Plants to Plates Launch AND how to get kids to eat the good stuff?

We are very excited to announce that the Plants to Plates Activity Guide is ready, and free to download here.  What is Plants to Plates you might ask? The aim of the Plants to Plates program is to educate kids about how to grow, cook and choose foods. The Plants to Plates program is the result of over five years of program development. This program … Continue reading Plants to Plates Launch AND how to get kids to eat the good stuff?

How to Extend Your Garden Season With Cold Frames

Up here in Cape Breton, spring is just a tease. Cold frames are an excellent backyard strategy for gaining a few weeks on food production, either in the spring or late fall. Last fall, this handy tip sheet was compiled to support a cold frame building workshop hosted by Leonard Vassalo at Blue Heron Farm in Gardiner Mines. We built three cold frames, which were donated … Continue reading How to Extend Your Garden Season With Cold Frames

How to Can Your Harvest: A step-by-step guide including sample recipes

We created a step-by-step canning guide! Filled with visual cues to guide you along the way, this resource is great for community groups or individuals who want to give canning a go. This toolkit includes all you need to know to get you started, including: required canning tools, step-by-step recipes, and additional resources. Click here HERE to view and download the resource. You can also … Continue reading How to Can Your Harvest: A step-by-step guide including sample recipes

No spray, organic, free-run… what do they all mean? A Short Guide to Food and Farming Terms

No Spray. Artisan. Free-Run. Heirloom. Have you ever wondered what these food-related terms mean and how they are regulated? Well, we’ve got you covered! Our friends at the Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network (Ontario) have compiled a short guide of food and farming terms that are commonly used to describe agricultural practices and products – we encourage farmers’ market goers to check these out below! General … Continue reading No spray, organic, free-run… what do they all mean? A Short Guide to Food and Farming Terms

Composting: A Science

            Everybody knows that compost is beneficial to a garden, and most people use it. But a lot of people don’t really know why it’s healthy, or how it works. Compost is used to provide added nutrients to plants and vegetables; this helps them grow bigger and larger than they normally would. Compost is much more than just throwing away all … Continue reading Composting: A Science

Freezing 201: How to Freeze Your Favourite Produce

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

Freezing 101: The Basics

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

Learning About Leeks is Nothing to Cry About

This post comes to you from the nutrition students at Acadia University, and it’s the first of several from the Food Commodities course.  Curious about the nutritional value of some of your favourite local foods?  We have some answers for you, plus a great recipe for Pumpkin, Sweet Potato and Leek Soup!  A big thanks to the students and their professor, Barb Anderson!  This post was written by Abigail Georgitis, Marley Bowen, Danielle Kardynal, Jacquelyn Caravella, and Chelsey Spinney.

Ever wondered what that giant version of a green onion sitting in the produce section of your grocery store is? As it turns out, it’s a leek, which is a cousin to onion and garlic. Leeks come in various packaging, but most often you will see bunches just loosely tied or banded together. Continue reading “Learning About Leeks is Nothing to Cry About”