 p.m. Be prepared to sing along!  And don’t forget your toonies as there will be cobs of boiled corn for sale at the DECA table.

Speaking of corn, I spent some time chatting with Harry from Godelie Farmily Farm last week.  Godelie Family Farm owners Gary & Blanche Godelie have been one our market’s pioneers having been with us since the first year.  Harry leaves the Godelie farm in Otterville at about 10 a.m. each week with corn, beans, cucumber, potatoes and many other fresh goodies that are picked daily.  That means that the corn he sells at our market is picked at 6:00 a.m. and can be on your table at 6:00 p.m.  Amazing!  As people shopped last week Harry asked them how long they boiled their corn – most people said between 8-10 minutes.  Turns out you only need to boil it for two minutes as it keeps the sugars from turning starchy.  I can attest that the corn is scrumptiously sweet right now as Harry convinced me to try some raw last week.  It was surprisingly delicious.  Try it.

Volunteer cooks:  We have over a dozen volunteers who cook dinner for our farmers each week.   They do it as a way to say thank you to the farmers and makes it so they don’t have to drive home on an empty stomach.  We have one volunteer signed up each week but given it’s peak season for the market we are looking for some additional volunteers to help with meals over the next two months to help distribute the load.  If you are interested in helping contribute to a meal please contact Shelley  – shelleydarling (at)yahoo.ca.

DECA Tree Group

The new DECA TREE GROUP meets this Thursday July 19 at 7 p.m. at Relish (back room). New members welcome!  We are hoping to get the group started on some projects, big and small. If you have time before the group meets, please read Every Tree Counts: A Portrait of Toronto’s Urban Forest.  This will help us make a plan for enhancing the tree canopy in our fabulous neighbourhood. If you can’t read it in time, please come anyway. There are many ways to get involved. We especially need to get water to our newest local trees.  Hope to see you there!

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