Sunday, July 8, 2012

Bailey's Local Foods ordering open until 8:00 pm on Tuesday, July 10th for Waterloo and Breslau!

This is a reminder that you should place your order before 8:00 pm Tuesday July 10rd for pickup on FRIDAY July 13th.
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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.

Upcoming dates are: Friday July 13, 20 and 27, August 10, 17, and 24, September 7, 14, 21 and 28, October 5 and 19.
There are no pickups on August 3 or 31.

A Message from Rachael:

Hello everyone,

I hope that you are enjoying your weekend. It's great to have more reasonable weather compared to the end of the week - especially at night. Thank you all for your patience at Friday's pickup despite the heat and thank you to Alexis, our Manager in Breslau and the Breslau Local Foods Market committee for hosting a wonderful Grand Opening on Friday! It was great to meet so many of the people ordering in Breslau and so many people who joined us for the first time.

I'm so exited to add items like blueberries (conventional and organic!), beans, raspberries, organic grass fed ground beef and so much more! This is a truly tasty time of year to eat local food. Thank you for joining us!

We'll try to highlight some producers and foods in our emails. Nathan of Nith Valley Organics is working hard to bring you amazing produce. He's working on getting his organic certification too! He's very open to suggestions and when we told him we needed Asian Braising mix - he planted it! It was one of our favourites from Soiled Reputation in the past, so we are very happy to have an alternative for you! I asked Nathan to tell us about some of the new things growing at his farm:

From Nathan of Nith Valley Organics:
We have added a few new items in the past few weeks. We now offer a Braising Mix. This is a mix of tender baby Asian greens that make a wonderful and mildly spicy addition to salad or as a last minute addition to your stir fry. We also used some in omelettes. We started with snow peas, zucchini, and green peppers lightly cooked in the pan then added the eggs and just before serving we added the braising greens. For those of you who like larger Asian greens with a bigger crunch you will be glad to learn that we have a new planting of Bok Choi and Tatsoi that I just discovered hiding under the row cover. There are far fewer holes in the leaves thanks to the row cover keeping most of the flea beetles off and the stems and leaves are wonderfully tender and crunchy. The heat has made it difficult to produce lettuce and spinach and apologize for their temporary absence from the order form. We have new plantings of both on the way so be sure to check back over the next few weeks to see when they return.

Tender Fruit from Niagara
We are so excited that we have Cherries, Peaches and Plums from Palatine Fruit and Roses this week - We have Roses too. The cherries have been fabulous so far this year.

What have you been doing other than eating Cherries? Have you pitted and frozen some? Frozen any with the pits in? I hear they should be easy to halve and pick the pits out once frozen by hitting each cherry with the blunt side of a kitchen knife. Do you infused cherries in alcohol? Bake them in muffins? Have you tried making your own Maraschino cherries? The possibilities are limitless!

You will notice that the prices for some fruits are higher than previous years. This is due to the early warm weather and late frost. We are very lucky to have cherries as much of the crop in Niagara was lost, but the prices are much higher than last year. As you know, we usually add a 30% markup to the items we sell. This year we have reduced this markup for the fruits whose prices have gone up so much this year. This fruit is amazing and worth the price per pound, especially compared to full price cherries at the grocery store.

From Mary Jane:
Most of you have heard the buzz going around about Ontario fruit. The odd spring that took its toll across Ontario is having an effect on the prices of local produce. The fruit is no exception. Some prices reflect large increases as you saw with the cherries and will see with the plums. But some of the other fruit prices are only a slight increase over last year such as the peaches and nectarines. Other prices remain unchanged including the grapes.

Just a reminder - These prices are for 'tree run' fruit. 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!!

If you have some time you can read an article about food system alternatives. We are honoured to be mentioned in the article:

Be well,
Maryrose and Rachael
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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