Friday, November 11, 2011

Bailey's Local Foods - Ordering is now open for MONDAY November 21st

Click to log-in and order. Ordering closes at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 15th
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 in Waterloo on Monday November 21st between 3:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Ordering will end on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 at 8:00 PM

In November and December our pickups are on Mondays, every other week. The dates are: Monday 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, May 14th.

Normally I send this reminder that ordering is open right away, but life here has been busy! We've been enjoying the lovely weather and I hope that you have too! Our order form opens the Thursday after the old order form closes - at least until the end of December when we change to less frequent pickups.

This pickup will be a great week for stocking up!
Fill your pantry with:
  • Flour from Oak Manor - now on sale! 10% off all flour! Thanks Perry! (Time to think of holiday baking)
  • Beans from Rounds Brand - These will be offered approximately once per month.
  • Maple Sugar from Snyder Heritage Farms - I think my kids would eat the whole jar if we weren't watching!
  • Garlic - We will only sell garlic until the end of December - so make sure you stock up until we have fresh crop available in late June!
  • Peanuts from Kernal Peanuts - new crop!
Peanuts and Rain
I've been trying to buy peanuts for more than a month now. You remember all that rain we got in early October (what I lovingly call the monsoon season)? It prevented many farmers, including our peanut growers from harvesting the crops that were planted in the ground. Last year was a smaller peanut crop than usual, so stock was already low, but imagine having a great crop and not being able to harvest it? I've been thinking of Nancy and the folks from Kernal since the rain stopped and hoping that it stayed warm enough not to freeze those awesome peanuts in the ground! Another advantage to you is that I can assure you that these are the freshest peanuts you've ever tasted!

It's the season for giving and receiving and we want to make it easier on you! You can give the gift of Bailey's which includes a 1 year membership and a jar of our signature Pear Apple Sauce (yum!) or we will be adding gift baskets to the order form shortly and also asking our suppliers to extend their holiday baskets to you. So far we're offering Seed Starting Kits from Sarah's Kitchen Gardens and hope to add items from Anna Tolazzi and Monforte to name a few! Keep checking the 'gifts' section!

Tamworth Pork!
We have a new supplier and I can't wait to taste what she's offering! Here is a quick introduction from Judy:

Anam Cara Farm is owned by Judy Furtenbacher Horvath and Bob Horvath. It is a 100 acre farm about half an hour southwest of Kitchener. The farm has sandy soils, and 22 acres of bush and swamp. Some of the land is rented to a neighbouring farmer, and Judy operates the rest using a pastured livestock model and rotational grazing, and organically growing hay. While not yet certified organic, organic practices are followed with all the livestock on the farm.

Tamworth pigs are a heritage breed from England, which has been relatively pure for many decades. Most hog breeds were "improved" with Chinese hog genes. Some people have found they can tolerate Tamworth pork, but not other varieties. Tamworths are large, rusty red pigs. They do not do well in confinement, and so haven't been raised in commercial hog barns. We currently have two sows (mothers), Silky and Curly, and a boar, Jimmy. Our pigs are out on pasture for much of the year. They have a half to one acre of pasture and wood to root around in, wallow in hot weather, and play. They are fed a diet of entirely organic grain, without soybeans, soaked in whey or skim milk from a herd of grass fed organic cows. On this diet they grow well and have always been exceptionally healthy. Diatomaceous earth and wood ashes are used for parasite control. Our cuts of pork sometimes have a little more fat than what you buy in the grocery store, but that adds wonderful flavour!

On our farm we also raise white rock chickens during the summer, on pasture, pastured hens for eggs, and free range muscovy duck. The poultry are fed organically, and their feed is also soaked in skim milk. The ducks breed through the spring and summer, raising broods of 5-15 ducklings. Ducks are usually available from November through December. We also do educational farm visits for homeschoolers and elementary schools, operate a chick hatching business, as well as keeping Jersey cows for the family, and a horse and pony.

We welcome your interest and any inquiries into our farm.

Kind Regards,
Judy Furtenbacher Horvath

A couple more items to look out for:

  • Watermelon Radishes and Black Radishes
  • Tatsoi
  • Stringed Cayenne Peppers
  • Late Storage Cabbage
  • Apple Butter
  • Lots of apples including spies, crispins, fujis, russets and so many more!

Bundle up for some chill on Friday!
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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