Sunday, July 15, 2012

Bailey's Local Foods ordering open until 8:00 pm on Tuesday, July 17th for Waterloo and Breslau!

This is a reminder that you should place your order before 8:00 pm Tuesday July 17th for pickup on FRIDAY July 20th.
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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 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:

We need rain. It isn't just locally, but throughout North America. Crops are failing far and wide. As I start to write at 2:30, the rain has started to fall. It's only supposed to be millimetres, but any bit helps. On Friday, some areas got rain, but UpTown Waterloo got barely a sprinkle. It's not just here either. Corn crops are failing in the US, Hay prices for our grass fed animals are at all time highs. Our farmers are positive, but hopeful that the fields will be watered soon. Please do a rain dance (like we did this afternoon) and pray for more rain!

Local fruit - a million words
I was so inspired by the lovely fruit on Friday that I took photos. If you would love to see the amazing blueberries, peaches, cherries in season (and a few more yummies), please see (you don't need a facebook account).

Peach Etiquette
Do you slice your peaches into a bowl or eat them with juice dripping down your arm? Eiter way, with Peach season starting (and a lot of different varieties to try) we want you to know that
to prevent bruising, the peaches are not completely ripe. Spread them out on newspaper on their side or bottom (not stem down) and not touching each other and they'll ripen over the next few days. Then you can eat them any way you like!

Lost DS
A child lost his Nintendo DS game at Friday's pickup in Waterloo. If you find it among your order, please let us know! Also we have some clip on (magnet) sunglasses that were found ages ago at a pickup. We'd love to return them to you.

Things to order this week:
  • Peaches, Plums, Blueberries, and Cherries! (Organic blueberries will be back next week)
  • This is the last of the cherries, the beginning of the plums and peaches and the beginning of Blueberries that will be available until late August, weather permitting. 
  • I just added melons
  • Manitoulin fish - all varieties! Not 100 mile local, but worth offering to you!
  • Organic Tofu from Ontario Natural (stores wonderfully in the freezer!)
  • Green Table Foods items! So good! Offered this week and every other week!
  • Stock up on Tortilla chips and wraps, tacos, tostadas and tamales. Pasta too!
  • Pickling cucumbers still available in bulk! It's pickle making season! Recipe from last year at
  • Lots of bulk items from Pfenning - Beans, Potatoes, Shelling peas and more!
  • New salad greens from Nith Valley
  • More peppers from Vipul
From Mary Jane regarding fruit:
We are very excited to have Regina cherries (pronounced with a hard G 'Regeena')! It is not often we have these cherries. Because they are one of the latest varieties they are often split by the rain....but not this year! The Regina cherries are a firm cherry almost crisp in texture and once again very rich in colour! They are wonderful for eating, canning, freezing and dehydrating.

The Early Golden plums are always the first plum of the season. They are a smaller yellow plum with a reddish cheek. They offer a combination of zing (tartness) from under the skin with sweetness from the flesh!

This early peach is the Harrow Diamond variety. It is a smaller peach that comes away from the pit quite easily (although it is not classified as a free stone). It is a very nice eating peach that has good flavour! It is a Canadian bred peach. I have to admit it is one of my favorites!

Just a reminder - All the fruit we get from Eva and Rene are 'tree run'. 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!!

Eva and Rene grow traditional tea roses along with antique roses which are very popular in Europe! The antique roses look similar to what you used to see in grandmothers or even your great grandmothers garden! They are varieties of old that are being reintroduced by Eva and Rene.

Rain rain, come our way!
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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