Monday, September 28, 2009

Ordering for October 2 ends Tuesday at 8:00 PM

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Peaches mistake!
I made a mistake when entering the peaches we have in stock this week. The Canned Peaches are cling stone peaches in 500 ml jars by Country Flavour. Nina told me that they do use Martin's Peaches, so I thought they were the new Martin's branded peaches that I saw at Taste Local! Taste Fresh!

If you choose not to purchase these, there are others who are interested in buying them so feel free to remove them from your cart and someone will likely be waiting to buy them. Also, next time we pick up preserves at Country Flavour we will get more! The Country Flavour Peaches are $5.25 for a 500 ml jar.

The up side is that I have now called Martin's and asked if we can purchase some of their peaches too. When Steve calls back I'll add them if I can! I'll also try to add Cee grade apples which are great for saucing.

As well, we will be offering our own peaches once we get labels on them. They will be Palatine peaches
in a light syrup processed by Naamon and Selema of Orchard Hill Produce.

Pumpkin Pie

A couple weeks ago we offered Pie Pumpkins for the first time and a few of you bought them expecting Pumpkin Pies! This morning I called Erma and she agreed to make 25 Pumpkin Pies for us on Friday (she's busy on Thursday, so they'll have to be fresh on Friday morning). Ingredients are Pumpkin, Milk, Sugar, Spices, Eggs, Flour from New-Life Mills in Hanover (Next week she'll use Oak Manor Flour) and a little bit of love. Look for them in the "baked goods" category.

Turkeys

Kevin and Anne Snyder are very busy people, and I finally got in touch with them today. We will offer frozen turkeys at $2.75/lb this week and next. I haven't confirmed how many turkeys he can bring us in his truck each week so if you want a turkey for next weekend and have some freezer space consider ordering this week. If you order this week and we can't bring in enough turkeys we'll make sure you get one next week. You can check out their website at http://www.snyderheritagefarms.com/.

Bulk Squash
The prices for bulk squash will be coming down a bit. Look for the lower prices when I get to updating them later on Monday night. All the bulk squash are 'winter' squash that should keep through the winter in the right conditions.

Enjoy this interesting Autumn weather!
Rachael
Bailey's Local Foods
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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bailey's Buying Club - Ordering is now open for October 2, 2009

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Please be sure to read the wavier on our website when you log in. It reminds you that items placed your shopping cart are automatically saved (there is no 'checkout' button).

Many of our main categories (vegetables, meat, baked goods, etc.) have subcategories. Look for them under the main categories. If you hadn't noticed them yet, you can now check out the beef, pork, cheese and other products that you may have been missing! If you can't find the jam, look in the 'jam' subcategory under 'preserves'!

Some notes from Rachael:

There are quite a few new items that have been added this week!

Lots of jams and preserves from this year's harvest. New items from Traditional Foods (including the Farmer's Treasure box, Summer Sausage, fresh and smoked sausage in new varieties and mini-pepperettes!) can be found this week. Unfortunately Bulk garlic is just about gone but the endive and big turnips are ready! I haven;t heard back from the turkey farmer on prices and availability so I will add those once I hear.

Kingwood Farms is offering bulk squash too! Perfect for winter storage. I heard about Delicata squash last fall and have looked forward to eating them for almost a year now. Wow are they tasty. The skin is even edible.

Prices for Martin's Apples have gone up a bit this week. Consider last week an introductory special where the delivery costs were on us!

Cheers,
Rachael

Hello all you Eaters,

How is the eating going? Our growing season is almost over. It is almost time to celebrate the harvest! Have you sucked the goodness out of all fresh fruits and vegetables this season? I have a few regrets. I did not pick strawberries this year. I need to pick strawberries or I feel like I missed something basic. I used to work in a strawberry patch selling the berries. I started when I was eleven in partnership with my grandma. We made a good team. I was too young to work on my own and she was too old. We'd drive the five miles to the patch when the sky was just turning light (very early in June!) and set up in the cold dewy grass. Sigh. So I regret not picking strawberries this year. But besides that I feel like I savoured every crop that came ripe. Now for the apple season. Then squash and nuts. Then cabbage - glorious cabbage. And carrots. If you are not able to order on Oct 9 for Thanksgiving, now is your chance.

Carrots
Speaking of carrots, have you noticed how crisp and sweet they are?? I have to apologize because the carrots last week (Sept 18) that said they were from Eva and Sidney Weber actually came from their neighbour Paul and Saloma Bowman (organic instead of no-spray). It was a last minute switch that Eva and Paul arranged because Eva wanted another week for her carrots to grow bigger and Paul had carrots he needed to dig. I did not think it would matter but Paul's carrots were not nearly as crisp and sweet as Eva's! So, now we're back to buying Eva's - as long as they last. Eva says that she searched for this carrot for a long time. When her children were little she was looking for "a carrot that little children would love to eat." One that "chews easier," she said. She kept experimenting with different varieties over the years until she found this one. It is a "coreless" variety. Thank you, Eva, for persevering to find a carrot that little children will love. My kids eagerly eat your carrots.

Frosts and Brussels Sprouts
So the farmers are telling me that they've had two mild frosts already. Selema says that means the turnips will be nice and sweet. I hear that it makes brussels sprouts and carrots sweeter too. We DO have brussels sprouts on the order form this week for you brussels sprout lovers out there. They are the cutest little miniature cabbages in a bowl.

Sweet Corn to Freeze
The sweet corn is going strong. Now is your chance to freeze a few little bags of the gold. You don't have to freeze 11 dozen, just buy and cook an extra dozen and then cut the kernels off of the cob of any your family does not eat at supper. Local sweet corn in chili tastes way better than those big honkin' tough corn kernels they call "sweet corn" at the grocery store.

Meal Idea
I've been totally uncreative in the cooking department lately. I can tell you what Matthew made last night. Meatloaf and mashed potatoes with a mushroom gravy made with beer. Sweet golden beets on the side. So good! The golden beets are even sweeter than the red.

I tried Lena's simple baked squash idea and it was delicious! Even our kids ate it well! I think what helped them is that they had a choice of different baked squash so they could decide if they liked the orange or yellow kind better. We let them put on generous amounts of butter, salt and pepper. We had it with steamed broccoli, a lettuce salad with walnuts, pears, raisins, and goat cheese - and bread. So simple and so good. Even better was lunch the next day when I took the leftover squash to work with walnuts and feta on top. It was fun to compare the different flavours and textures of the squash varieties. I think we ate 4-5 squash in two days.

White Organic Apples
I was just talking to Pete the organic apple farmer on the phone. He was telling me why his apples have a white dust on them. They use Kaolin Clay on the apples as they are growing on the tree to deter pests from taking a bite. The clay is an edible mineral that is found in toothpaste and used as an anti-caking agent in products. It is considered completely safe for humans and and the environment. Pete does not have a washer so the apples are not pre-washed. To remove the clay from the apples just wash with water. No need for soap.

