4 posts tagged with “Creek Shore Farms”

  • Meet four Niagara food entrepreneurs who want to feed you

    Small Batch Co. Granola from its early days in 2014.

    This post was sponsored by the Greenbelt Fund. What does that mean? I was paid to write about a topic of my choosing inspired by the most recent story published in The Toronto Star related to Ontario’s Greenbelt. The ideas, interviews, writing and editing are my own. The Greenbelt Fund fact-checked all information, including numbers and statistics, about the Greenbelt in this post before publication.

    There’s more to education than the three R’s.

    At Mohawk College in Hamilton, there are also the three P’s: production, preparation and procurement. They aren’t related to anything learned in a classroom. Instead, they’re all about what’s on students’ plates come lunch, and they offer a lesson about the importance of local food.

    Production teaches students about growing food. Preparation is about cooking what they grow. And procurement is about buying it, particularly food with origins close to home.

    With the help of a $100,000 grant from the Greenbelt Fund, Mohawk is leading a project to create a common model for that third P, local food procurement, for Ontario’s 24 community colleges.

    Public institutions from schools and hospitals to universities and government offices have talked for years about how they crave more local food in their cafeterias. Here at home, Brock University sources regional ingredients when it can for the daily offerings served on campus. The French fries there, which were a real weakness of mine when I worked at the university, are made with potatoes that have local roots.

    This weekend, a story in the Toronto Star talked about some of the  inroads made when it comes to getting local food into schools, and the recognition by students that cooking and eating good food grown nearby matters as much as math class.

    Offering local food doesn’t merely nourish students’ bodies. It feeds their imaginations and plants the seeds for fruitful careers in food. And Niagara, which is on the southwestern periphery of the Greenbelt, is fertile ground for such career ambitions.

    The Greenbelt is two million acres of land protected from urban sprawl.  It’s bigger than all of Prince Edward Island. That makes it one big insurance policy we’ll have some of the best farmland to continue providing us many local meals in the future. It also makes it one giant muse for people pursuing careers in food.

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    Category Food Finds, Food Security


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  • Bragging right: Buckwheat noodle salad with winter vegetables

    My knife skills have never provided me with any kind of bragging right.

    I watch with envy cooking shows where the star chef slices and dices an onion at an unhesitating pace and with laser precision. In the time it takes them to do that, I may have peeled and cut that allium in half.

    I chalk it up to being left-handed. Us southpaws tend to be more accident prone, processing our world and how to do things within it in a backward way thanks to our dexterity. I’d love to nail that all-important knife-rocking motion that a cooking instructor tried to teach me, and do it quickly, but I’m certain it would come at the expense of a few fingers. So while I use my snazzy Victorinox chef’s knife with pride, I realize it’s a blade unfulfilled. It also might be mocking me, ever so slightly.

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    Category Recipes


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  • Like buttah: Sweet potato chipotle dip

    I feel like I’m about to go into Mike Myers à la Coffee Talk with Linda Richman-mode as I type this.

    What makes hummus hummus?

    Is it the chickpeas? The tahini? Both?


    Considering hummus is Arabic for chickpea, I’m thinking the garbanzo is critical to hummus being hummus. According to the mighty Wikipedia, hummus’s full name is hummus bi tahina, so I’m leaning toward sesame paste being equally as important to its identity.

    So when is hummus not hummus and just a dip? Sorry if you’re getting a brain cramp here. These are the philosophical questions I’ve been asking as I’ve been plotting what I thought would be sweet potato hummus but swapping the chickpeas for red lentils and the tahini for pumpkin seed butter.

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    Category On the Farm, Recipes


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  • Get yourself in a CSA and love thy rutabaga

    An early-season CSA basket from Tree and Twig Heirloom Vegetable Farm.

    I have a rutabaga the size of a human head in my living room.

    Perhaps you are unimpressed by this revelation. Perhaps you’ve seen bigger rutabagas. That’s cool but I find its girth a little overwhelming. I’ve been eating rutabaga nearly every week for the past couple of months.

    Again, you might find this unimpressive. But for someone who has maybe eaten it as many times in her whole life prior to this gorge-fest, this is big for me. So I might just name my human-head-sized rutabaga Vlad and hang with him a while longer before breaking out my vegetable peeler. You know, get a feel for him, chat him up and see what he’s about before turning  him into soup or fries. Or turning into a rutabaga myself since I’ve eaten so many… Continue reading

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    Category Food Finds, On the Farm