Saturday, August 11, 2012

Bailey's Local Foods ordering now open for the Friday August 17th pickup in Waterloo and Breslau!

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Upcoming dates are: Friday August 17, and 24, September 7, 14, 21 and 28, October 5 and 19.
There are no pickups on August 31 or October 12.

Ordering is now open for the August 17th pickup!

From Rachael:

Sigh. I meant to send this reminder on Wednesday, but I didn't. I blame the Olympics and trying to catch up on laundry, and the rain, and... a little girl who just turned one. Time flies! Thank you for sticking with us in this last year with two new babies, and two moms running a business while mothering young children.

You should order. We have so many great things at this time of the year. Not as many as we might have due to the crazy weather, but I spoke with Elvina Bauman and Irene Brubacher earlier today and both ladies were so thankful for the rain and hopeful for the coming crops. "Maybe the next planting of corn will do better" and "this rain will be good for the carrots" they said. I'm so thankful to know these dear people who grow food organically. They are not well represented as a recent article based on the census reports that Farmers embrace chemicals over computers. I'm so thankful for the 1/3 of farmers who do not use synthetic chemicals to grow food. I'm glad that it's easy to find at Bailey's and that the farmers are getting paid fairly. Thank you for supporting us in what we do and our farmers and producers in what they do!

Theresa from Garden Party forwarded some interesting articles and Aura added another to the mix. The article above about the chemicals used by farmers was shared as well as with the comment:
The second item - I thought might be good for your blog - I've had a bunch of questions this year at the farm here about tomatoes that don't always took ripe - they are red all over, but retain a green circle at the top where the stem is. This is called "shouldering". It is largely a function of variety - present in heritage varieties in particular, but hot weather makes it more prevalent. Hence we are seeing more of it this year. But - the interesting thing (as described in the article below) is that the gene for shouldering is linked with the gene for taste. So, modern hybrid tomatoes - have eliminated shouldering, but taste has been sacrificed in the process. So the real savvy consumer will look for tomatoes with shouldering because they will likely be tastier in the end.

Aura countered with and I'm so happy that up to 77 cents of each dollar you spend at Bailey's goes to the farmers. What a difference! Interesting reading too! So many people are studying food and presenting us with though provoking articles.

I have a list (usually in my head) of what I want to tell you. Invariably I type the email, hit send, then remember a few things I've forgotten. Let's see how I do tonight:

First I'll tell you what to do this weekend (and a few dates to save):
  • Open Streets UpTown Waterloo is Sunday, August 12 from noon-4 p.m on King Street from John to Central. Check out the details at
    It's all about sport and style as we celebrate the Olympics AND our uber-fashionable city on August 12. Wear your national colours, and look out for fashion shows, special deals at the Mark Nunes fashion tent, and Street Sales at Waterloo's hottest fashion stores.

    Bring your walking shoes, your unicycle, your Olympic rowboat - whatever people-powered way you'd like to get around. It's the best way to prep for the Olympic Closing Ceremonies (which start at 4pm when the streets open up to traffic again).
  • September 16th you can do it again!
  • After Open Streets, head to Transpire Organics Farm and help weeding on Sunday!
    THIS Sunday, August 12th, 4-7pm, 1044 Christner Rd., Baden. Candace says:
    Sunday is supposed to be sunny and warm again and the soil will be moist so it will be perfect conditions for more weed pullin' (as well as crop growin' :). If you want to come out for a bit to experience the majestic nature of the farm, engage in some friendly conversations, meet new people, and/or connect with nature I encourage you to join us.
    If you come, as always, please remember to wear a smile:) And well...bring a container for water, snacks, or anything else you may need.

    If you plan to attend let Candace know by emailing
  • Foodlink's 9th annual culinary showcase and fundraiser will take place Sunday, September 16th, 2 - 5 pm at Riverside Meadows Park in St. Jacobs.
    Come meet the farmers who grow our food and taste amazing food creations prepared by top chefs from the region. Be entertained with the delightful Flamenco Gypsy music of JuneyT. Take home your very own, one-of-a kind pottery plate. Early bird tickets available until Aug. 31, 2012; You can order through Baileys if you'd like!
  • September 18th to 22nd: Foodlink hosts the "Local Food" Tent at the International Plowing Match

Now I'll tell you what to look for on our order form:

  • Dried Beans from the Rounds. Stock up now!
  • We bought enough Organic Ice Cream from Mapleton's Dairy that we still have some available - Check out the ice cream Sandwiches too! (Gluten free, but even those who can eat a baguette loved them!)
  • McKechnie Tortillas, Tamales, Tacos, Tostadas and chips!
  • J&D Peters has pasta and noodles for us!
  • Crema La Vaquita or Creme Fraiche to dip into
  • Tasty GMO Free meat from Traditional Foods - Now on special until the end of August! ORDER a Traditional Foods COTTAGE GETAWAY BOX and get a FREE package of CHICKEN.
  • Pickled eggs and ice cream sauces (together if you are pregnant?)
  • Lots of tomatoes in all shapes and sizes (even tiny heart shaped tomatoes!)
  • Coral Star Peaches... More on them in the next instalment!
  • Spaghetti squash and melons!
Thankful for rain!
Maryrose and Rachael
Bailey's Local Foods

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