Monday, September 12, 2011

Bailey's Local Foods ordering open until 8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 13th

This is a reminder that you should place your order before 8:00 pm Tuesday September 13th for pickup on Friday September 16th.
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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.

Upcoming Bailey's Friday Pickup Dates include: 16, 23, 30, October 7th
No Bailey's Pickup on October 14
and after that we'll be running on Mondays twice monthly until the year's end.

A Message from Rachael:

Hello All,

After a chilly week we've had the most gorgeous weekend! I hope that you enjoyed it!

Taste Local! Taste Fresh!
Foodlink's signature culinary event Taste Local! Taste Fresh! is only days away. The good news is that there are still some tickets left and the long-term weather forecast is even looking good. There's a lot of excitement brewing as the chefs and farms prepare to greet you with a stunning line-up of local food creations. This year's event on Sunday, September 18 is shaping up to be the best ever.
If you haven't already purchased your tickets, don't delay! We have some on the Bailey's website in the 'other' section or you can purchase tickets on-line from foodlink at or call 519-513-8998. All proceeds from the event go towards Foodlink in our effort to support local food and local farms.
Hope to see you there!

Homemade Grape Juice
Sunday my dad and kids were on the front porch preparing grapes to make grape juice. Picking grapes off of the stem is a perfect job for little hands and if they eat a few it's no big deal (and really yummy!) Until a few years back I thought the only way to make grape juice was to squeeze the grapes (or crush them like Lucy and Desi did). While the resulting crushed juice is lovely and yummy, it's so much easier to can grape juice with the grapes in the jar. Super yummy too. Last year I made purple juice from the Sovereign Coronation grapes and this year we'll make white juice with the Muscat grapes. Last year's recipe called for 2 cups grapes, 1/2 cup sugar (I used 1/4 cup) and enough boiling water to fill a jar, then process for 10 minutes (plus proper sterilization and handling). The instructions that I used last year are archived at, but today I found a video ( that simplifies the process even more! She doesn't even suggest using a water bath, but you can follow her procedures then process your jars to ensure everything is sterile!

Special Diets? School rules? We can help!
Do you or the kids have food restrictions? Have you been told that your children have to bring nut free foods to school? New Moon cookies are great for school lunches as they are nut and dairy free (and the Mackies are Gluten Free - as all macaroons should be!)

Also, many chocolate bars from Anna Tolazzi are vegan and soy free if you can't have dairy and still want a decadent treat. You'd best try these flavours:
  • Maharaja
  • Summer Solstice
  • Ella
  • Aceto
  • Dragon Pearls
  • Blueberry Tea
  • Arabian Nights
  • Margarete
Katharina just made a new chocolate bar called Don Juan that is also vegan and soy free. You'll be seduced by maple glazed, roasted walnuts with a sprinkling of sun dried lime flakes in a 63% bittersweet chocolate (even the packaging is wonderful!!!)

If you have other dietary restrictions let us know and we can provide you with ingredient lists (though some are already online at

Ratatouille made simple!
Catherine was nice enough to share a quick and easy recipe for Ratatouille (but I'd suggest adding lavender to it!) She wrote:
Here's my recipe! Yes, the traditional method of making ratatouille is just way too time consuming. I've simplified it to go in one pot.
Almost everything was from Bailey's. Even the feta. So yummy. Will try it next time over quinoa.

Some items to look for this week!
  • Paul Bowman has apples from his trees and pie pumpkins (not pumpkin pies) available
  • Organic Sunflower oil from FlorAlp Farms - freshly pressed, lots available again! So good!
  • Sparkling Apple Cider from The Cider Keg. A sweet treat with no added sugar!
  • Order McKechnie Tortillas, J&D Peters Pasta, Jamestown Mills GF Flours, and Barrie's Asparagus Crackers, preserves and other great products this week!
  • Stock up on dried beans from Rounds Beans to make your favourite chili or soup!
  • Brenda Knechtal is offering bulk tomatillos - if you roast then freeze them you can have sweet and tangy yumminess in the winter!
  • LCBO's Food & Drink Magazine came out last week. If you have a copy check out the last page for a spotlight on Pristine Gourmet! Congratulations Jason! We're happy to stock his oils, wine vinegars and sauces!
  • From Palatine we have nectarines and MORE peaches as well as grapes and plums this week!
  • Dreaming of pesto? Save some for winter with bulk herbs from Transpire - basil, cilantro and curly parsley available by the shopping bag!
  • Bulk organic beef from Vibrant can fill your freezer all winter. Need more details? Send us a quick email!
  • Kevin at Snyder Heritage Farms now has whole heritage turkeys available in limited supply. They are a Bronze Opal breed with lovely black feathers (Psst - it's time to start thinking about Thanksgiving turkeys!)

Maryrose and Rachael
Bailey's Local Foods

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