Monday, July 17, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 17, 2017


Earth Bound Bakery Changes Hands
Oh, Trent. You brought great organic bread and pastries to Saskatoon. Thank you – and have fun in your new adventures!



Venn Coffee 
There’s a new coffee shop just off Broadway. The door and patio for Venn Coffee (803 Dufferin Avenue) are in the alley between Amigos and Bike Doctor. They’re serving Scandinavian-inspired pastries researched and executed by Night Oven Bakery.

New in Saskatoon 
Here are some more new places that sound like they’d be worth checking out.
Lynn’s Road Petals ‘n Edibles is selling locally grown flowers at the Ideas Inc. market around the corner from the Saskatoon Farmers' Market.
Hometown Diner on 20th Street is serving all-day breakfast and lunch.
There are some new ice cream places as well – Fable Ice Cream on Avenue H and The Wholesome Roll (check out their alcohol-spiked ice cream at Silver’s Local Market).


Designing Dignity in Food Banks 
The Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank “was founded on the premise that people who live below the poverty line shouldn’t have to abandon their core values in a time of vulnerability. The food bank, which relies on donations and fundraising, is a contradiction of the idea that “beggars can’t be choosers.”

“For Katie, on long-term disability for Crohn’s disease, a gastrointestinal disorder with symptoms that can be partially managed through diet, the food quality here gives her a bit of a boost to deal with a difficult situation. “I never thought I’d be in this situation of having to rely on food banks,” she says. “I just want something that will nourish me and give me a little bit of pride.”

Non-Dairy Cheese Industry
Market Research Futures says the global non-dairy cheese industry will reach $3.5 billion by 2023. Europe is a leader with Germany representing almost 26% of the market. Research firms are predicting a bright future for all plant-based foods.


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Monday, July 10, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 10, 2017


Toad Lane Market
If you’re looking for fresh, local produce straight from the farmer/producer, head over to Early’s Farm and Garden on Lorne Avenue on Thursday afternoons from 2-6 pm. You’ll find familiar faces from Grandora Gardens, Kaleidoscope Vegetable Gardens, and Country Lane Market. Other farmers will be joining them as the summer progresses.

Urban Agriculture in Saskatoon


Celebrating Women Farmers
A Tanzanian television show is celebrating its women farmers in a talent contest that pits 16 contestants against each other in challenges involving cooking, planting trees, and making tools.

Venus Sophia Tea House & Vegetarian Eatery, Victoria
Venus Sophia Tea House & Vegetarian Eatery near Victoria’s Chinatown combines some of my favorite things – tea, vegetarian food, and yummy desserts. They have a large collection of their own organic tea blends and many of the desserts are gluten-free. It’s such a warm and inviting atmosphere for a visit with friends.


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Monday, July 3, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 3, 2017


Pike Lake Farmers’ Market 
The Saskatoon Farmers’ Market is holding a Pike Lake Market every Thursday at 10 am from June 29 to August 31.

Saskatoon Berry Festival, July 22 & 23
Don’t miss the Saskatoon Berry Festival at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on July 22 & 23. There will be a black box chef challenge, a charity pie sale, pie-making classes, and a saskatoon berry waffle bar brunch. Local restaurants will be competing to win an award for the best saskatoon berry dessert.

Veggin’ at the Lake, July 27 
Join Chef Jenni at The Local Kitchen on July 27 and pick up some excellent vegetarian recipes for lakeside barbecues or camping trips.

Building a Food Policy for Canada 
The Government of Canada recently brought representatives of various groups to consult on a Canada food policy. There were many positive aspects to the event but also concern that the federal government’s focus on increasing food exports would detract from ensuring food security for Canadians.


Moss Street Market, Victoria 
Moss Street Market is Victoria’s most popular market. Vendors are expected to “make it, bake it, or grow it and sell it” and farm vendors must be organic. It has a powerful mandate that I believe the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market would do well to consider:

“To strengthen the foundation of healthy community by offering a safe, relaxing and enjoyable place for families and individuals to come together. 

To stimulate and support our local economy by providing a venue for organic market gardeners, backyard growers, home produced food, crafts and artisans. 

To create an opportunity for community groups to convey information to their neighbours concerning important local, social, political and environmental issues. 

To encourage the continuing transition towards ecologically harmonious methods of food production, striving to work with, rather than against the natural system, and 

To have fun!”


