Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Bailey's Local Foods ordering ends at 8:00 pm on Tuesday July 20th + BULK shelled peas for freezing!

This is your reminder that you should place your order before 8:00 pm Tuesday, July 20th for pickup on Friday, July 23rd.

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*** Mark Sunday, August 15th on you calendar for Bailey's Picnic Pot Luck in Waterloo Park! We have reserved the Servery by the Bandshell for our group! More details to come!

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.

Message from Rachael:

Please be sure to order enough for two weeks as we will not have a pickup on Friday July 30th (before the long weekend). Get enough for your outings and parties!

This afternoon we got word that there will be 10 lb bags of shelled peas available on Friday! These are not grown with any sprays and brought to us by Jan and Mary Jane who bring us the lovely fruit from Palatine in Niagara.

A reminder of the best way to let your peaches ripen without spoiling (from previous years): To prevent bruising, peaches are not completely ripe. Spread them out on newspaper on their side or bottom (not stem down) and they'll ripen over the next few days.

A few notes from Mary Jane:

Available for Friday July 23rd are APRICOTS, PLUMS AND PEACHES!!
The apricots are gradually increasing in size as we progress further into the season! The secret to a good apricot is to let it ripen on the tree (tough to do when it is coming from California!). Rene said they have to be very particular when picking the apricots because you just have to know the right 'feel' to know that it is ready. Rene and another trusted worker are the only two allowed to pick the Apricots on their farm!
We have yellow plums available. The plums may still be the Early Golden plums but we may also move into the Shiro plums. We are just in between the two varieties of plums.
This week we have a peach called Garnet Beauty. The Garnet beauty is a medium-large, semi-freestone peach with red blushed, yellow skin and yellow flesh with red streaks. It is a very good eating peach!
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 all in the same box. Eva and Rene let our fruit ripen on the tree much longer than if they were to pick it for the shippers! The shippers want green fruit and we want tree ripened fruit!!


I just got a phone call from the farmer of the peas! He said the peas will be available this week!!
Many of you have been patiently awaiting word on when we will have peas this year...here they are! The peas are organic (not certified) and have no sprays. They come in 10 pound bags (they do not come in a smaller size). They will be picked, shelled and packed on ice on Friday so they will be VERY fresh! Please remember the shelled peas spoil easily so they need to be eaten or frozen as soon as possible.
Peas are very easy to freeze so you can have them all winter long. If you spread them on a cookie sheet to freeze them, they come apart easily and can then be put into smaller portions to meet your families needs!


Nina says that you can even freeze the peas as they are in the bag and then whack them on something to release some tension and the peas you need for dinner throughout the winter. We hope to offer these once more this summer, but this may be our only chance!

A few notes regarding items for Friday:
  • BULK shelled peas available this week!!!
  • There will be no bread from Polestar, baked goods from Magnolia or food from Meals That Heal this week. Meals That Heal (who delivers the bounty from Guelph) will be super busy at the Hillside Festival this weekend! Visit them and say 'hi' if you are there too!
  • Lester and Irene's lettuce heads are not well. They hope to have more lettuce for September, but for now Julia and Shane from Under Ground Organics will be growing lettuce for us!
  • Oak Manor items are not available this week. Sorry that a few items stayed on the order form in error.
  • We will be ordering from McKechnie Foods, J&D Peters and Barrie Brothers this week. Stock up on soft tortillas, chips, pasta and noodles as well as the new pickled products from Barrie Brothers. The Asparagus salsa got rave reviews last week!
  • Zach who is picking for Walker's organic blueberries is giving us a deal on flats of 12 pints! Check it out if you like blueberries!
  • Pickling Cukes are available in half bushels with and without dill!

Have a great week
Bailey's Local Foods

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