Monday, January 18, 2010

Baileys Local Food Buying Club - Pickup Reminder

If you put in an order this month it will be ready for you to pick up on Monday, January 18th from 3:30 until 7:00PM in Hilliard Hall at the First United Church at 16 William Street West in Waterloo. You can check your order by logging in at If you checked trhe prepackaing option your order will be packed and ready for 5pm. Items that require refrigeration will not be pre-packed for health reasons.

I want to thank all our members for supporting local farmers and producers in 2009 and into 2010. If you have suggestions on what you want to buy this year, please let us know. It's seed ordering and planning season. I'm also quite surprised that we have 14 new members this month (January!) Welcome!!! Thank you to all those who have helped to 'market' Bailey's Local Foods.

Thank you for your generosity. We will be donating $220 to a local food based charity on your behalf.
The House of Friendship and the Food Bank are both worthy causes we are considering donating to. Now I need to call them!

Items not available and things to look for on the Spontaneous Table:
  • Grimo Hickory Nuts (are very tasty) and are in 1.5 lb bags to reflects the true cost. There will be extra nuts on the Spontaneous Table
  • There will be extra 4 lb bags of unwashed carrots on the Spontaneous Table from Fertile Ground.
  • Paul Bowman only has about 12 butternut squash available. Look for Delicata and Sweet Dumpling squash on the Spontaneous Table
  • Soiled Reputation is sold out of Savoy cabbage, Large leeks, fingerling potatoes, and salad greens (I know... I'm sad about this too!). Baby carrots will be substituted with regular carrots.
Check out our website for another new recipe from Dinah. The recipe for Turkey Cutlets with Rosemary and Shallots sounded pretty yummy to me!

Self Checkout Reminder
We continue to offer a SELF CHECK-OUT option to those of you who are paying by cheque! We hope that this will help speed up the check out process for some of you who want to work out your total yourself. We started with self check-out in 2008 and now we are returning to our roots.
We choose to trust our members. You know that if we lose money due to missing items or math mistakes, we won't survive. We will still have the regular check-out option for those of you who prefer it. If you notice an error (ours or yours), please let us know.

Pre-Packed Orders
If you indicated that you would like your items pre-packed when you ordered they will be ready after 5pm. Please ask a volunteer to get your order. Items requiring refrigeration will be added when you arrive.

Please enter through the white kitchen door off Caroline Street.
You will find a pickup slip with your name on it listing the items that you ordered this week. Pick up all your items (including those in the coolers, fridges and freezer), check out our Spontaneous Table then head to our checkout area.

We will have extra items for you to purchase on our Spontaneous Table in front of the blue cupboards just in case you forgot anything. Anyone can purchase items from the Spontaneous Table. You don't even have to be a Member!

There will be room to socialize and mingle. Expect your pick-up to take awhile. If you need help collecting your order, please ask!

In out checkout area, please help us and our volunteers by having items available to view for the checkout process. Please be patient as this area will likely be quite busy.

We accept payment in cash or cheque (made out to Bailey's Local Foods). The total from your shopping cart is always approximate. We will try to ensure that you only pay for the items available this week as local food can sometimes be unpredictable and items that are priced by the pound are approximate on the order form.

When writing cheques, please ensure that the date is correct (it's 2009!) and that the numbers you write (digits and words) match. Also, if you make your cheque out to anything other than "Bailey's Local Foods" the bank won't cash it. We need you to sign it too! Please help us to avoid these costly errors.

You need to bring your own bags to carry your items home. We have boxes, but do not have plastic bags. A limited number of cloth bags will be available for sale.

If possible, consider walking, biking or bringing a wagon to pick up your order. If you are driving, please park in the Waterloo Town Square Public Parking Lot. You can access the Waterloo Town Square Parking Lot by Caroline Street, Alexandra Avenue, Willis Way or King Street by the LCBO. We have been asked not to park in the church parking lot.

**Please don't forget to pick up your order! At approximately 6:30PM, if you have not picked up your order, we will call the number you provided (when you registered) with a friendly reminder. At 7:00PM we will pack up your order and add the $15 packing fee to your order total. If you have not picked up your order by 7:30PM (or when we finish cleaning up) your order will be donated - and you still get the pleasure of paying for it. We need to receive payment for this week's order before you can order for the following week.

