Monday, August 25, 2014

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 25, 2014

Herbal Drinks & Elixirs, Sept. 5, 6, 7 
Yarrow Willard, Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary, will lead a session on making herbal drinks to increase energy and address health imbalances on Sept. 5. On Sept. 6, he will lead a walk to look at some of the common plants that grow in the Saskatoon area and how they can be used as medicine and food. On Sept. 7, he will lead a session on preparing herbal medicines (sponsored by Intuitive Path Superfoods).

Solstice Celebration, Sept. 20
As the days get shorter, we’re reminded that the seasons are changing. Join Chef Jenni at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market dinner on Sept. 20 as she celebrates the abundant summer harvest from the fields and shield.

Healthy Food for Saskatoon Food Bank 
Good food helps keep us healthy, but sometimes we forget that when we make donations to a food bank. The Saskatoon Food Bank is working hard to provide nutritious food – over the past 4 years, the Garden Patch has produced over 70,000 pounds of fresh produce. The Food Bank also encourages donations of good food, such as whole grain pastas and cereals. They publish a list of their most-wanted items and happily welcome fresh garden produce.

Food Nutrition Labels 
The federal government is asking for feedback, by September 11, to the proposed changes to food nutrition labels.

Ontario Wines
I have a bias towards BC wines, but Ontario is challenging the climate and producing some pretty great wine too – here are some suggestions.

Urban Agriculture 
Lufa Farms, Montreal, is leading the way in commercializing urban agriculture. In addition to its high-tech hydroponics system, an online marketplace links up with other local producers to provide consumers with a weekly delivery of a wide range of local products.

Seven Layers of Tea
I was intrigued to read about a seven-layer tea that is a Bangladeshi specialty: “Mr. Gour mixes different types of locally grown tea—three black teas and one green tea— from four types of bushes, with milk and various spices. Each mixture has a distinct color and taste, and he pours one on top of another to create seven distinct bands.” 

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post regular profiles of culinary entrepreneurs, new restaurants and new food products.

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