Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bailey's Buying Club - Ordering for Friday May 27th still open!

Click http://baileyslocalfoods.ca/ordering to log-in and order. Ordering closes at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, May 24th.
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 Friday May 27th between 3:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Ordering will end on Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 at 8:00 PM

An email from Rachael:

Hi Everyone,

My daughter asked on Saturday if May showers bring April flowers? I pointed out the lovely flowers that the April showers did bring (yay for flowers!) and also that I hoped that these May showers would bring us lots of fruits and vegetables in June and July! Its hard to be positive in cold and rainy unseasonal May weather.

Eggs are coming today!
You might still have a chance to get some if you let us know at http://tinyurl.com/mayeggs.

Traditional Foods' eggs are nutrient dense Omega Plus eggs. Five Star Seeds from Chesley, ON supply our chicken feed. The feed comes from home grown crops, and from pre-mixes from Bio-Ag of Wellesley ON. See www.bio-ag.com. Our chickens are fed GMO Free crops, and some organic feed, with kelp and flax seed as part of their ration. Our chickens are free-run, indoors. Besides GMO free, their feed is also hormone, drug, and animal by-product free.

Asparagus time!
We stopped by Martin's Family Fruit Farm on Saturday (in the rain) to pick up the last of their Honey Crisp apples (they had a limited amount after finding a bin in the cooler!!!). While we were there, Andrew picked up some local asparagus and fiddleheads (Mmmm... delish!). If you're looking for asparagus and don't have it in your own garden, definitely find some before the 27th when you pick up your first order (we'll have lots then!) Go to Martin's or Barrie's Asparagus Farm or Seven Shores (right in town) to get local asparagus. You may pay a bit more than you would at the grocery store, but Tim Barrie's asparagus has all green stems, so you don't have to cut off the white from the bottom... the price might be more comparable if you take that into account!

Only order for ONE week!
I started my order this month and had to stop what I was doing quite quickly. Over the winter I've gotten used to ordering 4 tubs of yogurt and 7 pints of grape tomatoes to last our family a whole month, but now that we're going back to weekly pickups I need to change that mindset. If you made the same mistake that I did, please double check your order amounts! The yogurt will last, and we do love big orders, but why fill up your fridge when you can pick up more fresh food on June 3rd?

See Bailey's in print:
  • The Buy Local! Buy Fresh! 2011 map has just been delivered by Foodlink! We will have copies on hand at our pickups - please make sure to get yours if you don't already have one.
  • The current issue of Taste Magazine is out. We are lucky enough to be featured in one of the articles about Local Programs connecting farmers and city customers - The amazing photos from one of our pickups last summer sure make local food look sexy! You can check out the magazine cover at http://www.grandmagazine.ca/tastehome.html
A few ordering notes:
  • Gordon's Goat Dairy will be on a 4 week delivery schedule over the summer. We will be closing ordering for their cheeses on Wednesday May 18th at noon so that we can have it delivered for this pick up. Don't miss out on the tastiest goat cheese ever! It's amazing melted in an omelet and easy to stock up on enough to keep you happy until June 17th!
  • Stemmler's tasty sausages, deli meats, wieners and prepared food has been added back to the order. The Jumbo Natural Beef Wieners are amazing cooked over a bonfire - Yum! No nitrates either!
  • We have a limited amount of organic lean ground beef from Vibrant Farms available. Stock up to make your own patties for the BBQ season!
  • Nutty Bakers items are temporarily unavailable. We'll let you know when we are offering Anna's products again
Here are a few more items and events we thought you might be interested in:
  • This Saturday's Annual Seedling Sale at Little City Farm - Saturday, May 21 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    At Little City Farm, 508 Duke St W, Kitchener. Exciting 9th Annual seedling sale, offering thousands of seedlings and so much more. Cash only. Please bring a box/wagon/basket to carry your seedling purchases home.
  • 2nd annual Waterloo Chicken Coop Tour - Saturday, May 28 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
    A free event for the whole family! You can visit five locations in Waterloo. Pick up a map at the Waterloo Public Square on the tour day. Contact waterloohens@yahoo.ca or waterloocooptour.com for more details. Check out their poster at http://baileyslocalfoods.ca/files/Waterloo_coop_tour_2011.pdf
  • The opening of the Thursday farmers' market in the Waterloo Public Square has been postponed to May 26
  • Local Food, Imported Workers - http://www.wrfoodsystem.ca/kpl
    May 24 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at KPL Forest Heights Branch
  • 3rd Mayor's Forum (Waterloo) on Building Resilient Communities
    Sat. June 18 - all-day event. Register at TransitionKW: http://transitionkw.ca/transition.html
  • Car Free Sundays in Waterloo and Kitchener is coming! There are plans to close King Street on 4 Sunday afternoons (11am-3pm): Father's Day, June 19, July 17, Aug. 14, and Sept. 18.
  • Check out this CBC book list on living sustainably: http://www.cbc.ca/books/2011/01/make-or-break-five-books-to-help-you-live-more-sustainably.html
  • Food related movies at Princess Cinemas:
Have fun until we see you again,
Rachael and Maryrose,
Bailey's Local Foods

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