Friday, December 11, 2009

Bailey's Updates for the December 21 order

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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.

How are you enjoying this snow?

Yesterday was the perfect day for building a snowman. And the kids and I did. We used a carrot for her nose and while trying to decide what to use for other decorations we found our bag of heartnut shells (they are so pretty that I keep them). They were perfect for eyes, mouth and buttons. I found an old scarf and trimmed some branches for the arms and the kids declared that CarrotCake the snow girl was done! I hear that today's snow is better suited for snow angels. I'm staying inside in the warm, I think.

Lost Mittens
I needed to dig out my warm mitts yesterday as mine got wet rather quickly while shovelling. This reminded me of the pair of mittens that were left at the November pickup. If you lost a pair of knit mittens please let me know so that I can get them back to you.

Spiced Carrot Soup
Last night I rushed out the door to take my daughter to ballet and suggested that spicy carrot soup might be nice for dinner. While I was gone, Andrew fried us some onion, then added carrots and potatoes just covered them with water to cook, added ginger, red curry paste and coconut milk, salt and sugar and  pureed it all. The result was super yummy. I'd share theexact recipe, but there isn't one. Andrew's suggested garnish was salted peanuts from Kernal, thought the garlic ones would have been great too.

Pre Packing Orders
There have been quite a few emails about the missing pre packing option on our order from. In November we had about 30 pre packed orders requested. With only a few people to help packing, we did not fill all the pre packed orders in time (before 5pm). I'm about to put it back on with a maximum of 20 and will change the pricing to
$5 for orders over $200; $10 for orders $100-$200 and $15 for orders less than $100.

I also want to take this opportunity to remind you that we are only able to pre pack the fresh and non-perishable items on your order. Due to health regulations we can not pre pack items that need refrigeration. This includes meat, cheese, yogurt and most prepared foods. You can ask for help in collecting these items when you arrive, or you can collect them yourself and when you go through the checkout we will check through your order to ensure that you got everything. If you choose to do self checkout please do make sure that you got all the items that you ordered.

Out of Stock
Lena called to say that she only had Rosemary and Frozen Butternut Squash (now in the 'vegetables' section) still available. If you ordered:
  • Beets Red bag - 2 lb - you can change your order and buy them from Miriam and Mervin Gingerich
  • Herbs Stevia bunch - not available! too cold!
  • Rutabaga Big rutabaga you can change your order and buy them from Edward W. and Selema Martin
  • Acorn Squash you can change your order and buy them from Miriam and Mervin Gingeric
Mapleton's Yogurt
I know that there is a new yogurt on the order from this month from Local Dairy, but before we knew we would be able to offer it to you we pre-ordered what we thought was enough Mapleton's Organic yogurt for you this month based on your orders from last month. I'd like to sell it all to you instead of having it go to waste so I'm offering a sale on a few varieties and the maximums are online too so that you can see what we still need to sell. This is a concern only when we are running the Buying Club monthly based on the lead time needed to milk the cows and make the yogurt. Next month we'll order less and indicate the maximums on the order form. I hope that you can help me by making sure we sell out of Mapleton's Yogurt this month!

Food that Really Schmecks
Clare Hitchens has generously offered to donate a couple copies of Food that Really Schmecks for our members. If you want to win a copy please go to the 'other' section of our order form and check the *Draw Entry box. We'll pick randomly from those who have selected that item and give the books out at the December 21 pickup. Here is some info about Clare and why she has decided to share these books with you!

Wilfrid Laurier University Press has been publishing books since 1974 and often publishing books since 1974 and often publishes books of local interest. When we were working on Edna Staebler's Diaries (Must Write) we were lucky enough to acquire the rights to her first local cookbook, Food That Really Schmecks, first published in 1968 and long out of print. Staebler was a journalist and writer who moved in with a Mennonite family to research the book. As with all the people in her life, they soon became fast and life-long friends. Our agreement with Edna was that we could reprint the cookbook, as long as we agreed to keep it in print. The spirit of Bailey's Local Food Club reminds me of the community that Edna became part of as she wrote the cookbook, and since I spent hours reading it when I was a child, as much for her humorous anecdotes as for her simple but delicious local recipes, I thought it an appropriate contribution.
Clare Hitchens, WLU Press Publicist, Bailey's Local Food Club Member

Bone Broth
Marg Steele, who sells us lamb through Traditional Foods was wondering why our customers weren't buying more of the 'bone in' lamb. I asked her why we should and she wrote the following email to share with you:

If you are looking to get more from your grocery dollar, I encourage you to buy cuts of meat with the bone in. Use the bones to make bone broth for your soups, stews and gravies. You can also braise your vegetables in broth and cook rice with broth.

There are numerous health benefits to using bone broth. As the bones cook in the water, minerals and other nutrients leach out of the bones and into the water, especially if the water has been made a bit acidic by adding apple cider vinegar. Homemade broth is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other trace minerals. These minerals are now more easily absorbed by the body.

Making broth is very easy. Begin with bones, some pieces of meat and vegetables, cold water and a splash apple cider vinegar. Heat the broth slowly and once it begins to boil, turn it down to a simmer. If scum rises to the surface skim it off with a spoon. Scum usually appears as it is boiling. Let the broth simmer all day, especially for chicken, turkey or beef or lamb bones. The longer it simmers the more flavour and gelatin are extracted from the bones and vegetables. Gelatin helps to support the connective tissue in your body and helps your hair and fingernails to grow. Broth should be strained after cooking. Chill the broth to remove the fat if you so desire. Stock will keep for several days in the fridge or may be frozen in plastic containers or ice cube trays. It may have a jelly-like consistency which is just fine. Now it is ready to add to any recipe that calls for broth or you can add it to the cooking water of your vegetables and rice!

For more information on the health benefits of bone broth or for specific recipes google 'bone broths' and enjoy!

Marg Steele
Steele Wool Farm

Organic Apple Sauce!
Pete of Apple Creek Farms has made some apple sauce from his organically grown apples (they are transitional this year and next year will be fully certified!) and is offering it to you in 1 L jars or in cases (it's like getting 2 jars free!). You'll find it in the ''preserves' section with some other yummies.

I never understood why Nina's emails were so long. Now I'm guilty of the same! I hope that you're still awake and reading.

See you on the 21st!
Bailey's Local Foods

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