Friday, December 27, 2013

Bailey's ordering for Monday January 13th is open! **order enough for 3 weeks!

Click https://100milesystems.com/baileyslocalfoods.ca/login.php to log-in and order.

Items that you have placed in your shopping cart will be ordered on your behalf TUESDAY January 7th at 8pm for pickup on MONDAY January 13th at First United Church, Waterloo *Order enough for 3 weeks!*
There is no checkout button. If you do not intend to order, please ensure that your shopping cart is empty.

Upcoming dates:
Monday January 13th
Monday February 3rd and 24th

A message from Rachael:

I know, I know. We've barely had the December pickup and I'm already taking about January? Well, I just want to remind you that the order form is already open (and has been for a week!) so that if you think of amazing local food that you need or are close to running out of local oil, snacks or need extra veggies to fuel that resolution, if you are really glad you got three heads of lettuce or tubs of yogurt, you can add them to your order now so that it will already be in your shopping basket when ordering closes on January 7th.

I also want to talk about the storage veggies that often get forgotten. We never seem to forget carrots, potatoes or onions, but  what about Jerusalem Artichokes, Parsnips, Daikon Radish and Rutabaga?
  • Parsnips - Great roasted, but for a change you can make Spiced Parsnip & Chocolate Chunk Cake if you are feeling adventurous! I'd recommend a shallower pan and maybe half of the sugar that the recipe calls for. It was a hit with adults and kids alike!
  • Jerusalem Artichokes (aka Sunchokes) - My favourite description is from my neighbour: "I got Jerusalem artichokes this time. They're amazing! Like the most delicate potato with definitely artichoke flavour. I'm delighted." How to cook them? Oven broil them like you would potato wedges/healthy fries (recommended by Martha Wideman), mash them with some potatoes for more texture and taste! They can even be eaten raw is salads or stir frys!
  • Daikon Radish - A Milder radish and another awesome low starch root vegetable! Angie from Fertile Ground says:
    Dear Daikon Radish,
    You have been a sadly neglected vegetable on my plate until quite recently. I have not adequately appreciated how much freshness and satisfying crunch you can add to an otherwise over-starchy winter root diet.
    With new-found respect,
    Your Farmer

  • Garlic - January is a great time to stock up! Keep the bulbs cold and dark to avoid sprouts!
  • Not a root vegetable, but remember squash! An great colour to add to your plate through the winter. We love Spaghetti Squash!
Another thing to think about - you can store all these amazing veggies in your fridge or cold cellar (open the bag and let them breathe a bit, or better yet, put them in some soil!) but sometimes our farmers sell out, so you might want to get enough of your favourites to last until the next growing season starts!

Enjoy the season,
Maryrose and Rachael
Bailey's Local Foods
baileyslocalfoods.ca
KW's Online Farmers Market
 Twitter
 Facebook  

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

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Upcoming dates:
Monday January 13th
Monday February 3rd and 24th
Monday March 24th
Monday April 14th
FRIDAY May 9th

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Artisan Market Vendors - December 23rd, 2013

We are excited to invite local artisans to bring their amazing items to you in the month of December. Please join us and invite your friends to come and do some not entirely last minute shopping!

Monday December 23rd from 3:30 to 7pm!


We are in Hilliard Hall at the First United Church, Waterloo. 
The Street Address in 16 William Street West in Waterloo, but our entrance is off Caroline, opposite Alexandra Ave. 
Please park in the UpTown Waterloo Parking Lot behind the LCBO and enter by the glass doors.

Esther Devries-Lasby - Pottery





Esther Devries-Lasby is a local potter who is on a mission. Her mission is to eliminate plastic. More.  specifically, she would like to provide you an alternative to the plastic milk jug in your fridge. Esther has developed a clay milk jug that keeps milk cold while on the counter and, well, looks a lot prettier. Milk jugs are not all that Esther makes. She has a variety of functional pots from mugs to bowls and serving pieces.


Your Time Boutique  - Beeswax Candles 
 Our premium line of beeswax candles is made in-house. We use top quality Canadian beeswax to make them. They burn well! http://www.yourtimeboutique.com/



Krista Harrington - Preserves and felt critters

Krista raises sheep and make cute critters from their wool
www.FromTheseRoots.ca 


Loopeeeee - Fibre Arts

Maryrose has been making gifts for many years and now has decided to spread her wings and sell these great items. She specializes in fibres - both knit and sewn. You can find many reusable items, snack bags, produce bags, Reversible baby bonnets and knitted hats.
https://www.facebook.com/Loopeeeee

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Ordering ends TODAY (Tuesday December 17th) at 8:00 pm **Order for three weeks!

Click https://100milesystems.com/baileyslocalfoods.ca/login.php to log-in and order.

Just a reminder that you're receiving this email because you have signed up with Bailey's Local Foods. Don't forget to add info@baileyslocalfoods.ca to your address book so our emails will land in your inbox! Let us know if you no longer wish to receive our emails.

Items that you have placed in your shopping cart will be ordered on your behalf TUESDAY December 17th at 8pm for pickup on MONDAY December 23rd at First United Church, Waterloo *Order enough for 3 weeks including your holiday and New Year celebrations!*
There is no checkout button. If you do not intend to order, please ensure that your shopping cart is empty.

Upcoming dates:
Monday December 23rd
Monday January 13th
Monday February 3rd and 24th

A message from Rachael:

Our next pickup is January 13th so be sure to stock up for family meals, New Year celebrations, back to work and school too!!  Be sure that you have enough pantry items like butter, oil and maple syrup. 

Think ahead and have hostess gifts on hand. A jar of preserves, a bar of chocolate, some nuts or caramels. Give your friends a great gift that you might like to receive!

