Saturday, September 7, 2013

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A message from Rachael:

It's the season for grapes! We have three kinds this week: Sovereign Coronation (blue, virtually seedless), NY Muscat (blue to purple with seeds) as well as Himrod (green seedless). Soon we'll have Vanessa (red, seedless). All are great for fresh eating but it's very easy to make grape juice too! The bulk Sovereign Coronation grapes are a great deal right now too!

On Friday Kristin asked about how our family made grape juice so I thought that others might like the easy recipe. Here is an excerpt from my email last year (time to put my dad and the kids to work again!):

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 white 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!

Apple Chips - So tasty!

If you loved the apple chips and are looking to order more, they are in the 'pantry' section of our order form. I love having them handy on car trips!

This week we'll have:
  • Organic flour and grains from Oak Manor will be available again this week. Perry has a new crop of oats and will be processing them on Monday so be sure to order yours to get the freshest grains possible!
  • Sunflowers - 5 long stems from Bowman's Organic Produce
  • Mums and Asters from Bowman's Organic Produce (look in the 'plants' section)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (We have 2L jugs from The Cider Keg and 945 mL jars from Filsinger Organic (in the 'oil and vinegar' section under 'pantry')
Fresh raw juice from Garden Party
Teresa just emailed to say she would be offering raw organic juices for us in the weeks to come! I'll work on adding these to the 'beverages' section and you can read her note:

So - I spent all morning experimenting with juice recipes - drank some pretty tangy things - but after much taste testing with Peter and Tanis, I’ve arrived at 3 juices to offer for the fall, at least - we can see how they go.
All of these are made for new juicers - who are not yet accustomed to the taste of raw kale, beets etc. They are all blends with fruit as well as vegetables. All ingredients are certified organic. All ingredients are local except for the ginger in two of them.
These are raw juices - so the MUST be kept refrigerated and consumed within 3 â€" 5 days and the date it was made (which will always be Friday morning before I bring it).
Health Canada has information on risks of juicing for some groups -

Niagara Fruit
Friday's fruit was awesome and we're looking forward to more next Friday. I fyou want to get an idea of what the fruit varieties look like you can see photos of typical Niagara tree fruit
  • Peaches: Cresthaven, Loring, and Babygold
  • Red Plums:  Vanier,
  • Blue Plums: Damson (very limited), Italian Prune Plums, Valerie, Victory and Violet (see the descriptions on our order form)
  • Pears: Clapp Pears, French Bartlet Pears and Bartlett Pears
  • Grapes: Sovereign Coronation (blue, virtually seedless), NY Muscat (blue, with seeds) and Himrod (green seedless)
  • Blackberries and Raspberries
Niagara fruit for Friday:
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.

Anna Tolazzi flavoured chocolate bars:

Katharina just sent me her updated list of flavoured chocolate bars. All the bars have updated descriptions on our order form for you to read. She has now verified that all her bars except two are gluten free (and the 'may contain' ingredients in them will be phased out).  I'd like to share the list of new bars with you:
  • Wild Goose Chase: 72.5% bittersweet chocolate with hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, sprinkled with barberries and goldenberries
  • Hop, Skip, and Jump: Pistachio/brandied cherry marzipan in 64% semi-sweet chocolate
  • Swashbuckler: Spiced dates and pistachio in 72% bittersweet chocolate
  • Fox Trot: Peanut Fudge in 60% semi-sweet chocolate
  • Highroller: Pecan caramel with Champagne Cognac in 60% semi-sweet chocolate
  • Northern Dancer: semi-sweet chocolate with a centre layer of hazelnut gianduja infused with Indonesian vanilla and tonka beans (an Australian aromatic, exotic-flavoured bean)
  • Peanut Farmer: 60% semi-sweet chocolate filled with lightly salted organic peanut gianduja
Taste Local! Taste Fresh!
The 10th edition of Foodlink's Taste Local! Taste Fresh! event is Sunday September 15th from 2 - 5 pm at Steckle Heritage Farm in Kitchener. Guests will taste delectable creations prepared by top chefs from the region and meet with the farmers who produced the food. Other features include the delightful Flamenco Gypsy music of JuneyT, a silent auction and a hand-crafted one-of-a kind pottery plate for every guest! New special ticket price is $60 ea. or $550 for 10. To purchase tickets:
To view photos from last year's event taken by professional photographer, Sara Geidlinger, go to:
More details at or call 519-513-8998.

Have a great weekend,
Maryrose and Rachael
Bailey's Local Foods

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

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