Saturday, August 21, 2010

Bailey's Buying Club - Ordering is now open for Friday, August 27th 2010

Click to log-in and order. Ordering closes at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, August 24th.
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 First United Church on Friday, August 27th between 3:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Ordering will end on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Message from Rachael:

This is the last week for blueberries! Get all you can for freezing or making jam to last you all the way to next August!

Did you see the fountain grass from Selema? So lovely and large. I think I need two pots for either side of the walkway from my house...

Enjoy your weekend and your holidays and order lots of tomatoes! =)


Message from Nina:

How is eating local food going for you? Have you found ways to make local food fit into your schedule and your menu and your budget?  I’d love to hear what you are figuring out.  We are inventing this as we go - this relocalisation of the food system. We aren’t trying to go back to the way our grandparents ate when they were children, we are figuring out how to eat locally in our own 2010 way.  My family has mostly figured it out. We get about 85% of our food from Bailey’s Local Foods and the rest from Valumart and Vincenzo’s.  Occasionally we go to Herrle’s or the Framers’ Markets for a fun outing.  We freeze and can a few key foods that are important to us. 

We freeze:
  • sliced asparagus
  • steamed chard/kale/spinach
  • strawberries
  • berries for winter jam-making
  • sweet corn
  • pesto
  • dill (lots for borscht)
  • peas (I hope we get shelled peas in 10lb bags from Mary Jane again!)
We can:
  • peaches
  • pear-apple sauce
  • jams
  • (occasionally tomatoes or salsa)

With my dad as my right-hand man and my mom taking care of the kids, I canned 21 jars of peaches Monday morning and was not even irritable at 12:30 when the last jars came out of the canner!  This is astounding.They will be jars of summer that we’ll open in the winter to put on oatmeal, yogurt and to put in fruit cobblers and crisps. 

It was so pleasant canning those peaches that we’re going to do another 14 jars this Monday.  The peaches were just beautiful to work with: almost no bruises and the skin slipped off so nicely.  They were perfectly free stone and the flavour was just so intense! I put a honey syrup on them for the first time so I’m curious how that will taste.  The jars are so packed with peaches only about half a cup of syrup even fit in.  I can’t believe I’m gushing about how lovely it was to can peaches but it really was.  We listened to good music and my dad and I got to talk in a leisurely and uninterrupted way.  I had enough peaches leftover to make a huge cobbler and a little cobbler. We immediately consumed the little cobbler (with milk on top) and saved the huge one for supper in the backyard with friends.

What season is it at your house? It’s watermelon season at ours.  We are enjoying it everyday.  It was lovely to taste fresh pears again this week too.  Such a buttery texture pears have.  It’s also tomato season.  Last year tomatoes were hard to find with the cold wet season but this year the crop looks good!  I wish that my three year old would eat the tomato and feta salad that the rest of us enjoy.  If I put ketchup on it he’d eat it.

In gratitude for people like you who put their money where their mouths are (into good local food!),
Bailey's Local Foods

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

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