Items to Note
  • Turkeys - This is our first week offering turkeys. They are raised by Kevin and Anne Snyder who live near Breslau. Kevin and Anne do not give the turkeys drugs and they mix their own feed on the farm so they know exactly what goes into it. That means no animal by-products or bakery wastes. We offered their turkeys last year and they were lovely. We'll be offering these turkeys for two weeks now and then again close to Christmas. They are slaughtered in an inspected facility and frozen. You can choose between a bigger or smaller turkey.
  • Big Squash - Do you prefer a big gorgeous stuffed squash on your table instead of a turkey? If so, we'll have a big lovely hubbard variety this week called Red October from Elmeda and Amos Martin (who provide us with maple syrup). These squash will keep for months in a cool dry place (not the basement). A sample was on the table with the pickup slips on Friday.
  • Pickled Carrots - They sound delish. I can't wait to taste them.
  • Canned Peaches- these are grown near Vienna, ON by Martin's Family Fruit Farm and canned by Melinda and Edna Brubacher who also make our hot jams and other preserved goodies.

Are you a researcher?
I'm looking for someone who wants to evaluate how the buying club is working for members. It shouldn't be me because members may not be honest with me in an effort to protect me from criticism. Any of you want to organize a little evaluation and do phone interviews with buying club members to research the barriers to ordering and what keeps members ordering regularly? If we want to change the local food system, we need to understand why some families buy 50% local food and other families with the same incomes buy 5% local. What are the psychological, financial, scheduling, and exhaustion barriers that keep us from buying more local food? If you're interested in this project, email us.

Yours in love with local food and local farmers,
Nina
Bailey's Local Foods
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Baileys Local Food Buying Club - Weekly Pickup Reminder

If you put in an order this week it will be ready for you to pick up on Friday, September 25 from 3:30 until 7:00PM in Hilliard Hall at the First United Church at 16 William Street West in Waterloo. You can check your order by logging in at http://baileyslocalfoods.ca/ordering.


Hi Everyone.

This is the first week that we have offered fewer items this season. I know we added new items like apples this week!
The season is starting to wind down. Some farmers have had their first frost, but the apples are ready! Root crops will continue to grow and soon we'll have turkeys for Thanksgiving.

Here is an update on changes that may affect your order this week:

  • No Radishes from the Wideman's
  • No 1.5 kg pails of smooth Peanut Butter
  • We will be short on Fat Free Strawberry and Cream on top Plain Yogurt as well as salted peanuts
  • Rundles crackers do not have cumin, even though the label says cumin.
A note about organically grown apples:

Why the organic apples have a white film on them
Nina was just talking to Pete the organic apple farmer on the phone.  He was telling her why his apples have a white dust on them.  They use Kaolin Clay on the apples as they are growing on the tree to deter pests from taking a bite (you may have found this with the Palatine fruits as well).  The clay is an edible mineral that is found in toothpaste and used as an anti-caking agent in products. It is considered completely safe for humans and for the environment.  Pete does not have a washer so the apples are not pre-washed.  To remove the clay from the apples just wash with water. No need for soap.

Self Checkout Reminder
We continue to offer a SELF CHECK-OUT option to those of you who are paying by cheque! We hope that this will help speed up the check out process for some of you who want to work out your total yourself. We did all self check-out last year and now we are returning to our roots.
We choose to trust our members. You know that if we lose money due to missing items or math mistakes, we won't survive. We will still have the regular check-out option for those of you who prefer it. If you notice an error (ours or yours), please let us know.

Please enter through the white kitchen door off Caroline Street.
You will find a pickup slip with your name on it listing the items that you ordered this week. Pick up all your items (including those in the fridges and freezer), check out our Spontaneous Table then head to our checkout area.

We will have extra items for you to purchase on our Spontaneous Table in front of the blue cupboards just in case you forgot anything. Anyone can purchase items from the Spontaneous Table. You don't even have to be a Member!

There will be room to socialize and mingle. Expect your pick-up to take awhile. If you need help collecting your order, please ask!

In out checkout area, please help us and our volunteers by removing all items from your bag for the checkout process. Please be patient as this area will likely be quite busy.

We accept payment in cash or cheque (made out to Bailey's Local Foods). The total from your shopping cart is always approximate. We will try to ensure that you only pay for the items available this week as local food can sometimes be unpredictable and items that are priced by the pound are approximate on the order form.

When writing cheques, please ensure that the date is correct (it's 2009!) and that the numbers you write (digits and words) match. Also, if you make your cheque out to anything other than "Bailey's Local Foods" the bank won't cash it. We need you to sign it too! Please help us to avoid these costly errors.

You need to bring your own bags to carry your items home. We have boxes, but do not have any plastic bags. A limited number of cloth bags will be available for sale.

If possible, consider walking, biking or bringing a wagon to pick up your order. If you are driving, please Park in the Waterloo Town Square Public Parking Lot. You can access the Waterloo Town Square Parking Lot by Caroline Street, Alexandra Avenue, Willis Way or King Street by the LCBO. We have been asked not to park in the church parking lot.

**Please don't forget to pick up your order! At approximately 6:30PM, if you have not picked up your order, we will call the number you provided (when you registered) with a friendly reminder. At 7:00PM we will pack up your order and add the $15 packing fee to your order total.If you have not picked up your order by 7:30PM (or when we finish cleaning up) your order will be donated - and you still get the pleasure of paying for it. We need to receive payment for this week's order before you can order for the following week.

If you are not happy with what you receive, all claims for missing/damaged items must be made at the pick-up site before 7:00PM that same day. After 7:00PM all sales are final.

Thank you,
Rachael and Nina
Bailey's Local Foods
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ordering for September 25 ends Tuesday at 8:00 PM

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Notes for This Week:
  • J&D Peters have a limited offering of Noodles and Pasta this week. The available varieties are medium kamut; flat whole wheat pasta; and flat spelt. 

Enjoy this week,
Rachael
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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Bailey's Buying Club - Ordering is now open for September 25, 2009

Click http://baileyslocalfoods.ca/ordering to log-in and order.

Please be sure to read the wavier on our website when you log in. It reminds you that items placed your shopping cart are automatically saved (there is no 'checkout' button).

Many of our main categories (vegetables, meat, baked goods, etc.) have subcategories. Look for them under the main categories. If you hadn't noticed them yet, you can now check out the beef, pork, cheese and other products that you may have been missing! If you can't find the jam, look in the 'jam' subcategory under 'preserves'!

Hi Folks,
Have you tasted the table grapes from Eva and Rene?!?!?  They are amazing!  I have to admit that I love the super-hard burst in my mouth GIGANTIC grapes from California and so I thought that the Niagara ones would be disappointing.  Instead, when I tasted one my response was: "OH! This is what grapes can taste like?!!!"  You know the descriptions of wines on the bottles, that's how I feel like describing these grapes. The green ones are so sweet with a zip of sour and a hint of roses in there somewhere.  Or something.  You try them and tell me what the words are I'm searching for.  (They'll be available in two weeks.)

