Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Order before Tuesday at 8pm for Bailey's Local Foods pickup this Friday!

This is a reminder that you should place your order before 8:00 pm Tuesday August 7th for pickup on FRIDAY August 10th.
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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 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:

Guess what? It's Tuesday already. That long weekend gets me every time. I need to order for my family while writing his email, so I'll let you know about some of my favourite things including the Early White Peaches! We freeze them and enjoy their sweetness all winter! See below for more on the fruit available from Niagara! Blueberries and peaches together are a dream. The colour and taste combo is one of my favourites. Sunday we will celebrate and have them fresh on cake with ample whipped cream!

The tomatoes are here! You can't get better than local heirloom tomatoes and basil. Add fresh cheese and you're in heaven. If you are interested in larger quantities of tomatoes (or anything, for that matter) for preserving, please let us know and we can make sure they are available!

I thought Saturday's rain was a dream. I remember hearing it fall in the middle of the night and thinking how happy the plants and the farmers would be. It was so gentle and soaking. I felt bad for those camping on the long weekend too (which is why in the morning the dream seemed more real). The comfortable weather on Monday was perfect for sitting with friends in the backyard.

 Things to order this week:
  • So many great vegetables from all our growers! Some were added on Monday, so take another look!
  • Tasty Pork products from Anam Cara Farm. Lovingly raised by Judy
  • Organic Apple Cider, Sauce and Butter from Apple Creek Farms (last chance until after Labour Day)
  • Smoky Asparagus Antipasto from Barrie's Asparagus - like Salsa, but richer
  • Tortilla chips and salsa - Have you tried the From These Roots Ontario Peach Salsa? Sweet and Spicy! Great for serving when friends stop in unexpectedly.
  • Cheese! Check out this profile of Monforte: http://sustainontario.com/2012/06/29/10575/blog/news/member-profile-monforte-dairy
  • Strawberries from Floralane - they may have them into October!
  • Watermelons from Lester and Irene Brubacher! (these often take up a trailer on their own!)
  • Stock up on Golden Hearth Baking (i hear it freezes really well)! They are on vacation and will be back in September!
  • Green Table Foods - check out the new baked goods with many Gluten Free options!
  • Mapleton's Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt in the 'dairy' section
  • Stock up on Oak Manor organic flours and grains
  • Tofu from Ontario Natural. A must for your stir fry.
  • Snider's Pork Sausage - a treat on the BBQ!
  • Microgreens from The Working Centre in assorted or individual varieties!
  • So much more!
From Mary Jane regarding fruit:
The count down for the number of Fridays left for peaches is on. It looks like you will have at least this Friday the 10th, and next Friday the 17th and then only a 'maybe' for Friday the 24th. We are in the prime of peach season, the pears will be coming soon and we hope to have enough tomatoes to offer in bulk for canning. Knowing this you can plan your canning season accordingly.

The Red Haven peaches have come into their season! These are the most widely known peach. Tried, tested and true, my bet is these were your grandparents favourite peach! They have a red flush over an orange skin. The flesh is yellow with a bit of red near the pit (lovely colour for canning). It is juicy and sweet! They are fabulous for cooking, baking, canning, freezing, dehydrating and of course, for eating fresh! This is the last Friday for Red Havens.

This is one of 3 varieties of White Flesh Peaches that Eva and Rene have. The peach has a rich colour to the skin and the flesh is creamy white. They are very nice for fresh eating and can be preserved just the same as the yellow flesh peaches - canning, cooking, freezing and dehydrating.

The Burbank plum is a medium size plum with a red mottled yellow skin. Its flesh is deep yellow and has very good flavour!

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!
The tomatoes are starting to come on strong now. We have added a 5th variety to the list as the Roma heirloom tomatoes are ready.
We are hoping to sell the tomatoes in larger quantities - 25 pounds (about a half bushel) - if the volume allows.
  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. We have San Marzano tomatoes in 3 litre baskets to start. If they come in great volume we hope to offer them in bulk later in the season.
  2. The Purple Russian tomato is more the shape of a large Roma tomato except that it is purple in colour. Very pretty in a salad and they dehydrate well! (small amount available for now)
  3. 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.
  4. 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. :)
  5. Roma tomatoes are the most widely know plum tomatoes for use in canning sauces. It is more oval in shape, has a thin skin with a thicker flesh and few seeds. You can change your email settings at https://www.100milesystems.com/baileyslocalfoods.ca/account.php

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 your grandmothers or even your great grandmothers garden! They are varieties of old that are being reintroduced by Eva and Rene.

Enjoy the short week!
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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