Vegan Hippie Chick Cafe, Victoria 
I had some great take-out food – pad thai and dessert – from the Vegan Hippie Chick Café in Victoria. The owner, Karen Rousseau, is a “vegan mom, environmental activist and lover of nourishing plant-based food.” She’s chosen to only serve raw food so the pad thai consisted of zucchini noodles with a cashew sauce. It was absolutely delicious!


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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Roses, Government House Gardens, Victoria, BC


 Victoria's Government House Gardens are overflowing with roses. Words can't do them justice.








It is perhaps fortunate that the rose gardens are enclosed or this visitor might cause havoc.




Monday, June 26, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 26, 2017


Rozendal Vinegar
12-year aged Rozendal Botanical Vinegar is now available online from Doug’s Wines. Our family’s favorite is hibiscus, but you can try them all in a special introductory offer.

SaskDrinks 
Looking for a local craft beer? Check out this interactive map shows the location of craft breweries and distilleries across Saskatchewan.

Güd Eats 
Güd Eats, Saskatchewan’s first entirely plant-based food truck, is now in operation. They pride themselves on offering crave-worthy plant-based eats.


Flavourful BC 
I’m in Victoria, BC, for the summer. I visited the Very Good Butchers this week, and I’ll be back again. They are a family-owned, plant-based butchery. They use 100% vegan, organic ingredients and local products whenever possible. Their “Roast Beast” slices were firm and tasty.



I’ve been looking for an authentic vegan equivalent to the cheese I love and have finally found one. Miyoko’s Kitchen makes cultured nut products. Their Aged English Smoked Farmhouse is sharp and smoky and absolutely delicious. I’m looking forward to trying some of their other flavours. Unfortunately, distribution is limited in Canada. They’re available at Morningside Bakery on Saltspring Island, Pepper’s in Cadboro Bay, Victoria, and supposedly can be ordered online from https://vegansupply.ca/ or http://morningsideorganic.com/


The End of Fairtrade?
Sainsbury’s, a large British supermarket chain, is planning to pull out of Fairtrade and establish its own corporate system for branding “fairly traded” products. Tea farmers in Africa are concerned, asking why there is a need to change a system that’s been working well for 25 years, ensuring farmers receive a fair price for their product as well as providing social and environmental benefits. Fairtrade certification has also provided consumers with a guarantee of a certain fixed standard. Now that corporates are going it on their own, consumers will be forced to trust the corporation rather than an independent certification.

Beyond Meatless Mondays
Here are five excellent ideas for getting more plant-based food on North American plates, including training more chefs to cook less meat.


Past & Future of Urban Grocery Shopping 
Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America by Michael Ruhlman chronicles the history and evolution of grocery stores. Topics range from supermarkets and niche stores to online delivery and food deserts.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 19, 2017


Urban Agriculture Film Night, June 23 
Join the Saskatoon Food Council at 7 pm, June 23, for films about urban agriculture, food, and craft beer.

Our Farm on Broadway, July 1 
The first Our Farm market will be from 8 am to noon, July 1, in the parking lot of St. Joseph’s Hall – lots of lovely, local, organic veggies.

Wine Tasting, July 6
Join Jerome Chomos, a member of the International Sommelier Guild, on July 6 at The Local Kitchen to taste and learn about 5 wines that are perfect for summer sipping. I’ve relied on Jerome’s advice for years now.

The Next Great Food Business
The Local Kitchen and Square One have a launched a competition for the next great food business. The application deadline is August 15.

Story Behind Risotto 
Risotto, a quintessentially Italian dish, and yet the Romans only used rice medicinally and it was the Arabs during their tenth century occupation of Sicily who began growing it for food. By the 1920s and ‘30s, however, the Fascist regime tried to impose risotto as a national dish. For more about risotto’s history, check out this article.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Saltspring Island's Saturday Market

Salt Spring Island Market - everything is grown, produced, or made on the Island. Here are just a few of the lovely treats available.

Elderflower Cordial

All sorts of homemade bread

A fairy door for a fairy house (you'll find lots on the Island)

Flowers

Just one of many tasty treats!

Such talent!

Colourful!

And, if you can't get enough of market photos, here are some from the Salt Spring Island Tuesday Market two years ago.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 12, 2017


Community Farmers Market, June 20
The first Community Farmers Market is Tuesday, June 20, and it runs until Thanksgiving weekend. On Tuesdays and Fridays they’re at the London Drugs parking lot on 8th Street. On Thursdays, the market is at the Peavey Mart Parking Lot on 51st Street. Hours are 9 am to 4 pm.

