Monday, May 28, 2012

Flavourful Saskatoon, May 28, 2012

Food news and events in and around Saskatoon – Slow Food Saskatoon, peas and barley, sticky toffee pudding, a very local holiday, and a food drive 

Food Drive, June 2 The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre needs teams of volunteers to go door to door on June 2 to collect food that people have donated (paper bags to be distributed in the mail). If you are interested in participating, contact Evelyn at 664-6565 ext 228.

Slow Food Saskatoon, June 7
Everyone is invited to attend the very first planning meeting for Slow Food Saskatoon from 7-8:30 pm on Thursday, June 7 at Caffe Sola (corner of 23rd Street and Pacific Avenue).

Please come prepared to share your ideas, hopes and dreams for Slow Food Saskatoon. I hope that by the end of the evening we will have decided on one or two activities to introduce Slow Food to Saskatoon residents. I know we all lead busy lives, so my goal is to divide up the tasks into bite-size, manageable chunks and begin sharing responsibilities for internal and external communications and event planning.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please email me your suggestions for Slow Food Saskatoon, and I will take them to the meeting for you.

Saturdays at Simon’s 
Chef Simon Reynolds of Simon’s Fine Foods is offering a variety of takeout dishes every Saturday afternoon. They range from soups and stews to sticky toffee pudding and mango chutney.

Local Sask Holiday Guide 
LocalSask is preparing a Holiday Guide so that we can meet all our holiday needs by shopping locally - from locally-raised turkey for Christmas dinner to handcrafted gifts. If you would like to have your locally-made product listed in the Guide, contact Marsha Lemon before July 1.

It’s hard to stay connected with the farm cycle when you live in town, so I checked in with a couple of local farmers.

Marc Loiselle finished sowing his Red Fife wheat approximately 10 days ago. He is also planting small plots of Rouge de Bordeaux and Galician spring wheat, and the U of S organic crop research team is sowing a small plot of black-awned durum wheat. Marc is intercropping brown mustard and red clover with his green peas. The Musketeer fall rye was sown last year.

Kalissa Regier of Hestia Organics says that they are halfway through seeding and right on schedule. The lentils are already planted, and she expected to plant wheat this past Sunday. Hemp and flax are normally planted during the first week of June, and oats are a later crop as well. Hestia is planting lots of barley this year, in combination with peas, and Kalissa is thinking about using her mill to make stone-ground barley flour.

Eat Alberta
Eat Alberta sounds like it was an amazing opportunity to learn new skills and share information with other people who appreciate good, slow food. Check out Valerie Lugonja’s account of the event.

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1 comment:

A Canadian Foodie said...

I am SO excited about your FIRST Slow Food Meeting in Saskatoon, Penny! Hope you have GREAT meeting and get over 20 members so you can have an active convivium and get the fun rolling right away!
PS - That was an EPIC post on Eat Alberta - but it WAS a wonderful day!