Monday, April 7, 2014

The Beet Goes On… The Sandwich!


Winter is over and Spring is in the air (finally).  However Spring’s bounty will not begin to arrive for a few more weeks.  Fortunately thanks to the wonders of storage there are still plenty of awesome root vegetables from last season!  This sandwich showcases three of them, but the beets take the lead role for reasons mostly related to the name….


The Beet Goes On… The Sandwich!
Ingredients:
·        1 large beet, sliced into ¼ inch rounds
·        1 large or medium potato, sliced into ¼ inch rounds
·        1 really large parsnip, sliced into ¼ inch rounds
·        local oil (soy, canola, sunflower)
·        a few slices of very sharp cheddar
·        lettuce
·        bread
·        mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, etc.



Preheat the oven to 400.  In a bowl toss the potato and parsnip slices with a little bit of local oil and a bit of salt and pepper.  Arrange the potatoes and parsnips on a baking sheet, and toss the beet slices with oil (this prevents the beets from dying everything red!).  Add the beets to the baking sheet and roast at 400 until the potatoes and parsnips are beginning to turn golden and bubble, about 30 minutes.  Add the slices of sharp cheddar to the potatoes and cook a bit longer until the cheese is melted.

Remove the vegetables from the oven and allow them to cool slightly while toasting slices of bread.  Top a slice of bread with your favourite condiments (we used a sauce made of spicy mustard, mayo, ketchup, and dash of balsamic vinegar), add some lettuce, and arrange the parsnips, potatoes, and beets in a stack, topping with another slice of bread.  Serve with tzatziki, or a cucumber salad, or a bean salad for extra protein.  Enjoy!

The follow up to this sandwich is the pizza version, coming soon!

Recipe from Bailey’s member, Jon Spee, who blogs about localism at The Local Kitchener.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Bailey's ordering for Monday April 14th is OPEN! **order enough for 3.5 weeks!

Click https://100milesystems.com/baileyslocalfoods.ca/login.php to log-in and order.
Items that you have placed in your shopping cart will be ordered on your behalf TUESDAY April 8th at 8pm for pickup on MONDAY April 14th at First United Church, Waterloo *Order enough for 3.5 weeks!*
There is no checkout button. If you do not intend to order, please ensure that your shopping cart is empty.


A message from Maryrose: 
Hello folks,
Our family has had a Spring cold and a stomach flu go through our home over the last week. Thank goodness for all the root vegetables we had around to make soup. We are all on the mend.  
April 14th is our last Monday pick up.   Be sure to order for 3 and 1/2 weeks.
Here are a few updates I wanted to let you know about before the weekend.


  • We have a SALE ($1 off) on Ground beef from Vibrant Farms.
  • We have also added Spanish and Dutch onions from Eva Weber. 
  • Ambrosia Pastry had added liege. They are a Belgium Waffle with bit of sugar through our that carmelise on the outside giving it a crunch but still soft on the inside. They are really yummy. 
  • Cold pressed juices from the Waterloo Juice Cartel
  • Organic Apples are still half price
  • We have some new sausages and back bacon from Stemmler's on the order form


This pickup is conveniently the day before Passover and one week before Easter for those of you who celebrate. Will you be getting food for a Seder meal or Easter breakfast? Look for

  • Eggs for eating or colouring (you might need an extra dozen!)
  • Flour or grains for baking Easter bread
  • Lamb
  • Turkey or chicken
  • Tofu
  • Cheese


Great Events:

50th Maple Syrup Festival
On Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., the town of Elmira will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival. Since 1965, this annual event attracts thousands of visitors ready to taste the local maple syrup poured onto thousands of pancakes.

Taste of Woolwich
The 8th Annual Taste of Woolwich healthy community event moves to a new location 
this year. It will take place Monday, April 7, 5-8 pm at St. Teresa of Avila Church, 
19 Flamingo Drive, Elmira. Families and folks of all ages will find plenty of ‘food for
thought’ as well as food samples to taste!
The event will bring together approximately 25 area growers and producers primarily 
from Woolwich Township affording participants the opportunity to learn more about 
the diversity of tasty local foods available in our own backyard. In addition, there is an 
exciting line-up of workshops taking place throughout the evening.


