Friday, October 14, 2011

Bailey's Local Foods - Ordering is now open for Friday October 21st

Click to log-in and order. Ordering closes at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, October 18th
Please be sure to read the waiver 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 are to be picked up at First United Church on Friday October 21st between 3:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Ordering will end on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 at 8:00 PM

From Maryrose:
Hello Folks,

What a wonderful weekend we had to spend with our family and friends. Our family went out for our first hike since Marlo was born. It was such great weather to get outside. We stumbled upon many strangers that were all eager to have a peek at the baby and talk about the weather.

I love the changing leaves, we have two large red maples in our yard. We spend a fair share of our days on the porch watching the leaves fall. while sitting out on our porch I came to the realization that we are one of the only households on the street that actually sit outside on our porch. I know some of our neighbours - probably more than most others but there is no real sense of community. It is because of this that I am so thankful to have a place like Bailey's to call my community.

We have a wonderful community of farmers and suppliers who work together to get your food to you. Often times if one farmer has run out of an item, another farmer with help us in filling the missing item. There are several deliveries that come in together, saving on time and fuel cost.

Lets not forget all of you and the community you have helped us build starting way back in Nina's carport and now still strong three full growing seasons later. This is our last Friday pick until June. We will be moving to Mondays starting Monday November 7th. This is because the church houses the Out Of The Cold program which provides compassion, food and a warm place to sleep on Friday nights through the winter. A good reason for a change.

Here are the Upcoming Bailey's pick up dates through to next spring:
There is no Bailey's Pickup on: October 14.
In November and December our pickups will be on Mondays, every other week. The dates are: Monday November 7th, November 21st, December 5th, December 19th.
After the new year our pickups will be every three weeks or so on January 16th, February 13th, March 5th, April 2nd, April 23rd and May 14th.

Highlights and New Items added to the offering list this week:

  • Mini Straw Bales can be used to decorate your house for the season and also putting your garden to sleep for the winter. They are in the 'plants' section along with the decorative Indian Corn!
  • Have you seen the mums around the church on pick up days. They are amazing and in the plant section if you want one too. They are a perennial plant. I now have five planted in my front gardens
  • Lena Burkhart has bags of broccolli. We have had them on the spontaneous table in the past. They are now on the order form.
  • Kingwood has Mibuna Asian Greens. These are great sauteed with some soy or tamari sauce - if you're ready for a new bottle, consider trying the sauces from Pristine Gourmet
  • Kim-chi making season is again upon us. We have Napa Cabbage, Daikon Radish, Carrots as well as various Asian greens - let us know if you're up for a kimchi making party!
  • Brenda Knechtel has added bunches of English breakfast and red radishes
  • This will be the last week for BULK peppers. I used my roasted peppers all last winter, I made soups, dips, sandwiches. I love how versatile a frozen roasted pepper can be
  • Sweet Potato squash is a new squash variety offered from Selema Martin. They look like Delicata to me!
  • Fresh Apple Cider from Apple Creek. It is organic and wonderful. If you haven't tried it yet, why not this week?
  • The Ambrosia Apple is now available from Martin's Family Fruit Farm
  • Martin's also has Bosc Pears. Bosc pears hold their shape well and are excellent for poaching and baking.
Poached Pears
  • 4 firm pears, choose those that have a stalk for better presentation
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla pod, split
  • 1 lemon, peeled and juiced
  1. Place the water and sugar in a deep saucepan (it needs to be big enough to hold the pears) and under a gentle heat, stirring occasionally, cook until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Meanwhile, peel the pears, you can core them if you like, it's up to you but do leave the stem in place.
  3. Place the peeled pears in water (with the lemon peel) so it doesn't brown as you peel the remaining fruit.
  4. When the sugar syrup is just below boiling point add the lemon peel and lemon juice, cinnamon stick and vanilla pod. Stir, then add the peeled pears. Make sure they fit under the syrup. Turn the heat down and very gently simmer, without boiling, until the pears have softened.
  5. This should take somewhere between 20-30 minutes depending on the size of the pears.
A note from Aura:
I saw a wonderful documentary the other night called "INGREDIENTS". It was an inspirational film about local food, farmers, restaurants and their supporters. I highly recommend it and it is available at the library. Here is a link to the film in case you are interested in knowing more. I enjoyed the fact that it was divided into seasons. As we move into the fall and winter, there is still so much locally grown food available to us. As we move into colder weather our bodies crave more heartier foods and the earth provides us with them.

Events in our Community

Organic Week
The second annual national celebration of all things organic, Organic Week starts this weekend! Canadian Organic Growers Perth-Waterloo-Wellington has coordinated a series of local events spanning October 15-22 to celebrate and raise awareness of the benefits of local organic food and farming. Check out their website at for details on the many local events!

What do you do with your carved pumpkins after Hallowe'en?
Last year about 60 neighbourhood pumpkins were gathered together in Alexandra Park on the night after Hallowe'en. It was a great chance to catch up with neighbours and friends and see so many creative pumpkin carvings.

There are two different Pumpkin events that will take place locally this year:
  • 2nd Annual "Great Alexandra Pumpkin Patch" in Alexandra Park (located in UpTown Waterloo).
  • 1st Annual "Great Duke Street Park Pumpkin Patch in Duke St Park (on Duke St, between Bismark and Shanley St).
They will both take place on November 1st starting at 6pm and are inspired by the "Sorauren Pumpkin Patch" in Roncesvalles (Toronto). Sneak a peek at some photos at

One Day Permaculture course
Jackie and Natalie want you to know more about the food around you. This full day course is on October 29th and will introduce you to topics such as "promoting native plants, rehabilitating disturbed landscapes, creating a foraging trail or augmenting the growth of highly nutritious foods in your own backyard." If you register before October 20 you'll save $15 off the price of registration! All the details including the flyer are at

Remember to order enough for two weeks!

Rachael and Maryrose,
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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