Holiday goodness includes:

  • A turkey or ham for your holiday meal. The GMO Free Turkey from Snyder Heritage Farms is the best you can buy and though we sell it frozen, you can thaw yours in 24 hours or less in water. I'd also suggest brining your bird... it  makes for a tasty meal!
  • Don't forget fresh cranberries (non local - from Ottawa) to make your cranberry sauce!
  • Chestnuts from Warner Fruit Farms to roast on an open fire (or in the oven). We're amazed at how sweet local chestnuts are compared to the imports!
  • Tasty baked goods and prepared foods from Winnie's Gluten Free are back on the order form after a quick break for her daughter's wedding. I'm taking advice from a customer and getting Tourtière for a tasty meal on a snowy day... my kids love Winnie's muffins and waffles. Did you see that she is now offering Lasagna too?
  • Egg nog... I have confirmed (and pre-ordered) Egg Nog from Organic Meadow for the 23rd! Order with confidence that you *will* enjoy the nog...
  • If you didn't make fruit cake, we have a few kinds to choose from. We have lots of Christmas Cookies too if you didn't have time to bake!
  • Have you picked a selection of cheese for your cheese tray? One of the newest selections we have is Cream Cheese in from Gordon's Goat Dairy (look under goat cheeses') You can choose from plain or chive flavours. We really liked it! You can cut the corner of the package and squeeze it right onto a cracker!
  • We tried the Chihuahua cheese from Local Dairy last week. It is great straight or melted.... It would be amazing on nachos!
  • Chocolate from Anna Tolazzi and Ambrosia Pastry Co. as thank you gifts and hostess gifts
  • Nuts from Jewels under the Kilt is another great hostess gift idea.
  • Salad greens. We're blessed to have farmers who grow them for us all winter! Availability is limited as they don't have enough light to grow with these short days and long nights!
  • Vibrant Farms beef individual cuts, stewing beef and ground beef are back in stock! Order now (you can even stock up!) to get your favourite cuts of pastured beef - grass fed and finished. It's organic too!
  • Harrington Lane Farms is offering BULK Lamb boxes - Approximately 15 lb of lamb for $13 per pound! You will find Lamb Chops (3-4 lbs), Leg Roast (3-4 lbs), Stewing Lamb (3-4 lbs), Ground Lamb (3-4 lbs)
  • We have Goose from Top Market Meats as well as Bauman Apiaries
  • Ontario Natural Tofu and Henry's Tempeh if your choice of protein is not animal based!
  • A treat for the furry friend in your life. Raw Ground Turkey from Snyder Heritage Farms in individual serving sized blocks (not for human consumption!)
Gift Baskets!
We're happy to make gift baskets with the items YOU want included for any dollar amount and can also include a membership if you want to give friends or family the gift of local food! Order online or email us to arrange a custom basket!

Niagara Fruit
All our Niagara fruit is Tree Run, which means that the fruit is not sent to the grading station. The fruit is picked riper (and tastier) and avoids fungicidal baths and defuzzing of peaches. The size of the fruit may be bigger or smaller as well.

Here is the Niagara Fruit we have From Warner's Farms this week:
Juices! Fresh Apple Pear Cider as well as Preserved Cranberry-Grape and Concord Grape (in 'beverages' under 'pantry')
Quince - a fruit that is high in pectin and best stewed with apples or in pie or made into jam (the original marmalade)
Cranberries - Fresh from Upper Canada Cranberries in Ottawa (not from within 100 miles)
Pears: Flemish Beauty, Harrow Delight, Bartlett, Bosc, D'Anjou and HW623
Tree Nuts: Chestnuts are still available!
Crabapples too!

Upcoming events:
There is a Lantern Walk on December 21 in the Breithaupt neighbourhood - Check out the details at http://lanternwalk.wordpress.com/event/

Stay warm,
Maryrose and Rachael
Bailey's Local Foods
baileyslocalfoods.ca
KW's Online Farmers Market Twitter
 Facebook 

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

Click http://baileyslocalfoods.ca/ordering to log-in and order.
If someone has forwarded you this email and you have not yet registered, please go to https://www.100milesystems.com/baileyslocalfoods.ca/register.php and register!

Upcoming dates:
Monday December 23rd
Monday January 13th
Monday February 3rd and 24th
Monday March 24th
Monday April 14th
FRIDAY May 9th

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Ordering still open for pickup on Monday December 23rd - Bailey's Local Foods

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Items that you have placed in your shopping cart will be ordered on your behalf TUESDAY December 17th at 8pm for pickup on MONDAY December 23rd at First United Church, Waterloo *Order enough for 3 weeks including your holiday and New Year celebrations!*
There is no checkout button. If you do not intend to order, please ensure that your shopping cart is empty.

Upcoming dates:
Monday December 23rd
Monday January 13th
Monday February 3rd and 24th

A message from Rachael:

Wow this weekend has gone quickly!It's already Sunday night and I just started our order! I'll be ordering for our Christmas celebrations, for some gifts and stocking stuffers, snacks to feed friends who come over and some party food for New Year's Eve. Here are a few thoughts of what I need to add:

  • If you come to my house I'll likely put out some Spud's Finest Kettle Chips and a bowl with Kernal Peanuts mixed with raisins.
  • We'll serve wine as well as Cider Keg Sparkling Cider for the kids and pregnant mamas
  • Chocolate from Anna Tolazzi and Ambrosia Pastry Co. as thank you gifts and hostess gifts
  • Salad greens. We're blessed to have farmers who grow them for us all winter! Availability is limited as they don't have enough light to grow with these short days and long nights!
  • Do you save all your preserves until after solstice? Me neither, but what an amazing way to celebrate the days getting longer!
  • Nuts from Jewels under the Kilt. Pumpkin Pie is tasty!
  • Vibrant Farms beef individual cuts, stewing beef and ground beef are back in stock! Order now (you can even stock up!) to get your favourite cuts of pastured beef - grass fed and finished. It's organic too!
  • Harrington Lane Farms is offering BULK Lamb boxes - Approximately 15 lb of lamb for $13 per pound! You will find Lamb Chops (3-4 lbs), Leg Roast (3-4 lbs), Stewing Lamb (3-4 lbs), Ground Lamb (3-4 lbs)
  • Turkey from Snyder Heritage Farms - Kevin has the best birds you can buy! They are GMO free and drug free. They are frozen, but you can thaw any bird in 24 hours or less in water!
  • We have Goose from Top Market Meats as well as Bauman Apiaries
  • Ontario Natural Tofu and Henry's Tempeh if your choice of protein is not animal based!
Gift Baskets!
We're happy to make gift baskets with the items YOU want included for any dollar amount and can also include a membership if you want to give friends or family the gift of local food! Order online or email us to arrange a custom basket!

Niagara Fruit
All our Niagara fruit is Tree Run, which means that the fruit is not sent to the grading station. The fruit is picked riper (and tastier) and avoids fungicidal baths and defuzzing of peaches. The size of the fruit may be bigger or smaller as well.

Here is the Niagara Fruit we have From Warner's Farms this week:
Juices! Fresh Apple Pear Cider as well as Preserved Cranberry-Grape and Concord Grape (in 'beverages' under 'pantry')
Quince - a fruit that is high in pectin and best stewed with apples or in pie or made into jam (the original marmalade)
Cranberries - Fresh from Upper Canada Cranberries in Ottawa (not from within 100 miles)
Pears: Flemish Beauty, Harrow Delight, Bartlett, Bosc, D'Anjou and HW623
Tree Nuts: Chestnuts are still available!
Crabapples too!