If you are not happy with what you receive, all claims for missing/damaged items must be made at the pick-up site before 7:00PM that same day. After 7:00PM all sales are final.

Thank you,
Rachael and Nina
Bailey's Local Foods

P.S. We can use your fruit baskets and boxes as well as jars from preserves again if you return them.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Ordering for January 18 ends Tuesday at 8:00 PM

This is your reminder that you should place your order before Tuesday at 8:00PM to get great local food on January 18.

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I'm sick. My kids are talking about how our food smells, and I can't smell a thing. The rest of the family has already gotten through the same cold/flu/whatever earlier in the week, so I'm sure it won't be long until I'm better. Until then I'll keep my roll of nose wipes handy.

Grainharvest Breadhouse Inc.
I talked to Roland from Grainharvest before the new year and last week I received their product info and now we have Grainharvest items on our website. You can order bagels, croissants, butter tarts and many, many breads and buns - organic options too! Some of their items are not available on Mondays, so if we're missing one of your favourites that may be why. Also, we aren't offering the frozen items like pizza dough and pie shells due to lack of freezer space, but they may be available in the future. If you try their products let us know what you think!

Halloumi - Why should I buy that?
To make your own Saganaki! Years ago, Andrew and I used to order Saganaki with friends at the Huether for the taste and for the added show of it. Last weekend my three year old got to watch the big fire as Andrew made Saganaki and flambéed the cheese with some Ouzo we had on hand. You can serve it without the fire, but it made the food extra fun. Look for all the Local Dairy Products cheeses and other dairy items (like yogurt and crème fraiche). We loved their mozzarella on pizza last night. It almost tastes like butter!

New Recipe on!
Thanks to Dinah, one of our members, the Kale recipe is off the website and recipe on website will be changing more often. Check out for a tourtière recipe that you can make yourself! Beth also sent us a website featuring root vegetable recipes at that I'm happy to pass on to you.

Soiled Salad
Antony of Soiled Reputation emailed to say that he would have some salad greens for us this month! I thought that I would have to email to tell you they were on the order form, but it looks like you already noticed (there is only one bag left!) We will actually have Gourmet Mix instead of Bistro (until there is more light). Antony says that the prices on his leafy items have gone up a bit as minimum wage increases in 2010 as they are the most labour intensive crop. This is his first price increase on greens since 2000!

Grimo Nuts
If you are interested in getting any Black Walnuts or Hickory Nuts from Niagara please order them this month! We have had an offer to pick them up, so they will be coming for the 18th if we have a few more orders. This will likely be the last chance for Black Walnuts and Hickory Nuts. There are still Heartnuts available too. They are liks walnuts, but prettier and easier (in my opinion) to open. In the fall we have Grimo's Chestnuts and Persian Walnuts to look forward to again.

Items to look for:
  • Mapleton's yogurt almost sold out! Make sure you have enough for a month!
  • Italian Broad Beans from Paul in the 'Dried Beans' section
  • Peach fruit spread from Orchard Hill Produce (tasty with leftover gluten free shortbread from Christmas)
Take care,
Bailey's Local Foods

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Bailey's Buying Club - Ordering is now open for January 18, 2010

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A message from Rachael
Happy New Year! I hope that you enjoyed some holidays and are ready for 2010! I just got back from my Aunt's house in Simcoe where we finished yet another holiday meal.

After attending the Waterloo Region Food Summit in November and later talking with a friend who works at House of Friendship I realize how many people are not so lucky to be able to choose and afford local foods.
Food banks and other agencies were hit really hard with requests this holiday season. It's been bugging me for a while and in addition to sending extra food to worthy causes at the end of our pickup day I'd like to offer another way to help others. I've added a $5 donation button that we can all use to give food to others. 100% will go to a food related charity that is local. A soup kitchen, the House of Friendship, the Waterloo Region Food Bank, whatever. If you would like to suggest a way to put these donations to use we welcome your suggestions.

