Friday, April 1, 2011

Bailey's Buying Club - Ordering is now open for Monday April 18th

Click to log-in and order. Ordering closes at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 12th
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).

Items you order are to be picked up at First United Church on Monday April 18th between 3:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Ordering will end on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 at 8:00 PM

***Please note - Our LAST MONDAY pickup is April 18. Weekly Friday Pickups will resume May 27th.

Oh WOW, is Spring ever great! Sure, it doesn't look like it outside today, but it was warm enough on Tuesday for a nice walk without too many layers and the snow is keeping all the bulbs and perennials warm until the weather cooperates.

Last Tuesday (before the crazy snow) we spent a lot of the day outside. We raked the leaves on the boulevard back onto the flower beds, fixed the hoop house so that it was covered again after some bitter winter wind blew the plastic off and we peeked. Under the leaf mold (not so gross as it sounds - just the layer of leaves on the garden beds) there was mint and lavender, lovely strawberry leaves too! In the herb garden the parsley was still pretty green.

Another awesome thing about Spring is all the great food that is making a comeback! We had salad greens from Paul Bowman Tuesday with dinner and they were amazingly sweet. The grape tomatoes from Floralane are like candy! Asparagus will be coming in May!

Paul wanted to send his apologies for the size of the green garlic. As we progress into the season they will only get bigger.

Planning for Easter
Easter is rather late this year. I am hoping spring will make it in time to have an outdoor egg hunt. Traditional Foods has ham roasts available for your Easter dinner. Krista, of From These Roots has put her Apricot Honeysuckle Jam and Cranberry Amaretto Jam on sale. Both make a great condiment for ham.

Here are two recipes from Krista::
Easter Ham Apricot Honeysuckle Glaze
  • Heat 1/2 cup of From These Roots Apricot Honeysuckle Jam in a sauce pan
  • over medium heat
  • Add 2 tbsp of Dijon Mustard and 3/4 tsp of ground ginger until well blended.
  • Remove from heat and brush glaze in during the last 20 minutes of cooking.
Easter Ham Roast with From These Roots Ontario Jam
  • Place a baked ham in a large dutch oven or crock pot and cover with Ontario apple juice and a sprig of rosemary and simmer at 325 degrees for 10-15 minutes per pound.
  • Remove ham and drain 2 cups of juice into a small sauce pan and reduce with 2 tbsp of Apricot Honeysuckle or Cranberry Amaretto Jam until thick.
  • Spread over ham and bake in oven for 10 minutes.
  • Allow to cool before serving so juices will settle and use remainder of the glaze as a condiment.

Speaking of Easter, instead of using commercial dye for your eggs try boiling them in local yellow or red onion skins, or for a vibrant red colour use beets. Enjoy all the egg salad afterward! We hope that there are enough eggs for everyone this month!

Katharina sent along a beautiful selection of Easter chocolates for display on Monday. Did you have a chance to look at them? They will be added to the offering list in the next day or so. Don't forget to order you and your family some lovely treats from Anna Tolazzi. She needs the orders early as they are time consuming to make, so please order these first as we'll have to cut off orders for the chicks, hens and bunnies before the rest of ordering closes. Photos will be posted on our facebook page at soon!

Bailey's will be attending and sponsoring many events over the month of April. Earth Day and Spring inspire many organizations and groups to host wonderful local events. Check out these:
  • This Saturday April 2nd is the first of three Saturdays of the Mayor's Forum Series on Building Resilient Communities. Please sign up at if you are interested in attending this important event! Subsequent dates are May 7 and June 18.
  • April 16th - Come Explore: The "How" and "Why" of Local Food - Tickets $10. Space Limited. Reserve tickets at or 519 579-1646 (Men welcome too). Proceeds go to Waterloo Region Food Bank. More information at or contact
  • April 16th 1 pm - 3 pm- Earth-tastic is a free event at Starlight
  • April 20th - KCI 's Earthfest 2011
One last thing. If you lost a pink mitten at the January pickup we have it and would love to return it to you!

Rachael and Maryrose,
Bailey's Local Foods

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

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