Upcoming events:
There is a Lantern Walk on December 21 in the Breithaupt neighbourhood - Check out the details at http://lanternwalk.wordpress.com/event/

Stay warm,
Maryrose and Rachael
Bailey's Local Foods
baileyslocalfoods.ca
KW's Online Farmers Market Twitter
 Facebook 

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

Click http://baileyslocalfoods.ca/ordering to log-in and order.
If someone has forwarded you this email and you have not yet registered, please go to https://www.100milesystems.com/baileyslocalfoods.ca/register.php and register!

Upcoming dates:
Monday December 9th and 23rd
Monday January 13th
Monday February 3rd and 24th
Monday March 24th
Monday April 14th
FRIDAY May 9th

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Bailey's ordering for Monday December 23rd is open! **order enough for 3 weeks!

Click https://100milesystems.com/baileyslocalfoods.ca/login.php to log-in and order.

Just a reminder that you're receiving this email because you have signed up with Bailey's Local Foods. Don't forget to add info@baileyslocalfoods.ca to your address book so our emails will land in your inbox! Let us know if you no longer wish to receive our emails.

Items that you have placed in your shopping cart will be ordered on your behalf TUESDAY December 17th at 8pm for pickup on MONDAY December 23rd at First United Church, Waterloo *Order enough for 3 weeks! including your New Year celebrations!*
There is no checkout button. If you do not intend to order, please ensure that your shopping cart is empty.

Upcoming dates:
Monday December 23rd
Monday January 13th
Monday February 3rd and 24th

A message from Rachael:

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I must admit that I'm feeling sad that some of you (many using gmail) have not received our emails as they have recently been redirected by your spam filter. Please look in your spam folder and mark the messages as 'not spam' and consider mentioning this to your friends who are Bailey's members in case they have not been getting our messages due to this problem!
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Back to the food...
Well, many of you will be buying the food for your Christmas or other holiday meal at our next pickup. We're so happy to bring you great local food (Turkey!) to celebrate with! Don't forget to get a few treats (sparking cider) to ring in the new year and then some healthy food (carrots and yogurt?) to start the new year.

We are so excited to bring back some favourite items and add new items (mostly meat, but not spam) to our offering list for you:

  • Just restocked! Vibrant Farms beef individual cuts, stewing beef and ground beef are back in stock! Order now (you can even stock up!) to get your favourite cuts of pastured beef - grass fed and finished. It's organic too!
  • Harrington Lane Farms is offering BULK Lamb boxes - Approximately 15 lb of lamb for $13 per pound! You will find Lamb Chops (3-4 lbs), Leg Roast (3-4 lbs), Stewing Lamb (3-4 lbs), Ground Lamb (3-4 lbs)
  • Turkey from Snyder Heritage Farms - Kevin has the best birds you can buy! They are GMO free and drug free. They are frozen, but you can thaw any bird in 24 hours or less in water!
  • We have Goose from Top Market Meats as well as Bauman Apiaries
  • Tofu and tempeh if your choice of protein is not animal based!
Gift Baskets!
We're happy to make gift baskets with the items YOU want included for any dollar amount and can also include a membership if you want to give friends or family the gift of local food! Order online or email us to arrange a custom basket!

Niagara Fruit
All our Niagara fruit is Tree Run, which means that the fruit is not sent to the grading station. The fruit is picked riper (and tastier) and avoids fungicidal baths and defuzzing of peaches. The size of the fruit may be bigger or smaller as well.

Here is the Niagara Fruit we have From Warner's Farms this week:
Juices! Fresh Apple Pear Cider as well as Preserved Cranberry-Grape and Concord Grape (in 'beverages' under 'pantry')
Quince - a fruit that is high in pectin and best stewed with apples or in pie or made into jam (the original marmalade)
Cranberries - Fresh from Upper Canada Cranberries in Ottawa (not from within 100 miles)
Pears: Flemish Beauty, Harrow Delight, Bartlett, Bosc, D'Anjou and HW623
Tree Nuts: Chestnuts are still available!
Crabapples too!

Upcoming events:
There is a Lantern Walk on December 21 in the Breithaupt neighbourhood - Check out the details at http://lanternwalk.wordpress.com/event/

Stay warm,
Maryrose and Rachael
Bailey's Local Foods
baileyslocalfoods.ca
KW's Online Farmers Market Twitter
 Facebook 

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

Click http://baileyslocalfoods.ca/ordering to log-in and order.
If someone has forwarded you this email and you have not yet registered, please go to https://www.100milesystems.com/baileyslocalfoods.ca/register.php and register!

Upcoming dates:
Monday December 9th and 23rd
Monday January 13th
Monday February 3rd and 24th
Monday March 24th
Monday April 14th
FRIDAY May 9th

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Artisan Market Vendors - December 9th, 2013

We are excited to invite local artisans to bring their amazing items to you in the month of December. Please join us and invite your friends to come and do some not entirely last minute shopping!

Monday December 9th from 3:30 to 7pm!


We are in Hilliard Hall at the First United Church, Waterloo. 
The Street Address in 16 William Street West in Waterloo, but our entrance is off Caroline, opposite Alexandra Ave. 
Please park in the UpTown Waterloo Parking Lot behind the LCBO and enter by the glass doors.

Ruby Two Spoons - Re-purposed Vintage Glassware and Gifts

Looking for a unique gift or accent to your home?  How about something locally handmade, vintage, and good for the environment!  At Ruby Two Spoons we create one of a kind candles using vintage glassware.  Cream and sugar set, teacups with saucers, candy dishes and crystal tumblers are transformed into eco-friendly candles by using 100% pure soy wax and lead free wicks.
http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/RubyTwoSpoons


AlliSewsIt - Hand sewn items

My items are handmade items mostly for little one and ladies.
https://www.facebook.com/AlliSewsIt



Cocosnucifera - We offer an alternative route to modern day cosmetics

All of our products are Handmade with only Natural and when possible, Organic ingredients. The ingredients have been researched for their effective and potent properties. Nature has provided us all the necessary materials for a healthy lifestyle, and we carry that maxim through our entire production process. Our goal is to nourish your skin while sustaining the Earth.
www.cocosnucifera.ca

Old Thread Designs - Handmade sustainable, accessories and clothing

Old Thread Design, takes unused items and upcycles them into a new treasure. Come find an upcycled treasure where old ties become necklaces, a t-shirts becomes a new owl hat or necklace.  https://www.facebook.com/OldThreadDesigns

Fabulous Felties - Needle Felted Creations and Local Typographic Maps.

