Monday, September 6, 2010

Bailey's Local Foods ordering ends at 8:00 pm on Tuesday September 7th

This is your reminder that you should place your order before 8:00 pm Tuesday, September 7th for pickup on Friday, September 10th

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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!

It's feeling like autumn! My husband and son just dug the potatoes and it's cool enough to roast veggies in the oven for dinner. I've made ratatouille (my new fall favourite) for a couple dinners and have some eggplant and zucchini frozen to make more.

Order now so you don't miss:
  • Organically grown apples from Apple Creek Farm!
  • Bulk Peppers, both organic and no spray
  • Herbs from Transpire - Cilantro for salsa making!
  • Antique roses from Palatine Fruit and Roses
  • Bottle Gourds from Vipul
Some more information about our fruit and roses from Mary Jane:

For the last few weeks of the season we are offering the beautiful cut roses grown out-doors by Eva and Rene. 
You can choose from the traditional Tea roses or the Antique rose that is new to North America! The Antique rose is a little different looking then the traditional Tea rose we are accustomed to. The Antique rose is meant to have a large center rose that opens accompanied by several side buds which may or may not open. This offers contrast for bouquets! We will get some of each of two varieties of antique roses available - the caramel antiques (caramel in colour), or 'Piano' which is a smaller red antique rose.

Both the Tea and Antique roses have a lovely fragrance since they are grown our-doors and are bred for fragrance. The roses grown in hot houses, as opposed to out-door roses, have been bred for longevity since they never know when they will be purchased. Hot house roses usually have a thicker leaf/petal to accomplish this characteristic! But when they do this they have to give up the fragrance. You cannot have fragrance and extreme longevity in the same rose!
The later verity prune plums are here. They are very similar to the Italian prune plum! The Verity prune plum has a dark blue skin with a tasty orangey flesh. It has a drier flesh and high sugar content which makes them very good for drying. They are also lovely for canning and baking as well as eating fresh!
The Swiss Bartlett pear is a great pear for eating and canning. We have left the Swiss Bartletts on the tree to ripen so they will be sweeter and closer to being ready to can. The flesh of the Swiss Bartlett goes buttery when left to ripen on the tree! The Swiss Bartlett has a juicy creamy texture and gives off a sweet aroma as well. They are great for eating fresh or adding to salads. Along with being good canners they are also excellent cooked and poached!
The first of the table grapes are here. Last year people were thrilled by the amazing flavour of these grapes. We have the Sovereign coronation and white Muscat grapes! The Sovereign Coronation grapes have a vibrant deep purple-blue coloured skin. It is sweet and sour with a distinctive musky flavour! They have a thin skin and are seedless! Uses vary from juicing, preserves, jams and jellies, freezing and eating fresh!
The white grape is from the Muscat family. It's uses include wine, raisins and fresh eating. They have a sweet floral aroma. The French noted the grape's musky character and called it 'Musque'. They are also seedless!
All of the table grapes from Eva and Rene's are grown organically!
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!!

Enjoy the short week,
Bailey's Local Foods

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