Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bailey's Local Foods ordering ends at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, December 14th

This is your reminder that you should place your order before 8:00 pm Tuesday December 14th for pickup on MONDAY December 20th.
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.

***Please note - Upcoming  MONDAY pickups are January 17, February 28, March 28 and April 18 (NEW Date!). Weekly Friday pickups will resume at the end of May.
Be sure to order enough for 4 weeks!

A Message from Maryrose:

Hello Local food friends,

Is it cold enough for you? We made a trip to the grocery store a few days ago for the first time in nearly a month. I found myself looking at the cut flowers and yearning for a beautiful bunch of flowers from Lena Burkhart. I then started to think back over the past six months and all the colourful fruits and veggies we had the pleasure to offer all of you. As you already know we are moving into our Winter schedule of one pick up day a month until spring. The good news is there are only four more pick ups until we are back to the weekly schedule. I hope it can go by as quickly as the summer seems to pass. Don't forget to stock up and order enough food for the month.

Can you believe that the Holidays are upon us. If you celebrate Christmas, it will be less than a week from pick up on Monday. Have you nailed down your menu yet? In my home we celebrate Christmas on the 24th with a seafood extravaganza. Maybe one day soon we will be able to offer local fish. If you are unlike me as most are and have Turkey for your Christmas feast, don't forget to order yours. We have a choice in frozen turkeys - Snyder Heritage Farms (natural) and Vibrant Farms (organic).

I am so excited to be able to have a cheese tray from Monforte to offer all the guest that will be over celebrating the season with us. I think I will serve the cheese with Evelyn's crackers and some delicious cranberry amaretto preserves from From these Roots. I might also serve Tourtiere at room temperature with the cheese tray. It was only a few years ago that I learned about it being a french tradition to serve tourtiere over the holidays. Oh and I almost forgot to order sparkling cider for those who do not drink spirits.

I started and finished my baking yesterday. I have been invited to a cookie exchange which means I only need to bake one type of cookie and come home with many others. If you are running out of time or just don't like to bake, we have many baked goods to choose from.
Karin from Little City Farm has changed the packaging for her teas. As part of the change there is a cost savings which is being passed onto you. Go have a look they are in the 'other' section under 'teas'. Speaking of teas, Miriam Gingrich has dried Mint and Balsam to offer. They are in the vegetable section.

Angie from Fertile Ground has unwashed beets to offer this week. We will also have unwashed carrots from her in the near future. Here is a note she has passed on to us about how to store unwashed root veggies:

Unwashed root vegetables can keep for months in cold storage or the fridge. The dirt on them helps maintain appropriate moisture levels so they don't so easily get either too dry & shrivel up, or too damp & rot.
Keep unwashed roots in a slightly damp medium (wood shavings, sand, soil or shredded newspaper can all work well) - as close to 0°C as possible without freezing. The medium should be just damp enough that no more than 1 drop of water could be squeezed out if you tried really hard. If you don't have any of these available, store in cloth or paper bags (not plastic) & even wrap in an extra layer or 2 of cloth to keep them from drying out but still allow them to breathe.

And a little something from Rachael:

When I read the email from Angie about storing unwashed root vegetables, it reminded me of a fermentation workshop that Sandor Katz (Wild Fermentation) gave in Guelph a few years back. He talked about Soil Based Organisms (SBOs) and how they are GOOD for us. In his book The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America's Underground Food Movements he writes about SBOs on Pages 116-117 and suggests that you taste a little dirt with your next carrot  - noting also that the most expensive probiotics on the market are SBOs! Since then I worry more about the chemicals in the dirt and less about washing all the dirt out of the cracks of my carrots.

We are very excited to let you know that Barrie Bros. Asparagus Tortilla Chips and Asparagus Dried Pasta are both back on the order form! If they are your favourites, then order away!

Also, descriptions for the cheeses from Monforte are in the works. If you are a dedicated fan of Monforte, you can send us descriptions of your favourites too!

Don't forget that we will have local artisans at Monday's pickup again and will be collecting toiletries for House of Friendship again. Thank you to all who brought toiletries and supported our Vendors at the last pickup!

Maryrose and Rachael
Bailey's Local Foods

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

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