Did you know that enough carrots are grown in the Holland Marsh to provide every man, woman and child in Canada with four pounds every year?
Located just north of Toronto, in Ontario’s Greenbelt, Holland Marsh is known as Ontario’s “vegetable basket”, growing not only carrots but a copious variety of other crops: onions, lettuce, celery, potatoes, cauliflower, beets, radish and parsnips just to name a few.Read more
We all know that peaches are amazing. That aroma, that colour, that flavour, that…juice that runs down your arms and makes everything sticky (the lesser quality of the peach, which requires a sink for proper enjoyment.)
Something that you may not know is one of my favourite books: On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee. It’s a veritable encyclopedia about the natural history and biology of everything from the chemistry of egg flavour, to what exactly a balsamic is, to what makes a smooth yogurt when I make it on my stovetop.Read more
Courtesy of Nicholas Potovszky
Have you ever dreamed of a mouth-watering dinner plate? I know I have. Lucky for me, my dream became reality on Thursday night when I had the pleasure of indulging in a delicious plate of wholesome goodness at The Stop Community Food Centre. Not only was it wonderful but it was also grown right here in Ontario’s Greenbelt. The ingredients were fresh and flavourful. Local always tastes the best!Read more
Courtesy Ontario Asparagus Growers’ Marketing Board
As spears of asparagus emerge from the damp spring soils, they remind me of soldiers, as brave as lions, tall and majestic, bold and strong. Their heads reach upwards in a gesture of superior prowess and undeniable pride. As they rise from the earth, they know their nutritional value has won them an A for Amazing goodness. Asparagus contains folic acid, a form of B vitamin which helps in cell regeneration, prevention of heart disease, birth defects, and certain cancers. According to the Washington Asparagus Commission, it is one of the best food sources of folic acid, second only to orange juice. It also contains anti-oxidants and gluthathione, which aid in fighting off free radicals that are toxic to the body.Read more
Image from the Ottawa Citizen
To be fair, the fiddlers (being fiddleheads) are not coming, rather they have arrived! I don’t know about you – but I love fiddlehead season! I stuff my face, incorporate them into every meal (well maybe not EVERY meal), eat WAY too many, get sick, decide I could never eat another fiddlehead AGAIN – and then a month or so after the season is over, long for the days when fiddleheads were plentiful. Now I know what you’re thinking…everything in moderation…well let me tell you something – the fiddlehead season is SHORT – and I mean SHORT (about three weeks) so I eat them while I can. You’re probably also thinking – silly girl – why doesn’t she just freeze them. Well.............. I have a teeny tiny freezer but it’s something to seriously consider in the future when I have a normal size fridge!Read more
While walking to my son’s daycare in this unseasonably warm Toronto weather, I noticed some circular objects spinning in the wind hanging from tree branches. Once I got closer I saw that they were bird feeders made from bagel. How clever! So if you are looking to welcome birds back to your neighbourhood this Family Day weekend, try this activity at home.Read more
Lookin’ for local potatoes in all the wrong places? Your search is over - Welcome to: Greenbeltfresh Online Marketplace!
Hey, all you Greenbelt farmers and producers! I’m Aviva, a 23 year-old food-lover and novice cook living in downtown Toronto, with a passion for heirloom tomatoes and purple carrots. I’m looking for that special someone who can provide me with endless bounties of asparagus and fiddleheads, someone who is not afraid to deliver organic fruits and veggies to my door, and whose Greenbelt-grown potatoes will sweep me off my feet. Got what I’m looking for? Sign up at www.greenbeltfresh.ca and show me what you’re selling!Read more