Archive for April, 2009

Local Food - the reality show?

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

My sister passed this link on to us. Apparently there is now a reality show that follows six families in Mission, BC who eat local for 100 days. They are following the “100 mile” diet which really kicked the local food movement into the mainstream based on James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith’s book. James and Alisa host the show.

Their website is pretty snazzy with lots to read and look at. I have mixed feelings about the show. Since we don’t have cable TV we don’t have the option of watching it, but post your reviews if you’ve seen the show.


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Garden Update

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Our sprouts are taking off like crazy! Our tomato plants are huge now, especially our beefsteak tomatoes. Altogether we have ten tomato plants, two basil, a bunch of thyme and two peppers. My parents just brought us some seed potatoes and we have Veestar strawberries on order. I’m feeling like it’s going to be a good harvest this year. Last year we didn’t start our seeds soon enough and they were late blooming.

Speaking of late seedings, we probably need to get our watermelon seeds started this week. Tanny’s probably going to get more basil started as well.


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Suspended animation, garlic, Rip Van Winkle

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

Our garlic, like Rip Van Winkle, is in suspended animation. Or so I hope. In fact, it’s just in paper bags in our fridge. Dormant; not dead.

What’s next? Good question! When we bought our garlic starts at Seedy Saturday, we were told to keep them in the fridge until final frost has passed, introduce them slowly to the outside and then plant them. Seems simple, but I think I need more details. Anyone have any experience with growing garlic from a start?


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Monforte Cheese CSA

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

On her way to work last week Tanny heard an interview with Ruth Klahsen of Monforte Dairy on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. Monforte Dairy is a local Ontario cheese producer of artisanal cheeses. 

She currently uses milk from other local farms, but Ruth is now raising funds to create her own dairy and using a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) approach to do it. They are offering three different share plans (cleverly named “wedge”, “brick” and “wheel”) ranging from $200 to $1000 with the cheese doled out over the next 5 years. Two options are available to the brick and wheel plans: you can either receive vouchers to buy the cheese at markets or have it delivered. The wedge plan offers vouchers only.

We both thought this was a great idea and wanted to post about it. I’ll add Monforte to our list of suppliers shortly.

Oh - I also noticed that LocalEating.ca is on her blogroll! Yay - and “hi Ruth”.


Happy Earth Day!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day everyone!