Recipe: Ontario Organic Mushroom Risotto

1 oz (28 g) dried porcini (1 cup) 3 3/4 cups hot water 5 1/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (42 fl oz) 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon olive oil 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter 1 small onion, finely chopped (1 cup) 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 3/4 lb fresh cremini mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced 1 lb Arborio rice (2 1/3 cups) 2/3 cup dry white wine 1 oz finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (1/2 cup) 1 [Read More...]
Recipe: Ontario Fresh Organic Salsa

Recipe: Ontario Fresh Organic Salsa

INGREDIENTS 2-3 medium sized Ontario fresh tomatoes or organic cherry tomatoes (from 1 lb to 1 1/2 lb), stems removed, finely diced 1/2 Ontario red onion, finely diced 1 jalapeño chili pepper (stems, ribs, seeds removed), finely diced 1 serano chili pepper (stems, ribs, seeds removed), finely diced Juice of one lime 1/2 cup chopped cilantro Salt and pepper to taste Optional: oregano and or cumin to taste METHOD 1 Start [Read More...]
Recipe: Ontario Organic Garlic Scapes Pesto

Recipe: Ontario Organic Garlic Scapes Pesto

Blanch or steam your bunch of garlic scapes for 2-4 minutes.  This step can be skipped if you want your pesto extra strong and garlicky. Puree garlic scapes in a blender, adding as much olive as needed to make a smooth texture. Add and puree healthy amount of nut or seed of choice: pine nuts, walnuts, roasted sunflower seeds, etc. Add and puree fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice Add and puree parmesan or asiago cheese (optional) Salt [Read More...]
Recipe: Roasted Beets and Sauteed Beet Greens

Recipe: Roasted Beets and Sauteed Beet Greens

Ingredients 1 bunch beets with greens 1/4 cup olive oil, divided 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons chopped onion (optional) salt and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (optional) Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (175 degrees C). Wash the beets thoroughly, leaving the skins on, and remove the greens. Rinse greens, removing any large stems, and set aside. Place the beets in a small baking dish [Read More...]
Recipe: Ontario Organic Zucchini Ratatouille

Recipe: Ontario Organic Zucchini Ratatouille

RATATOUILLE  Prep time approx. half an hour. Cooking time approx. one hour. (Serves 3 as an entrée and 5 as a side dish) INGREDIENTS   *3 small (or one large) Ontario Organic zucchini / sliced thinly (skin on).  Small fruit can be sliced as is. Large fruit can be quartered and then sliced.  Bite-sized is the goal. ½ to ¾ of a medium Ontario Spanish Utah (sweet) onion / diced or halved, thin slice. 1 each small [Read More...]
Recipe: Ontario Tomato Peach Herb Salad

Recipe: Ontario Tomato Peach Herb Salad

Heirloom Tomato, Summer Peach, and Fresh Herb Gazpacho Salad Serves 6 2 lb. heirloom tomatoes (a mix of sizes—including cherries—and colors is nice) 1 lb. ripe peaches 1/2 small red onion (about 2 oz.) 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil 2 Tbs. orange juice or mango smoothie drink, and more if needed 1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar, and more if needed 1 tsp. soy sauce, and more if needed 1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest 1/4 tsp. [Read More...]
News:  Organic Consumers has a petition to label GMOs

News: Organic Consumers has a petition to label GMOs

Garden Snob Wed Jun 8 2011, 7:29am ET Byline: Marilyn Renaker Getting everyone you meet to join the Millions Against Monsanto (NYSE:MON) campaign should be easy - upwards of 90% of the public already agrees that foods made with genetically modified organisms should be labeled - but if you need some ammunition and inspiration to inspire you to spread the word, look no further than these 10 scary reasons [Read More...]
News: Pfizer Suspends Sales of Chicken Drug With Arsenic

News: Pfizer Suspends Sales of Chicken Drug With Arsenic

The New York Times Thu Jun 9 2011 Byline: GARDINER HARRIS and DENISE GRADY; William Neuman contributed reporting. WASHINGTON — Farmers have for decades fed chickens an arsenic- containing drug that promotes growth, but after a government study found trace amounts of this poisonous carcinogen in chickens, its maker will suspend its sales. Officials at the Food and Drug Administration said the amounts found were [Read More...]

Books: Locally grown Ontario food delicious highlight of spectacular cookbook

Canadian Press Tue Jun 14 2011 Byline: BY JUDY CREIGHTON In every region of Canada, enjoying the abundance of our locally grown food has become extremely popular. Whether it’s wild salmon from British Columbia, prize beef, grains and pulses from the western provinces, maple syrup from Quebec or lobster and fiddleheads from Atlantic Canada, this country is defining itself through its own homegrown products. [Read More...]
Brampton Farmers’ Market – June 18

Brampton Farmers’ Market - June 18

We didn’t have any produce for sale due to the extremely wet weather in our region.  But we did serve Chai tea and Korean, Apple, Chocolate mint teas from our herb garden. We served over 400 teas to the patrons and overwhelmed by the support for local farmers.  We are one of the two local organic farmers at the Brampton Farmers’ Market. Please visit us on Saturday mornings between 7 am - 1 PM.  Our stand [Read More...]
News: Talking challenges for local food

News: Talking challenges for local food

The Post (Hanover) Thu Jun 23 2011 Byline: BY SKYLER RADOJKOVIC CHESLEY -At a recent event held in Chesley, producers of local foods described their livelihoods and discussed the challenges they face from government regulations and market forces. “These regulations assume that people are stupid,” said Tarrah Young of Green Being Farm, near Neustadt. The event was titled “Stepping Up to the Plate: [Read More...]
Feeding the world; The solution to world hunger is cost-effective classical crop-breeding techniques, not genetic engineering

Feeding the world; The solution to world hunger is cost-effective classical crop-breeding techniques, not genetic engineering

Waterloo Region Record Wed Jun 22 2011 Byline: Margaret Mellon and Doug Gurian-Sherman Source: McClatchy-Tribune By 2050, the world will have to feed nine billion people, adapt to climate change, reduce agricultural pollution, and protect fresh water supplies - all at the same time. Given that formidable challenge, what are the quickest, most cost-effective ways to develop more productive, drought-, flood- and [Read More...]
News: Rising food prices, food safety concerns keep US gardening boom going

News: Rising food prices, food safety concerns keep US gardening boom going

Canadian Press Tue Jun 21 2011 Byline: BY LISA RATHKE MONTPELIER, Vt. _ Many of the millions of Americans who turned to gardening to save money during the recession appear to be sticking with it during the recovery as food prices remain high and interest in safe, fresh and local food grows nationwide. Forty-three million U.S. households planned to grow at least some of their own food in 2009, a 19 per cent increase [Read More...]
News: Messing with nature.

News: Messing with nature.

By John Miner London Free Press June 21, 2011, 9:57pm FOOD FIGHT: Genetically modified with material from a mouse, Enviropig could be headed for a dinner plate near you. Supporters argue genetically engineered food is the best way to feed the planet’s growing population. Nonsense, opponents counter. It sounds like a plot for some weird science fiction flick, cooked up by an overly lubricated campus film club. Take [Read More...]
News: Grocers mislabel foreign produce as local

News: Grocers mislabel foreign produce as local

CBC.CA News Tue Apr 26 2011 A major western Canadian grocery chain has been selling produce advertised as “B.C. Grown” that came from the United States or elsewhere, CBC News has found. Several examples were discovered in two Save-On-Foods locations in the Vancouver area, as well as at other stores. “It’s annoying, it’s very annoying,” said Linda Delli Santi, executive director [Read More...]
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