Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bailey's Local Foods ordering ends at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, July 12th + Last chance for CHERRIES?

This is a reminder that you should place your order before 8:00 pm Tuesday July 12th for pickup on Friday July 15th.
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A message from Maryrose:

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. We sure did. There was so much going on around town we just could not make it to all of it.

Cherries front and centre!
We have some good news and somewhat sad news for those cherry lovers like me. We heard back from Mary Jane, Cherries have been added to the order form for this week’s pick up!!! The sad news is this may be the only week we have them available for pre-order. The season is going to be short this year due to all the rain we received during the spring. Get them while you can!!!

Here is more info from Mary Jane:

Due to the cooler, overcast and wet spring we are very limited in the amount of local cherries available this year. At best we will have this first run on Friday July 15th and that may just be about it. There will not be any later varieties this year because the cherries suffered from black rot long before they even got a chance to ripen. I guess they prefer to have warm roots and a dry breeze to keep them happy.

The hardy cherry that survived the spring is the Hedelfingen cherry. The Hedelfingen is an old European variety. It is a mahogany red sweet cherry good for fresh eating, pies, juice, freezing (especially in black cherry ice cream), dehydrating and canning. The fruit is large, firm and quite sweet.

If we do not have cherries on the order form for July 22nd we will try to have some on the spontaneous table for that day. My son Otis and I will be visiting family in Niagara all of next week. We will do our best to track some cherries down and get them to you.

Angie from Fertile Ground has added a whole list of items to our vegetable section.
  • Kale (Red Russian)
  • Fennel
  • Turnips (purple top)
  • Snow peas
  • Tatsoi
  • Pak Choy - baby and full size
Don’t forget to order:
  • Rounds Beans - we will not be able to place an order unless we meet the minimum order.
  • Oak Manor - we will not have it available until August 12th.
  • Green Table Foods
  • Gordon’s Goat Dairy
  • Candycane beets from Paul Bowman
  • Bags of Basil tops from Soiled Reputation
  • More raspberries now available from Ivan Brubacher
  • More amazing cherry and grape tomatoes from Apple Creek Farm!
From Rachael:

Kohlrabi recipes
Well, you’ve been asking about Kohlrabi - and why not? It’s not well known, looks incredibly funny and you don’t know what to do with it.

First, kohlrabi tastes sort of like broccoli stems, but milder and sweeter. Not selling you yet? Try it peeled and sliced up on a veggie platter! You could also make a mean slaw with it or Maryrose suggested it as a gratin dish - shredded and topped with breadcrumbs and cheese... oh the cheese!

The reason our kohlrabi comes with the leaves is because they are good for you too! Eleanor specifically asked that we get kohlrabi with leaves and suggested some great ways to enjoy it:

The leaves are good to eat either raw (mixed in with greens), or steamed like collards. I slice and fry the root in olive oil with dill seeds, and serve the steamed leaves with it. Combines beautifully with turnips (rutabagas I mean) along with any meat (especially lamb) or any veg patty.

Now for some fun events:
  • UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Once you find parking, you might as well enjoy the music! http://www.uptownwaterloojazz.ca/
  • Square2Square Part 2 this Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm in Waterloo AND Kitchener! “King Street will be closed from the Waterloo Public Square, all the way down to Civic Square in front of Kitchener City Hall.” http://square2square.ca/
I really need to get to bed, but just got news that we will have blueberries next week!!!!

Stay cool!
Maryrose and Rachael
Bailey's Local Foods

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