Monday, July 4, 2016

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 4, 2016

Fermentation Day, July 7
Karma Conscious Café and Eatery is hosting a fermentation day on July 7. There will be workshops from 3-6 pm when you can try your hand at making kimchi, sauerkraut, and other fermented goodies, followed by a Saskatoon Ferments potluck at 6 pm.

Harvest Unwanted Fruit 
Do you have fruit trees with an over-abundance of fruit? Get help with harvesting and share unwanted fruit with others so it doesn’t go to waste. Register your fruit tree online with Out of Your Tree.

New Market Vendors 
I’m excited to learn that some new farmers are joining the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. Jasmin Engelberts of Divine Organics is the Market’s first certified organic farmer and will be selling fruit and vegetables. Neil Reimer will be selling vegetables.

Be sure to sample the freshly made sugarcane juice from KaroomBu. It’s very tasty.

Rusty Owl Café, Prince Albert 
Rusty Owl Café will be opening on July 8 at 21 River Street West, Prince Albert, and will be open from 8 am to 9 pm. The café has a steampunk theme (imagine computers run by steam engines).

They’ll be serving sweet and savoury Dutch crèpes, Italian stone-baked pizza, French pastries, and soup specials. South African olive oil and Italian balsamic vinegar will feature in many of the menu items. Drinks will include espressos, teas, milkshakes, smoothies, balsamic blasts (carbonated water and flavoured balsamic vinegar), and South African soft drinks.

Café Terra, Eastend 
Café Terra has just opened at 505 Pottery Street, Eastend. They plan to serve food that is as local as possible, including greens and herbs grown on the property.

National Local Food Day
Wayne Stetski, NDP MP for Kootenay-Columbia has introduced a private member’s bill to establish the Friday before Thanksgiving as National Local Food Day.

“According to the Conference Board of Canada, 77% of Canadian consumers think locally produced food is important for their purchasing decisions. Farmers Markets contribute over $3 billion dollars annually to the Canadian economy. ‘As the MP representing the beautiful Kootenay--Columbia region, I am proud to honour Canada's abundance of delicious local food," said Stetski. "A National Local Food Day would recognize the hard work of local producers from coast to coast to coast." 

The Search for Zero-Waste Beer 
It takes a lot of water and energy to make a bottle of beer, but a number of craft breweries are attempting to reduce their environmental footprint.

“The Leeds-based Northern Monk Brew Co has just released what could be the world’s first zero-waste beer – and it tastes incredible. . . . The brew was created using 120 kg of waste pears, croissants and brioche,. Not content with saving food, the beer’s creators have also packaged the beer in 100% recyclable glass and have donated all the hops and malt used in its production to a local farmer for use as feed and fertiliser. The beer’s champagne yeast, meanwhile, is being used in other brews.”

Recipes for Love and Murder 
Recipes for Love and Murder by Sally Andrew is a generous serving of food for love, food for healing, food to solve a mystery and find a killer, with recipes and advice for the lovelorn in a small South African town. If you’re a fan of Botswana’s Mma Ramotswe – if you love food – you should definitely read this book.

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