Apples
We're moving into apple season, boys and girls!  What are your favourite varieties?  I like the Gala and Honeycrisp.  We are starting to carry apples and pears from Steve Martin at Martin's Family Fruit Farm.  We'll still be seeking out apples from tiny farmers but I want to start our season with Martin's.  Martin's are one of the few (only?) places nearby that store apples and pears in a carefully controlled environment so that we can still eat local apples in May and June next year.  This means that they have higher costs (year round costs) than farmers who have a few apple trees and sell 10-20 bushels for almost nothing in the Fall.  Elmeda sold us apples for $10 a bushel last week!  Steve and his family need to charge us $38 a bushel for Honey Crisp (the others are between $25 and $38 before we add 25%).  But Elmeda's apples were also a very soft texture and not going to keep more than a week.  So, please, join me in supporting Martin's Family Fruit Farm and the good work they are doing to store local fruits year round. They are also offering canned peaches from their farm near Vienna this year. We will be selling those later this Fall. 

For those of you who are looking for organic apples, I found some!!  Pete Milanovich and his family have 7 acres of apples near Drayton and they are in their 2nd year toward organic certification (they will be officially certified next year).  They have three kinds of apples for us this week. In the weeks to come they will have a few more varieties PLUS be able to sell us organic cider, apple butter, and applesauce from their apples!!

Flour from Arva
Are the chilly nights giving you the urge to bake?  We are offering flour from Arva Flour Mills this week. Arva is a neat old mill in Arva just north of London.  I wish they'd deliver so that we could carry their flour all of the time.  It is conventional but they do not add any preservatives or use pesticides or fungicides in their mill or on their packages.  We also have Arva's Cream of Whole Wheat cereal this week for those chilly mornings.  You know how some people have automatic coffee makers with a timer? I wish I had an automatic hot cereal maker that would be timed to have it cooked by 6 a.m. for our household.  Can I train a 7 year old to do it?

Winter Plans
We have five more weeks of WEEKLY buying clubs (last one Oct 23) and then we'll offer pick-up approximately MONTHLY.  The Winter pick-ups will be MONDAYS.  (The church needs the gym on Fridays for Out of the Cold.)  For some of you this will work better, for others worse.  The reasoning behind monthly pick-ups is that most of the foods we offer will be less perishable and last for about a month in your fridge.  The challenge will be ordering enough to last the month.  We are talking to farmers now about what they will have for us during the Winter. 
  • Antony of Soiled Reputation says that he'll have the Gourmet Salad Mix available most of the Winter. 
  • Eva will be storing sweet carrots for us. 
  • Jesse will have onions and cabbage.
  • Paul and Ivan will have potatoes.
Many farmers are reluctant to store squash for us because they suffer enough loss (from rot) that they need to charge more for the remaining squash. They are worried that nobody will pay more for a local squash in February than they did in September.
We'll also have:
  • Cheese
  • Flours
  • Grains
  • Honey and Maple Syrup
  • Peanut products
  • Popcorn
  • Canned peaches
  • Canned pear-apple sauce
  • Jams
  • Relishes and pickles
  • Frozen chicken, beef, lamb, pork
  • Eggs
  • Some baked goods

Items to note for this week:
For those of you who look for the Sundried Tomato Sausage, it is offered this week.
Paul will give a guarantee on any of his melons. If you get a bad one, let us know and he'll send a free one for you the next week.
  • Organically grown apples from near Drayton
  • Other apples, including Honeycrisp, and pears from Martin's Family Fruit Farm
  • Red Peppers by the half bushel to make Roasted Red Peppers (freeze well in oil and then pull out for pizza or pasta)
  • Chinese cabbage from Paul (try it with a sweet vinaigrette and toasted almonds)
  • Mini Straw Bales (what every home decorator needs at this time of year : ) )
  • Butternut squash (my favourite squash for everything)
  • Lower prices on carrots and celeriac

Do you think the Beaver Dam peppers were named that because when the inventor bit into one she said "Dam! That's hot." Then looked at her kids and added: "Beaver Dams are hot!"

Did you notice the editorial in the Record about how local food does not benefit the environment?  Any of you want to write a response?  The issue is more complicated than it was considered.  Complicated and yet so simple. It just makes sense to eat food from as close to you as possible.

Enjoy the last few days of sun for awhile,
Nina
Bailey's Local Foods
www.baileyslocalfoods.ca
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Baileys Local Food Buying Club - Weekly Pickup Reminder

If you put in an order this week it will be ready for you to pick up on Friday, September 18 from 3:30 until 7:00PM in Hilliard Hall at the First United Church at 16 William Street West in Waterloo. You can check your order by logging in at http://baileyslocalfoods.ca/ordering.

Have you ever been to the Taste Fresh! Taste Local! event held by Foodlink? Nina and I, with Matthew and Andrew will be there on Sunday to taste all the amazing local food. Vibrant Farms will be there with their tasty organic beef (and will soon be back on our order form!)

Here are some more details if you are interested in joining us:

Taste Local! Taste Fresh! in St. Jacobs this Sunday, September 20th is shaping up to be the best ever!  There's a lot of excitement brewing as the chefs and farms prepare to greet you with a stunning line-up of local food creations.  The long-term weather forecast is even predicting great weather! 

If you haven't already purchased your tickets, you still have a couple of days to do so.  Complete details available at www.foodlink.ca . We'll look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Here is an update on changes that may affect your order this week:

  • No Dried Beans. The bean farmer is at the Outdoor Farm Show this week.
  • Limited Tortilla products this week due to a death in the McKechnie Family.
  • Eggplants are organic and from Pfennings instead of from Winroe Farms. The price will be a bit higher.
  • Conventional Sweet corn not available. No Spray Sweet Corn will be substituted. The price will be a bit higher.
  • We will have almost enough apples for everyone from Elmeda and Amos Martin. You may get St Lawrence instead of Strawberry. Neither of these apples are good for long term storage, but they are great for saucing!
  • Rundles crackers do not have cumin, even though the label says cumin.
Self Checkout Reminder
We continue to offer a SELF CHECK-OUT option to those of you who are paying by cheque! We hope that this will help speed up the check out process for some of you who want to work out your total yourself. We did all self check-out last year and now we are returning to our roots.
We choose to trust our members. You know that if we lose money due to missing items or math mistakes, we won't survive. We will still have the regular check-out option for those of you who prefer it. If you notice an error (ours or yours), please let us know.

Please enter through the white kitchen door off Caroline Street.
You will find a pickup slip with your name on it listing the items that you ordered this week. Pick up all your items (including those in the fridges and freezer), check out our Spontaneous Table then head to our checkout area.

We will have extra items for you to purchase on our Spontaneous Table in front of the blue cupboards just in case you forgot anything. Anyone can purchase items from the Spontaneous Table. You don't even have to be a Member!

There will be room to socialize and mingle. Expect your pick-up to take awhile.

In out checkout area, please help us and our volunteers by removing all items from your bag for the checkout process. Please be patient as this area will likely be quite busy.

We accept payment in cash or cheque (made out to Bailey's Local Foods). The total from your shopping cart is always approximate. We will try to ensure that you only pay for the items available this week as local food can sometimes be unpredictable and items that are priced by the pound are approximate on the order form.