Supper club at Kitchener Market!
Our very own Aura (also of Ambrosia Pastry Co.) is running a Supper Club at the Kitchener Market! Join her for an interactive cooking session full of fun, food and laughs. There are two clubs scheduled so far on Tuesday April 15 and Tuesday May 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The cost is $45 per person and includes a market bag and the food prepared during the class. Bring a friend or make friends as you cook together in the Market's gourmet kitchen! You can read more and register at http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Cooking_classes.asp#April.

Go away, snow!
Maryrose and Rachael
Bailey's Local Foods
baileyslocalfoods.ca
KW's Online Farmers Market
 Twitter
 Facebook

P.S. We can use your egg cartons, fruit boxes, baskets and jars from preserves again if you return them.
Click http://baileyslocalfoods.ca/ordering to log-in and order.
If someone has forwarded you this email and you have not yet registered, please go to https://www.100milesystems.com/baileyslocalfoods.ca/register.php and register!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Snyder Heritage Farms - Maple Syrup 2013

Last April we visited Snyder Heritage Farms to see the Sugar Shack!


You can follow Kevin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KevinSnyder1213

Maple trees with vacuum tubes attached. No more bugs in the pails!

Lines (and sometimes children) run all through the maple grove


Sap collection tank. This is HUGE.

The vacuum pulling the sap in from the lines.
Kevin and his dad's boiler (aka wood fired high efficiency evaporator). The sap is boiled down and filtered after going through reverse osmosis to reduce the water content by about a third.
Adding wood to the super hot fire.  They use wood from their forest to cook the sap. No other fuel is used in the process. This is an efficient machine!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ordering ends TODAY (Tuesday March 18th) at 8:00 pm **Order for three weeks!

Click https://100milesystems.com/baileyslocalfoods.ca/login.php to log-in and order.

Items that you have placed in your shopping cart will be ordered on your behalf TUESDAY March 18th at 8pm for pickup on MONDAY March 24th at First United Church, Waterloo *Order enough for 3 weeks!*
There is no checkout button. If you do not intend to order, please ensure that your shopping cart is empty.

Upcoming dates:
Monday March 24th
Monday April 14th
FRIDAY May 9th (we'll continue every 2-3 weeks until the strawberries are ready!)

A message from Rachael:

Maryrose has been working very hard with our suppliers and she wanted to share these updates:
  • Harrington Lane Farms has some great sales right now on their pastured pork! Look for Black Forest style hams, Smoked Pork Hocks, Smoked Pork Chops and an amazing deal on bulk boxes!
  • Top Market is fully stocked in lamb, rabbit, Goat, goose, ducks. Including lamb, rabbit and goat shank. 
  • Harrington Lane Farms has some great sales right now on their pastured pork! Look for Black Forest style hams, Smoked Pork Hocks, Smoked Pork Chops and an amazing deal on bulk boxes!
  • Apple Creek Farm is selling their organic apples for 1/2 price!
  • Taco Farm - Are you looking forward to having those amazing salsas and tortillas?
  • Tasty gouda from Mountainoak Cheese - Do you like Freisan, Cumin, Farmstead
  • We're hoping to get Spinach from Pfennings on Monday! Won't that taste nice?
  • Oak Manor organic flours and grains - comfort baking due to the weather!
  • Nutty Bakers prepared meals are available this week!
  • Winnie's Gluten-Free Foods is back with all her great baking and prepared food!
  • Brenda Knechtel has pea shoots, sunflower shoots growing for you right now! Seed Starting Garden kit details are below!
  • Ambrosia Pastry Co.'s Marshmallows and bean-to-bar chocolate
  • Purple Top Turnips - organic from Pfenning's or natural from Nith Valley - Do your kids like them? Do you?
  • Spuds Finest Kettle Chips from Barrie's Asparagus.
  • Organic apples, sauce and free range eggs from Apple Creek Farm in the 'apples' section under 'fruit'
  • We have restocked large containers of Crunchy and smooth Peanut Butter from Kernal Peanuts
  • Frozen Edamame from Pristine Gourmet
  • Garlic Seconds - A great price and I hear that Garlic is even better for you once it's sprouted! Source:http://vitalitystation.com/sprouted-garlic/
  • Sale on Frozen Tortillas from McKechnie! They thaw beautifully!
  • Kim Chi from Mi's Seoul Kitchen - Read more at http://www.therecord.com/news-story/4395555-new-ventures/ She will offer
    Regular Napa cabbage kimchi and pro biotic water kimchi in 500 mL jars
  • Jenna from TruJoy Pie Co. is making grain free, vegan pies without refined sugar you can see them at https://www.facebook.com/TRUJOYPIECO and order theme from the gluten free bakery section of our order form! My kids loved the Lemon Chiffon Cheezcake sample she shared and were drooling over the Salted Pecan Pie!
  • Monforte Dairy offerings are starting to get exciting as lambing begins and fresh milk returns. Please note that due to short supply their goat milk cheese will be limited this year.
  • We have many new cuts including T-Bone steaks from Anam Cara Farm. BBQ season is coming! Prices are great!
  • Pfenning's Sauerkraut is back!

