Final Farmers’ Market and Other Goings On

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First off – a giant thank you to Mary Margaret McMahon and Alison McMurray for their hundreds of volunteer hours at the East Lynn Farmers’ Market this season.  Without them – this incredible community event would simply disappear.  A grande size thank you to Rebecca Green and Alisha Austin for their amazing face painting and general labour at the market week after week after week.  Thanks to Catherine Porter for organizing the unique ‘feed the farmers’ program.  Thanks to all of you incredible chefs who sliced, diced, simmered and baked for our farmers this year.  It is an important part of what makes our market one of the farmer favourites.  And thanks to Diana Gonzalez our market day manager for helping to pull it all together.

We would be remiss if we didn’t heartily thank our partners at Farmers’ Markets Ontario for helping us bring the farmers to our fair park.  Most of all – thanks to you for coming out once again to support the farmers, support the market, support your community and support the Danforth businesses.

If you’d like to be involved in the farmers’ market next year, whether it’s on the payroll helping out at the barricades, volunteering at the market or at some of the special events, or cooking a meal for the farmers, please send me a note and we’ll be in touch.

If you’re already longing for the farmers’ market I have some darn good news for you.

  • Kind Organics is delivering salad mixes to the Plank Road Market.  kindorganics@gmail.com
  • Belanger Organic Farm will be delivering veggies and meat to the Big Carrot, but you are welcome to place an order directly with Josh Belanger and he’ll meet you there.  He’ll also deliver orders over $100 directly to your door.  Why not get together with a few neighbours and make a full order for the holidays?  pcbelanger08@gmail.com or 705-835-3031
  • Bee Universe and Monkton Bakery can be found at the Wychwood Barns farmers’ market
  • Sovereign Tomato Farms can be found, as always, at the North St. Lawrence Market every Saturday

Don’t forget the DECA Cocktail Party – Monday, November 23rd at 7 p.m.  We are delighted to be guests at the fabulous Melanie’s Bistro.  Come enjoy a well-priced glass of wine and some delicious appetizers with your neighbours.

Local Air Quality Study and Liaison Committee

The Medical Officer of Health and the City of Toronto’s Environmental Services Department have been working on a multi-year air quality study of the air in the Beaches-Riverdale communities.  This is a result of monitoring the impacts of the Ashbridges Bay sewage sludge incinerator.  A lot of work has been done on the air quality in these neighbourhoods (and beyond) and the City would like to establish a residents liaison committee as a sounding board to look at the information and provide feedback before the City begins larger scale public meetings on the issue next year.  DECA has been invited to join this residents’ committee.  If you are a member of DECA (or would like to become one) and are interested in sitting on this committee and feeding back information to us, please let me know and I can provide you with the details. natasha.granatstein@gmail.com

Beaches Santa Clause Parade – Would you like to wear a pea or a carrot costume and walk in the Beaches Santa Clause Parade to promote DECA and the Farmers’ Market?  Or do you have another great idea for the parade to promote the Farmers’ Market?  We’ve been invited to join the parade.  If you want to be involved, let me know.  natasha.granatstein@gmail.com

Check out the East York Rotary Auction.  I understand there is excellent goods to be had for amazing prices.  And hey – they’re doing good for the community so everybody wins!

Community Police Liaison Committee – A few notes from the 55 Division CPLC meeting in October.

  • Remove GPS devices from your vehicle as they attract thieves
  • Protect your ATM card carefully when keying in your password.  Thieves tape your transaction with mini cameras and then withdraw money daily until your account is empty
  • 911 will be available in 22 languages soon
  • When you suspect a problem – call the police.  They may not always come, but it goes on record and the more calls the more action will be taken.  The squeaky wheel definitely gets police attention

Green Movies

Green Cafe presents: The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.  This film will be shown at the Cafe Florentin at 2010 Queen St. (across from Kew Gardens) on Wed. Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.  It will be followed by a discussion on creating change in our own neighbourhood.  The event is free but pre-registration is encouraged at mrowley@toronto.ca or 647-208-1810.

If you like that, you’ll love this…Earth 2100 – another film about peak oil will be shown at 2480 Gerrard St. E. on Saturday Nov. 14th at 7 p.m. or Sunday, Nov. 22nd at 1 p.m.  Contact Mary Margaret McMahon at spargy@rogers.com for more info.

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