Saturday, September 19, 2009

Bailey's Buying Club - Ordering is now open for September 25, 2009

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Many of our main categories (vegetables, meat, baked goods, etc.) have subcategories. Look for them under the main categories. If you hadn't noticed them yet, you can now check out the beef, pork, cheese and other products that you may have been missing! If you can't find the jam, look in the 'jam' subcategory under 'preserves'!

Hi Folks,
Have you tasted the table grapes from Eva and Rene?!?!?  They are amazing!  I have to admit that I love the super-hard burst in my mouth GIGANTIC grapes from California and so I thought that the Niagara ones would be disappointing.  Instead, when I tasted one my response was: "OH! This is what grapes can taste like?!!!"  You know the descriptions of wines on the bottles, that's how I feel like describing these grapes. The green ones are so sweet with a zip of sour and a hint of roses in there somewhere.  Or something.  You try them and tell me what the words are I'm searching for.  (They'll be available in two weeks.)

We're moving into apple season, boys and girls!  What are your favourite varieties?  I like the Gala and Honeycrisp.  We are starting to carry apples and pears from Steve Martin at Martin's Family Fruit Farm.  We'll still be seeking out apples from tiny farmers but I want to start our season with Martin's.  Martin's are one of the few (only?) places nearby that store apples and pears in a carefully controlled environment so that we can still eat local apples in May and June next year.  This means that they have higher costs (year round costs) than farmers who have a few apple trees and sell 10-20 bushels for almost nothing in the Fall.  Elmeda sold us apples for $10 a bushel last week!  Steve and his family need to charge us $38 a bushel for Honey Crisp (the others are between $25 and $38 before we add 25%).  But Elmeda's apples were also a very soft texture and not going to keep more than a week.  So, please, join me in supporting Martin's Family Fruit Farm and the good work they are doing to store local fruits year round. They are also offering canned peaches from their farm near Vienna this year. We will be selling those later this Fall. 

For those of you who are looking for organic apples, I found some!!  Pete Milanovich and his family have 7 acres of apples near Drayton and they are in their 2nd year toward organic certification (they will be officially certified next year).  They have three kinds of apples for us this week. In the weeks to come they will have a few more varieties PLUS be able to sell us organic cider, apple butter, and applesauce from their apples!!

Flour from Arva
Are the chilly nights giving you the urge to bake?  We are offering flour from Arva Flour Mills this week. Arva is a neat old mill in Arva just north of London.  I wish they'd deliver so that we could carry their flour all of the time.  It is conventional but they do not add any preservatives or use pesticides or fungicides in their mill or on their packages.  We also have Arva's Cream of Whole Wheat cereal this week for those chilly mornings.  You know how some people have automatic coffee makers with a timer? I wish I had an automatic hot cereal maker that would be timed to have it cooked by 6 a.m. for our household.  Can I train a 7 year old to do it?

Winter Plans
We have five more weeks of WEEKLY buying clubs (last one Oct 23) and then we'll offer pick-up approximately MONTHLY.  The Winter pick-ups will be MONDAYS.  (The church needs the gym on Fridays for Out of the Cold.)  For some of you this will work better, for others worse.  The reasoning behind monthly pick-ups is that most of the foods we offer will be less perishable and last for about a month in your fridge.  The challenge will be ordering enough to last the month.  We are talking to farmers now about what they will have for us during the Winter. 
  • Antony of Soiled Reputation says that he'll have the Gourmet Salad Mix available most of the Winter. 
  • Eva will be storing sweet carrots for us. 
  • Jesse will have onions and cabbage.
  • Paul and Ivan will have potatoes.
Many farmers are reluctant to store squash for us because they suffer enough loss (from rot) that they need to charge more for the remaining squash. They are worried that nobody will pay more for a local squash in February than they did in September.
We'll also have:
  • Cheese
  • Flours
  • Grains
  • Honey and Maple Syrup
  • Peanut products
  • Popcorn
  • Canned peaches
  • Canned pear-apple sauce
  • Jams
  • Relishes and pickles
  • Frozen chicken, beef, lamb, pork
  • Eggs
  • Some baked goods

Items to note for this week:
For those of you who look for the Sundried Tomato Sausage, it is offered this week.
Paul will give a guarantee on any of his melons. If you get a bad one, let us know and he'll send a free one for you the next week.
  • Organically grown apples from near Drayton
  • Other apples, including Honeycrisp, and pears from Martin's Family Fruit Farm
  • Red Peppers by the half bushel to make Roasted Red Peppers (freeze well in oil and then pull out for pizza or pasta)
  • Chinese cabbage from Paul (try it with a sweet vinaigrette and toasted almonds)
  • Mini Straw Bales (what every home decorator needs at this time of year : ) )
  • Butternut squash (my favourite squash for everything)
  • Lower prices on carrots and celeriac

Do you think the Beaver Dam peppers were named that because when the inventor bit into one she said "Dam! That's hot." Then looked at her kids and added: "Beaver Dams are hot!"

Did you notice the editorial in the Record about how local food does not benefit the environment?  Any of you want to write a response?  The issue is more complicated than it was considered.  Complicated and yet so simple. It just makes sense to eat food from as close to you as possible.

Enjoy the last few days of sun for awhile,
Bailey's Local Foods
P.S. We can use your fruit boxes and jars from preserves again if you return them.

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