Seed Starting Garden Kits
What a better way to anticipate spring than by starting seeds? If you've never done it before or don't like making choices we have a great kit that is ready to go with a selection of Brenda's heirloom and organic favourites! You can see the full details at http://baileyslocalfoods.blogspot.ca/2014/03/garden-kits-by-brenda-knechtel.html and you will find it in the 'plants' section under 'other'  on our order form but here is a sneak peek:
The Seed Starting Garden Kit will contain:
  • 1 non-perforated tray and greenhouse dome
  • 22 -3" round peat pots
  • organic potting soil
  • planting instructions
  • Seeds for broccoli, cabbage, kale, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, and herbs!
Supper club at Kitchener Market!
Our very own Aura (also of Ambrosia Pastry Co.) is running a Supper Club at the Kitchener Market! Join her for an interactive cooking session full of fun, food and laughs. There are two clubs scheduled so far on Tuesday April 15 and Tuesday May 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The cost is $45 per person and includes a market bag and the food prepared during the class. Bring a friend or make friends as you cook together in the Market's gourmet kitchen! You can read more and register at http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Cooking_classes.asp#April.

Yours in local food,
Maryrose and Rachael
Bailey's Local Foods
baileyslocalfoods.ca
KW's Online Farmers Market
 Twitter
 Facebook 

P.S. We can use your egg cartons, fruit boxes, baskets and jars from preserves again if you return them.
Click http://baileyslocalfoods.ca/ordering to log-in and order.
If someone has forwarded you this email and you have not yet registered, please go to https://www.100milesystems.com/baileyslocalfoods.ca/register.php and register!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Order before Tuesday at 8pm for Bailey's Local Foods pickup on Monday, March 24th

Click https://100milesystems.com/baileyslocalfoods.ca/login.php to log-in and order.

Items that you have placed in your shopping cart will be ordered on your behalf TUESDAY March 18th at 8pm for pickup on MONDAY March 24th at First United Church, Waterloo *Order enough for 3 weeks!*
There is no checkout button. If you do not intend to order, please ensure that your shopping cart is empty.

Upcoming dates:
Monday March 24th
Monday April 14th
FRIDAY May 9th (we'll continue every 2-3 weeks until the strawberries are ready!)

A message from Rachael:

Welcome to all our new members! Thank you for checking out Bailey's Local Foods. We're growing and we thank everyone who spreads the word.
We'd love to give back to your community! Do you have a raffle at work, a fundraiser at school, a community or other event that would appreciate a gift basket or other prizes? Please let us know! We'd love to support your event!

Seed Starting Garden Kits
What a better way to anticipate spring than by starting seeds? If you've never done it before or don't like making choices we have a great kit that is ready to go with a selection of Brenda's heirloom and organic favourites! You can see the full details at http://baileyslocalfoods.blogspot.ca/2014/03/garden-kits-by-brenda-knechtel.html and you will find it in the 'plants' section under 'other'  on our order form but here is a sneak peek:
The Seed Starting Garden Kit will contain:
  • 1 non-perforated tray and greenhouse dome
  • 22 -3" round peat pots
  • organic potting soil
  • planting instructions
  • Seeds for the following varieties:
    • 2  "Happy Rich" sprouting Broccoli
    • 1  "Caraflex" Cabbage
    • 1  "Stonehead" Cabbage
    • 1  "Storage #4" Cabbage
    • 2  "Vates" Kale
    • 1  "Jalafuego" Pepper
    • 1  "Ace" Pepper
    • 1  "Bright Star" Pepper
    • 1  "Golden Star" Pepper
    • 2  "Raven" Zucchini
    • 1  "Beaver Lodge Slicer" Tomato
    • 2  "Charger" Tomato
    • 1  "Sweetie" Cherry Tomatoesugar content; prolific. 
    • 1  "Giant of Italy" Parsley
    • 2  "Italian Large Leaf" Sweet Basil
    • 1  "Bouquet" Dill
    • 1  "Santo" Cilantro

