Saturday, June 11, 2011

Bailey's Buying Club - Ordering is now open for Friday June 17th

Click to log-in and order. Ordering closes at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, June 14th
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 June 17th between 3:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Ordering will end on Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Free Movie passes for Forks over Knives - Final week!
Princess Cinemas is running a food/nutrition documentary entitled "Forks Over Knives" which is playing June 17-23 and they want to give two free movie passes to one of our members! Here is some information on the film: If you would like to win the passes, please add a draw entry to your shopping cart - look for it in the 'other' section. We will accept one entry per household and will draw an entry at random for pickup at the June 17th pickup!

From Rachael:

After tonight's pickup I came home to a group of about ten - five to seven year old girls making banana boats around a bonfire in the backyard. This was my daughter's Sparks group who decided to hold their camping adventure inside tonight due to the crazy weather lately. We offered our backyard for some of their outside fun - banana boats cooked in the oven just aren't the same! After they left it was the perfect excuse to eat a smoked farmer's sausage cooked over the fire for dinner - The sliced tomato from Floralane tasted amazing on the side! A couple mashmallows for dessert were a great treat too!

If you ordered this week I hope that you appreciated the amazing heads of lettuce from Brenda Knechtel! Wow were they lovely - big enough to make salad wraps with! Other lovely looking produce included the green and red spring onions from Paul Bowman and the awesome asparagus too! We should have asparagus from Barrie's Asparagus for a few more weeks, but the organic asparagus farmers seems to be about done now... Hopefully this will give them more time to pick strawberries (hopefully we'll find some on the Spontaneous Table this Friday)! Right now most of the local strawberries are coming from the Simcoe area, but we'll have some awesome no spray and organic strawberries very soon!

Do you love herbs? The selection of herbs right now is growing. Look for some yummy ones from Elvina Bauman, Brenda Knechtel and Candace of Transpire Organics. We've been enjoying the oregano, tarragon and chives from or garden already!

Garlic Scapes - Harbinger of Spring!
Are you out of garlic? If you need some garlic flavour to punch up your dishes, consider trying garlic scapes! These mild tips that grow from hardneck garlic bulbs are tasty in salads, in scrambled eggs, as a garnish on rice or sauteed with pasta. By cutting the scape from the bulb, the farmer encourages the bulb to grow better. If you have lots in your garden (or really love the scapes from Paul Bowman) you can make them into pesto! How? Grind the scapes with roasted nuts (almonds, walnuts or pine nuts), olive oil (Sunflower and Canola could work great too), Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste, maybe even some lemon... now put it on everything! It will go amazingly with tomatoes, pasta, pizza...

New longer ordering period!
Have you had a hard time getting your order in with such a short ordering period? We're getting more organized and we're able to open the order form on Tuesday nights from now on! This means that the order form will only be closed for a few hours on Tuesday night while we are contacting the farmers. The order form will be a work in progress from Tuesday to Friday, so keep checking back to see what we're able to add! I'm currently adding more flavoured chocolate bars from Katerina at Anna Tolazzi. Choose your flavours or buy the five pack to get a great deal and a sample of a few of the tasty treats!

What do you want to see on the Spontaneous Table?
We asked our Facebook followers what they want to see on the Spontaneous Table and already we are making changes to accommodate the requests! Today we had Tomato seconds from Floralane available and this week there are a limited number of croissants available from Golden Hearth - these are the real thing - nothing pre-made or frozen about them! Feel free to send us suggestions of products you want to see and we'll do what we can to make your local food wishes come true!

Please remember to order from these amazing suppliers this week.
  • Gordon's Goat Dairy - Read their story at and try their cheeses - Mmmmm!
  • McKechnie - The BEST tortillas and chips... ever!
  • J&D Peters - Whole wheat pasta that doesn't take getting used to!
  • Rounds Brand Beans - A great alternative to canned beans!
Here are some upcoming events you might enjoy:
  • Grand Porch Party is this Sunday, June 12th from 3 to 5 pm - Details at
  • 3rd Mayor's Forum (Waterloo) on Building Resilient Communities - Be sure to register for the final event of the Mayor's Forum Series on Building Resilient Communities! It happens Saturday, June 18th in the Turret at Wilfrid Laurier University! Costs have been lowered to only $15 (with a 20% discount or more for those that need it.) Registration details at (and an awesome 7 minute video of what happened at the first event) and
For the love of local food,
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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