Monday, December 5, 2011

Flavourful Saskatoon, December 5, 2011

Foodie news and events in and around Saskatoon – Food Sovereignty, Hestia Organics, Christmas Macarons & Rainbow Carrots

Food Sovereignty in Canada, December 9
Attend the launch of Food Sovereignty in Canada: Creating Just and Sustainable Food Systems on Friday, December 9, from 7:30 to 10 pm at Caffe Sola. Several of the authors and editors will be at the event – Nettie Wiebe, Annette Aurélie Desmarais, Darrin Qualman, Kevin Wipf, Rachel Engler-Stringer.

“In case studies of practical action, Food Sovereignty in Canada provides an analysis of indigenous food sovereignty, orderly marketing, community gardens, the political engagement of nutritionists, experiences with urban agriculture and the strengthening of links between rural and urban communities. It also highlights policy-related challenges to building community-based agriculture and food systems that are ecologically sustainable and socially just. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in holistic, healthy and sustainable food production and consumption.”

Winter Wonders Handmade Market, December 9 & 10
The Flock and Gather Craft Collective is hosting the Winter Wonders Handmade Market on December 9 and 10 at St. Joseph’s Hall, Broadway Avenue. The curated handicraft market will be open from 6 to 9 pm on Friday and from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday. The list of participating artists is pretty impressive.

Hestia Organics, Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
There was a new vendor at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market this week. Hestia Organics has a 1400-acre, certified organic family farm north of Saskatoon. They are currently selling hemp hearts, small red lentils, beluga lentils, flax seed, and wheat berries. They plan to add a small production facility to their operations with stone-ground floors (wheat, rye, oat), cracked three-grain breakfast cereal, and rolled oats and oat groats in 2012.

Winter Cooking Classes, Simon’s Fine Foods
Simon Reynolds, Simon's Fine Foods, has posted a list of the cooking classes he will be offering in 2012. Here are some of the options: Food for the End of the World, Gluten-Free, Winter Salads, Homemade Pasta, A Trip to Asia, and Culinary Boot Camp.

Prairie Harvest Café
I’m looking forward to the opening of Mike McKeown’s restaurant, Prairie Harvest Café. Mike is currently selling ready-made meals at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. Prairie Harvest Café, at 2917 Early Drive, will maintain the focus on local, seasonal food. Mike is hoping to hold a soft opening in December (to be announced on Facebook) with a full opening in January.

In the meantime, check out Mike’s ready-made meals, such as the Paddock Wood Veggie Pot pie (local veggies braised in Paddock Wood beer with local organic barley and a homemade buttermilk biscuit topping).

Christmas Macarons & Rainbow Carrots
Michelle Zimmer of Wild Serendipity Foods is offering two holiday macaron flavours – Spiced Cranberry-Orange and Chocolate Mint. I tried the Spiced Cranberry-Orange this past weekend, and they’re fabulous.

While you’re at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, don’t miss the rainbow-coloured carrots from Wally’s Urban Market Garden – from white to blood-red to purple.

Salayview Farm Goat Cheese
I was one of the fortunate few to pick up some locally-produced goat cheese from Salayview Farm this past week. I’m enjoying both the chive and herbes de provence flavours. They hope to be able to sell their cheese in Saskatoon next year. But for now, the goats are getting a well-deserved winter holiday.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. Email me (penny@axonsoft.com) if you have products, events or places that you would like me to include.

See also:
Flavourful Saskatoon November 28, 2011
Brit Foods: Saskatoon’s Very Own British Food Store
Choo-It: Craig’s High Octane Oatmeal

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