Want a modern and fun way to display your love of Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph or Canada!? Louise's colourful typographic maps add a touch of whimsy and an “I love my neighbourhood/country” to any space. She also makes beautiful needle felted ornaments and pin cushions, along with needle felting kits so you can learn this fun craft too!
http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/FabulousFelties

Krista Harrington - Preserves and felt critters

Krista raises sheep and make cute critters from their wool
www.FromTheseRoots.ca 

Loopeeeee - Fibre Arts

Maryrose has been making gifts for many years and now has decided to spread her wings and sell these great items. She specializes in fibres - both knit and sewn. You can find many reusable items, snack bags, produce bags, Reversible baby bonnets and knitted hats.
https://www.facebook.com/Loopeeeee



My name is Tammy Delaney and I am an artist with a strong interest in photography, collage and collecting beach treasures. At this year’s sale, I will be featuring a selection of hand-made Christmas and holiday cards (each one individually created from cut paper and drawings), as well as photo cards that can be used for any occasion. Through photography I capture many of life's joyful moments and create ever-lasting memories! I hope you enjoy these images and the feelings they invoke, and that in giving one of these cards, you can spread the joy and wonder of life onto your loved ones. https://plus.google.com/photos/114384126245515099508/albums/5941393067444129665

Bad Cat Craftworks: Hand-Crafted Jewellery by Jamie LeClair Late 19th- to early 20th-Century glass--primarily from broken bottles--is recovered, cleaned, and cut for reclamation. No molds are used, so each piece is unique; a culmination of century-old glass and the high temperatures of my kiln. The resulting cabochons are used alone, or matched with copper, brass, nickel, or stainless steel to create wearable works of art.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ordering ends TODAY (Tuesday December 3rd) at 8:00 pm **Order for two weeks!

A message from Rachael:
How did it get t be December? Life goes too fast sometimes. I hope you can slow down and enjoy today. There are so many additions that I'll put them in the list below!

Gift Baskets!
We're happy to make gift baskets with the items YOU want included for any dollar amount and can also include a membership if you want to give friends or family the gift of local food! Order online or email us to arrange a custom basket!


Some additions to your list:

  • Garden Party has fresh juices, grab bags and soup kits as well as planters and boughs for decorating (you add the bow!)
  • Chestnuts to roast on an open fire as well as grapes, pears and quince  from Warner's Farms
  • Peppermint Marshmallows from Ambrosia Pastry Co. - So yummy!
  • Venison Sausage now available from Harrington Lane Farms
  • Have you considered Kernal Peanuts as a hostess gift or stocking stuffer?
  • Egg Nog from Organic Meadow is available in 1 L cartons (for real this time!)
  • We have Red Poinsettias in 6 inch pots available to bring colour to your home or office!
  • Beefsteak tomatoes from Floralane are available for the last time until March! They just replanted the greenhouse with new seedlings!
  • Floralane's baking, including Christmas Cookies are always a hit. Jenny's favourite are the Melting Moments
  • J&D Peters tortilla wraps in large and extra large make wrapping your meal easy! Don't forget their pasta!
  • McKechnie Tortilla chips, taco shells, tostadas and tamales. Such good comfort food.
  • Martha Wideman has a lot of Jerusalem artichokes, some winter squash including uchiki kuri and the last of the dried beans she has grown.
  • Sparkling Cider from The Cider Keg is great to have on hand to offer as a festive drink
  • Tia's Bakery is back too! She has gluten and dairy free holiday treats as well as her tasty breads and pizza dough.
  • Local ice cream from Silver & Boots Craft Creamery
  • Nutty Bakers prepared foods are available again!
  • Pizza Dough from Golden Hearth is available in limited supply too!
  • Turkey Sausage from Snyder's Heritage Farms is back including a new cranberry breakfast sausage!
  • Queso Chihuahua is a new cheese from Local Dairy
  • Candy Cane Ice Cream from Mapleton's Organic Dairy now available for a limited time!
  • Advent Candles (pure beeswax!) from Your Time Boutique
  • Stocking sized Holiday Blend coffee roasted locally from Eco-Coffee
  • Tuck a jar of Santa Bites Snacking Granola from Little Bites in you little one's stocking or in your own bag for those long shopping trips!
  • Grainharvest has Fruit n Nut Bread, Christmas Stollen, Christmas Stollen with Marzipan, Assorted Christmas Cookies, Pure Vanilla Crescent cookies, Gingerbread Men as well as Gluten Free Christmas Cookies from Circle of Life
  • Springerle Cookies from Ambrosia Pastry Co. are so beautiful and have a great anise flavour
Niagara Fruit
All our Niagara fruit is Tree Run, which means that the fruit is not sent to the grading station. The fruit is picked riper (and tastier) and avoids fungicidal baths and defuzzing of peaches. The size of the fruit may be bigger or smaller as well.

Here is the Niagara Fruit we have From Warner's Farms this week:
Juices! Fresh Apple Pear Cider as well as Preserved Cranberry-Grape and Concord (in 'beverages' under 'pantry')
Quince - a fruit that is high in pectin and best stewed with apples or in pie or made into jam (the original marmalade)
Cranberries - Fresh from Upper Canada Cranberries in Ottawa (not from within 100 miles)
Pears: Flemish Beauty, Harrow Delight, Bartlett, Bosc, D'Anjou and HW623
Plums: German Prune Plums (smaller and sweeter than the Italian prune plums)
Grapes: Sovereign Coronation (blue, virtually seedless) are getting sweeter and sweeter!
Tree Nuts: Chestnuts are still available!
Crabapples too!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Bailey's Local Foods ordering still open for pickup on December 9th.

I hope you are enjoying this day!

Today I added cheese to my order. We love having a variety on hand for a quick lunch or to offer to guests. The Cranberry Goat Havarti from Gordon's Goat Dairy is a tasty treat and their Goatsarella (mozzarella style) and Gotagiano (parmesan style) are great if you or your guests can't eat cow milk. There are lots of sheep and goat cheeses from Monforte also. For more traditional cheese from Millbank and Mountainoak check the 'cow cheese' section.

Bread with a twist
With grains from Oak Manor you can bake local bread. But why not add a twist (or a swirl) of sweet potato and winter squash? Check out Jon's Pumpkin Sweet Potato Swirl Bread recipe at http://baileyslocalfoods.blogspot.ca/2013/11/pumpkin-sweet-potato-swirl-bread.html if you need some inspiration.