When writing cheques, please ensure that the date is correct (it's 2009!) and that the numbers you write (digits and words) match. Also, if you make your cheque out to anything other than Bailey's Local Foods the bank won't cash it. We need you to sign it too! Please help us to avoid these costly errors.

You need to bring your own bags to carry your items home. We have boxes, but do not have any plastic bags. A limited number of cloth bags will be available for sale.

If possible, consider walking, biking or bringing a wagon to pick up your order. If you are driving, please Park in the Waterloo Town Square Public Parking Lot. You can access the Waterloo Town Square Parking Lot by Caroline Street, Alexandra Avenue, Willis Way or King Street by the LCBO. We have been asked not to park in the church parking lot.

**Please don't forget to pick up your order! At approximately 6:30PM, if you have not picked up your order, we will call the number you provided (when you registered) with a friendly reminder. At 7:00PM we will pack up your order and add the $15 packing fee to your order total.If you have not picked up your order by 7:30PM (or when we finish cleaning up) your order will be donated - and you still get the pleasure of paying for it. We need to receive payment for this week's order before you can order for the following week.

If you are not happy with what you receive, all claims for missing/damaged items must be made at the pick-up site before 7:00PM that same day. After 7:00PM all sales are final.

Thank you,
Rachael and Nina
Bailey's Local Foods
www.baileyslocalfoods.ca
 

P.S. We can use your fruit baskets and boxes as well as jars from preserves again if you return them.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bailey's Local Foods - Looking for volunteer help on Friday!

Hi Buying Club Members,

Do any of you own a van or truck with a hitch and would be willing to help us out by picking up a load of melons, corn etc from Paul Bowman and Lena Burkhardt this week?  My dad, Wendell, only has time to make one pick up in Old Order Mennonite country before taking my mom to an appointment in London.  Because it is September there is way more bounty than he can fit in one load.  We need someone who can go about noon or a little later on Friday. If you can help us with this, please email right away.

We are also short on volunteers this week.  Three of our regular volunteers have other commitments.  If you can help out for 2-6 hours on Friday, please let us know right away.

Also, due to a death in the family we will not be filling all the orders for tortillas from McKechnie this week. While we do have some items in stock, the quantity is limited.

Thank you for helping to make this work!
Nina and Rachael
Bailey's Local Foods
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ordering for September 18 ends Tuesday at 8:00 PM

This is your reminder that you should place your order before Tuesday at 8:00PM.
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Items that you have placed in your shopping cart will be ordered on your behalf on Tuesday at 8:00PM. There is no checkout button. If you do not intend to order, please ensure that your shopping cart is empty.

I'd like to apologize to those of you who were bought the 3 lb box of mushrooms last week thinking it was a 25 lb box. That was my typo and it is corrected now.

I ate my last fresh peach tonight, <sigh>. It was sliced on ice cream. I'm a bit sad to not have another local peach to eat fresh until next summer, but I am looking forward to the peaches that I froze, dried and canned (Nina put a quick guide on the Bailey's website last year) as well as the ones that Orchard Hill canned for us (you'll see them offered soon)! My big problem now is that the freezer is full. I'm moving in the next month, so it will be a challenge to move all that food!

Notes for This Week:
  • Blueberries are finished for the year. Grace called today to tell me the bad news. There are still berries on the bushes, but most of them are green. Start counting the weeks until blueberry season next year or start using the ones you froze!
  • This is the last week to order from Rundles Restaurant. Stock up on Crackers and Bread, especially if you have room to freeze it!
  • This week will be the second to last week for Palatine fruit as the folks who deliver it to us are taking a two week break before their last fruit run. Order your grapes, pears and plums now. If you want stored pears in three weeks please email us to have some put aside for you.
  • Grape colour is not guaranteed. See Mary Jane's email below.
  • 100 mile spelt bread has a six loaf minimum. We will not be able to order it if we do not get enough orders (We're at 2 now).
  • McKechnie tortilla products also have a minimum. If we do not reach it, we will not be able to order until next week.
  • Kingwood's "Ring o' Fire" Peppers are still a bit green. This mean that they are still good, just not as hot as they will get as they change to red!
  • Look for a few new items added tonight like Radishes from the Widemans and Potatoes from Paul
I have a few plum recipes to share, thanks to some Members. I'll try to add them to the Bailey's Home Page in the next few days.

Palatine Fruits
The following is a note from Mary Jane about the soft fruits we will have this week:


Hi Everyone!
 
This week Friday September 18th will be our second last fruit run for the Season.  We will be making our last trip of the season on October 9th! There will be no fruit September 25 or October 2nd!
 
This week we have 2 varieties of plums - Late Italian and Empress, 2 varieties of pears  - Bartlett and Bosc and 4 varieties of grapes as well as roses!!!
 
Last year we didn't really have too many of the Late Italian plums. This year we have plenty! These, like the Early Italians plums are great for cooking, baking, canning etc. They are a 'prune' plum and have a hint of prune taste that many people look for in a plum! The second plum is called Empress. It is a large (quite large) blue plum. This is yet another lovely fresh eating plum!
 
This will be the last week for the Bartlett pears! The Bartlett pears is known for being 'the' pear for canning. When it ripens is has a soft yellow skin and a juicy creamy texture. The Bosc pears is famous for its' fabulous storing capacity. Bosc pears can last into January if kept at the right temperature (such as your crisper in the fridge or cold storage - about 10 degrees C ) This week is the only week for the Bosc pears. If you would like to have some Bosc pears for the October 9th fruit run, you can pre order them this week and Eva and Rene will have them ready for you!
 
Rene is involved with a Professor at the Vineland Research Station on a special project where they are experimenting with the grapes. As Rene quotes:
 
"The grape experiment is a special baby of mine because Niagara can grow good quality grapes for the table to be consumed within the province; sadly the fresh grape industry seems to be unwilling to take the strides towards excellent quality-- which means the extra care these varieties need."
 
We are fortunate enough to enjoy some of these varieties of grapes. (Rene is never interested in the offers/experiments that promote GMO! ) The grapes are only picked according to taste and are allowed to sweeten on the vine!! We have 4 kinds of grapes ready this week - Sovereign (good for juice and jelly), and 3 types of table grapes - Pink, Green and Blue seedless table grapes. We feel that there is enough grapes to fill all the orders but we may have to substitute between table grapes! When the grapes are picked they are put right into the 3 Liter basket to reduce the amount of handling....so we cannot mix the 3 colours of table grapes in one 3 L basket. You may specify if there is a particular colour or grape you want and we will do our best to fill the order. We will not know until late Thursday exactly how much of each grape we have!
 
We will once again have cut roses for the introductory price of $15 per dozen! It may be the traditional Tea roses or it may be the Antique rose.


Thank you to those of you who have given feedback on how this Buying Club is working for you or those of you who haven't ordered yet telling us why. We're happy to receive all your emailed copmments, questions and concerns and strive to answer each one individually.

