Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bailey's Local Foods ordering ends at 8:00 pm on Tuesday August 24th

This is your reminder that you should place your order before 8:00 pm Tuesday, August 24th for pickup on Friday, August 24th

Click http://baileyslocalfoods.ca/ordering to log-in and order.

Items that you have placed in your shopping cart will be ordered on your behalf on Tuesday at 8:00pm. There is no checkout button. If you do not intend to order, please ensure that your shopping cart is empty.

Message from Rachael:

Hi everyone!

I'd like to remind you that we will not be holding a pick up next week (September 3rd) due to the long weekend. Stock up on eggs, yogurt, cheese, meat and more for all your long weekend fun! We'll see you again on September 10th!

This is the last week for blueberries and peaches, so get your canning, freezing and jam making done now!!

Be sure to check out:
  • Fresh Spanish onions from Lena Horst for the last week (we now have dried onions from her too!) and all the other great varieties of onions available from Lena Burkhart
  • Braided garlic from Paul Bowman
  • Leeks and celery seconds (for soup) from Edward and Selema Martin
  • Ginger Gold and Paula Red apples from Martin's Family Fruit Farm
  • Multigrain organic bagels from Grainharvest
  • Flour and other grains from Oak Manor
  • Pickled products from Barrie Bros. and chips and tortilla from McKechnie - have you tried their tamales?
  • Wonderful teas from Little City Farm!
Some more information about our fruit from Mary Jane:

This week we have 2 varieties of blue plums, peaches from the 'Flamin' Fury' peach series called 'PF24' and Bartlett pears!

The two varieties of blue plums this week are both excellent quality plums. (we will have some of each for you to choose)

First is the Valor plum. It is a larger plum with a deep violet-blue skin and yellow flesh. It is sweet for eating fresh and is very good for baking in desserts. It also freezes well for future baking! 
The Verity plum is also a larger plum that is sweet for eating. It is also considered a 'dual-use' plum!

We will have more Italian plums in about 2 weeks for those of you still looking to can plums!

For the past 2 weeks you have been enjoying peaches from the 'Stellar' peach series developed by Jim Friday. This week we have the PF24 peach which is from the 'Flamin' Fury' series of peaches developed by Paul Friday (thus the 'PF' in the name)...Jim's cousin. The Friday family have been breeding fruit since they came to Michigan in 1846 and the farm has been in the family for 162 years! Both Fridays are one of the few private breeders left! Paul and Jim were always competing to create the best peaches! I think they both succeeded. But you can taste for yourself! If we run out of PF24 peaches for this order, we will fill the rest of the orders with the All-star peach (a Stellar peach) so you won't have to go without peaches!

The PF 24 peaches are large (although a bit smaller this year with less rain), nicely coloured peaches with a firm flesh and is of excellent quality. It is freestone and is an all purpose peach - canning, cooking, baking, freezing, drying and as always..fresh eating! Enjoy!
The Bartlett pears is known for being 'the' pear for canning. When it ripens is has a soft yellow skin and a juicy creamy texture and gives off a sweet aroma. They are great for eating fresh or adding to salads. Along with being good canners they are also excellent cooked and poached!

A reminder of the best way to let your peaches ripen without spoiling (from previous years): To prevent bruising, peaches are not completely ripe. Spread them out on newspaper on their side or bottom (not stem down) and they'll ripen over the next few days.

All the fruit we get from Eva and Rene are 'tree run'. We do this to avoid the sorting station that insists on fungicidal baths, fuzz removal (peaches) and paraffin wax coatings!. This means some fruit will be larger and some smaller, some more ripe and some less ripe all in the same box. Eva and Rene let our fruit ripen on the tree much longer than if they were to pick it for the shippers! The shippers want green fruit and we want tree ripened fruit!!

Bailey's Local Foods

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