Garlic Ramps
The Garlic Garden will be back at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market at the end of June with ramps. Here are 5 easy ways to cook with ramps.

The Garden Patch
The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre offers a wide array of food and garden-related workshops at The Garden Patch. Here are just a few of the workshops that will be coming up shortly. You can find all the workshops listed on EcoFriendly Sask’s Calendar.
June 14, 6-8:30 pm – Small Space/Container Gardening
July 7, 6:30-8:30 pm – Kitchen Scrap Propagation
Aug. 17, 7-9 pm – Vegetable Storage & Longer Lasting Produce

Healthy, Local Food for Seniors 
Three Nova Scotia organizations are working together to supply and deliver a food box of healthy local food to seniors. No grocery delivery service is available in the area, so this program will help seniors to stay in their own homes.


Ethical Dilemma
I was so excited to be able to buy strawberries at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on Saturday from Steve and Dan’s BC Fresh Fruit. But they were BC strawberries. Should I have waited until I could purchase strawberries grown in Saskatchewan? Should BC fruit even be sold at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market or should they only sell produce from the Saskatoon area? Is it better to buy BC fruit at the Market where I can meet and talk to the producer than to shop at the supermarket? What do you think?

First Photo 
Gorgeous Dutch heirloom Eersteling cabbages from Kaleidoscope Vegetable Gardens – an amazing find this early in the season.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 5, 2017


World Gin Day, June 10 
Celebrate World Gin Day from 12-6 pm, June 10, at Black Fox Farm & Distillery with some of Saskatoon’s best mixologists.

Asparagus & Rhubarb: A Celebration, June 11 
Prairie folk welcome spring with open arms after an overly long winter. We can finally shed our winter coats and abandon root vegetables for fresh spring produce. The Saskatoon Farmers’ Market is celebrating our spring bounty with an Asparagus & Rhubarb Celebration on Sunday, June 11. There will be free samples, face painting, in-house demos, and more.


Slow Food National Summit, Apr. 19-22 
Slow Food Saskatoon will be hosting Slow Food delegates from across Canada for the annual meeting from April 19-22, 2018. Noelle Chorney, convivium leader, says, “Over the next few months, we will be gathering ideas and resources for dinners, tours, discussion panels and special foodie experiences for the delegates. Many of these will also be open to the public. We welcome suggestions from our community regarding what we should showcase and will also be reaching out in the coming days for volunteers for some of these events.” 

Wolf House Café 
A friend of a friend recently recommended coffee from the Wolf House Café cart that has been set up on the corner of 22nd Street and 2nd Avenue on weekdays. Can anyone fill me in on who they are and their plans? As always, I’m curious about new local food and drink options.

Cider Night Thursdays 
The Glen at Crossmount will be holding Cider Night every Thursday starting June 8. Ice cold pints on the patio are only $6.


Ingredients Artisan Market 
I had fun shopping with a gift card at Ingredients this weekend. As you can see from the photographs (except for the rhubarb), there are lots of options. Did you know they also serve soup and sandwiches at lunchtime?

Eating Local is a Political Act 
This is why I shop at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market:

“For the tiny tomatoes I buy each week from the father with round glasses and his two kids are votes. In the act of purchasing—by consuming intentionally—I cast a vote for my community: that the money stays here in Tucson, where it can do so much more.”

“When we eat local, we create the conditions under which people are able to live the lives they love. . . . To be a farmer, you understand, is to risk. It is an act of faith to plant the crop, to kid the goats, to bring your salsa to the stand. Yet for those of us filled with the creative impulse, to not do so is a betrayal of the self. Our communities are enriched when people are able to be their boldest, most vibrant selves.”

“Certainly it is my habit of visiting the market, and nothing else, which calls me back from this edge. That my Sunday calendar is built around the market, that my body is so accustomed to packing the basket, that I miss the faces there: This is why I eat local. It is a routine not just of purchasing but of connection. In a busy week, the routine reminds me to fill a jar with soup or buy a premade tamale—to let this community, not industrial agriculture, hold me up.”


Summer Reading 
Food Tank’s summer reading list – from food charity to worms.