Enjoy this week,
Rachael
Bailey's Local Foods
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Bailey's Buying Club - Ordering is now open for September 18, 2009

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Please be sure to read the wavier on our website when you log in. It reminds you that items placed your shopping cart are automatically saved (there is no 'checkout' button).

Many of our main categories (vegetables, meat, baked goods, etc.) have subcategories. Look for them under the main categories. If you hadn't noticed them yet, you can now check out the beef, pork, cheese and other products that you may have been missing! If you can't find the jam, look in the 'jam' subcategory under 'preserves'!

A few notes:

Large and Extra Large Eggs  from Traditional Foods are on sale again this week! Get them while you can. Pira suggested a way to keep extra eggs was to crack them and freeze them in ice cube trays, then keep them on hand for winter baking in a freezer container. You can read more about freezing eggs here: http://whatscookingamerica.net/Eggs/FreezingEgg.htm. Noah has also offered some of the pork sausages for sale.

Golden Hearth has unveiled a new Oatmeal Cookie. Wendell tried them on Friday. He thought it was a good, hard oatmeal cookie. I bet it would be great dunked in milk!

There are so many new items this week. Look for lots of different squashes (including Delicata, which I'm looking forward to!), the last of the pears, more plum varieties, grapes (!!!) and herbs like stevia and rosemary. Look for some lower prices on Oak Manor products too!

What is a winter squash anyway? Turns out that it just means that the squash will keep well. Read all about it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_squash or http://whatscookingamerica.net/squash.htm.

Rachael

Hi Folks,
How is ordering from Bailey's going for you? I'm especially keen to hear from those of you who are registered but don't order. What keeps you from ordering?
What could we do to help make ordering local food a part of your weekly routine?

How are the transitions going this week?  Packing lunches? I've entered the packing lunch club this week. So far so good! My favourite has been egg salad in a soft whole wheat wrap with tomatoes on the side. My egg salad was especially good (if I may say so) because I added sweet dills from Erma Martin and raw red onion. A splash of rice vinegar perks it up too.  Those tortillas are just soooo soft and wonderful. Foster's favourite was the hummus sandwich - and the leftover birthday cake.

Chemicals or no chemicals?
I was talking to Eva, the farmer who grows us carrots. She was telling me how she was at a meeting about how to use agricultural chemicals properly (for the other fields, not the carrot field).  She and her family have been experimenting with using as little chemicals as they possibly can. The chemical representative told her it was "illegal" to put less than the officially recommended amount on a field.  He was also stating authoritatively that in "this" area it is especially impossible to grow crops without chemicals.  She was wondering if it really was illegal.  She and I agreed that we didn't think we should believe someone who benefits from the sale of agricultural chemicals.  It made me think about a quote I read somewhere something like: "I'd rather help 100 farmers reduce their chemical use by 50% than help one farmer go 100% chemical free."  That sticks with me when I'm talking to farmers and asking them how they grow their crops.  I don't want to pressure them to not use chemicals since I am not the one that has to do the extra hoeing and bear the risk of crop failure.  But I do want them to know that if they take the risk and go to the extra trouble to not use chemicals (or use less) we will be eager to buy as much crop as we can - at a fair price.

Jesse Gingerich is one farmer who is not chemical-free but says he uses as little chemicals as possible.  It is hard for me to know or communicate what was or was not sprayed on each crop.  Guess we'll have to just keep asking what sprays went on each crop.  He's hard to catch on the phone because he is so busy.  If we don't know exactly how he raised the crop, assume it's "conventional" If we can find out about sprays, we will indicate the level of spray.  Next week (or possibly sooner) he'll have broccoli and cauliflower for us! Hooray! None of our other regular farmers have had these recently.  Verna Gingerich also thought that they'd have half bushels of tomatoes for those of you who want to make salsa and sauces for the Winter.

New Flowers
I love fresh flowers.  Especially when I know they did not come from exploited fields in Guatemala and are not saturated in chemicals.  This week we have three kinds of gorgeous flowers: gladiolus, zinnias and lisianthus.  You've seen the glads most weeks. Zinnias are well-known for their exuberant blast of vibrant colours all mixed together. Lisianthus is less known (see this link for a few photos http://www.johnnyseeds.com/catalog/product.aspx?category=58&subcategory=700&item=1727P). It is sort of shaped like a rose, comes in pastel hues and is beautiful in a delicate way (opposite of gladiolus?).  Lena grows the zinnias and lisianthus organically. She and I were talking about what kind of bouquets "city folks" like. I told her that two colour or one colour in a bouquet is popular.  She said she disagreed. She has noticed from farm-gate sales that city folks "seem to like their potted plants like they like their hair: all over the place, one side up, one side down and all colours."  Hee hee. I can see the truth in her observation.

Jams
We have a wide selection of lovely jams from Melinda and her sister (Country Flavour).  To see them on the order form click on preserves and then click on the sub-heading "jams".  We have hot jams and regular jams.  Maybe next year I can talk them into making jams with local honey.

New Melon
Paul says he has a new kind of watermelon for us this week: Sorbet Swirl. The flesh is a mix of orange and yellow! And it is a sweet and mild melon.  This is melon season (in case you're wondering).  Everyone has their melon-eating traditions, eh?  Matthew grew up eating cubes of watermelon in a bowl with 7-Up poured on top.  I grew up eating a salty fried bread called Rollkuchen with both canteloupe and watermelon.  So now I crave something salty whenever I dig into melons.  Have you tried the chilled canteloupe soup in The Enchanted Broccoli Forest (Moosewoord Cookbook)?  It was lovely when a friend served it to me. I'm trying to think of other ways to enjoy melons. Oh! Some buying club members freeze melons and eat them partially thawed from the freezer in the Winter. I haven't tried that yet. We always eat it fresh before it gets to the freezer.  I took a small canteloupe to work last week and mid morning cut it in half and offered one half to a colleague.  It was the perfect snack (with pretzels, of course) and she said that she doesn't usually like canteloupe but that was the best-tasting one she ever has tasted.

Ten Pies
Matthew emailed me at work on Thursday that he was making ten pies.  He wasn't kidding.  When he does something, he does it right!  Dutch Pear for 8 of them and 2 Custard Peach.  As I've mentioned before, I was yearning to make peach pie but it just wasn't happening. (Sleep or make pies?)  So I'm extra in love with Matthew for making these.  Don't worry, we are giving most of them away.  He thinks he's taking three to work on Friday - with the bike trailer.  Good luck with that.  If you're wondering what to do with the pears in your house, try taking a Dutch Apple pie (crumb topping) and substituting pears.  DELISH!  I think it tastes best at room temperature (not hot out of the oven with the whipped cream melting on top).

Other items to look for this week:
Lena has Stevia for us this week.  Stevia is a plant that is often used as a natural sweetner. Some people make tea with it or can peaches with it as a substitute for sugar. You can google it for more info.  She also has Par-Cel which is a cross between parsely and celery and is excellent in soups.  She recommends her long sweet peppers (like a Shepherd variety). They are not solidly red or chocolate (yes chocolate) but green with hints of turning colour.  This is the last week for blueberries and crackers. So get them while you can.  We are going to offer Oak Manor flours and grains again and if we get the min order of $200, he'll deliver. If not, we'll try again next week.  Some of you wanted hard wheat flour which he was out of but will have milled in time for next week.  We are also going to try offering the tortillas, tamales, and chips from McKechnie foods two weeks in a row. If we meet his $500 minimum, he will deliver.