Our longest ordering period of the year is about to end (you have a couple days yet) but if your fridge is looking as bare as mine and you are emptying the freezer also, four weeks between pickups is a bit of a stretch. I'm making sure I have my favourites ordered.

What is in your shopping cart?
  • Kate's Kookies - Tasty mixed shortbread that Natalie shared with us
  • Ambrosia Pastry Co.'s Marshmallows and bean-to-bar chocolate
  • Purple Top Turnips - organic from Pfenning's or natural from Nith Valley - Do your kids like them? Do you?
  • Spuds Finest Kettle Chips from Barrie's Asparagus.
  • Organic apples, sauce and free range eggs from Apple Creek Farm
  • We have restocked large containers of Crunchy and smooth Peanut Butter from Kernal Peanuts
  • Frozen Edamame from Pristine Gourmet
  • Garlic Seconds - A great price and I hear that Garlic is even better for you once it's sprouted! Source:http://vitalitystation.com/sprouted-garlic/
  • Sale on Frozen Tortillas from McKechnie! They thaw beautifully!
  • Living pea shoots and sunflower shoots in 5 x 5 inch trays. These are already growing for you!
  • Kim Chi from Mi's Seoul Kitchen - Read more at http://www.therecord.com/news-story/4395555-new-ventures/ She will offer
    Regular Napa cabbage kimchi and pro biotic water kimchi in 500 mL jars
  • Jenna from TruJoy Pie Co. is making grain free, vegan pies without refined sugar you can see them at https://www.facebook.com/TRUJOYPIECO and order theme from the gluten free bakery section of our order form! My kids loved the Lemon Chiffon Cheezcake sample she shared and were drooling over the Salted Pecan Pie!
  • Harrington Lane Farms has some great sales right now on their pastured pork! Look for Black Forest style hams, Smoked Pork Hocks, Smoked Pork Chops and an amazing deal on bulk boxes!
  • Monforte Dairy offerings are starting to get exciting as lambing begins and fresh milk returns. Please note that due to short supply their goat milk cheese will be limited this year.
  • We have many new cuts including T-Bone steaks from Anam Cara Farm. BBQ season is coming! Prices are great!
  • Pfenning's Sauerkraut is back!
Supper club at Kitchener Market!
Our very own Aura (also of Ambrosia Pastry Co.) is running a Supper Club at the Kitchener Market! Join her for an interactive cooking session full of fun, food and laughs. There are two clubs scheduled so far on Tuesday April 15 and Tuesday May 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The cost is $45 per person and includes a market bag and the food prepared during the class. Bring a friend or make friends as you cook together in the Market's gourmet kitchen! You can read more and register at http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Cooking_classes.asp#April.

Stay warm,
Maryrose and Rachael
Bailey's Local Foods
baileyslocalfoods.ca
KW's Online Farmers Market
 Twitter
 Facebook 

P.S. We can use your egg cartons, fruit boxes, baskets and jars from preserves again if you return them.
Click http://baileyslocalfoods.ca/ordering to log-in and order.
If someone has forwarded you this email and you have not yet registered, please go to https://www.100milesystems.com/baileyslocalfoods.ca/register.php and register!

Seed Starting Garden Kits by Brenda Knechtel




Brenda's family has spent some time, and pulled together a kit for starting garden seedling to offer to the Bailey's customers.  For $35.50 (including HST) you can start your garden from seeds!