Is Turmeric a Wonder Drug? 
Turmeric has suddenly become immensely popular with claims ranging from providing pain relief to preventing cancer. Tests to date have been inconclusive, but in the meantime, it’s great in curry.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, May 29, 2017


Beer & Grilled Cheese Sandwich 
I attended Green Drinks Saskatoon on Friday evening and thoroughly enjoyed the setting, the beer, and the grilled cheese sandwich. 9 Mile Legacy Brewing Company is a very pleasant spot for a visit with friends and I appreciate their support for community events. I really enjoyed their sessional beer brewed especially for the NatureCity Festival; next time I plan to try their tasting menu so I can sample some of the wide range of beers they brew.

Dapper Dane Gourmet Grilled Cheese food truck was parked outside 9 Mile so I was able to pick up a freshly-grilled sandwich for supper. The Caprese was excellent – fresh tomato and basil, pesto, and cheese is a great combination. The food truck is named after their two Great Danes and there is a jar with dog biscuits on the counter.

Brightly Coloured Beehives 
Calories restaurant – with help from Monique Martin, fine arts students from Georges Vanier and St. Phillip’s schools, and Dr. Barry Brown – has installed beehives on the roof of their building. I love the brightly-painted boxes.


Saskatoon Food Forest Initiative 
The Saskatoon Food Forest Initiative has obtained a site for a small food forest pilot project this summer.

Ukrainian Pickles & Soup 
I’m really enjoying the Beet Salad and Sauerkraut that I picked up at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market (middle aisle across from Kaleidoscope Vegetable Gardens) and I’m looking forward to trying the Borscht – it comes in a jar, just add water, and heat.


Oatmeal Cookies & Porridge are Good for the Planet 
Seems to me that, to be a superfood, a food’s got to deliver more than nutrients. It has to be cheap, versatile, good-tasting, not too onerous to prepare and not so perishable that you end up tossing it. It also has to perform on the environmental front. It has to be able to play in the kind of responsible, productive agricultural system we’re going to need if we expect to feed almost 10 billion people by 2050. . . . Oats have an important job in fixing what ails our agricultural system. Just about everyone who works in agriculture says they believe that our current system, based disproportionately on corn and soy, would work better if we grew a more diverse suite of crops.”

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, May 22, 2017


Farmers’ Market Shopping Basket 
I buy over half my weekly groceries at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. It’s fresh; it’s local; and I’m among friends. Here’s what I bought this week: spinach, tomatoes, potatoes, asparagus, rhubarb, apples, frozen seabuckthorn berries, pasta and sauce, vegetarian shepherd’s pie, soup, banana loaf, chocolate cookie, croissant, and chipotle chile powder.

And my top hits of the week: Salted Caramel and Apple Croissant (addictively delicious) from Proof . . . Fresh Baked Creations; Spinach Fettucine and Leek, Parmesan and White Wine Sauce from the Market’s newest vendor, Cranked – Fresh Pasta; Rhubarb (first rhubarb crisp of the season!) from Wally’s Market Garden; and wonderfully fresh Spinach from Kaleidoscope Vegetable Gardens.


Vegan Protein Options 
I’m looking forward to trying vegan wheat sausages from Gusta (Dad’s Organic Market). Gusta is a Montreal-based company based at the Jean-Talon Market. They say they are exploring “the power of plants to create richly flavourful, authentic products that also happen to be good for the environment, your body and even your soul!” In addition to 3 flavours of vegan sausages, they sell a vegan cheese that melts and broils well.


Facts about Wine and Health 
Two wine writers who are also gastroenterologists gave a seminar on wine and health recently. Facts about Wine and Health captures some of their remarks. I found this comment particularly interesting: “Taking a week or a month off from drinking wine is not particularly beneficial. 'This idea of doing a cleanse or having a dry January is utter nonsense,’ Apstein asserts. ‘Those that think they need a dry January might be drinking too much the rest of the year.’ ” 

British Food Relies on Migrant Workers
I think a lot of us fail to realize how much food production relies on migrant workers – from picking fruit to food processing. This is certainly true in Great Britain where 20% of farm workers come from abroad and 30% of those working in food manufacturing.

