Local Food

Community Polyculture Orchard in the Works

organic lettuceMembers of the Meaford Community Gardens organization have partnered with other community members to establish a community polyculture orchard on the outskirts of the urban area of Meaford on a property donated by the Shepstone family. Work gets underway this spring on what will be called the 'St. Vincent Centre for Organic Farming'.

To start, edible nut and fruit trees will be planted on a one acre plot, interspersed with berry bushes and other perennial plants. Heritage varieties of edible fruit and nut trees, which are disease-resistant, will be selected and established,” explained Jaden Calvert of the Meaford Community Gardens.

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The Barn Co-operative Seeking Members & Investors

the barn225In recent years it has been known simply as The Market, a retail outlet for local and organic produce and food products that had originally been the 100 Mile Market. But a transition is taking place that will turn the restored barn on Highway 26 into what organizers are calling a “Health Hub”.

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Everyday Gourmet: Stuffed Peppers & Bean Sauce

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A few years ago we decided to have Meatless Mondays. It’s fun to put together meals that have only vegetables, cheese, and legumes with various pastas, grains, rice. It is even more challenging to cook vegan meals.

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Everyday Gourmet: Crispy Chicken & Risotto

crispy chickenHaving some basic ingredients on hand makes last-minute cooking much easier. Many recipes call for items that are difficult to find, something that would not normally be in your refrigerator, foods that you do not like, or unfamiliar ingredients. These are some of the staples that I usually have.

Vegetables: onions, carrots, yellow/orange/red peppers, celery, sweet potato (or white or yellow-fleshed potatoes), kale or Swiss chard, spinach, tomatoes, broccoli, or cauliflower. We love Brussels sprouts so I usually serve them at least once a week. Substitute Brussels sprouts with broccoli or cauliflower.

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