Sunday, September 30, 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 October 2nd for pickup on FRIDAY October 5th.
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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 October 5 and 19.
There is no pickup on October 12th.
Our "Winter" dates are ready for your calendar!
Monday October 29th, November 5th and 19th, December 3rd and 17th
Monday Jan 7th and 28th, Feb 11th, March 4th and 25th, April 15th

A Message from Rachael:

After Friday will be our first two week break of Autumn. We'll enjoy the break and you will enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers and all the great fall foods that store so well!

I sent the email yesterday and immediately after I remembered a few things I needed to let you know about!
  • Green Table Foods is back on the order form! Look for new lower prices and some new products coming soon too!
  • Gobble Gobble - I mentioned the chocolate turkeys from Anna Tolazzi. Did you see the lovely chocolate turkey at the checkout? It's equivalent to over 6 chocolate bars and brushed with lovely colours. Each one is unique! You can see a photo here. Last year we raffled one turkey off for charity and raised $110! This year you can get yours for $30 - What a deal!
  • Traditional Foods wants your feedback! Please fill out their survey at before Thursday October 4th for your chance to win a free cut of beef or pork! We want to know what you are looking for in GMO Free meats!
  • We are SO EXCITED to bring you local nuts (yes, some may say that we are local nuts)! This Friday we will have black walnuts (in shell or shelled), heart nuts (so pretty and fun to open) and chestnuts (the sweetest chestnuts ever!) They often run out of chestnuts, so if you want to stock up I'd suggest getting them this week. We hope to get more on the 19th, but it will depend on their supply!

These chestnuts are smaller than those you'll get in the store, but they are so much sweeter and fresher! All our nuts come from Grimo Nut Nursery in Niagara-on-the Lake. Isn't that amazing?

Now for some tips on getting to the meat of these nuts:

How to crack a Heartnut: See

How to prepare and eat Sweet Chestnuts:
  1. Eat fresh using a paring knife to cut off the skin and fibrous covering
  2. Boil - Place sweet chestnuts into a pot with cool tap water. Cover pot while boiling and stir occasionally on medium high for:
    • medium size - 10-12 min
    • large size 15-20 min
      Using a slotted spoon scoop out a few nuts at a time and as soon as they are cool enough to handle, but still hot, cut them in half and pop them out of their skins.
  3. Roast - First pierce the skin to allow hot air to escape while cooking. Use a sharp paring knife to cut a slash or an "X" through the skin, but not the nut meat. The larger the cut the easier it will be to peel.
    • Chestnut Pan - Roast them by shaking the pan over medium heat for 20 minutes.
    • Microwave oven - place a dozen chestnuts around a microwave plate and cook on high for 4 minutes
    • Oven -  Place chestnuts on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with water. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. Place one uncut chestnut on the sheet with the others. When it "pops" they are ready to eat.
  4. Enjoy!
We have Snyder Heritage Farms Turkeys and Chickens:
Snyder Heritage Farms turkeys are truly second to none. Our turkeys are raised in a well ventilated barn with ample room for the birds to move around; stress free and well cared for. All our birds are frozen for food safety - it's the best way to preserve quality. We make our GMO- Free feed from our own grain.  We blend our wheat, barley and corn with soy and add essential vitamins and nutrients to the feed.  We do not use anti-biotics in the feed and our birds are sold drug free. Feed is one of the most important parts of growing a bird. Check out for more info.

You can choose any weight range for your family: 12lb and under, 13-15 lb, 16-18 lb, 20-25 lb. Each bird comes with a pop-up thermometer, recipe card and seasoning package. If there is a certain weight you prefer, email us and we'll try to get you one at that weight.

Enjoy the sun,
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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