Monday, September 28, 2015

Flavourful Saskatoon, September 28, 2015

Peasant's Pick, Saskatoon Farmers' Market

Cowspiracy, Oct. 8
Intuitive Path SuperFoods is showing the movie Cowspiracy – The Sustainability Secret at 6:30 pm, Oct. 8.

The movie, about how factory farming, cattle and dairy in particular, is decimating the planet’s natural resources, is also available on Netflix.

Global Health Nourishing Equity Conference, Oct. 17
The Global Health Nourishing Equity conference at the University of Saskatchewan on Oct. 17 will look at nutrition, food security, and equity.

Frozen Entrées – Wild Serendipity Foods
Wild Serendipity Foods, Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, is now selling frozen entrées – in addition to her ever-popular scones, macarons, and soups. The vegetarian option this past weekend was Yam and Black Bean Enchiladas. Perfect for those days when you don't have time or don't feel like cooking.

Spices Orchard del Sol 
Whole Natural Flavors – Orchard del Sol will only be at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market for a couple more weeks. They sell a wide variety of spices and flavouring mixes from crops they grow in Costa Rica. I really like the Lemon Pepper, and the Holy Smokin’ Chili mix (cocoa, spice, cayenne) sounded interesting.

Kaleidoscope Gardens, Saskatoon Farmers' Market

Cool Weather Crops at the Market
It’s great to see so many of the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market farmers growing cold-weather crops so that we can continue to eat fresh produce into the fall. For example, you’ll find tiny new potatoes at Kaleidoscope Gardens, peas and kale at Belle Plaine, and leeks, celery, and fennel at Peasant’s Pick.

Okanagan Harvest Update
It was a hot summer and most Okanagan wineries started harvesting their grapes 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule. Jackson-Triggs, for example, started harvesting their Sauvignon Blanc on Aug. 20, a week ahead of their 2013 vintage and their earliest harvest on record.

Muse Winery, Vancouver Island

A Year in Champagne
A Year in Champagne (on Netflix) follows the wine-making process through the seasons in Champagne. It was moving to realize that champagne, the drink of celebrations, is grown in soil knee-deep in blood from centuries of warfare.

A Guide to the Gut
“The human gut is home to an autonomous brain containing around 500 million neurons of twenty different types. Its job is to sense chemical and mechanical changes, control muscle movements, regulate the secretion of enzymes and hormones, and communicate with gut microbes and the big brain via neurotransmitters and hormones. The gut brain is connected to our limbic system, which represents our emotional brain. It gives us butterflies in our stomach when we are in anguish.” 

“We have to go further than seeing our guts just as plumbing. It is time to give the gut brain a voice in the dialogue between culinary indulgence and health.” (Lucky Peach)

Peasant's Pick, Saskatoon Farmers' Market

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