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Organ grinder Mike Grebler in action at the farmer's market in Metcalfe, Ontario. Photo by Lucy Martin.
Organ grinder Mike Grebler in action at the farmer's market in Metcalfe, Ontario. Photo by Lucy Martin.

Crank organ brightens market days

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After a long cool Spring, it's a good feeling when things warm up and the farmer's markets re-open.

Patrons come for local produce, crafts and baked goods. Lucky Ottawa area shoppers often get a unique bonus: jaunty music with a European flair.

Mike Grebler lives in Carlsbad Springs Ontario and takes his crank organ to various local farmer's markets, collecting tips for various charities. He also encourages the young - or the young at heart - to take a turn cranking out the tunes.

Lucy Martin tried it herself at the Metcalfe markert last year, and has this audio postcard. (Lucy spoke with Grebler again recently and learned he and his music will be back - by popular demand - this season.)

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Lucy Martin
Ottawa Correspondent

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