Bailey's Local Foods
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P.S. We can use your fruit boxes and jars from preserves again if you return them.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Baileys Local Food Buying Club - Weekly Pickup Reminder

If you put in an order this week it will be ready for you to pick up on Friday, September 11 from 3:30 until 7:00PM in Hilliard Hall at the First United Church at 16 William Street West in Waterloo. You can check your order by logging in at http://baileyslocalfoods.ca/ordering.

Here is an update on changes that may affect your order this week:

  • All melons are from Paul and Saloma this week - not Pfennings.
  • Hard Unbleached Flour from Oak Manor is unavailble - they are milling it now and it will be available next week.
  • Selema's corn was not ripe again so substituted corn from Paul.
  • Medium Zucchini are from Kingwood rather than Paul and Saloma Bowman.
  • We will be one short on boxes of Shiitake Mushrooms. Sorry!
  • Pasta and Noodles ARE different Pasta is without eggs.


Self Checkout Reminder

We continue to offer a SELF CHECK-OUT option to those of you who are paying by cheque! We hope that this will help speed up the check out process for some of you who want to work out your total yourself. We did all self check-out last year and now we are returning to our roots.
We choose to trust our members. You know that if we lose money due to missing items or math mistakes, we won't survive. We will still have the regular check-out option for those of you who prefer it. If you notice an error (ours or yours), please let us know.

Please enter through the white kitchen door off Caroline Street.
You will find a pickup slip with your name on it listing the items that you ordered this week. Pick up all your items (including those in the fridges and freezer), check out our Spontaneous Table then head to our checkout area.

We will have extra items for you to purchase on our Spontaneous Table in front of the blue cupboards just in case you forgot anything. Anyone can purchase items from the Spontaneous Table. You don't even have to be a Member!

There will be room to socialize and mingle. Expect your pick-up to take awhile.

In out checkout area, please help us and our volunteers by removing all items from your bag for the checkout process. Please be patient as this area will likely be quite busy.

We accept payment in cash or cheque (made out to Bailey's Local Foods). The total from your shopping cart is always approximate. We will try to ensure that you only pay for the items available this week as local food can sometimes be unpredictable and items that are priced by the pound are approximate on the order form.

When writing cheques, please ensure that the date is correct (it's 2009!) and that the numbers you write (digits and words) match. Also, if you make your cheque out to anything other than Bailey's Local Foods the bank won't cash it. We need you to sign it too! Please help us to avoid these costly errors.

You need to bring your own bags to carry your items home. We have boxes, but do not have any plastic bags. A limited number of cloth bags will be available for sale.

If possible, consider walking, biking or bringing a wagon to pick up your order. If you are driving, please Park in the Waterloo Town Square Public Parking Lot. You can access the Waterloo Town Square Parking Lot by Caroline Street, Alexandra Avenue, Willis Way or King Street by the LCBO. We have been asked not to park in the church parking lot.

**Please don't forget to pick up your order! At approximately 6:30PM, if you have not picked up your order, we will call the number you provided (when you registered) with a friendly reminder. At 7:00PM we will pack up your order and add the $15 packing fee to your order total.If you have not picked up your order by 7:30PM (or when we finish cleaning up) your order will be donated - and you still get the pleasure of paying for it. We need to receive payment for this week's order before you can order for the following week.

If you are not happy with what you receive, all claims for missing/damaged items must be made at the pick-up site before 7:00PM that same day. After 7:00PM all sales are final.

Thank you,
Rachael and Nina
Bailey's Local Foods
www.baileyslocalfoods.ca
 

P.S. We can use your fruit boxes and jars from preserves again if you return them.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Bailey's Buying Club - Ordering for September 11, 2009 is open!

Click http://baileyslocalfoods.ca/ordering to log-in and order.

Please be sure to read the wavier on our website when you log in. It reminds you that items placed your shopping cart are automatically saved (there is no 'checkout' button).

Many of our main categories (vegetables, meat, baked goods, etc.) have subcategories. Look for them under the main categories. If you hadn't noticed them yet, you can now check out the beef, pork, cheese and other products that you may have been missing!

A note from Rachael:
Sorry for the delayed email. I think there was cell service (and maybe even a blackberry nearby) when my family and I were camping in Presqu'ile this weekend, but I enjoyed days at the beach and nights sharing food with friends and adult time around the campfire after the kids went to bed instead of time in front of the computer. It was wonderful! I hope that you too have enjoyed the last long weekend of summer.

Here is Nina's email:

Hi Folks,

Whew! Friday was fun... and not something I want to do every week. In a theoretical and romantic way I loved selling local food in the public square today. In a practical way - it just doesn't work well with our model. We need the fridges and freezers and need the weather protection. It was good to see and talk to the many curious people who wanted to know what we were doing. Wouldn't it be great if the City of Waterloo had a local farmers' market there once a week? My highlight was when a friend of my Dad's showed up with 20 crepes to share! With honey to drizzle in them. YUM!

Sweet Corn Coming
Today would've been more fun if we had had enough sweet corn for everyone. Selema knew that the corn was right on the line of being ripe for Friday. The cold nights we've had chilled it so much it couldn't ripen in time. The sad thing is it will now ripen before next Friday so we won't get to enjoy it. We'll get lots of sweet corn next week even if Selema and Edward's patch does not have enough (we'll have organic, conventional and no spray). I'm as disappointed as you to not have sweet corn on the menu the next few days. Time for a trip to Herrle's?

We are going to begin buying from new farmers Jesse and Verna Gingerich of Winroe Gardens. They live near West Montrose and will have eggplant and sweet corn for us this week. Next week they'll have cauliflower. Jesse is a mover and shaker in the Old Order Mennonite Community. He helped get the Elmira Produce Auction going and started a butchering business on his farm. If you're interested in freezing corn, the corn from Winroe is the lowest price.

I'm going to keep this short because I'm bushed from today and I have a few more hours of work on the order form before it is ready for you.

I'm going to include the list of newish items from last week and the list of positive ripple effects you have by buying your groceries through Bailey's Local Foods.

Meal Ideas and Nutrition Breaks
My meal idea for this week that I'm unapologetically stealing from Lena Burkhardt. She was telling me on the phone tonight how they enjoyed their first winter squash of the season. They had a buttercup variety (she calls it "orange") baked and served with salt and butter. So simple and so good. You can buy 10, eat 2 now and enjoy 8 as decorations until Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving they will still be good to eat for a few more weeks (if you don't let them get frosted/frozen. They like a cool dry place.)