Mat's Fine Oils - Have you tried any?
A while ago we had a tasting of the lovely organic cold pressed oils from Mat's Fine Oils. Each bottle has specific information on the crop used and when it was harvested as well as the date it was pressed. The result is lovely and fresh oil from seeds (instead of grains, like corn).
Flax Oil
We have a bottle of flax oil in the fridge that we add to most of our smoothies. I'll have to admit that of the three oils offered by Mat it's my least favourite to taste straight, but in the smoothie it adds a lovely whipped texture that my 9 year old loves as well as all the health benefits of flax oil. It is said to be a great source of vegetarian omega -3 in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Check out more great health benefits at http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/flaxseed-oil
Hemp oil
With a nutty taste this oil is easily digestible and a great source of essential fatty acids (EFA). It's best not heated, so make it into mayonnaise or salad dressing or drizzle it on a salad, soup or your favourite dip (like hummus!) It is not a source of THC.
Sunflower oil
We really love to cook with this Sunflower oil instead of generic vegetable oil which could come from a variety of plant sources. In the past we offered 1L bottles of sunflower oil from FlorAlp Farms, but Hans and Pia retired, and we're happy to offer this amazing oil in it's place. It comes in 750 mL glass bottles and 4L jugs, which is a great size for our family's use! I'd recommend keeping a smaller jar close at hand (we refill it from the jug). It's our oil of choice for frying and we use it in salads too!

Silver & Boots Craft Creamery
Ann and Matt are making ice cream locally in small batches and even though we haven't tasted it yet we're offering it to you and they will come with samples in the new year. There are 5 flacvours available now but they would be happy to make any flavour you want!
About them:
Silver & Boots Craft Creamery is based in the Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph areas. We create a superior ice cream product like no other! We use local ingredients like organic whole milk and whipping cream from Harmony Dairy as well as many of the incredible seasonal ingredients found locally.

Good stuff:

  • Tia's Bakery is back too! She has gluten and dairy free holiday treats as well as her tasty breads.
  • Nutty Bakers prepared foods are available again!
  • Pizza Dough from Golden Hearth is available in limited supply too!
  • Turkey Sausage from Snyder's Heritage Farms is back including a new cranberry breakfast sausage!
  • Queso Chihuahua is a new cheese from Local Dairy
  • Candy Cane Ice Cream from Mapleton's Organic Dairy now available for a limited time!
  • Advent Candles (pure beeswax!) from Your Time Boutique
  • Stocking sized Holiday Blend coffee roasted locally from Eco-Coffee
  • Santa Bites Snacking Granola from Little Bites
  • Grainharvest has Fruit n Nut Bread, Christmas Stollen, Christmas Stollen with Marzipan, Assorted Christmas Cookies, Pure Vanilla Crescent cookies, Gingerbread Men as well as Gluten Free Christmas Cookies from Circle of Life
  • Springerle Cookies from Ambrosia Pastry Co. are so beautiful and have a great anise flavour - or are you in the mood for their Peppermint Marshmallows
  • Egg Nog from Organic Meadow is available in 1 L cartons (for real this time!)
  • Gluten and dairy free treats from Tia's Bakery From cream puffs to quiche! Look in the prepared section as well as the gluten free baked goods section.
  • Gift Baskets! We're happy to make gift baskets with the items YOU want included for any dollar amount and can also include a membership if you want to give friends or family the gift of local food! Order online or email us to arrange a custom basket!
Niagara Fruit
All our Niagara fruit is Tree Run, which means that the fruit is not sent to the grading station. The fruit is picked riper (and tastier) and avoids fungicidal baths and defuzzing of peaches. The size of the fruit may be bigger or smaller as well.

Here is the Niagara Fruit we have From Warner's Farms this week:
Juices! Fresh Apple Pear Cider as well as Preserved Cranberry-Grape and Concord (in 'beverages' under 'pantry')
Quince - a fruit that is high in pectin and best stewed with apples or in pie or made into jam (the original marmalade)
Cranberries - Fresh from Upper Canada Cranberries in Ottawa (not from within 100 miles)
Pears: Flemish Beauty, Harrow Delight, Bartlett, Bosc, D'Anjou and HW623
Plums: German Prune Plums (smaller and sweeter than the Italian prune plums)
Grapes: Sovereign Coronation (blue, virtually seedless) are getting sweeter and sweeter!
Tree Nuts: Chestnuts are still available!
Crabapples too!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Swirl Bread


Dough:
  • 1 cup sweet potato puree
  • 1 cup pumpkin or winter squash puree
  • 2-6 Tbs. butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups whole grain flour
  • 1 ½ - 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. instant yeast*
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. allspice
  • ½ tsp. ground cloves

Swirl:
  • ¼ - ½ cup sugar
  • 2-4 Tbs. cinnamon
  • Raisins or dried cranberries (optional) – OR – cranberry sauce, about ½ cup



This makes great use of leftover pureed squash and sweet potatoes, but if you don’t have those you need to cook them.  It’s easy to microwave one sweet potato, which should be sufficient for this recipe.  Poke holes all over the sweet potato with a fork, microwave for 4 minutes, check for softness, cook longer if needed, cool, and scoop out the insides with a spoon and mash with a fork.  For the pumpkin or squash, chop in half, scoop out seeds and strings, flip each side over on an oiled baking sheet, bake at 400 until soft, about 45 minutes (this varies quite a bit depending on your choice of squash/pumpkin.  Allow to cool, scoop out flesh with a spoon, and mash with a fork. 



Combine the pumpkin and sweet potato with the wet ingredients, followed by the whole wheat flour.  Stir for 1 minute, making sure everything is well combined.  Add the yeast and add the all-purpose flour in small amounts until the dough becomes difficult to stir but is still sticky (you may not use all the flour).  Add the salt and spices and stir to incorporate.  Allow the dough to sit for 5 minutes.  Using wet hands knead the dough.  If it is still very sticky you can add more flour (but it’s okay to have a wet sticky dough because the moisture will help give the dough a better spring in the oven).  Allow the dough to sit for about 30 minutes, then, using wet hands, stretch the dough by grabbing under one side of the dough and pulling it up and over the dough.  This is called a “stretch and fold.”  Do this 4 times, once for each side of the dough, always folding it back over itself.  Wet your hands again and form the dough into a ball (as best as you can).  Cover, and allow to rise until roughly doubled in size, 1-2 hours (depending on house temperature and amount of yeast used).  If using raisins/cranberries, soak them in a cup of water so they don’t dry out when baked.



