Written by guest blogger, Kimberlee Bastien from The Old Walsh Farm in Coverdale, New Brunswick. I have a secret to share about lemon trees. They don’t just produce delicious lemons. They also produce tiny, delicate white blossoms that give off the most delectable, sweet, citrusy floral perfume. And despite what you may have read online in other articles, in my experience, they are EASY to … Continue reading HOW TO GROW HUGE LEMONS INDOORS
On my recent (and wonderful!) trip to Hawaii I did a lovely farm tour on a 4th generation fruit farm and learned that there are a lot of similarities in the food security challenges faced in Nova Scotia as Hawaii. With all our differences (climate, landscape, history) who would guess there would be such parallels? Smoothie Tour! The visit started with a ‘smoothie tour’, which … Continue reading How does my smoothie grow? A 4th Generation Hawaiian Fruit Farm
“If there were no plants in the world, would we have food to eat?” This was a question asked to groups of grade 4s participating in the Good Food First club this week. “Cheese!”, suggested a few kids. Good idea. But as we trace it back we realize that cheese comes from milk, milk from cows and cows, well cows eat grass. “Candy!”. Yells out … Continue reading If There Were No Plants in the World, Would We Have Food to Eat?
The lovely Elisabeth Bailey, author of A Taste of the Maritimes: Local, Seasonal Recipes the Whole Year Round, kindly submitted this blog post. You may remember Elisabeth from our summer 2011 cooking series. Today she’s sharing her recipe for Salted Caramel Fruit Sauce. Put this sauce on ice cream or pound cake. Mix it with sparkling water to make your own soda pop, or with … Continue reading Salted Caramel Fruit Sauce
Hopefully, you caught our valuable tips in our Freezing 101 blog post. These suggestions will help ensure that you find it easy to actually use all the fruits and veggies that you freeze this summer. In this post, we’ll go over the best way to freeze the most common types of produce – but remember to keep your own cooking style in mind when freezing … Continue reading Freezing 201: How to Freeze Your Favourite Produce
We’ve had many people tell us that they’d love to do more preserving, but only have enough time in their lives to freeze their produce. Guess what? Freezing is preserving! While it may be a little harder to show off than an pantry full of colourful jars of preserves, many people find a freezer full of summer’s bounty is a more practical way to preserve … Continue reading Freezing 101: The Basics
There’s always a flurry of excitement in the office when the weekly delivery of CSA boxes arrives. We peek in the boxes. There’s generally some oohing and ahhing over the unusual items and then the recipe-brainstorming begins. I thought it would be interesting to compare a few people’s weekly meals to see how each of us approached the same ingredients. Last week’s CSA box contained … Continue reading Early August CSA Box: Four Ways
This year, my husband and I bought into a whole CSA share, which gives us a lot of veggies to deal with every week. It kind of reminds me of when we used to make our weekly visits to the farmers market when you had to wait for Saturday – you come home excited about all the gorgeous produce, and then you quickly realize you … Continue reading How to Keep Your CSA or Market Veggies Fresh All Week
It’s canning season again, folks, and this year it comes even earlier than usual. Now that summer’s heat has arrived, the farmers markets are starting to get full of delicious produce, and we here in the office have been pouring over canning and preserving cookbooks to dream about the delicious food we’re going to put away this summer! (If you want a refresher on the … Continue reading When is My Favourite Produce in Season?
I’m determined to eat up the very last of my winter stores, and so the great freezer clean-out continues. One way to use up small amounts of fruit is to throw them into a batch of muffins. I like the following oatmeal muffin recipe, because I can make it almost exclusively from local ingredients, I generally have all of the ingredients on hand, and it’s very flexible. Blueberry-apple, strawberry-rhubarb, blackberry-peach or the most recent combo – zucchini-cranberry. Continue reading “Go-To Muffin Recipe”