I have to make "meals" for two nutritional breaks five times a week now - for the first time ever. What local foods work well to pack for lunches? Here are a few ideas. Email me others. Protein-rich foods: Sandwiches with deli meats, of course. Egg salad as chip dip or on bread. Bean and cheese burritos. Hummus made with navy beans and bread. Scrambled egg and cheese burrito. Tamales! Um... what else? Then lots of crunchy veggies on the side and a pear for dessert? Cheese and crackers would be good protein too.

Sale on Eggs
We are pairing up with Noah to offer you a sale on eggs. He is lowering his price and we are lowering our mark-up. Instead of $4.50 for large, it is $3.50. So this is not only pear and apple season but EGG SEASON. Time for a quiche? A custard pie? Good ole bacon and eggs?

Crackers will be gone soon
Sad news for cracker lovers. The Rundles restaurant is only open for the summer. Sept 18 will be our last week to buy Neil's lovely local crackers. If you want to stock up, you have two weeks. Neil is omitting the cumin from the Multigrain crackers for the next two weeks. So if your kid didn't like the cumin like mine, now she/he will!

Look For:
This week there are not many new items. Just more of the same foods that you are coming to love and depend on. I sure missed this food when I had to go two weeks without an infusion! I wonder how the Winter will feel when we have monthly pick-ups. We eat so differently in Winter that I think it will be okay. We'll just have to be careful to stock up each time on enough foods to last the whole month. One new item this week that I'm looking forward to are APPLES! I've not eaten an apple since May. The imported ones just don't taste good to me. Naamon and Selema (the ones who canned us peaches) have an orchard that they sprayed once (once!!) this season. He says his neighbour sprayed 12-20 times this season (this is considered normal). Naamon sprayed once (God bless him) in late June. So we can buy "Spotted Apples " from him this week. They are spotted with "scab" which are harmless spots that are only on the skin and do not effect the flavour or keeping abilities of the apple. The apples are from an old tree that was on their farm when they moved in so they are not sure what it is but they say it is a good eating apple. They'll have larger quantities of low-spray apples for us in October for those who want to make applesauce. This week look for...

  • Apples!
  • Dilly Beans (pickled beans)
  • Bulk beets and garlic
  • Hot peppers - Jalapeƃ±o and Beaver Dam (sweet and not too hot according to Lena)
  • Ground cherries
  • Organic cheese curds... Mmmm!
  • Sparkling apple cider!
  • Sauerkraut on sale!

Thank you for being on this journey with us. When you buy food through this buying club you are doing so much good.
  • You are nourishing your body and your soul by knowing (and caring!) where your food comes from.
  • You're teaching your children about where food comes from and the growing seasons.
  • You are supporting farmers and your community by putting your money into the local economy and, more specifically, the local food system where it will circulate many times before it goes global.
  • You are supporting a downtown church (First United) that receives rent from your buying club.
  • You are nurturing interdependence and building community as we depend on each other to make this work and get to know each other.
  • You are expanding local food businesses by increasing demand for local foods.
  • You are increasing our food security by causing more food to be stored for the Winter (in your cellars and in farmers' storage areas) and encouraging farmers to plant more people food next year.
  • You are increasing business at the local Mennonite Savings and Credit Union where we have an account.
  • You are giving Rachael and I a chance to live out our vocations, learn so much, get to know so many kindred spirits, and enjoy the wild and wacky ride of running our own small business.
  • You are increasing the levels of joy in your house as you decrease mindless eating and increase thankfulness and savouring of life's simple pleasures.

In love of our local farmers and in hope for a more sustainable living,
Nina
Bailey's Local Foods
www.baileyslocalfoods.ca
P.S. We can use your fruit boxes and jars from preserves again if you return them.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Baileys Local Food Buying Club - Weekly Pickup Reminder - Please note our alternate location!

If you put in an order this week it will be ready for you to pick up on Friday, September 4 from 3:30 until 6:00PM (note the shorter hours) at Waterloo's Public Square (at the corner of King Street and Willis Way). We are not able to use the church as there is a funeral on Friday Afternoon.

Those who ordered should have received a confirmation email from Rachael on Thursday.

You can check your order by logging in at http://baileyslocalfoods.ca/ordering.

We are not offering a full array of foods this week, but if you ordered Fruit, Roses or Tomatoes from Palatine or No Spray Sweet Corn from Selema and Edward then we'll have your order on Friday.

We have gotten information from Palatine that the Glowing Star peaches had unexpected bird damage. They will be picking on Friday morning to fill all the orders that they can. There is a small chance that some Glowing Star orders will be filled with PF24 peaches. Also, the Abe Lincoln Tomatoes are suffering from this year's weather. If all the orders cannot be filled with Abe Lincoln Tomatoes you have the option of taking home Purple Russian tomatoes instead.

We will have 3 Litre baskets of peaches, pears, plums and tomatoes for sale spontaneously and there may even be a few extra vegetables from Selema and Edward on sale tomorrow at our stand in the Waterloo Public Square. Please drop by. We'd love to see you out!

 

Thank you again to the City of Waterloo and Tracy, Waterloo's program co-ordinator for the public square and open spaces, for allowing us to have our pickup in the Public Square this week.

The best way to eat your peaches - ripe and perfect!
Peaches need to be picked before ripe to survive going in a box. They then should be spread out on their side or bottom (not stem side down)
on newspaper and they'll ripen over the next few days. You can go through and do the squeeze test and pick out the ripe ones each day. If you leave your peaches in the box one rotten peach can spoil all the ones around it.

We accept payment in cash or cheque (made out to Bailey's Local Foods). The total from your shopping cart is always approximate. We will try to ensure that you only pay for the items available this week as local food can sometimes be unpredictable and items that are priced by the pound are approximate on the order form.

When writing cheques, please ensure that the date is correct (it's 2009!) and that the numbers you write (digits and words) match. Also, if you make your cheque out to anything other than Bailey's Local Foods the bank won't cash it. We need you to sign it too! Please help us to avoid these costly errors.

You need to bring your own bags to carry your items home. We have boxes, but do not have any plastic bags. A limited number of cloth bags will be available for sale.

If possible, consider walking, biking or bringing a wagon to pick up your order. If you are driving, please Park in the Waterloo Town Square Public Parking Lot. You can access the Waterloo Town Square Parking Lot by Caroline Street, Alexandra Avenue, Willis Way or King Street by the LCBO.  

**Please don't forget to pick up your order! At approximately 6:00PM, if you have not picked up your order, if we have a phone we will call the number you provided (when you registered) with a friendly reminder. At 6:00PM we will pack up your order and add the $15 packing fee to your order total. If you have not picked up your order by 6:30PM (or when we finish cleaning up) your order will be donated - and you still get the pleasure of paying for it. We need to receive payment for this week's order before you can order for the following week.

If you are not happy with what you receive, all claims for missing/damaged items must be made at the pick-up site before 6:00PM that same day. After 6:00PM all sales are final.

Thank you,
Rachael and Nina
Bailey's Local Foods
www.baileyslocalfoods.ca
 

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Plan for Friday September 4th

Hi Folks,

We have bad news. First United has had a tragic death in their community and needs the gym for a funeral and reception on Friday.  We considered closing because it feels nearly impossible to find another location nearby with access to fridges and a freezer. 