Lightly flour a counter and roll or stretch the dough out until it is about 6 inches wide and 12-18 inches long (longer stretch = more swirl).  Spread the cranberry sauce on the dough if you’re using it, and mix together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle generously on top of the dough.  Add the wet raisins/cranberries if you’re using them.  Roll the dough tightly (I like to mist the dough with a spray bottle of water as I do this to help the cinnamon sugar stick to the dough).  Place the dough in a greased bread loaf pan (or cut it into two halves and place in two small bread pans).  Dust the top with more cinnamon sugar if you like.  Cover and allow to rise until doubled again in size, 1-2 hours.  Bake at 375 for 40-50 minutes (it will cook a little faster in smaller loaf pans).  If you’re unsure about when a bread is done you can check with a thermometer, which should read above 200 F when the bread is finished and should come out without any sticky dough stuck to it.  Allow the bread to cool fully before slicing.  Enjoy.

PS.  This bread makes amazing egg-in-the-whole as well as grilled cheese.  

*If using dry active yeast follow instructions given on package.  You can up the yeast to 2 tsp. for a faster rise.  I find that the smaller quantity of yeast allows for more flavour development but it also means a slower rise. 


 Guest Recipe Post by Jon Spee
This recipe is a very loose adaptation of the 2:2:2 Bread.

Bailey's ordering for Monday December 9th is open!

A message from Rachael:

This is a great week for local food. Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate the festival of lights! Enjoy your latkes (we will too!) If you sneak in another Thanksgiving celebration, enjoy a great turkey!

Welcome Back The Nutty Bakers!
We have a few favourites back on our order form: The Nutty Bakers are back for the winter! Anna has been super busy with a retail location in Stratford, but all our customer inquiries have convinced her to offer her products at our market again! Look for her cabbage rolls, meat and veggie pies, lasagna, squares and more (including fruitcake!) on this week's order form! Also, If anyone regularly drives back from Stratford late in the week and wants to bring our order into town, we could use your help!

Turkey Sausage
Kevin from Snider Heritage Farms has a new batch of his tasty Turkey Sausage (again, thank to our customers for gently encouraging him!) ready for us and has a new maple cranberry breakfast sausage available too! Look for them as well as chicken and turkey (whole and in parts) in the 'poultry' section.

Another great cheese!
Local Dairy has a new cow's milk cheese  that is great for melting it's called Queso Chihuahua (no dogs were harmed in the making of the cheese). It comes from the Chihuahua region of Mexico where it was first made by Mexican Mennonites.

Pizza dough is back!We've ordered some frozen pizza dough from Golden Hearth. We hope to continue offering it through the winter! I guess I'm not the only one who loves weekly pizza nights in the winter!

Seasonal items to look for:



  • Candy Cane Ice Cream from Mapleton's Organic Dairy now available for a limited time!
  • Advent Candles (pure beeswax!) from Your Time Boutique
  • Stocking sized Holiday Blend coffee roasted locally from Eco-Coffee
  • Santa Bites Snacking Granola from Little Bites
  • Grainharvest has Fruit n Nut Bread, Christmas Stollen, Christmas Stollen with Marzipan, Assorted Christmas Cookies, Pure Vanilla Crescent cookies, Gingerbread Men as well as Gluten Free Christmas Cookies from Circle of Life
  • Springerle Cookies from Ambrosia Pastry Co. are so beautiful and have a great anise flavour - or are you in the mood for their Peppermint Marshmallows
  • Egg Nog from Organic Meadow is available in 1 L cartons (for real this time!)
  • Gluten and dairy free treats from Tia's Bakery From cream puffs to quiche! Look in the prepared section as well as the gluten free baked goods section.
  • Gift Baskets! We're happy to make gift baskets with the items YOU want included for any dollar amount and can also include a membership if you want to give friends or family the gift of local food! Order online or email us to arrange a custom basket!
Niagara Fruit
All our Niagara fruit is Tree Run, which means that the fruit is not sent to the grading station. The fruit is picked riper (and tastier) and avoids fungicidal baths and defuzzing of peaches. The size of the fruit may be bigger or smaller as well.

Here is the Niagara Fruit we have From Warner's Farms this week:
Juices! Fresh Apple Pear Cider as well as Preserved Cranberry-Grape and Concord (in 'beverages' under 'pantry')
Quince - a fruit that is high in pectin and best stewed with apples or in pie or made into jam (the original marmalade)
Cranberries - Fresh from Upper Canada Cranberries in Ottawa (not from within 100 miles)
Pears: Flemish Beauty, Harrow Delight, Bartlett, Bosc, D'Anjou and HW623
Plums: German Prune Plums (smaller and sweeter than the Italian prune plums)
Grapes: Sovereign Coronation (blue, virtually seedless) are getting sweeter and sweeter!
Tree Nuts: Chestnuts are still available!
Crabapples too!

Upcoming:

Handmade Holidays! Buy Local, Gift Local 

Saturday, November 30, 11am to 3pm at Queen St. Commons Cafe - 43 Queen St. S., Kitchener
Check out a festive market day of handmade gifts. Crafts Clothing Books ...and much more!  Enjoy fresh coffee, snacks, and lunch at the cafe.
For more information: www.TheWorkingCentre.org and www.localexchange.theworkingcentre.org or call 519-743-1151 ext. 139

From Little City Farm "A little bird told me" Handmade Holiday Sale
Saturday, December 7 from 9 am-2 pm at 508 Duke Street West.
Annual sale featuring locally handmade eco-conscious goods...including reconstructed clothing, bicycle-art jewelry, wooden cutting boards, woolen slippers, eco dolls & toys, felted ornaments, organic holiday baking, natural soaps, beeswax candles, and much more! More information at www.littlecityfarm.ca.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Artisan Market Vendors - November 25th, 2013


Loopeeeee – Fibre Arts

Maryrose has been making gifts for many years and has decided to spread her wings and sell these great items. She specializes in fibres - both knit and sewn. You can find many reusable items, snack bags, produce bags, Reversible baby bonnets and knitting.hats.


