Sunday, June 27, 2010

Bailey's Buying Club - Ordering is now open for Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Click to log-in and order. Ordering closes at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, June 29th.
Please be sure to read the wavier on our website when you log in. It reminds you that items placed your shopping cart are automatically saved (there is no 'checkout' button).

Items you order this week are to be picked up at St Mark's Lutheran Church (825 King Street West, Kitchener, ON) on Tuesday July 6 between 3:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Ordering will end on Tuesday June 29, 2010 at 8:00 PM (though we may extend it slightly).

For the following week ordering will be back to normal with a regular Friday pickup on Friday July 9th.
*** Mark Sunday, August 15th on you calendar for Bailey's Picnic Pot Luck in Waterloo Park! We have reserved the Servery by the Bandshell for our group! More details to come!

Message from Rachael:

Sorry for the late email folks! I just got the CHERRIES on the order form! We will have big, dark sweet Lapin cherries available in 1 L boxes (green boxes from strawberries), 3L baskets or in 10 and 20 lb flats. Of course the flats are the best deal, so you can eat lots and maybe save some for winter? I've tasted some local cherries from the market on Saturday and it is looking to be a very good season for sweet tasty goodness!

Things you will find this week include lots of veggies, CHERRIES, eggs, cheese from Local Dairy, bread and sweets from Grainharvest and Circle of Life, the last of the asparagus (maybe?) from Barrie's Asparagus and tortilla chips and wraps from McKechnie Foods. You will be able to get Mapleton's yogurt and cheese and dips (MMMmmmm!) from Local Dairy.

This order is for pickup on TUESDAY July 6th at St Mark's Lutheran Church in Kitchener (between KCI and the Grand River Hospital). Due to the long weekend we will not have a pickup on Friday, July 2nd.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,


Message from Nina:

My stomach is growling so this may not be a good time to write about local food.  I'll probably end up gushing about how delicious everything is - again!  How can I not gush?  The food that is being delivered to us is such an array of flavours and textures and colours and deliciousness.  I thought the offerings in the winter were quite abundant and rich but as the season warms up, the newly ripened crops are like waves of pleasure crashing on my shore.  See, I shouldn't write about food when I'm hungry!  My analogies are bordering on inappropriate and ridiculous!  Can you feel the waves coming in?  Strawberries... peas... cherries next... then broccoli... and then...

Did you get fresh peas last week?  The shelling peas are really as close to candy as we get in the vegetable family.  They even come in a sexy little wrapper.  The less-than-mature shelling peas are my favourite. Little tiny peas inside that are all sweetness on the toungue.  If you're wanting to steam or freeze more than just a taste of fresh local peas, hang in there. We'll be getting 10lb bags of already-shelled peas (organic) from Mary Jane (the Niagara fruit connection).  I put 7 bags (70 lbs) in our freezer last year and they lasted us until May.  My two and four year old love to eat them frozen. I love them as a convenient vegetable side dish in the winter.  They also make a lovely creamed fresh pea soup.

Speaking of Mary Jane. She and her husband are the middle-folks who work hard to bring fruit to us from Rene and Eva at the Palatine Fruit and Roses farm in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  This farm is where we are getting the first cherries this order (June 6 - a Tuesday at St. Mark's Lutheran)!  We'll also be the lucky recipients of their plums, apricots, pears, peaches, the loveliest roses in Ontario, and heirloom tomatoes. We are so very happy to have found a farm that only uses chemicals as a last resort when the natural methods have failed. Here is a description of Rene and Eva's farming practices (see their website for more details

Our fruit is picked tree ripe, which results in exceptional flavour.
We are committed to producing an excellent product.

Insect Management
We focus in IPM (Integrated Pest Management).  The orchards and vineyards are scouted by individuals who are trained to recognize insects and diseases.  We only spray when insect numbers exceed a certain threshold.  We use sprays that have the least negative impact on beneficial insects, birds and animals.  Products such as molasses, oils, clay and Growers Nutrional Solutions are used to enhance the health of the trees and vines.
Fungus Management
We also use IPM methods and the services of scouts for fungus management.  We prefer to use sulfur, copper and 35% hydrogen peroxide.

fiore di latte
It's a cheese that I kind of tore into during last week's buying club as my supper and was disappointed at how bland it was (not aged and no salt).  Rachael and Maryrose convinced me it was a lovely fresh mozzarella and gave me instructions for putting it salted in a tomato salad with olive oil. I made my salad on Sunday and it WAS lovely! So it's not a cheese that I'd recommend eating plain but with some salt and complementary flavours it is delish.  It's worth trying just for the lovely name.

Local Food Blog
If you like reading about local food, check out the blog from Foodlink's "Roving Locavore."  She (I think it is a she) wrote about a trip to pick strawberries last week at

This order (Tuesday, July 6 at St Mark's Lutheran Church in Kitchener) look for:

  • Easy appetizers for summer gatherings: dips from Local Dairy, crusty bread and cheeses (Local Dairy's mozzarella is creamy and good with a sourdough bread), selection of pickles for a Pickle Platter (pickled beans, carrots, cucumbers sweet, cucumbers garlic)
  • Easy salads: lettuces galore with grape tomatoes, green onions, and the Goat Cheddar with herbs and garlic (or feta).
  • Garlic scapes to make a fresh pesto (replace basil with scapes)
  • Pear-Apple sauce for popsicles
  • Canned Pear and peach slices to make sangria!
  • Three varieties of peas for snacking and meals
  • Small fresh onions (under the sub-category "onions")
  • Mapleton's blueberry yogurt (it's like dessert!)
Yours in solidarity with farmers and eaters who care,

Bailey's Local Foods

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

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