But this is the last week for PEACHES! Also, Selema has raised chemical free sweet corn for us and it would be a shame to let it rot in the fields. 

So... we will be selling a FEW FRUITS and SWEET CORN from the Public Square in front of Waterloo Town Square!  The City of Waterloo has generously offered us the space and tables and tents for free this week!

Extended Ordering Window until Wednesday 1:30 PM
For those who submitted an order this week all items but those listed below have been removed from your current order. If you want your chance to order the year's last local peaches, ORDER MORE SWEET CORN (the price is lower now than any other week and it IS your chance to freeze it) or to delete your order, you can change your order until Wed at 1:30 pm.  Here is what is available this week:
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Tomatoes
  • Roses
  • Sweet Corn

Sounds like good materials for a still life portrait.

So come meet us at the WATERLOO PUBLIC SQUARE on Friday. We'll have some extra 3L baskets of fruit and dozens of corn for sale so tell your office-mates that they can stop at the Public Square 3:30-6:00 PM (Note shorter hours!) to pick up some fresh sweet corn and peaches. Sounds like you can also get veggie dogs now from the vendor near the bell sculpture. Friday supper?

Read more about the public square at http://www.city.waterloo.on.ca/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=2373&CalendarPage=3&Mid=5766

This week we will not be printing pick up slips. There will be a list of names, items ordered and a spot for you to initial that you received and paid for your order.

If you need a copy of your order, Rachael can email one to you or you can log in to see what you have ordered.

With lo
ve and perseverance,
Nina

Bailey's Local Foods
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bailey's Local Foods - Friday, September 4th changes

Due to circumstances beyond our control we do not have use of the First United Church this Friday, September 4th.

We are working on making alternate arrangements to get some of this amazing local food to you. We will give you more details when we have them.

This is a week where there is lots of sweet corn that has been grown for us and also the last week for peaches, so we will try to arrange a way for you to get some of this lovely food to you. We will not be able to offer fridge and freezer items.

We will keep you posted.

Respectfully,
Rachael
Bailey's Local Foods
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Ordering for September 4 ends Tuesday at 8:00 PM

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I've learned that the order form is never completely finished on Saturdays. There are always changes and additions as we hear more from our farmers and suppliers as their fruits and vegetables grow. I was very lucky to talk on the phone with Paul and Lena as well as Noah and email with Antony, Debbie and Karen this week about what they have to offer.

Notes for This Week:

Subcategories
Look for subcategories under the main categories. If you hadn't noticed them yet, you can now check out the beef, pork, cheese and other products that you may have been missing!

Palatine Fruits
The following is a note from Mary Jane about the soft fruits and tomatoes we will have this week:

This week may bring a difficult decision on which peach you may want to try. We have an interesting story of two cousins who apparently had quite a spirit of competition between them! Each one would compete in trying to create the best peach for quality, colour, texture, size, freestone, disease resistance....and the list goes on! This week we offer a peach from each of the cousins. We have the PF 24 peach from Paul Friday and the Glowing Star from his cousin (whose name is unknown)! Here is the story as Rene tells it:
 
The Friday cousins from South Western Michigan are some special fellows. Located in the Michigan fruit belt approx. one hour from Chicago they lead two of the three remaining private peach breeding programs in the USA.

The one, Paul, developed what became the "Flaming Fury" series of hardy commercial peach varieties. The names are rather "insipid" compared to the "Stellar" series of his brother; they start with a PF (Paul Friday) and a number behind it according to ripening time. PF 24 is grown at Palatine; we believe its a super peach with sometimes enormous size; always good flavour and free stone (will have to prove that this year first). The PF series propagation rights have been exclusively sold to some large nurseries; it is therefore impossible for us to graft them ourselves; we can however purchase trees from the above nurseries ( plants can be "owned" by companies legally; the question is: should we really be able to own a life form??)

His cousin's story is quite different (the first name is not known to us; his daughter Annette and son in law Randy are our contacts; they manage the 300+ acre farm today). Annette's father looked very seriously at major improvements in commercial peach cultivars; he was looking forward to pursue peach breeding full time after his retirement from active farming. According to Annette's reports the house was filled with baby peach trees in leaf during every winter time (new seedlings and breeding stock).

Mr. Friday senior became ill soon after retirement and passed away very suddenly. He left behind a series of peach varieties which became known as the Stellar peaches; widely recognized and highly esteemed amongst orchardists from coast to coast in the US and Canada. His children are still evaluating his latest developments and are actively breeding more for the future. At Palatine we grow All Star, Star Fire, Glowing Star and Coral Star at the present time. Others will be added in the future.

We are proud to present the fruit of the strenuous labour of the Fridays to our customers. In a time where plant breeding becomes the work of faceless corporations in pursuit of the mighty dollar first it is refreshing to see two old farmers' passion being recognized by North America's grower community.
 
Greetings,
Rene

"The finest growth that farmland can produce is a careful farmer".   Wendell Berry
 
So there you have it......good luck choosing!
 
We also have more of the Early Italian plums. The Early Italian plum is a 'prune' plum and thus has a hint of prune flavour with it that many are looking for. It is also the best plum for cooking and canning! It is a smaller plum with an oval shape to it.
 
The Bartlett pears is known for being 'the' pear for canning. When it ripens is has a soft yellow skin and a juicy creamy texture. (Please note that pears ripen from the inside out. If it is very ripe on the outside it may already be rotting on the inside!). The pears will be a little on the hard side if you want them this week. If you want them a little softer and closer to ripe (for canning) then you may want to consider waiting until next week!
 
Just a reminder - All the fruit we get from Eva and Rene are 'tree run'. We do this to avoid the sorting station that insists on fungicidal baths, fuzz removal (peaches) and paraffin wax coatings!. This means some fruit will be larger and some smaller, some more ripe and some less ripe, some firsts and some seconds, all in the same box!
 
We have the Purple Russian tomato which is similar in shape and size to a roma tomato but they are purple! They present lovely in a salad! We also have a red field tomato that does not officially have a name. But we know the seed dates back as far as Abe Lincoln so people have fondly ordered them as the 'Abe Lincoln' tomato!
 
We will once again have cut roses for the introductory price of $15 per dozen! It may be the traditional Tea roses or it may be the Antique rose that is new to North America!  (There may also be a limit on the quantity available.) The Antique rose is a little different looking then the traditional Tea Rose we are accustom to. The Antique rose is meant to have a large center rose that opens accompanied by several side buds which may or may not open. This offers contrast for bouquets! Both the Tea and Antique roses have a lovely fragrance. The roses grown in hot houses have been bred for longevity since they never know when they will be purchased. Hot house roses usually have a thicker leaf/petal to accomplish this characteristic! But when they do this they have to give up the fragrance. You cannot have fragrance and extreme longevity in the same rose! Once again, because this is the first year for Palatine to offer cut roses Rene expressed that he would appreciate honest feedback on what you thought of your roses!


See you on Friday,
Rachael
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