 Savvy Green – Body Care

Savvy Green is a family company dedicated to making by hand, all natural, beautiful and safe soaps, and other products


Green Garb – Fibre Arts

Charlotte makes handmade and repurposed accessories and decorative items with care using wool, lamb/sheepskin, leather and cloth.
Products available.
~Reusable and machine washable sandwich and snack bags
~Cloth tote bags
~Woolly boots.
~Felted wool leather sole slippers
www.facebook.com/greengarbkw

From These Roots – Wool Critters

Krista raises sheep and make cute critters from their wool along with her great jams and jellies




We are a small ice cream business in the Waterloo and Guelph area. We produce an incredibly different ice cream using local and organic ingredients, with seasonal flavours.



BRFC – Screen Printing

As BRFC, Jon takes his designs and puts ink to paper, or fabric, or cork, or whatever medium will take it. What began as a project to customize his own handkerchiefs has become an outlet to create items for everyone to enjoy.

Ordering ends TODAY! (Tuesday) November 19th at 8:00 pm **Order for two weeks!

Click https://100milesystems.com/baileyslocalfoods.ca/login.php to log-in and order.

A message from Rachael:

Wow! That was fast. It's Tuesday again and you have until 8 pm tonight to get your order in.

Holiday Greenery
An item that I forgot to mention in my last email was the greens that Theresa from Garden Party is offering us in the coming weeks. Not salad greens, but
sustainably harvested boughs and branches for you to bring natural seasonal cheer to your home over the holidays. Theresa does not spray these, so they will be safe for your family inside or out! Look for them in the 'other' section at the bottom of the list. I love the idea of her holiday hanging baskets. I don't even have to remember to water them!
Take a look at how lovely they are in this PDF flyer.
Again, like our holiday vendor sale you are welcome to invite your friends to come and buy some at our regular pickup (Theresa will have these November 25th and December 9th)!

 
New Supplier - Beeswax Candles from Your Time Boutique

"Beeswax candles burn brighter, longer and cleaner then any other candles. Having their own natural honey aroma, they are the perfect alternative especially for people who have asthma, allergies or headaches due to paraffin or any artificially scented candles"I'm in love with Carol's candles. Her attention to detail and process bring us a unique product. You can read about her passion at http://www.yourtimeboutique.com/beeswax_candles.

Did I just forget to talk about food?Local winter food abounds! What have you planned for upcoming meals? Paneer and stewing lamb for curry (with yogurt) over spaghetti squash? Sausage and potatoes with a salad of mesculn mix and Floralane tomatoes? (The tomatoes are usually unavailable from December to March). Pears and cheese in your salad? Sweet potato fries on the side? Popcorn and chestnuts?

Kimchi Season is here!

You can buy the tasty Kimchi from Green Table Foods (in the prepared section) or this would be a great time to make your own! We have Napa Cabbage from Lena Horst, Scallions from Bowman's Organic, Daikon Radish, Carrots and Garlic from a variety of sources. If you are interested in a Kimchi Making Workshop please let me know!

Warner's Fruit - More variety?
Torrie keeps surprising me. This week he added American Persimmons and rosehips to our list. Juices too! Grape and cranberry in a few combinations! Learn more about ensuring your persimmons are ripe enough at http://www.persimmonpudding.com/harvest/ripeness.html

Great stuff ahead:

  • Harrington Lane Bulk Berkshire pork boxes - 20 or 25 lb
  • Anna Tolazzi flavoured Chocolate bars. A real treat!
  • Cheese to put out for guests from Mountainoak (we love their Fresian!), Monforte, Local Dairy, Gordon's Goat Dairy and Millbank
  • Barrie's Asparagus Stone Wheat or Vegetable Crackers to serve with the cheese
  • Turn it up a notch with some Caramelized Maple Onion Marmalade From These Roots.
  • Teas from Little City Farm (limited supply!)
  • New Moon Kitchen is fully stocked and we have a limited number of their seasonal Lemon Cranberry Crunch cookies too!
  • Grainharvest is already baking their Fruit n Nut Bread, Christmas Stollen, Christmas Stollen with Marzipan, Assorted Christmas Cookies, Pure Vanilla Crescent cookies, Gingerbread Men as well as Gluten Free Christmas Cookies from Circle of Life
  • Ambrosia Pastry Co.'s Springerle Cookies are back! Pear and Almond Tartes and Peppermint Marshmallows
  • Egg Nog from Organic Meadow is available in 1 L cartons
  • Egg Nog Caramels from Hugo and Nate to continue the theme!
  • Jewels Under the Kilt has a new flavour: Green Bosc Pear with Ginger as well as Maple Apple Pie which is delish
  • Mapleton's Organics Ice cream is back! (yay for a new freezer!) Choose from: Vanilla, Chocolate, Chai, Ginger and Vanilla Chocolate Chip
  • Santa's Mix granola from Little Bites is available for a limited time
  • McKechnie chips, tamales, tostadas, taco shells, and corn tortillas are all fresh this week!
  • J&D Peters fresh flour tortillas in stone wheat, Mexican flour, spelt and kamut as well as pasta and noodles are the best!
  • Fruit from Warner's Farms including their awesome pears! (see full list below)
  • Gluten free baked goods and prepared food from Winnie's Gluten Free including Tourtière and perogies! (stock up, shes away for the next pickup)
  • Peanuts, and peanut butter from Kernal Peanuts is restocked too! Their salted peanuts with a bag of
  • Spud's Finest Kettle Chips from Barrie's Asparagus was so easy to offer as a snack!
  • Gift Baskets! We're happy to make gift baskets with the items YOU want included for any dollar amount and can also include a membership if you want to give friends or family the gift of local food! Order online or email us to arrange a custom basket!
Niagara Fruit
All our Niagara fruit is Tree Run, which means that the fruit is not sent to the grading station. The fruit is picked riper (and tastier) and avoids fungicidal baths and defuzzing of peaches. The size of the fruit may be bigger or smaller as well.

Here is the Niagara Fruit we have From Warner's Farms this week:
Juices! Fresh Concord and Niagara White, Preserved Cranberry-Grape and Concord (in 'beverages' under 'pantry')
Rosehips - The fruit of the rose plant. Great for so much more than tea!  Make jam,  jelly, soup and more that will all be high in vitamin C!
American Persimmons - aka "Fruit of the Gods" - Need I say more?
Quince - a fruit that is high in pectin and best stewed with apples or in pie or made into jam (the original marmalade)
Hardy Kiwi
 (aka Chinese Gooseberry) is a berry or grape sized fruit that will remind you of the fuzzy kiwi.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actinidia_arguta and is better when squishy!
Cranberries
 - Fresh from Upper Canada Cranberries in Ottawa (not from within 100 miles)
Pears: Flemish Beauty, Harrow Delight, Bartlett, Bosc, D'Anjou and HW623
Plums: German Prune Plums (smaller and sweeter than the Italian prune plums)
Grapes: Sovereign Coronation (blue, virtually seedless), Concord (with seeds).
Tree Nuts: Almonds and Chestnuts are available!
Crabapples too!

