Farmers’ markets are in abundance in Nova Scotia; they play an important role in our local food economy and in our communities. Uniquely, farmers’ markets gain both their stability and opportunity for growth through the relationships that they foster. The Wolfville Farmers’ Market (WFM) began in 1992 with three vendors in a parking lot in the middle of town. It has now grown into a … Continue reading The Next Wave in Local Food
There’s nothing that makes the transition from fall to winter easier than the smell of soup simmering on the stove (and warming our bellies). Soup is warming, healthy, nourishing and affordable. It’s a versatile meal for all seasons — from light bisques to brothy bowls to hearty meals. It can be an appetizer or the main, and is adaptable to all sorts of dietary interests, … Continue reading Soup Season: Recipes to Warm You From the Inside Out
We’ve all heard about climate change, right? We may not always be able to discern the changes we’re experiencing because of it, but our planet needs help. Last week, the UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change released a report detailing an urgent need for change – globally. One of its key messages is that we’re already seeing the consequences of 1C global warming with more … Continue reading Sticking Your Fork to Climate Change!
The parsnip is a root vegetable that looks like a pale carrot. Much like carrots, you can store parsnips with the leafy tops removed in a breathable plastic bag in your refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 weeks. Remember that when you get vegetables directly from a farmer, they will not have added chemicals or preservatives applied so they may last longer than those … Continue reading Pining for Parsnips
Hello there, I’m Mandy and I’m going to chat about the CFL again. Let me be the first to clarify, the CFL I’m referring to is not the football league here in Canada, but a much more important group. I’m writing about the Community Food Leader Program, in which I was once a participant, and now I find myself the facilitator of said program for Cumberland County, Nova … Continue reading Community Food Leaders: Kitchen Conversations…
Isn’t it thoughtful of the seasons to allow pumpkin to be ready, just in time for Thanksgiving? But seriously, pumpkin and other orange squash like hubbard or butternut taste great in everything from soups to breads to brownies…and of course, pumpkin pie. Now is the time of year to buy those lovely little pumpkins or other squashes, and use them in a multitude of wonderful … Continue reading Pumpkin Recipes: From Soup and Pie to Brownies
While squash may be intimidating for first time users, it is easy-to-prepare, affordable, and nutritionally exceptional. It’s also widely produced across Nova Scotia. When you purchase squash make sure to choose those that are firm and heavy for their size, have bright and glossy exteriors, and are free of nicks, bruises or soft spots. With proper storage, winter squash can be kept up to three … Continue reading Celebrate the Season with Squash
Love pickles? Fortunately for you, you can now learn to make pickles in the comfort of your own home, using hours you might otherwise use raking leaves, doing laundry or other frustrating and unrewarding activities not resulting in delicious preserved edible product. If you need tips on preserving, check out our posts Canning 101 and Canning 201, or download our guide How to Can Your … Continue reading In a Pickle? Try These Recipes
In June of 2018, the New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development released a revised version of its school food policy 711 in support of “Healthier School Food Environments”. The policy does not impact food and beverages that students bring from home. Instead, it applies to food served in schools or school-related events and activities (i.e. cafeterias, classrooms, co-curricular, and extra-curricular events, fundraising … Continue reading All We are Saying is Give Fresh a Chance!
Looking for new ways to try out your canning skills? Here are some recipes we’ve been making. For a complete canning how-to, check out our posts Canning 101 and Canning 201, or download our guide How to Can Your Harvest. RHUBARB KETCHUP 4 cups rhubarb, diced2 med onion, diced3/4 cup cider vinegar3/4 cup packed brown sugar3/4 cup cane sugar1 can tomato – 28 oz1 tsp … Continue reading Canning Recipes