David Kay, managing director of a fruit growing business, says, “ ‘We’ve worked with job centres and with ex-prisoners, but British people don’t want to do these jobs.’ Instead, he says, he gets a steady supply of highly educated and motivated eastern Europeans, most of whom have some connection to farming because their families still have smallholdings. ‘We have a return rate of 76% each year,’ he says, ‘which means we retain a skills base – 70% of our management arrived here as pickers and worked their way up the ranks.’ ” 

Jay Rayner concludes the article by saying, “The Brexit deal isn’t just about vague concepts of nationhood. It isn’t simply about international standing or the ebb and flow of trade. It’s about the lives of individual people like Protasovs and Iclodean, Yusein and Kolev; the ones prepared to do the back-breaking jobs British people are not. What’s more, this is not just their crisis, to be worked out in anguished letters home. It’s ours too. Because without them and the half a million seasonal workers like them, our very ability to feed ourselves, at a price we can all afford, is in peril. In the forthcoming Brexit negotiations that is what’s really at stake.” 


Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events. 

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, May 15, 2017

Devour every Hour spring rolls

Steve and Dan’s Fresh BC Fruit
What a treat to find BC fruit available in May at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. And what a great selection. There are 3 varieties of apples, pears, organic walnuts, sparkling fruit juice, dried cherries, and dried apple slices.


80% of the produce sold by Steve and Dan’s Fresh BC Fruit comes from their own farm in Oliver, BC. They only spray when they have to, favour organic sprays if possible, and sell organic or transitional (in the process of being certified organic) fruit from other Okanagan farmers. They’re on a waiting list so that they can start feeding their trees with manure rather than nitrogen fertilizer.

Steve and Dan’s BC Fruit is at the Market on a 5-week trial basis so be sure to stop buy, welcome them to Saskatoon, and encourage them to return by buying lots of their lovely products.


Chile Peppers
I recently responded to a Facebook inquiry about where one could purchase dried chile peppers and powder. If you want fresh, locally-grown peppers, and a chance to support local farmers, the only place to go is Grandora Gardens, Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. They sell a huge range of peppers and powders – from mild Chipotle to very spicy Scorpion and Naga.


Markets Help Local Food Take Root
Farmers need to be salespeople. And that can be really tough if you’re operating a small, local farm. “A lot of people get into farming as a passion project, but … there’s a lot of staffing, merchandising, pricing, and marketing that goes into it,” White said. “People that get into farming don’t necessarily know how to do those things, and don’t necessarily think to learn them.”

Farmers’ markets can help support local farmers: “Part of DA-LE Ranch’s success is that Heafner and Pesic use markets as networking events more than as a pop-up storefront. Pesic said markets grew their business because they ‘allow us to make a connection with the customer, to explain ourselves and how we raise and why.’ They’re not shy about using those connections to further expand. Dave said he’d like to sell to more restaurants, ‘so I ask my customers to ask their restaurants if the chef buys their meat from me."

Shopping locally means I’m supporting my neighbours and friends. And shopping at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market means I can meet the farmers and find out how they grow my food. That’s really important, especially when I read an article explaining why organic food from China probably isn’t organic.


Devour every Hour & The Local Kitchen 
The Local Kitchen is set up at the Ideas Inc. market around the corner from the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. They were selling some of their kitchen users’ products, including tea, salsa, and honey.

Devour every Hour uses The Local Kitchen to prepare veggie and pork spring rolls. I had a sample and found it very tasty.

The Collective Kitchen

Vegan Options
I’ve been experimenting with vegan alternatives to dairy products and am not really satisfied. They may taste good, but they don’t have the same nutritional content. Of particular concern is the low protein content – you can get plenty of protein on a vegan diet, but not if you’re relying on dairy substitutes.

Here’s a comparison for Daiya Medium Cheddar Style Farmhouse Block and L’Ancêtre Extra Sharp Organic Cheddar Cheese.
Daiya (28 g – 1 in cube)
Protein – 1 g
Calcium – 10% daily value
Vitamin A – 0%
L’Ancêtre (30 g – 3 cm cube)
Protein – 7 g
Calcium – 15% daily value
Vitamin A – 8%

Here’s another comparison for Yoso Chocolate Cultured Coconut and Olympic Organic French Vanilla Yogurt.
Yoso (125 g)
Protein – 1 g (0.8/100 g)
Calcium – 17%
Vitamin A – 0%
Iron – 0%
Olympic (175 g)
Protein – 6 g (3.43 g/100 g)
Calcium – 20%
Vitamin A – 6%
Iron – 8%

Taste of Nature 
From Green Drinks and wild foraging to festival beer and a moveable feast, don’t miss the food and drinks at Saskatoon’s fourth NatureCity Festival, May 23-28.


Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events.

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