Upcoming:
From Little City Farm
"A little bird told me" Handmade Holiday Sale
Saturday, December 7 from 9 am-2 pm at 508 Duke Street West.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Bailey's Local Foods ordering still open for pickup on November 25

 message from Rachael:

We've been busy eating lots of pears this week. They are absolutely perfect as a quick snack and this morning we enjoyed a pan of pear clafoutis (it uses up a lot of eggs!) I ordered a flat by accident, but we'll order another flat for next Monday as we've enjoyed them so much! This might be the last week for grapes and plums, so get your fix while you can!

Hot Stuff
Have you ever heard of the Ghost Pepper? The Bhut Jolokia Peppers are supposedly the hottest ever and we have them in bags (and bushels!) from Mark Brubacher in addition to his habernero peppers for making the best hot sauce ever (you know you want to), Look for the Spanish onions and shallots he has grown and mesculn salad greens that he hopes to offer us throughout the winter!

With the holidays coming up our suppliers are adding some great treats!
  • New Moon Kitchen is fully stocked and we have a limited number of their seasonal Lemon Cranberry Crunch cookies too!
  • Grainharvest is already baking their Fruit n Nut Bread, Christmas Stollen, Christmas Stollen with Marzipan, Assorted Christmas Cookies, Pure Vanilla Crescent cookies, Gingerbread Men as well as Gluten Free Christmas Cookies from Circle of Life
  • Ambrosia Pastry Co.'s Springerle Cookies are back! Pear and Almond Tartes and Peppermint Marshmallows
  • Egg Nog from Organic Meadow is available in 1 L cartons
  • Egg Nog Caramels from Hugo and Nate to continue the theme!
  • Jewels Under the Kilt has a new flavour: Green Bosc Pear with Ginger as well as Maple Apple Pie which is delish
  • Mapleton's Organics Ice cream is back! (yay for a new freezer!) Choose from: Vanilla, Chocolate, Chai, Ginger and Vanilla Chocolate Chip
  • Santa's Mix granola from Little Bites is available for a limited time
  • McKechnie chips, tamales, tostadas, taco shells, and corn tortillas are all fresh this week!
  • J&D Peters fresh flour tortillas in stone wheat, Mexican flour, spelt and kamut as well as pasta and noodles are the best!
  • Fruit from Warner's Farms including their awesome pears! (see full list below)
  • Gluten free baked goods and prepared food from Winnie's Gluten Free including Tourtière and perogies! (stock up, shes away for the next pickup)
  • Peanuts, and peanut butter from Kernal Peanuts is restocked too! Their salted peanuts with a bag of
  • Spud's Finest Kettle Chips from Barrie's Asparagus was so easy to offer as a snack!
  • Gift Baskets! We're happy to make gift baskets with the items YOU want included for any dollar amount and can also include a membership if you want to give friends or family the gift of local food! Order online or email us to arrange a custom basket!
From Little City Farm
We are hosting our annual "A little bird told me" Handmade Holiday Sale here at Little City Farm again. You are invited!
When & Where? This holiday sale is on Saturday, December 7 from 9 am-2 pm at 508 Duke Street West.

The sale features local handmade goods from 8 vendors who have an eco-conscious or upcycled focus to their work, including several artists living in our very own neighbourhood such as:
  • Trevor from Dekay Street, making fine wood turnings and cutting boards from fallen trees
  • Jesse from Guelph Street, making recycled art and jewelery from bicycle parts
  • Karin from Duke Street, with organic baked goods, natural soaps & herbals and more
  • Plus handmade woolen clothing from upcycled sweaters, handmade toys, felted ornaments, children's woolen slippers, pure beeswax candles, and many more treats!  
Payment is by cash only. Come planning to meet many other friends and neighbours during this fun annual social event! Tours of our urban homestead are available to anyone who is interested (even though it's the off-season) so drop by our backyard during the sale hours if you wish to see more. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Supplier Spotlight - Little City Farm


I am pretty sure Little City Farm has been supplying Loose Leaf Teas to Bailey's Local Foods since the days in Nina's carport.  I discovered Bailey's through a blog post Karin Wrote back in 2008. Karin, Greg and Maya are Little City Farm - an urban homesteading family trying to live simply and sustainably on a 1/3 acre city homestead in Kitchener.  


Little City Farm is an eco bed & breakfast and they also host workshops with a variety of topics in Organic/Urban Agriculture, Homesteading Skills, Slow Food, Eco Crafting, Herbal Health and Sustainable Living.  Here are their 2013 Fall Workshops. Karin is also the talent behind Homestead Herbals where you will fine simple, pure, organic, earth-Friendly herbal products & eco home decor for the eco-minded family. 



Little City Farms/Homestead Herbals teas are a mix of herbs they grow using sustainable methods, or that are either certified organic from a local source, ethically wild-harvested locally, and a few herbs included are certified organic but not local (e.g. cinnamon, vanilla bean, orange peel all used for flavour).

Here are the tea varieties we offer:

Women's Vitality Blend
A blend rich in iron, calcium & minerals to help tone the female system.  Can be used during nursing to boost milk production.
Ingredients: certified organic and/or sustainably grown peppermint, nettle, blessed thistle, oat straw, red clover, red raspberry leaf.  (note this tea is not gluten-free)


Sweet Dreams Tea
A sweet herbal blend that calms the mind, soothes the spirit, and promotes restfulness.


Ingredients: certified organic and/or sustainably grown lavender blossoms, chamomile flowers and rose petals.

Winter Flu Fighter
A blend that strengthens the immune system to help ward off colds, coughs and flu.



Ingredients: certified organic and/or sustainably grown echinacea root, elder flower, marshmallow root, hyssop, hops, mullein, fennel, sage, lemon verbena, calendula, orange peel.

After Dinner Tea
A refreshing herbal blend that's perfect for any time of the day.


Ingredients: certified organic and/or sustainably grown spearmint, peppermint, yarrow, licorice root, lemon verbena, calendula, mullein, fennel seed, stevia

Immune Boosting Herbal Chai
A flavourful spiced tea filled with immune boosting herbs.


Ingredients: certified organic fair trade red rooibos & vanilla bean, certified organic and/or sustainably grown cinnamon, fennel, echinacea root, astragalus root, licorice root, hops, sage, elder flower, mullein, star anise, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom.