Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bailey's Local Foods ordering now open for the Friday September 7th pickup in Waterloo and Breslau! +Fruit only pickup on August 31st

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Items that you have placed in your shopping cart will be ordered on your behalf on Tuesday September 4th 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 September 7, 14, 21 and 28, October 5 and 19.
There are no pickups on August 31 or October 12.

From Rachael:

Two quick notes.

Eggplant bushels and half bushels
If you are looking for bulk organic eggplant, this is a great time to get it. Please respond to this email if you are interested. Brenda Knechtel has 26 bushels of purple eggplant she wants to sell ASAP this week. They will be $19 per half bushel or $35 per bushel. Tell your friends as we really want to help Brenda out with this.

What to make with eggplant:
  • Baba ghanoush
  • Picked eggplant
  • Eggplant Parmigiana
  • Ratatouille
  • Moussaka
  • A cure for skin cancer (http://www.naturalnews.com/035471_skin_cancer_cure_eggplant.html), but I'm a bit wary...
Friday, August 31 Fruit pickup in UpTown Waterloo
It's the last week for Niagara peaches and the first week for grapes and nectarines so we'll have a bulk fruit + tomato pickup on Friday. Order online and we will send the address to those who order.
From Mary Jane regarding fruit:

For the past 2 weeks we have been enjoying peaches from the 'Stellar' peach series developed by Jim Friday. This week we have the PF24 peach which is from the 'Flamin' Fury' series of peaches developed by Paul Friday (thus the 'PF' in the name)...Jim's cousin. The Friday family have been breeding fruit since they came to Michigan in 1846 and the farm has been in the family for 166 years! Both Fridays are one of the few private breeders left! Paul and Jim were always competing to create the best peaches! I think they both succeeded. But you can taste for yourself! The PF 24 peach is a large, nicely coloured peach with a firm flesh and is of excellent quality and flavour. It is freestone and is a great all purpose peach - canning, cooking, baking, freezing, drying and as always...fresh eating! Enjoy!

The nectarines are a high quality fruit with a great shelf life. It is a larger freestone fruit with a smooth deep red and gold skin. The flesh is gold-yellow in colour with consistent texture that is melting and juicy! It is known for it's excellent flavour.


The Verity prune plum is a versatile plum. It is a medium size blue prune plum over a lovely yellow-greenish flesh. It is a good quality plum that is free-stone. They are good plums for cooking, baking, canning and juicing. They are also nice and sweet so they are good for drying and fresh eating. They are a medium sized plum with a dark purple skin.
We do not have any Italian plums this year as they were affected by the odd spring weather. The Verity plum can be used the same as the Italian plums.

The Bartlett pear is known for being 'the' pear for canning. When it ripens is has a soft yellow skin, a juicy, creamy textured flesh and gives off a sweet aroma. They are great for eating fresh or adding to salads. Along with being good canners they are also excellent cooked and poached! With the shortage of Ontario apples this year you may want to consider trying pear sauce and pear pie instead of apple sauce and apple pie...

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!!

HEIRLOOM TOMATOES - Grown naturally in a field that has been fallow for 2 years!
There are 3 varieties of tomatoes still producing......the San Marzano, 'red heirloom' and Brandywine tomatoes. These varieties are available in bulk this week (25 pounds)
  1. The newest addition to the heirloom variety list is the San Marzano - I strongly suggest you go to Wikipedia (or Google it for fun) for a description of this amazing tomato and its' history! Pretty impressive... here is the link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Marzano_tomato The San Marzano is a plum tomato with a strong, sweet flavour. Known for its' thicker flesh, thin skin and fewer seeds it is the premium tomato to use for tomato and pizza sauces.
  2. Red Brandywine tomatoes - There are different varieties of Brandywine tomatoes but one site described the Red Brandywine to be the 'original' original Brandywine......now that is heirloom! It's heritage dates back into the 1800's. They are excellent tomatoes for all purposes including canning and slicing.
  3. The name of this heirloom tomato is unknown. We do know the seed dates back as far as Abe Lincoln. So for lack of a better name I used to called them 'Abe Lincoln' tomatoes. It was brought to my attention that 'Abraham Lincoln' tomatoes do exist and are an heirloom tomato! Ours might be these Abraham Lincolns, but since we cannot say for sure I am going to have to rename ours something very creative........like 'red heirloom' tomatoes. :)
  1. The Sovereign Coronation grapes have a vibrant deep purple-blue coloured skin. It is sweet and sour with a distinctive musky flavour! They have a thin skin and are seedless! Uses vary from juicing, preserves, jams and jellies, freezing and eating fresh! This was among one of the top favorites last year.
  2. The Muscat grape has a sweet aroma and full flavour. It almost has a slight 'spicy' flavour to it. They are a seedless grape that are fabulous fresh, amazing dried as raisins and people have told me how crazy they were about them frozen and juiced! 

It is truly harvest time.
Look for:
  • Eggplants for pickling (see above)
  • Traditional Foods is offering specials for your BBQ to wrap up the season with premium taste. Smoked loin chops hardly need any cooking time. Get a 5 pound box for $35. or save $10 on a 10lb box of Premium grilling steaks.
  • Celery and Squash (including Naked Seed Pumpkins!)
  • Bulk Sweet Peppers
  • New crop Ginger Gold and Jersey Mac apples from Martin's Family Fruit Farm!
Maryrose and Rachael
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