Nina's suggestion was to use the money to buy beans and peanut butter from local farmers to donate to the Waterloo Region Food Bank. Both items are in high demand and we can support local farmers and eaters at the same time!

If you look in the 'other' category you will find a new $5 donation button. I will send updates as this project takes shape.

Thanks for your help!


Hello Local Eaters,
I was standing at the kitchen sink today looking out the window at a backyard full of snow with my hands in a sink of dirty carrots and thinking of Angie. Angie Koch is the farmer of Fertile Ground CSA who sold us the bags of unwashed carrots in December. I was thinking of her out in her fields with her spaghetti strap tank top, low slung denim cut-offs and strong brown hands planting the carrots in long rows in the fertile earth near Schneider Bush. Thank you Ang, for working for less than minimum wage to follow your dream of starting a farm and growing us carrots. I was also thinking of you and wondering if any of you were washing carrots too. When I dumped the carrots into the sink the aroma of CARROTS and EARTH filled the kitchen. I don't know if I've smelled that in my kitchen before when there was snow in the ground. A sensual delight. And then I stood there rubbing each carrot - giving it a little massage - crunching on a small sweet one and thinking of Angie and you.
The carrots were the vegetable part of our pizza supper this New Years Day. I tried a new recipe for a thin crust pizza dough that turned out delicious with pesto, cheddar, onions and hamburger. Add sparkling apple cider from near Simcoe and two grandparents and it felt like a party.

I asked Angie how she harvested and stored these carrots. Here's her description:
The carrots you got in December were harvested the last week of October. They were a mix of Nelson & Berlicummer seeds. The ground was quite wet (hence them being so dirty). We loosen the carrots with a digging fork, then pull them by hand & clip the greens off.

We leave the dirt on and pack them into bins of damp wood shavings because it helps moderate the moisture level so the carrots don't get rubbery. We then put the bins in cold storage (either my brother's basement or the cooler at the farm with a space heater set to keep the temperature above freezing). This year was a bit of a challenge since November was so warm. We ended up harvesting some more carrots late November to replace some of the earlier ones that had already started sprouting in storage.

Turkey Drama
How did your holiday feasts turn out? I heard that the goose at Nath's feast turned out wonderful. Properly greasy, she said. At the last minute Paul offered me a pasture-raised turkey. I happily accepted even though he said it was 30lbs and I have never prepared a turkey that large. Well, it was actually FORTY pounds! The same size as my four year old daughter. My mother-in-law offered to prepare it and baked it in a huge electric roaster. After about 4 hours she realized that the breasts were not baking fast enough because they were sticking up our of the roaster (only covered by aluminum foil because the lid could not fit). So she cut off the ENORMOUS breasts, put those in a pan and baked them separately. At dinner, she reassembled the pieces back into the original shape and my father-in-law was barely able to carry it to the table. It tasted wonderful and would've been a happy ending if my father-in-law had not decided to put it on the porch to cool. So, yes, the dogs enjoyed a turkey feast. When we realized what was going on, we rescued a still-large turkey carcass, rinsed it and boiled it for soup. Still a happy ending. I have two jugs of turkey broth in my freezer waiting to become squash soup or vegetable barley soup.

Speaking of turkey, Matthew used the ground turkey in lasagna yesterday along with frozen swiss chard and more. It was wonderful. I love that we can order turkey breasts, legs, etc now!

Soiled Reputation
Antony of Soiled Reputation is one of the few farmers around here who keeps farming all year long. He now has a funky website where you can go read more about him - and see his paintings. Turns out he's an artist too!
He thinks he'll have more of his gourmet salad mix for us in Feb or March. To tide you over until then, we've added "living" salad greens from Slegers near Stratford

Later Tomater
We'll have to wait a couple months for more of those yummy grape tomatoes from Floralane. They pulled up the old plants in December and the new ones should be ready in March. At our grand opening in June Stuart said how long the tomato plants get. I think he said 30 meters! Each! If you're curious how they grow, you can stop in at their farm just north of Elmira. They are on the Buy Local! Buy Fresh! map.

Creme, Crema, and Creamy Cheeses
A highlight of our December 21st pick up for me (besides the smooth and organized system!) was meeting Amarjit (he goes by Singh) and tasting his creams and cheeses. At one point toward the end of the evening I had a hot tamale in my hand and Singh was insisting on dribbling Crema la Vaquita on it each time I was about to take a bite. He assured me that the fat in cream is good for me. It tasted so good!! A few days later I served Supremo Nachos at a family gathering with Crema la Vaquita on the side (along with guacamole and salsa). Imagine McKechnie tortilla chips with the following toppings: Hillbilly Small Red Mexican Beans, black olives, green onions from Paul, grape tomatoes from Stuart, and old cheddar from Millbank - all melted into gooey goodness. We devoured two cookies sheets of nachos like a pack of wolves. I think we'll have to make Supremo Nachos more often. I haven't tried the Queso Blanco yet or the Paneer. Maybe they'll inspire a couple meals this week as we shift back to regular life.

Green Onions Not Pretty But Oh So Fresh
I heard from a member that the green onions were ugly. I should've explained ahead of time how wonderful they are despite the outer slimeyness. Paul planted green onions out in the field in late August. By the end of September he realized that they were not going to mature before the season ended. So he dug up the row tractor bucket by tractor bucket and gently placed the chunks of soil and green onions into his hoop house (unheated greenhouse). Inside they were protected and slightly warmer so they were able to mature and then stand there waiting to be harvested. By Dec 21 they had been frozen a few times despite being inside and so the outer layer had been damaged. Paul left the outer layer on to protect the next layer from drying out with the assumption that we'd remove the outer layer before using it.

Foods to Look for This Month:
  • If you're looking for shallots, they're in the onion section
  • This may be your last chance to order local squash (frozen will still be available)
  • Frozen squash puree for easy soups and "pumpkin" pies
  • Beef or Beef/Pork Patties sale by Traditional Foods
  • Hunks of high quality meat to throw in the crockpot for easy meals
  • Beans for "beans and rice" with Crema la Vaquita - and tortilla chips
  • Grainharvest will be supplying us with their high-quality baked goods (coming soon!). They use local soft wheat flour and spelt flour while the hard wheat flour comes from Western Canada.
  • Organic local popcorn now here
  • Tart cherry juice (concentrated!)
Foods in Jars for 2010?
Edna and Melinda of Country Flavour are asking us what new preserves we'd like them to make this year. Are there foods in jars you love that you wish would be made with local foods? They have quite an impressive selection already, the only things I can think of are minced garlic (super handy!) or hot sauces.

One-sided Paper for Us?
We try to save trees by using one-sided paper for printing the pick up slips. Do you have nice neat stacks of paper without staples that you want to see used? The lovely stacks I had have dwindled. If you do have lots, please drop it off at my house or bring it to the next pick up.

Have a Farm Dream?
Angie Koch is facilitating a FarmStart course for people who have a farm dream:

Exploring Your New Farm Dream Course
Thinking about starting your own farm business? Want to learn more about the opportunities and realities of farming? Exploring Your New Farm Dream: Is Starting an Agricultural Business Right for You? is a course designed to help aspiring farmers learn what it takes to start and manage a commercial agricultural business. If you're interested in considering a future in farming this course will help you weigh your options and decide whether a farm business is the right path for you. Angie Koch of Fertile Ground CSA will be facilitating the Kitchener course which includes 4 evening sessions and 1 day of farm tours.Kitchener - The Working Centre (58 Queen St. South)
Evening sessions (6:30pm â€" 9:30pm): Wednesdays, Feb 10, Feb 17, Mar 3, Mar 10
Farm tour (full day): Saturday, Feb 20

For more information and to apply visit If you have questions contact Gayl at or (519) 836-7046 x105 or talk to Angie 519-569-8690 or

By eating local foods you are making farm dreams possible. I see a KW with urban farm plots in nooks and corners of the city. I see bicyclists going by with rakes and hoes sticking out of their trailers. I see fresh produce stands at City Hall, church parking lots, in the parks and along bike paths. I see greenhouses using waste heat from the building next door and warming a winter crop of grape tomatoes - on your street.

Thank you for choosing a resilient local food system and helping to make it a reality,
Bailey's Local Foods
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