The Seed Starting Garden Kit will contain:

  • 1 non-perforated tray and greenhouse dome
  • 22 -3" round peat pots
  • organic potting soil
  • planting instructions
  • Seeds for the following varieties:
    • 2  "Happy Rich"sprouting Broccoli:  Dark green plants that produce jumbo-size florets with many side shoots.  Broccoli flavour.
    • 1  "Caraflex" Cabbage:  organic seed; midseason; 1.5-2 lb. pointed head
    • 1  "Stonehead" Cabbage:  solid  early summer maturing; 3-4 lb.; sweet tasting.
    • 1  "Storage #4" Cabbage:  Late maturing;  large head for storage or fresh eating; 
    • 2  "Vates" Kale:  organic seed;curly, dark, blue/green leaves
    • 1  "Jalafuego" Pepper:  high yielding jalapeno hot pepper;3-4" long fruit.
    • 1  "Ace" Pepper:  early 3-lobeed green sweet pepper that turns red; tends not to drop blossom due to cool nights in early summer as other varieties do.
    • 1  "Bright Star" Pepper:  hybrid; orange, sweet bell pepper; fruit starts dark green and matures to bright orange.  
    • 1  "Golden Star" Pepper:  Hybrid yellow bell pepper;  starts dark green and matures to a sweet yellow.  
    • 2  "Raven" Zucchini:  hybrid, dark green zucchini.
    • 1  "Beaver Lodge Slicer" Tomato:  heirloom, organic seed;  determinate plant style; red, early maturing tomatoe ; perfect for growing in containers or hanging baskets; 
    • 2  "Charger" Tomato:  determinate type plant; hybrid; disease resistant; large red fruits.
    • 1  "Sweetie" Cherry Tomatoe:  Indeterminate type plant; super sweet cherry tomatoes with high sugar content; prolific. 
    • 1  "Giant of Italy" Parsley: organic seed; preferred culinary variety; huge dark green, flat leaves; 
    • 2  "Italian Large Leaf" Sweet Basil: organic seed;  large plants with large medium-dark green leaves.
    • 1  "Bouquet" Dill:  organic seed; can be cut at early leaf stage for dill weed, or allowed to mature for dill flower heads.
    • 1  "Santo" Cilantro: standard variety; slow bolting.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Oatmeal Cupcakes – For Now or Later



We just had our third baby (and third boy!) on Friday morning. We are overjoyed and happily adjusting to our newest family member.   As we try to get used to a new routine once again we’re looking for easy, healthy snack foods.  My wife found this recipe the other day and we made them and were very happy with the results.  They feature a good number of Bailey’s staples (oats, applesauce, maple syrup, oil), are easy to prepare, and good for saving in the freezer for whenever you need a little bit of breakfast.
The batter can be made the night before and allowed to soak in the fridge which will help to further soften the oats, adding to the ease of baking in time for breakfast.



Oatmeal Cupcakes – For Now or Later
Recipe adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie
Makes 24 cupcakes
  • 5 cups oats
  • 2 ½ cups applesauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4-6 tbsp. maple syrup
  • optional: ⅔ cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2 ⅓ cups water
  • ¼  cup plus 1 tbsp. oil
  • 2 ½  tsp pure vanilla extract
  • optional add-ins: chocolate chips, dried fruit, cinnamon, shredded coconut, chopped walnuts, ground flax or wheat germ, pumpkin puree with pumpkin pie spices, etc.


Preheat oven to 375 F, and grease cupcake tins.  Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix together well.  In a second bowl combine and mix together the wet ingredients.  Mix the two bowls together then spoon into the cupcake tins, filling until just full (they won’t expand like normal cupcakes).  Bake for 20 minutes and check to see that they’re beginning to turn golden on top.  If you like you may give them a quick broil for 1-2 minutes at the end to crisp up the top.  Allow to cool for a few minutes until they can be pried out of the cupcake tins.  (The cooler they are the easier they are to remove.)  
If you are going to freeze the cupcakes just freeze them in the cupcake tins before removing them and and then you can transfer them to a freezer bag.  Reheat them when you need a quick and easy breakfast (or any meal), and top them with fresh or frozen fruit (in the photo they’re topped with frozen blueberries), or maple syrup, or anything else that sounds good!

Recipe adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie, pictures from Jon Spee who blogs about localism at The Local Kitchener (although he’s taking a break to readjust to life with a new baby!).