Posts Tagged ‘Farmer’s Market’

Kinmount Farmer’s Market

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

As the last stop on our month long road trip, we are cottaging (cottage is a verb in Canada) near Kinmount Ontario.  Normally we bring all our groceries from Toronto but because we’ve been away that just wasn’t possible this year.

What a pleasant surprise to find most of what we need at the the local farmer’s market.  I say surprise because we visit Catherine’s cottage every year and visited this market years ago and honestly it was the worst market Catherine and I had ever seen.  I think there were some pickled eggs and hats from Nepal and that was about it.

Looks like they’ve figured things out though as there was all sorts of gorgeous Ontario produce, a full selection of organic and naturally raised meats, heavenly baked goods, preserves, the works.  We actually don’t need to go to the grocery store at all.

A fantastic selection of greens from Hunter Creek Ranch in neighbouring Minden Ontario.  These greens came with a pleasant conversation about how I’m going to deal with 14 acres next year.  

We got home to the cottage just in time for lunch.  I made this arugula basil oregano pesto yesterday and we’ve been carrying these cheese around since New Brunswick otherwise it’s entirely from the market.

I mean look at this onion from Lazy B Farms in Omemee Ontario.  Its gorgeous, and made the best sandwiches.

Now excuse me, its time to jump in the lake!

Recipe: Honey Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins

Monday, June 13th, 2011

These are some of of favourite muffins and we eat quite a few of them. We have slowly been switching to organic foods in our panty so beside the salt and baking powder, the ingredients we use are all organic.  The nice thing is that it makes no difference to your baking whatsoever. 
This recipe will yield 2 dozen muffins. 12 to eat right away with spoonfuls of jam and 12 to eat for breakfast with your family.
dry ingredients:
3 cups of flour
1 cup of uncooked oatmeal
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup of sugar
4 teaspoons of double acting baking powder
wet  ingredients:
¾ cup of soft butter
½ cup of honey (coat measuring cup with a drop of oil to help with pouring)
1 ½ cups of milk
4 eggs

2 cups of blue berries.  Frozen ones work wonderfully.

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine your dry ingredients.

Mix your wet ingredients.

Add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredient ¼ cup at a time until fully mixed.  Honey is pretty magical stuff and it acts as a preservative in baking helping your muffins last longer.  We’ve been using local honey from our farmers market, the latest delicious jar from Bees Universe in Innisfil Ontario.

Fold the blue berries in to the mixture by hand.  If using frozen, dust them in flour by adding a teaspoon or so to the berries and shaking them up in a Tupperware container.  This will prevent you from making blue muffins.

Spoon into well buttered muffin trays and bake for 20-25 minutes.


My name’s Laura and I’m passionate about local food!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

I am so excited to share this with everyone!

I have a minor twitter addiction and one day decided to tweet my beet recipe at Foodland Ontario.  Well, one thing led to another.  The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs tracked me down, and to make a long story short, they made this great little video featuring yours truly:
My garden is in October shambles but I love how well it demonstrates just how great and easy it is to grow your own food. Those are touchstone gold beets I’m pulling out of our very hilly front yard in Toronto’s Beach. 

I was working on my mac & cheese post when they were here and Rebecca was eating all the tomatoes from this Wordless Wednesday post.

This was shot the day of the last East Lynn Farmer’s market of the season, which is a great urban farmer’s market.  Rebecca and I met up with Catherine & Penny and Jen & Poppy and it was a lovely visit filled with baby wearing, Monforte Dairy, buffalo meat, and harassing the guys from Belanger Organic Farms about what can only be called the great beet/milk hypothesis of 2010. My fridge was seriously stocked as we had just picked up our good food box and as a personal highlight, I also had not one, but two varieties of blue potatoes from S Fetts Farm.

There’s a series of these videos on the Ontario Newsroom youtube channel so check them out, and if you’re on twitter you should follow me and everyone involved or featured in this project.  I’m thrilled to be in their company:


A day well spent (with the 25 pound Ladybug)

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

After sleeping in a bit this morning, we eventually made our way across the city to the Wychwood Art Barns for their last outdoor farmer’s market of the year.  We made it to our regular market at East Lynne Park earlier this week (taking Foodland Ontario with us for good measure) so this was mostly a social visit to see our fellow foodies Shana (of Folksgottaeat) and Glenn along with their hounds.

Doesn’t everyone exchange preserves when they see each other? Some Beets, onions, and dill slices, for dill spears and some Barbara Squash Seeds.

Mini donuts from Sugar Mamma‘s.

So good we had 2 dozen.

Made with coconut oil so Rebecca tasted her first donut and promptly asked for one for each hand. 

A ladybug in the children’s garden.

Mushrooms from a man who was loudly talking about “spreading the gospel of

I have already turned this kale into kale chips and eaten most of them.

The art barns are converted from the old street car barns.  A very cool urban renewal project.

Amazing sandwiches from the amazing stop community food centre. Frittata, blue potato, nasturtium pesto, sausage for the meat eaters.

Good things grow in Ontario.

I think this may be the best playground in the city. Poor ladybug has gotten caught in a spiderweb.