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.

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, 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.

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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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.

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. 

You can follow Wanderlust and Words on Facebook, Twitter, or by email (top right corner).